Sermon - Genesis 21
"God is with you in all that you do"
Randy Pritts 7/8/2018
- Turn to Genesis:21
nkjv@Genesis:21:1 @ And the LORD visited Sarah as He had said, and the LORD did for Sarah as He had spoken.
Promises of God Sure:
- Not one shall fail:
- All promises yea/amen (in Christ):
- God is faithful:
kjv@Joshua:23:14 @ And, behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth: and ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the LORD your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, and not one thing hath failed thereof.
kjv@1Kings:8:56 @ Blessed be the LORD, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant.
kjv@2Corinthians:1:20 @ For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
kjv@Galatians:3:22 @ But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
kjv@Galatians:3:16 @ Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
kjv@2Peter:1:4 @ Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
kjv@Titus:1:2 @ In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
kjv@Hebrews:10:23 @ Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
nkjv@Genesis:21:2 @ For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.
God's Timing vs Man's (and the troubles we can get ourselves in)
- By faith:
kjv@Hebrews:6:12 @ That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
kjv@Romans:4:16 @ Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,
nkjv@Genesis:21:3-4 @ And Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him--whom Sarah bore to him--Isaac. Then Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him.
Circumcision (Old Testament - First Mention = nkjv@Genesis:17:9-14)
Circumcision (New Testament)
- God given covenant (agreed):
- Sign of righteousness by faith (accounted to him nkjv@Genesis:15):
- First Council of Jerusalem (Peter):
- Paul's Consideration:
- Timothy kjv@Acts:16:3 (Jewish Mother=Yes) Titus kjv@Galatians:2:3 (Greek=No)
kjv@Acts:7:8 @ And he gave him the covenant of circumcision: and so Abraham begat Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat the twelve patriarchs.
kjv@Romans:4:11 @ And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:
kjv@Acts:15:6 @ And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.
kjv@Acts:15:7 @ And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.
kjv@Acts:15:8 @ And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;
kjv@Acts:15:9 @ And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
kjv@Acts:15:10 @ Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?
kjv@Romans:2:25 @ For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.
kjv@Galatians:6:13 @ For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.
nkjv@Genesis:21:5 @ Now Abraham was one hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.
- Abraham 100 (died 175 approx 1860 BC)
- Ishmael 14 (100-86 or 13+1)
- Sarah 90 (died 28 years before her husband at 127)
nkjv@Genesis:21:6-7 @ And Sarah said, "God has made me laugh, and all who hear will laugh with me." She also said, "Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? For I have borne him a son in his old age."
Laughing (and women's birthing stories):
- made me to laugh
- all who hear will laugh with me
Quoted resource: strongs 'H6712'
Quoted resource: strongs 'H6711'
nkjv@Genesis:21:8-9 @ So the child grew and was weaned. And Abraham made a great feast on the same day that Isaac was weaned. And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, scoffing.
nkjv@Genesis:21:10-12 @ Therefore she said to Abraham, "Cast out this bondwoman and her son; for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, namely with Isaac." And the matter was very displeasing in Abraham's sight because of his son. But God said to Abraham, "Do not let it be displeasing in your sight because of the lad or because of your bondwoman. Whatever Sarah has said to you, listen to her voice; for in Isaac your seed shall be called.
Bondwomen vs Freewomen
- Which things are an allegory:
- All one in Christ Jesus:
kjv@Galatians:4:22 @ For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.
kjv@Galatians:4:23-24 @ But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.
kjv@Galatians:4:25-26 @ For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
kjv@Galatians:4:27-28 @ For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband. Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.
kjv@Galatians:4:29-30 @ But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now. Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.
kjv@Galatians:4:31 @ So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.
kjv@Galatians:3:28-29 @ There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christs, then are ye Abrahams seed, and heirs according to the promise.
nkjv@Genesis:21:13 @ Yet I will also make a nation of the son of the bondwoman, because he is your seed."
- What became mostly Islamic 6th Century AD - Literally
- Jerusalem - Figuratively kjv@Galatians:4:25
- (both works based justification - both non Christ/faith based)
nkjv@Genesis:21:14-15 @ So Abraham rose early in the morning, and took bread and a skin of water; and putting it on her shoulder, he gave it and the boy to Hagar, and sent her away. Then she departed and wandered in the Wilderness of Beersheba. And the water in the skin was used up, and she placed the boy under one of the shrubs.
Faith Level #301 - Abraham
- 101 - Numerous descendants +singular Messianic Seed
- 202 - Sarah not Hagar to conceive
- 303 - this sending Hagar/Ishmael away certain of God's promise/providence
- 404 - (401 = Test/Sacrifice Isaac)
nkjv@Genesis:21:16 @ Then she went and sat down across from him at a distance of about a bowshot; for she said to herself, "Let me not see the death of the boy." So she sat opposite him, and lifted her voice and wept.
Sorrows of a Mother (Faith level #202):
- 101 - First wilderness experience and going back (first acquaintance with Jehovah)
- 202 - Son's scoffing leads to second wilderness and separation from son near death.
- 303 - (finding wives for son)
nkjv@Genesis:21:17-18 @ And God heard the voice of the lad. Then the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said to her, "What ails you, Hagar? Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is. Arise, lift up the lad and hold him with your hand, for I will make him a great nation."
Voice of a Lad (Faith Level #101):
- 14 year old near death
- God heard over mother's sorrow
- answered (soon after/during) through God's contact with mom
nkjv@Genesis:21:19 @ Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. And she went and filled the skin with water, and gave the lad a drink.
Things Unseen - Until:
- Eyes Opened - Cases:
- Physical + Spiritual:
- Eyes Blinded (spiritually):
- By Law:
- By god of this world:
- Through Ignorance:
- Evident through lack of spiritual fruit:
- Evident in hating brother:
kjv@Matthew:9:30 - The two blind men Jesus healed
kjv@John:9:14 - The man Jesus healed with clay
kjv@2Kings:6:17 - Elisha to see the spiritual battle all arond him
nkjv@Genesis:21:20-21 @ So God was with the lad; and he grew and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer. He dwelt in the Wilderness of Paran; and his mother took a wife for him from the land of Egypt.
- Abraham = root of 3 major "Abrahamic" world religions.
- Traced through Ishmael (Jews corrupted story according to angel Gabriel)
- Seen as major Prophet (Surviving great fire; Standing against false gods (non Ala); Revisiting Ishmael before death)
- Mecca = Site Hagar traveled between two peaks multiple time until found by Bedoins who gave them water.
nkjv@Genesis:21:22 @ And it came to pass at that time that Abimelech and Phichol, the commander of his army, spoke to Abraham, saying, "God is with you in all that you do.
nkjv@Genesis:21:23-24 @ Now therefore, swear to me by God that you will not deal falsely with me, with my offspring, or with my posterity; but that according to the kindness that I have done to you, you will do to me and to the land in which you have dwelt." And Abraham said, "I will swear."
nkjv@Genesis:21:25-26 @ Then Abraham rebuked Abimelech because of a well of water which Abimelech's servants had seized. And Abimelech said, "I do not know who has done this thing; you did not tell me, nor had I heard of it until today."
nkjv@Genesis:21:27-28 @ So Abraham took sheep and oxen and gave them to Abimelech, and the two of them made a covenant. And Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves.
nkjv@Genesis:21:29-30 @ Then Abimelech asked Abraham, "What is the meaning of these seven ewe lambs which you have set by themselves?" And he said, "You will take these seven ewe lambs from my hand, that they may be my witness that I have dug this well."
nkjv@Genesis:21:31-32 @ Therefore he called that place Beersheba, because the two of them swore an oath there. Thus they made a covenant at Beersheba. So Abimelech rose with Phichol, the commander of his army, and they returned to the land of the Philistines.
nkjv@Genesis:21:33-34 @ Then Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba, and there called on the name of the LORD, the Everlasting God. And Abraham stayed in the land of the Philistines many days.
Covenants and Security:
- The Well of Seven Ewes today (Bir-Es-Seba)
- INSTANCES OF BETWEEN MEN
- OF MAN WITH GOD
- GOD WITH MAN:
- Christ, the Messenger of kjv@Malachi:3:1
- Fulfilled in Christ kjv@Luke:1:68-79
- Confirmed in Christ kjv@Galatians:3:17
- Is everlasting kjv@Psalms:111:9 kjv@Isaiah:55:3 kjv@Isaiah:61:8 kjv@Ezekiel:16:60-63 kjv@Hebrews:13:20
Abraham and Abimelech kjv@Genesis:21:22-32
Abimelech and Isaac kjv@Genesis:26:26-31
Jacob and Laban kjv@Genesis:31:44-54
Jonathan and David kjv@1Samuel:18:3-4; kjv@1Samuel:20:16 kjv@1Samuel:20:42 kjv@2Samuel:21:7
Jews with each other, to serve God kjv@2Chronicles:15:12-15; kjv@Nehemiah:10:28-32
King Zedekiah and his subjects kjv@Jeremiah:34:8
Ahab with Benhadad kjv@1Kings:20:34
Subjects with sovereign kjv@2Chronicles:23:1-3 kjv@2Chronicles:23:16
Joshua kjv@Joshua:24:25 with kjv@Joshua:24:19-28
Jehoiada and Joash kjv@2Kings:11:17
Nehemiah kjv@Nehemiah:9:38; 10
kjv@Isaiah:42:6 @ I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;
kjv@Isaiah:49:8 @ Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;
kjv@Hebrews:8:6 @ But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.
kjv@Hebrews:9:15 @ And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
kjv@Hebrews:12:24 @ And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
kjv@Malachi:3:1 @ Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.
kjv@Hebrews:9:11-14 @ But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
kjv@Hebrews:9:16-23 @ For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth. Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood. For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you. Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
kjv@Ezekiel:37:26 @ Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore.
kjv@Isaiah:54:10 @ For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee.
kjv@Psalms:111:9 @ He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.
kjv@Hebrews:13:20-21 @ Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Initial Covenant Mentions: nkjv@Genesis:12:1-3 nkjv@Genesis:12:7 nkjv@Genesis:13:14-17 nkjv@Genesis:15:1-21 kjv@Genesis:17:1-21 nkjv@Genesis:18:6-15 nkjv@Genesis:18:17-18 nkjv@Genesis:21:12-13 nkjv@Genesis:22:1-2 nkjv@Genesis:22:7-18
God's covenant with kjv@Genesis:15; kjv@Hebrews:17:1-22; kjv@Micah:7:20; kjv@Luke:1:73; kjv@Romans:4:13; kjv@Romans:15:8; kjv@Hebrews:6:13-14; kjv@Galatians:3:6-18 kjv@Galatians:3:29 kjv@Galatians:4:22-31