Friday, January 16, 2015
Bible Lesson: Answered Prayer: Abram's Prayer.
Bible Lesson: Answered Prayer: Abram's Prayer.
Subject Of Prayer: Prayer For A Son.
Genesis 15:1-6 KJV
1 After these things the word of The Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy Shield, and thy exceeding great Reward.
2 And Abram said, Lord God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?
3 And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.
4 And, behold, The Word Of The Lord came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.
5 And He brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and He said unto him, So shall thy seed be.
6 And he believed in The Lord; and He counted it to him for righteousness.
Some times in our walk with The Lord, we may go ahead of The Shepherd, in our well meaning.
However in such an attempt, we though well meaning or not, are “not,” in the will of The Lord.
Such was the case with Abram, just several yeas after his vision.
Genesis 16:1-12 KJV (Sarai was 75, and Abram was 86.)
1 Now Sarai Abram's wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar.
2 And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, The Lord hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.
3 And Sarai Abram's wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.
4 And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.
5 And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: The Lord judge between me and thee.
6 But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thine hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face.
7 And The Angel Of The Lord found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur.
8 And He said, Hagar, Sarai's maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai.
9 And The Angel Of The Lord said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.
10 And The Angel Of The Lord said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.
11 And The Angel Of The Lord said unto her, Behold, thou art with child and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because The Lord hath heard thy affliction.
12 And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.
Ishmael, the founder of the Arab nation, and God promised Abram....
Genesis 17:20 KJV
And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.
I Timothy 2:14 KJV
And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
Abram, dismissed The Lord's promise and listened instead to his wife Sarai.
And Abram, missed God, and Isaac and Ishmael have been at odds against each other over the millennia.
Good intentions are never an alternative to obedience.
God was not pleased.
I Samuel 15:22,23 KJV (Samuel's words to Saul.)
22 And Samuel said, Hath The Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying
the voice of The Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected The Word Of The Lord, He hath also rejected thee from being king.
God again appears to Abram when he was 99 years old.
Genesis 17:1-8; 15-19 KJV
1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, The Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him,
I am The Almighty God; walk before Me, and be thou perfect.
2 And I will make my covenant between Me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.
3 And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,
4 As for Me, behold, My covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.
5 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.
6 And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.
7 And I will establish My covenant between Me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.
8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.
15 And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be.
16 And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her.
17 Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?
18 And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee!
19 And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.
Genesis 18:9-15 KJV
9 And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent.
10 And He said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him.
11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.
12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?
13 And The Lord said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old?
14 Is any thing too hard for The Lord? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.
15 Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And He said, Nay; but thou didst laugh.
Genesis 21:1-8 KJV
1 And The Lord visited Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did unto Sarah as He had spoken.
2 For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.
3 And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac.
4 And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac being eight days old, as God had commanded him.
5 And Abraham was an hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born unto him.
6 And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me.
7 And she said, Who would have said unto Abraham, that Sarah should have given children suck? for I have born him a son in his old age (90).
8 And the child grew, and was weaned: and Abraham made a great feast the same day that Isaac was weaned.
Abram and Sarai, thought it impossible to have a son in their old age, but they were wrong.
They had valued the promise of God, by their own understanding, and what a mistake that was.
Psalm 37:23 KJV
The steps of a good man are ordered by The Lord: and He delighteth in his way.
This verse restated:
God's man, is guided by the ways of The Lord: and The Lord delighteh in his way.
Psalm 85:12,13 KJV
12 Yea, The Lord shall give that which is good...
13 Righteousness shall go before Him; and shall set us in the way of His steps.
Psalm 119:133 KJV
Order my steps in thy Word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.