Good morning everyone.
Welcome to Sunday School.
Throughout the Bible, you can see the lives of real men and women.
Some started well, but then they failed.
One thing that we can agree on is that
…There is none righteous, no, not one.
God put their life stories in the Bible with written words so that we can learn from them.
We have covered the story of Adam and Eve.
There is a great lesson learned from their lives.
Lives with obedience to God’s word bring blessing.
The Bible says
…For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.
[1 Samuel 15:23]
Disobedience to God is a sin.
Today we will talk about the life of the man from the Old Testament.
He was called
…the Friend of God.
We will study the life of Abraham.
Our key verse for today’s lesson is from [Genesis 15:6].
Let us read it together.
Genesis 15:6 And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
All the life choices that we made will have consequences.
One might be better than another.
To be honest, we all have made the wrong decision before!
If we search the Bible well enough, we will be able to see what God has already said for certain things in our lives.
There are things that we need to get rid of.
There are things that we need to pursue.
God writes about them in the Bible.
The man named Abraham was an old man.
He was born in Ur of the Chaldeans.
One day God talked to him to leave his own country [Genesis 12:1-4].
Genesis 12:1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
Genesis 12:2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
Genesis 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Genesis 12:4 So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.
The Bible tells us that Abraham was seventy and five years old when he left Haran.
He had a wife.
Her name originally was Sarai [Genesis 11:29] and later was changed to Sarah [Genesis 17:15].
One thing we can see here is that Abraham obeyed and acted upon God’s word without questioning it.
Obedience requires prompt action.
It is to do things in line with God’s word, with God’s way and at God’s timing.
Abraham was old. He still did not have his own son. However, God promised him that he would have his own son to carry on the family line.
Genesis 15:4 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.
Time went by.
Abraham still did not see how he and Sarah would have a child. Sarah was also old.
God’s timing can be slower than our expected schedule.
When we do things in our own way and not in line with God’s timing, we have a dangerous consequence.
Abraham also did that. Let us read [Genesis 16:2].
Genesis 16:2 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.
Seeing no way to have a child at her old age, Sarah told Abraham to go the Egyptian maid and that she could have a child by her.
We learned from the Bible that the child born out of Abraham and the maid was named Ishmael. [Genesis 16:11].
Genesis 16:11 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.
Abraham could have waited for God’s timing before he decided to go to the Egyptian maid.
It is easy to be tempted to do things in our own ways when we do not see our prayer gets answered immediately.
The story went on. God appeared to Abraham once again and confirmed His promise that Abraham will have a son through his wife, Sarah [Genesis 17:19].
Genesis 17:19 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.
God always keeps His promise.
Everything that God says in the Bible will come to pass.
Sarah conceived and had her own son at the old age [Genesis 21:1-3].
Genesis 21:1 And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken.
Genesis 21:2 For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.
Genesis 21:3 And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac.
With God, anything is possible.
We must believe that God is who He says He is and does what He says He will do.
Yes, it sounds simple.
They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
What are the lessons learned today?
1. God would like us to trust and believe in Him.
2. God always keeps His word.
3. We should learn to be obedient to God by doing what He said, with His way and at His timing.