Origins 2: The Promise

In this series, we'll begin to see God’s plan of redemption take shape through God’s promise to Abraham and the establishment of his family. Experience the amazing story of the man called “friend of God” as we explore the call of God on Abraham’s life, the covenant the Lord made with him, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, the birth of his sons, and the binding of Isaac. 

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  • In today’s verse, we see one of our heroes of faith, the great Jacob, the man who wrestled with God and became Israel, live out this philosophy.

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  • The biggest problem with temporal or sinful things is that they never truly satisfy us. While they may suppress our hunger for a brief moment, soon after we’re left hungry again, feeling emptier than we did before.

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  • Aren’t you glad God doesn’t play favorites? Truth is, we’re all His favorites and He loves each and every one of us perfectly, completely, and unconditionally. 

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  • On average, twins are born 10 to 30 minutes apart. But Jacob was hot on the heels of Esau.

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  • We, as the Bride of Christ, have two natures raging inside us. The decision to follow Jesus comes with the expectation that we will no longer battle with our sinful nature when in all actuality we do.

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  • Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant.

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  • This is a fascinating section of Scripture. It illustrates the importance of studying not just the Word of God, but each word of God. It also includes some backtracking to illuminate God’s intricate way of fulfilling His Word.  

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  • In the new heaven and earth, the ultimate Promised Land, we will always be with the Lord. God’s highest end is to live among us. 

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  • The Spirit bears witness to us about the Father and Son and reveals the heavenly inheritance that awaits us if we believe His testimony.

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  • “‘Get out of our way,’ they replied. ‘This fellow came here as a foreigner, and now he wants to play the judge! We'll treat you worse than them.’ They kept bringing pressure on Lot and moved forward to break down the door.”—Genesis 19:9 (NIV)

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  • I don’t know if the author of Hebrews was referring to today’s verses of Scripture when he reminded us about the importance of practicing hospitality, but the two passages are clearly interrelated, and I believe the Lord wants us to see something important in them. In Hebrews 13:2, we’re told when we show kindness to strangers, we may unknowingly be entertaining angels, which is exactly what Lot did in Genesis 19. 

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  • Whenever God poses a question, it doesn’t indicate that He’s lacking the answer. He already knows all that is knowable (Psalm 139, 147, 1 John 3:20). So, what we have here isn’t a question in the classical sense, but rather, more of a rhetorical statement.

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  • “Then they said to him, ‘Where is Sarah your wife?’ So he said, ‘Here, in the tent.’ And He said, ‘I will certainly return to you according to the time of life, and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son.’ (Sarah was listening in the tent door which was behind him.)

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  • “That very same day Abraham was circumcised, and his son Ishmael; and all the men of his house, born in the house or bought with money from a foreigner, were circumcised with him.”—Genesis 17:26–27 (NKJV) At ninety-nine years old, Abraham’s conversation with God ended, and he had a job to do.

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  • “But My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this set time next year.”—Genesis 17:21 (NKJV) What constitutes the “proverbial period” to a sentence for you? What’s that thing which decisively, totally, completely, absolutely, definitively settles an issue for you? What eliminates and eradicates every and all trace of doubt about something? What puts the period on the sentence indicating it’s finished and done?

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  • “And Abraham said to God, ‘Oh, that Ishmael might live before You!’”—Genesis 17:18 (NKJV) We’re at a very critical point in Abraham’s account here. After experiencing God’s supernatural intervention in his life over the past few years, Abraham is given a divine promise that seems beyond his ability to believe. The Lord declares that he and his wife, Sarah, would finally be able to have a child of their own after decades of being barren. 

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  • Just as Sarah must have overheard the occasional whisper, “There goes Abraham’s barren wife,” in the same way, we hear the voices (both real and imagined), “There goes the addict, the hypocrite, the coward, the one who can’t have a healthy relationship . . . ” But in Christ, God promises to heal us of the wounds we feel defined by.

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