GENESIS 12

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Genesis 12:1-3

GREAT PROMISES

 

The Bible is full of great promises. Here are 3 which God gave to Abraham.

 

"I WILL SHOW YOU" - Vs. 1 - GUIDANCE

"I WILL MAKE YOU" - Vs. 2 - GREATNESS

"I WILL BLESS YOU" - Vss. 3 – GRACIOUSNESS

 

 

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Genesis 12:1-9

THE CALL OF ABRAHAM

 

A GREAT DEMAND – Vs. 1

 

A GREAT DECLARATION – Vss. 2-3

 

A GREAT DEPARTURE – Vss. 4-7

 

A GREAT DEPENDENCE – Vss. 8-9

 

 

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JOURNEY WITH GREATNESS

Genesis 12:1-13:4

 

Abraham was a great man. God made him great as the father of faith, the father of the nation Israel, and as the ancestor of the Messiah, the Lord Jesus.  Let us take a journey with this great man.

 

3 STEPS UP:

  1. To The Land Vss. 1,4,7,8

  2. To A Nation Vs. 2a

  3. To Blessing Vss. 2b-3

 

3 STEPS DOWN

  1. Fleeing Vs. 10

  2. Fearing Vss. 11-13

  3. Fabricating Falsehood Vss. 14-20

 

1 STEP BACK 13:1-4

  Abraham went back to Bethel. Back to where he once was with God.                                                                                                                                                                                               (12:8)

 

 

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Genesis 12:1-13:4

A WALK WITH GOD

 

GOD’S PROMISES – 12:1-5

GOD’S PRESENCE – 12:6-9

GOD’S PROTECTION (in spite of sin) – 12:10-20

GOD’S PARDON – 13:1-4

 

 

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Genesis 12, 15, 18, 22

AT THE CROSSROADS

 

There have probably been many times when you have been driving your car that you have come to what we call a "crossroads".  This is when two or more roads intersect. At these crossroads, you needed to decide which way to go!

 

There are often crossroads experiences in our lives. We come to a point where we can go in two or more directions, and need to decide which way to go.  Such crossroads experiences include decisions about our careers, our marriage partners, our behavior, our church affiliation etc.

 

A Bible character who often found himself at the crossroads was Abraham.  He didn't always make the right Spiritual choices, but very often he did. Here are four "crossroads" where Abraham made the right decision.

 

THE ROAD TO GOD, OR THE ROAD TO GODLESSNESS Genesis 12:1-3

Abraham did not grow up in what we would call a Godly home.  His relatives were idol worshipers. Joshua 24:2

In our text God called Abraham to follow Him, and promised him great blessings. Abraham had to chose whether he would follow the true God, or would follow the false God's of his relatives, which was really Godlessness. He chose to follow the road to God.

 

THE ROAD TO FAITH OR THE ROAD TO FRET (WORRY) Genesis 15

Abraham had just rescued Lot and others in chapter 14.

In Vs. 1, he was evidently worried about possible retaliation against him. In Vss. 2-3 he is worried because he does not yet have a child.

God tells Abraham "Fear not." He also takes him out and shows him the stars and tells him that his seed will be numerous like the stars. In Vs. 6 it says that Abraham "believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness."

 

THE ROAD TO PASSIVENESS OR THE ROAD TO PETITION Genesis 18:17-33

God showed Abraham his plan for the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.  Abraham could have chosen to be passive about the information, but chose to intercede in behalf of the righteous in those cities. Of course he was also praying for his nephew Lot.

 

THE ROAD TO OBSTINACY OR THE ROAD TO OBEDIENCE Genesis 22

God called on Abraham to sacrifice his only son.

Abraham could have balked. He could have refused.

Instead, he obeyed God, and was praised for it.

 

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