There are lots of examples in the Bible, across both Old Testament and New Testament, of God, of God coming down, of God showing up, of God coming to a person, an individual, saying, “Get up,” and “go” and “get out” and “take risks” and “I’m going to make you great.” There’s a ton of examples. And that’s what we are talking about when we say, “the call,”...
The Promises of God (The Life of Abraham) — 1. The Call of Go
If you would look with me at God's word in Genesis, chapter 12. We’re going to attend tonight to verses 1 through 9. We, of course, are beginning the life of Abraham at this juncture. We have seen the preface to this great book set forth in the...
The Promises of God (The Life of Abraham) - 2 Famine in the Land
Please turn with me to Genesis, chapter 12. We began our study of the life of Abraham last week after a number of weeks looking at Genesis 1 through 11. As we looked at the life of Abram in Genesis 12, verses 1- 9, we said that that...
So this story is about Abraham going down to Egypt at the beginning and then getting kicked out of Egypt at the end. And in the middle, God steps in, God intervenes, God imposes, God comes to fix Abram’s mess. And so we’re just going to think about two lessons tonight. The first is that God intervenes, and the second is that God intervenes for a purpose, for...
The Promises of God (The Life of Abraham)(3): A Parting of the Ways
Lord God we thank You for this deposit of revelation, for in this book You have revealed Yourself, Your will, Your works, Your ways to Your people. And so we ask as we study Your word that we would see You more clearly. We ask as well, O...
We are in a mini-series on the life of Abraham and tonight we will be in Genesis chapter 13. Well what do we have here? What’s going on in this passage? And it might not seem like it, but you can actually peer here into the very essence of human sin, into the very essence of our sin, of humanity’s sin. So we’re going to look at three...
The Promises of God (The Life of Abraham)- 4. The Battle of the Kings
If you have your Bibles please turn with me to Genesis, chapter 14.
Our Lord and God, we love Your word, and we ask now that we would open our eyes to behold Your truth for us today from this, Your holy word. We ask that...
So we’re finishing our mini-series tonight on the story of Abram and we’re in Genesis 14. And at the center of Genesis 14 is the story of Melchizedek. And one popular Old Testament scholar today says that “Melchizedek is the most complex subject in all of Biblical studies.” And so it’s kind of silly to do thirty minutes on Melchizedek, but that’s what we have. And we’re going...
The Promises of God (The Life of Abraham) - The Cutting of the Covenant
If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Genesis 15. One of the great passages in all of the Old Testament. We have so far been walking through the life of Abraham. This is the fifth in a series of the study of...
If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Genesis. And before we move on to Genesis 16, I'd invite you to look back at Genesis 12, to remind you of where we have come from so far. This is the sixth in a series on the life of Abraham. To this point he is, of...
If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Genesis 17. Thirteen years have passed since the birth of Ishmael. And Abram has resigned himself to be content with Ishmael as the son of promise. That may be a surprising statement for me to make. You may be asking, how in the world do you know...
The Sign of the Covenant
If you have your Bibles, please turn with me to Genesis 17, as we continue our study in the life of Abraham. When last we left Abraham, this 100-year-old man who had a son by his maidservant, or the maidservant of his wife, had just been told that his name had been changed to be Father...
The Laughter of Unbelief
Two weeks ago we began our studies in the chapter of Genesis 17. Abram, this man whose name meant exalted father, had spent 86 years of life not being a father at all, and then finally had had a child through his wife's maid servant, a concubine, named Hagar. And over that 13-year period, the idea had grown...
Promise and Intercession
If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Genesis 18. In Genesis 17 our gracious God appeared and established a covenant sign in order to assure Abraham of His good purposes toward him and to strengthen Abraham's flagging faith. Sarah, in that passage, in that chapter, is specifically designated as God's chosen instrument for...
The Lord's Day Evening
March 28, 2010
Genesis 18:16-21, 19:15-38
“Disposable Pleasures or a Meaningful Pursuit”
Mr. Justin S. Pillsbury
But there's a few tidbits that we remind them each week, some things to keep at the back of your mind. One, Moses is the author, but who is he writing to? He's writing to the second generation Israelites on the plains of Moab about to enter the...
The Judgment on Sodom
If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Genesis 19. Last week in our study of Genesis 18, the Lord revealed to Abraham his plan to judge Sodom and Gomorrah. And Abraham was moved to intercede on behalf of the loss in those cities and he pled with the Lord mightily, interceded for...
The Disgrace of Lot
Two weeks ago as we looked at Genesis 18, we saw the Lord reveal to Abraham His plan to bring judgment against Sodom and Gomorrah, the cities of the plain, because of the wickedness, because of the outcries that had come up to the Lord through the wickedness of those places. And we watched Abraham intercede faithfully for...
Well, for the last two weeks we have dwelt in the abyss of sin and judgment in Genesis 19 and tonight we climb out. But the view that greets us in Genesis 20 is hard. The father of the faithful when last we saw him was fervently interceding for those who were under judgment and condemnation and then was silently...