Sermon - Genesis 21

"Classes at the University of Real Faith"

Randy Pritts 7/8/2018


  1. Welcome
  2. Prayer
  3. Turn to Genesis:21
  4. Introduction


nkjv@Genesis:21:1 @ And the LORD visited Sarah as He had said, and the LORD did for Sarah as He had spoken.



    Lessons:
  1. Everything God does He does for this exact purpose
  2. Everything God does is meant to familiarize us with Himself
  3. Everything God does is meant to set the believer apart from the rest of this spiritually decaying world.
  4. This passage has the ability of proving to us how He goes about continuing to do that.


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.


    Lessons
  1. God's promises are received only by faith
  2. That doesn't mean that we don't have to do something on our part, it means that we have to obey HIM in what HE needs us to do, not what we think to do as we see best


nkjv@Genesis:21:3-5 @ 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. Now Abraham was one hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.



    Lessons
  1. Again, God's intention is to set HIS works apart from man's
  2. With each set apart work comes additional familiarity with God as HE actually reveals Himself to be.
  3. Tokens of anything are much different from the items they are intended to symbolize. It is too easy to get caught up observing the token rather than the truer substance.


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):



nkjv@Genesis:21:8-10 @ 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. 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. Yet I will also make a nation of the son of the bondwoman, because he is your seed."


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.


    Lessons:
  1. Just as God left it to Abraham to separate the two in obedience, so to HE leaves it to us to separate ourselves from the same (as displeasing and difficult as that may be).
  2. God will bless certain activities of the flesh (the child of the bondwoman) but even then it would be because of the believers standing being accounted as righteous by the covenant of faith. There must remain that constant separation of the two at all times however.


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.

"God's University of the Faith"


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.


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."



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.




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.



nkjv@Genesis:21:22-24 @ 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. 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:21:25-28 @ 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." 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.



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.


Conclussion:

    What "University of the Faith" lessons have we gleaned from this passage here today?
  1. Everything God does He does for HIS own glorious purposes.
  2. Everything God does is meant to familiarize us with Himself.
  3. Everything God does is meant to set the believer apart from the rest of this spiritually decaying world.
  4. Scripture has the ability of proving to us how He goes about continuing to do this.
  5. God's promises are all received only by faith.
  6. That doesn't mean that we don't have to do something on our part, it means that we have to obey HIM in what HE needs us to do, not what we think to do as we see best.
  7. With each set apart work comes additional familiarity with God as HE actually reveals Himself to be.
  8. Tokens of anything are much different from the items they are intended to symbolize. It is too easy to get caught up observing the token rather than the truer substance.
  9. Just as God left it to Abraham to separate the two flesh/spirit in obedience, so to HE leaves it to us to separate ourselves from the same (as displeasing and difficult as that may be).
  10. God will bless certain activities of the flesh (the child of the bondwoman) but even then it would be because of the believers standing being accounted as righteous by the covenant of faith. There must remain that constant separation of the two at all times however.
  11. The concept "Covenant" is a very important to understand as we seek to familiarize ourselves spiritually with our God.
  12. Knowing where we stand in relation to HIS covenant determines which direction we would move forward from there. Do you know where you stand today in relation to this covenant?

More than anything else today, I hope that I have highlighted to your better understanding and edification the idea of our daily Christian walk being "God's University of the Faith"; the living spiritual faith. As much as each of us think that we know Jehovah and trust in the faith that HE has made available to everyone of us, there comes a time (likely several times a day) where we must set aside the way our flesh would rather chose to do it, set it apart from the way God now wants us to do it, and that with each step we take (forward or backward) there is an additional familiarity with HIS ways and HIS paths HIS revealed person needing to be experienced by doing it as the Spirit now leads us.

Is the Field Study easy? Not for anyone of us. But, we have each other, our brothers and sisters in Christ to help support us.

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.


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