THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE: 11-24-19



LESSON TITLE: SO GREAT A CLOUD OF WITNESSES - ABRAHAM



WELCOME

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I HOPE YOU ARE ALL DOING WELL AROUND THIS ENJOYABLE HOLIDAY SEASON. LET ME THANK EACH OF YOU FOR JOINING US THIS MORNING WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM. TODAY WE HAVE THE PRIVILEGE TO ONCE AGAIN ASSEMBLE BEFORE THE THRONE OF GOD. IN THIS TIME OF WORSHIP WE WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SING SONGS OF PRAISE AND TO STUDY FROM HIS WORD. MAY WE EACH DO OUR PART IN PRAISING GOD ACCORDING TO HIS WILL, AS WE MAKE THESE SACRIFICES AND OFFERING TOWARD HIS THRONE. NOW AS WE BEGIN TALKING TO OUR GOD, WILL YOU BOW WITH ME IN PRAYER!

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE'RE SO THANKFUL FOR THIS DAY AND EVERYDAY AND FOR ALL THE BLESSINGS OF LIFE FATHER, FOR WE KNOW THAT ALL GOOD THINGS COME FROM YOU AND ARE FROM ABOVE. WE ESPECIALLY THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT GIFT OF JESUS AND THE SACRIFICE THAT HE MADE ON THE CROSS WHICH ALLOWS US THIS DAY TO BE FOUND JUSTIFIED NOT BECAUSE OF OUR OWN DOING BUT BECAUSE OF THE WONDERFUL GIFT THAT YOU HAVE GIVEN US THROUGH THE DEBT THAT HE GAVE ON THE CROSS. FATHER, WE ALSO THANK YOU FOR THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS AND KNOW THAT IT IS BY THAT POWER THAT WE ARE AWARE OF NOT ONLY THE FACT THAT HE IS GOD BUT ALSO THE FACT THAT SOMEDAY WILL BE ABLE TO BE RESURRECTED OURSELVES IN THE END AND BE TAKEN HOME TO BE WITH YOU ETERNALLY IN THAT PLACE PREPARED IN HEAVEN. THESE THINGS WE PRAY IN JESUS NAME, AMEN.

THIS MORNING WE WANT TO BEGIN OUR SONGS OF PRAISE WITH A HYMN THAT PROCLAIMS THAT OUR LORD IS ALIVE AND HAS DONE SO MUCH FOR EACH OF US WHO FOLLOW HIM! SO, WON'T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE SING TOGETHER, "BLESSED REDEEMER!"



DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS



WOW, I HOPE EVERYONE IS READY FOR A GREAT HOLIDAY CELEBRATION! THANKSGIVING IS SUCH AN ENJOYABLE TIME OF THE YEAR. A TIME WHEN WE GATHER TOGETHER WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS. OH, WHAT FUN AND FELLOWSHIP WE HAVE WITH THOSE IN THIS LIFE WHO ARE FAMILY AS WELL AS THOSE WHO ARE OF LIKE PRECIOUS FAITH. YES, WE ARE TRULY BLESSED IN THIS COUNTRY TO HAVE THE FREEDOM WE HAVE AND OPPORTUNITIES LIKE THESE TO REMEMBER JUST HOW GOOD WE'VE GOT IT. I HOPE WE ALWAYS SHOW OUR THANKFULNESS TO GOD FOR ALL THAT WE HAVE BEEN SO RICHLY BLESSED WITH. THIS ALL MAKES ME THINK OF ANOTHER VERY SPECIAL DAY WHICH WE NEED TO REJOICE IN AS WELL. HOW MANY OF US TAKE FOR GRANTED THE WEEKLY OPPORTUNITY WE HAVE TO GATHER TOGETHER ON THE LORD'S DAY. AS WE ALL KNOW, GOD COMMANDS US TO GATHER AS HIS FOLLOWERS TO WORSHIP AND PRAISE HIS NAME. IN FACT, WHY WOULD WE WANT TO BE ANYWHERE ELSE ON THE LORD'S DAY THAN BEFORE THE THRONE OF GOD, IN PRAISE TO OUR CREATOR. THE BIBLE IS FULL OF EXHORTATIONS ABOUT THIS MATTER. IN FACT, IN HEBREWS 10:23-25, WE READ, "LET US HOLD FAST THE CONFESSION OF OUR HOPE WITHOUT WAVERING, FOR HE WHO PROMISED IS FAITHFUL. AND LET US CONSIDER ONE ANOTHER IN ORDER TO STIR UP LOVE AND GOOD WORKS, NOT FORSAKING THE ASSEMBLING OF OURSELVES TOGETHER, AS IS THE MANNER OF SOME, BUT EXHORTING ONE ANOTHER, AND SO MUCH THE MORE AS YOU SEE THE DAY APPROACHING." HERE WE HAVE A DISCUSSION ABOUT FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE, BUT NOTICE WHERE IT ALL ENDS UP. THE WRITER SAYS ONE OF OUR GOOD WORKS WHICH DEMONSTRATES THESE THINGS IS OUR FAITHFUL ATTENDANCE. BRETHREN AND FRIENDS, WHERE DO I GET A BETTER OPPORTUNITY TO WORSHIP GOD THAN WHEN ASSEMBLED WITH MY FELLOW BRETHREN? OR WHEN DO I HAVE A GREATER CHANCE TO RECEIVE EDIFICATION OR TRAINING IN THE LORD. THE REALITY IS WE NEED OUR TIME OF COLLECTIVE WORSHIP MORE THAN GOD DOES BECAUSE IT GIVES US THE STRENGTH AND ABILITY WE NEED TO MAKE IT THROUGH ANOTHER WEEK. IT GIVES US THE SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE TO DO EVEN MORE IN THE SERVICE OF OUR GOD. AND IT GIVES US THE DESIRE AND ZEAL TO ACCOMPLISH WHAT WE KNOW WE MUST TO GOD'S GLORY. ARE YOU WORSHIPING GOD ON A WEEKLY BASIS WITH HIS PEOPLE AS HE HAS COMMANDED YOU TO? ARE YOU WILLING TO GIVE THIS TIME TO HIM TO PROVE YOUR TRUE LOVE, REVERENCE AND OBEDIENCE TO HIS WILL. HOW MUCH TIME ARE YOU WILLING TO GIVE TO YOUR CREATOR?

TODAY WE WILL CONTINUE OUR SERIES ENTITLED, "SO GREAT A CLOUD OF WITNESSES." OUR SPECIFIC LESSON OF THE MORNING WILL CONSIDER, "ABRAHAM," SO PLEASE STAY WITH US AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER, I WILL BE LEADING US IN THIS MESSAGE OF THE DAY. NOW LET'S AGAIN JOIN TOGETHER IN OUR SECOND SONG OF THE MORNING, THE NAME OF THE HYMN, "THE LAST MILE OF THE WAY!"



LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS



WE APPRECIATE YOU CONTINUING WITH US THIS MORNING AS WE GO TO GOD'S WORD AND LOOK AT ANOTHER LESSON WERE WE'VE BEEN BASING OUR THOUGHTS FROM HEBREWS CHAPTER 12 - BUT ACTUALLY SPECIFICALLY GOING BACK TO CHAPTER 11. AND THERE IN CHAPTER 12 YOU MIGHT RECALL WITH ME THE IDEA OF THE CLOUD OF WITNESSES. AND REALLY IT'S REFERENCING ALL THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE AND WHO WERE REALLY GREAT EXAMPLES OF FAITH. AND IN RELATIONSHIP TO HEBREWS CHAPTER 11 WE NOT ONLY SEE WHAT FAITH IS BUT WE ALSO LEARN THE REQUIREMENT OF FAITH. BECAUSE WITHOUT FAITH VERSE SIX SAYS IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE GOD. SO WHAT WE HAVE DONE TOGETHER THERE IN CHAPTER 11 IS TO SEE NOW THOSE WHO OF FAITH PROVED THEMSELVES TO GOD BECAUSE THEY ACTED UPON BELIEF. AND SPECIFICALLY THERE WE'VE LOOKED AT, AND YOU MIGHT NOTICE IN VERSE FOUR, ABEL. WE'VE ALSO LOOKED AT ENOCH. AND WE'VE ALSO CONSIDERED TOGETHER NOAH. AND SO THE NEXT IN LINE IS OBVIOUSLY FOUND THERE IN VERSE 8.

A VERY FAMILIAR BIBLE CHARACTER TO US AND HIS NAME IS ABRAHAM - ABRAM WHO EVENTUALLY WAS REFERRED TO AS ABRAHAM BECAUSE HE WAS THE FATHER OF MANY NATIONS AND WAS GIVEN THE PROMISE THAT HE WOULD BE THAT FATHER OF MANY NATIONS. AS WE LOOK THERE WITHIN THE HEBREW TEXT IT IS SIGNIFICANT BECAUSE WE AGAIN FIND ACTION INVOLVED IN THE FAITH OF THESE INDIVIDUALS. IN FACT - IT IS THE VERY ACTION OF THEIR FAITH THAT PROVES THEIR FAITH TO GOD. NOTICE THERE IN VERSE 8 IT SAYS: BY FAITH ABRAHAM OBEYED. AND THEN IN VERSE 9: BY FAITH ABRAHAM DWELT IN A LAND. AND THEN IF YOU WERE TO GO OVER LATER INTO VERSE 17 AGAIN IT SAYS THE SAME PHRASE: BY FAITH ABRAHAM OFFERED UP ISAAC. IN EVERY CASE OF FAITH WE SEE THAT THE BELIEF OF ABRAHAM WAS BEING DEMONSTRATED IN OBEDIENCE TO WHATEVER IT WAS THAT GOD WAS ASKING OF HIM. AND SO WE BEGIN THERE IN VERSE 8 AS IT SAYS THAT HE OBEYED GOD. WHAT WAS IT THAT ABRAHAM OBEYED GOD IN? THE VERSE THERE SAYS: THAT HE OBEYED HIM WHEN HE WAS CALLED TO GO OUT OF THE PLACE WHICH HE HAD RECEIVED AS AN INHERITANCE OR HE WOULD RECEIVE AN INHERITANCE AND HE WENT OUT NOT KNOWING WHERE HE WAS GOING. IF WE WERE TO GO BACK INTO THE BOOK OF GENESIS THERE IN CHAPTER 11 IS WHERE WE FIRST ARE INTRODUCED TO ABRAHAM. YOU MIGHT RECALL WITH ME THAT ABRAHAM IS MENTIONED WITHIN THE GENEALOGIES OF THOSE WHO CAME OUT OF THE LINEAGE OF SETH. AND THEN WE ACTUALLY FIND THERE IN CHAPTER 11 THAT HE IS ALSO MENTIONED TO BE THE SON OF TERRA. AND THERE IN CHAPTER 12 WE BEGIN TO SEE THE CALL OF THE LORD OF ABRAHAM AND WE NOTICE THERE IN VERSE ONE WHAT IT IS THAT GOD NOW SAYS TO ABRAHAM AND WHAT HE ASKED OF HIM. AND SO IN VERSE 1 BEGINNING OF GENESIS CHAPTER 12 THE BIBLE SAYS: GET OUT OF YOUR COUNTRY FROM YOUR FAMILY AND FROM YOUR FATHER'S HOUSE TO A LAND I WILL SHOW YOU. AND I WILL MAKE YOU A GREAT NATION. I WILL BLESS YOU AND MAKE YOUR NAME GREAT AND YOU SHALL BE A BLESSING. AND I WILL BLESS THOSE WHO BLESS YOU AND I WILL CURSE HIM WHO CURSES YOU AND IN YOU ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH WILL BE BLESSED. THERE WE HAVE THE BASIS OF THE PROMISE; ABRAHAM BEING WITH HIS FATHER AND WITH HIS FAMILY AND HOW HE WAS THERE IN THAT REGION OF ERR EVENTUALLY MOVING UP TO THE AREA OF HERON. BUT NOW WHEN WE FIND GOD CALLING HIM WHAT DOES HE DO. VERSE 4 CLEARLY SAYS SO ABRAHAM DEPARTED AS THE LORD SPOKE TO HIM. NOW IF WE WERE TO GO BACK INTO OUR MAIN TEXT THERE OF HEBREWS CHAPTER 11 YOU MIGHT REMEMBER IT SAYS ABRAHAM OBEYED WHEN HE WAS CALLED TO GO EVEN TO A PLACE THAT HE WOULD INHERIT BUT A PLACE HE DID NOT KNOW. SO WHAT THAT MEANS IS GOD DIDN'T SAY - I'M CALLING YOU TO GO TO TENNESSEE OR I'M CALLING YOU TO GO HERE OR MAYBE I'M CALLING YOU TO GO TO OKLAHOMA OR OKLAHOMA CITY SPECIFICALLY OR MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE. HE DIDN'T MENTION A SPECIFIC CITY OR A PLACE IN THAT SENSE. THEY TOLD HIM TO GO TO A PLACE THAT HE WE SHOW HIM. NOW HOW MANY OF US MIGHT BE A BIT RELUCTANT TO TAKE A TRIP EVEN IF WE KNOW WHERE WE�RE GOING UNLESS WE REALLY ARE WELL-PREPARED? AND HE WASN'T JUST GOING FOR A SHORT VISIT OR A FEW DAYS OR A WEEK OR A MONTH - HE WAS GOING TO DWELL OR TO LIVE. IF I WWERE TO ASK YOU TODAY - WELL, I'M GOING TO SEND YOU SOMEWHERE FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE AND YOU'RE JUST GONNA DWELL THERE AND YOU DON'T NEED TO KNOW ANYTHING BUT JUST KNOW I AM GOING TO SEND YOU THERE. AND YOU DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT WHERE YOU'RE GOING TO LIVE OR ABOUT I WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE - I'M JUST GONNA SEND YOU THERE. NOW OBVIOUSLY I'M NOT GOD. SO IF GOD WERE TELLING YOU THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MORE ENCOURAGEMENT. BUT EVEN IF GOD WERE TELLING YOU THAT YOU MIGHT ACTUALLY WONDER WHAT IS GOING TO BE THE OUTCOME? WHAT IS IT THAT I'M GOING TO HAVE? AND SO NOW HE GOES BY FAITH. HE PROVES HIS FAITH TO DO WHAT MANY OF US MIGHT NOT EVEN WANT OR TO BE WILLING TO DO AND HE SHOWS THAT HE IS WILLING DO WHAT GOD SAYS NO MATTER WHAT.

NOT ONLY DOES HE GO, AND THAT'S WHAT VERSE 8 SAYS, TO A PLACE THAT HE WILL RECEIVE BUT HE DOES NOT KNOW WHERE HE'S GOING - BUT THEN VERSE NINE SAYS: HE DWELLS THERE AS A FOREIGNER ALTHOUGH SOMEDAYN HIS DESCENDENTS WILL RECEIVE THESE THINGS AND THIS LAND AS MAYBE A REWARD OR THAT WHICH IS THE INHERITANCE FROM GOD - ABRAHAM ACTUALLY DWELLS THERE AS A FOREIGNER IN THIS COUNTRY. SO WHAT DOES THAT TELL US? HE IS A STRANGER. HE IS A STRANGER REALLY WITHOUT A CITY. AND THE VERY NEXT VERSE SAYS: BECAUSE HE WAS LOOKING FOR A CITY THAT GOD MADE. ONE MADE WITH THE HANDS OF GOD; A PLACE TO DWELL MADE BY GOD. WHAT DOES THAT SHOW US? ABRAHAM'S TRUST, ABRAHAM'S CONFIDENCE, ABRAHAM DESIRE WAS FULLY IN GOD. HIS HOPE AND HIS CONFIDENCE THAT HE KNEW THAT GOD WOULD DO WHAT HE PROMISED AND THEREFORE HE DID NOT HAVE TO WORRY. HE DID NOT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT WHAT HE WOULD EAT. HE DIDN'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT WHERE HE WOULD SLEEP. HE DIDN'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THE SHELTER THAT WOULD BE OVER HIS HEAD BECAUSE GOD - THE GOD WHO HAD CALLED HIM - THE GOD WHO HAD CHALLENGED HIM TO DO THESE THINGS AND TO GO AND TO DWELL BY FAITH. HE HAD EVERY CONFIDENCE IN THAT GOD. NOW PERHAPS ONE OF THE BEST PLACES WE SEE THAT IS FOUND AGAIN IN THE SAME TEXT BUT DOWN IN VERSE 17.

BECAUSE IN VERSE 17 WE LEARN ABOUT A VERY FAMILIAR STORY WHEN ABRAHAM OFFERED HIS SON ISAAC. AND YOU MIGHT RECALL THAT THIS IS TAKEN AGAIN FROM THE BOOK OF GENESIS AND THERE AS WE WERE TO GO BACK INTO THE BOOK OF GENESIS WHAT WE WOULD LEARN IS THAT HE WAS WILLING IN AND AROUND CHAPTER 21 TO OFFER HIS SON ISAAC AND EVEN TO KILL HIM IF NEED BE IN ORDER THAT HE MIGHT BE ABLE TO AGAIN BE FAITHFUL TO GOD. OBEY A COMMAND OF GOD. IMAGINE AS THE FATHER - AS A MOTHER - AS A PARENT OR AS A GRANDPARENT BEING TOLD THAT IN ORDER TO PROVE YOUR OBEDIENCE AND IN ORDER TO PROVE YOUR FAITH YOU HAVE TO GIVE YOUR OWN CHILD - YOUR OWN GRANDCHILD - AS A SACRIFICE. HOW MANY OF US WOULD WANT TO CONTEMPLATE THAT, LET ALONE CARRY IT THROUGH? BUT ABRAHAM BY FAITH DID IT. HOW WAS IT THAT HE WAS ABLE TO DO THIS? THAT HE WAS ABLE TO BE CONFIDENT ENOUGH TO TAKE SUCH AN ACTION AND TO DO SUCH A THING? READ WITH ME BEGINNING THERE IN VERSE 17 AND NOTICE AGAIN THE ACTIVE FAITH - HOW HE PROVED HIS FAITH IN ACTION BUT NOTICE WITH ME WHAT HIS UNDERSTANDING WAS THAT GAVE HIM THE CONFIDENCE TO PUT EVERY TRUST AND EVERY HOPE IN GOD. BY FAITH ABRAHAM, WHEN HE WAS TESTED, OFFERED UP ISAAC AND HE WHO HAD RECEIVED THE PROMISE OFFERED UP HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON. SO HE OFFERS HIS SON OR IS WILLING TO OFFER HIS SON EVEN DRAWING BACK THE KNIFE TO KILL HIM AFTER BINDING HIM AND PUTTING HIM ON THE ALTAR. HE'S GOING TO DO THAT. WHY? BECAUSE HE HAS CONFIDENCE, HE HAS TRUST, HE HAS HOPE IN GOD. AND BY THE WAY - IT SAYS HE, ISAAC, WAS THE SON OF PROMISE. GOD DID NOT SAY YOU ARE GOING TO BE BLESSED JUST THROUGH ANYONE. EVENTUALLY HE SAYS THROUGH YOUR SEED ISAAC IS THE PROMISE SEED THAT ALL NATIONS OF THE EARTH WOULD BE BLESSED THROUGH. NOW CONTINUE IN VERSE 18. IT IS ISAAC OF WHOM IS SAID YOUR SEED SHALL BE CALLED (VERSE 18 ) SO THAT IS FROM FROM GENESIS 21 THAT ISAAC IS THE CHOSEN ONE. HE CAN'T DIE. HE DOES NOT HAVE CHILDREN YET. BUT GOD SAYS OFFER YOUR SON IF YOU REALLY HAVE FAITH. NOW NOTICE VERSE 19. WHAT ABRAHAM CONCLUDE? ABRAHAM CONCLUDED THAT GOD WAS ABLE TO RAISE HIM UP EVEN FROM THE DEAD IN WHICH HE ALSO RECEIVED HIM IN A FIGURATIVE SENSE. ABRAHAM KNEW GOD CAN DO ANYTHING. GOD HAS THE POWER TO DO ANYTHING. HE GIVES LIFE - HE CAN TAKE LIFE - BUT HE ALSO CAN RESTORE LIFE. SO HE KNEW EVEN IF I KILL ISAAC GOD HAS SAID THAT IT IS THROUGH ISAAC THAT MY SEED WILL CONTINUE. AND THEREFORE, GOD WILL EVEN BRING HIM BACK FROM THE DEAD EVEN IF I KILL HIM AND OFFER HIM AS A SACRIFICE. NOW - I HOPE YOU BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND WITH ME WHY IT IS THAT ABRAHAM IS REFERRED TO AS THE FATHER OF THE FAITHFUL. DO YOU REMEMBER BACK IN ROMANS CHAPTER 4. WE LEARN A LOT ABOUT ABRAHAM THERE AND THE COMMITMENT OF ABRAHAM TO NOT JUST THE THINGS WE MENTION BUT TO EVERY COMMAND OF GOD. AND THERE IN VERSE 14 IT SAYS: FOR IF THOSE WHO ARE OF THE LAW ARE HEIRS AND FAITH MADE VOID THE PROMISE OF NO EFFECT BECAUSE THE LAW BRINGS ABOUT WRATH AND WHERE THERE'S NO LAW THERE'S NO TRANSGRESSION. BUT THEREFORE (VERSE 16) IT IS OF FAITH THAT IT MIGHT BE ACCORDING TO GRACE SO THAT THE PROMISE MIGHT BE SURE TO ALL THE SEED, NOT ONLY TO THOSE WHO ARE OF THE LAW OR OF TIMES OF OLD, BUT ALSO THOSE WHO ARE OF THE FAITH OF ABRAHAM - WHO IS THE FATHER OF US ALL. WHAT DOES HE REFER TO HERE? THAT ABRAHAM, THE FAITH OF ABRAHAM, ABRAHAM WHO IS THE FATHER WAS ALSO THE FATHER OF US ALL BY THE SEED OF WHICH WE NOW ARE KNOWN TO BE SERVANTS OF GOD IS CERTAINLY SOMETHING THAT PROVES TO US WHAT WE READ HERE IN VERSE 16. THAT HE WAS THE FATHER OF THE FAITHFUL. AND THEREFORE, WE ALSO ARE THOSE WHO ARE OF THE FAITHFUL. YOU MIGHT REMEMBER WITH ME THIS VERY IDEA BEING PRESENTED OVER IN THE BOOK OF GALATIANS. AND THERE IN GALATIANS CHAPTER 3 WE LEARN THAT CERTAINLY AGAIN IT WAS BY AND THROUGH SUCH THINGS THAT ABRAHAM WAS ABLE, TO NOT ONLY BE THE SEED, BUT THAT WE OURSELVES ARE ABLE TO BE NOW THE RECIPIENTS OF THAT SAME SEED. AND THEREFORE, AS THE TEXT TELLS US THAT WE ARE TO BE THE SONS OF GOD AND THEREFORE THE HEIRS ( VERSE 29 OF GALATIANS CHAPTER 3 ) OF ABRAHAM. YOU SEE - IT WAS BY AND THROUGH HIS SEED ULTIMATELY THEN JESUS CHRIST THAT WE TODAY ARE ALSO FOUND TO BE THOSE WHO ARE NOT ONLY OF THE FATHER OF FAITH BUT THAT WE'RE ABLE TO BE FOUND AS THOSE WHO CERTAINLY HAVE FAITH IN GOD. AND THEREFORE ABLE TO IMITATE THE VERY THINGS THAT ABRAHAM DID. THAT IS TO KNOW THE WILL OF GOD AND TO DO THE WILL OF GOD. AND THEN I MIGHT CALL TO YOUR ATTENTION ONE MORE THING FROM ROMANS CHAPTER 4 AFTER HE MENTIONS THERE WHO HE WAS AND THAT HE WAS MADE A FATHER A GREAT NATIONS AND AGAIN THE PROMISE THAT WE READ FROM GENESIS 12 THAT ALL NATIONS OF THE EARTH WOULD BE BLESSED THROUGH HIM AND THAT WAS IN AND THROUGH AND BY JESUS CHRIST. NOTICE WHAT HE ALSO SAYS THERE IN THE TEXT ABOUT THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THIS MAN BACK. IN FACT, SEVERAL TIMES BUT SPECIFICALLY IN VERSE 22 IT SAYS: AND IT WAS ACCOUNTED TO HIM FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS. WHAT WAS ACCOUNTED TO HIM FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS? IF YOU LOOK AT VERSE 21 HE WAS FULLY CONVINCED THAT NOT ONLY GOD HAD PROMISED AND GIVEN HIM PROMISES BUT THAT GOD COULD DO IT. THAT GOD COULD FULFILL PROMISES.

SO I WOULD CHALLENGE US TO REMEMBER THAT WE SERVE THE SAME GOD. MAYBE UNDER A DIFFERENT LAW BUT WE SERVE THE SAME GOD. AS THOSE WHO SERVE THE SAME GOD MAY WE BE ABLE TO DO WHAT IS REQUIRED TO BE THOSE OF FAITH DOING ACCORDING TO RIGHTEOUSNESS THOSE THINGS THAT GOD HAS ASKED SO THAT AS EVEN WHEN WE HAVE SEEN IN OUR MAIN TEXT TODAY THAT BY FAITH ABRAHAM WAS WILLING TO GO. BY FAITH ABRAHAM WAS WILLING TO DWELL AND BY FAITH ABRAHAM WAS WILLING TO OFFER UP ISAAC. AND THEREFORE, IF WE CAN KNOW THE WILL OF GOD AND DO WHAT GOD SAID NO MATTER WHAT UNDERSTANDING THE GOD HAS ALL POWER. THAT GOD SAVES AND THAT GOD WILL DELIVER. AND SOMEDAY WE WILL BE ABLE TO NOT ONLY KNOW THAT WE HAVE ALL THOSE PROMISES AND REWARDS NOW BUT ULTIMATELY THE PROMISES AND REWARDS OF HEAVEN AS WELL. WHAT WILL YOU DO TO BE A GREAT PERSON OF FAITH TODAY?



CLOSING COMMENTS

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR CHOOSING TO BE WITH US TODAY, IN GIVING THIS TIME TO GOD. WHAT A BLESSING IT HAS BEEN TO SHARE THIS TIME TOGETHER IN CHRIST. WE INVITE YOU BACK EVERY SUNDAY MORNING AT 7:30, AS WE COMMIT OURSELVES THROUGH THIS WORSHIP TO GOD! BUT FOR NOW, LET ME ASK YOU IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ABOUT TODAY'S LESSON?

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MAY WE ALL LEARN THE GREAT LESSON OF FAITH FROM THE FATHER OF FAITH ABRAHAM. FURTHERMORE, MAY WE LEARN TO PUT OUR FAITH IN ACTION AS HE DID TO PROVE TO GOD HIS WORTHINESS THROUGH OBEDIENCE. ARE YOU PROVING SUCH TO YOUR GOD AS WELL TODAY?