Genesis 12:1-9 (ESV) 12 Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless …Read More →
Soli Deo Gloria! To God, Alone, Be the Glory. This year, the Reformed Churches in the Fredericksburg and Stafford area celebrate the 5th Sola of the Reformation. Pastors Gordon Duncan of Evident Grace Fellowship, Leon Brown of New City Fellowship, and Leonard Bailey of Hope of Christ preach from Genesis 1-3 on the manifestation of God’s glory in Creation, Fall, …Read More →
Genesis 11:1-9; Acts 2:1-12 A Community Project, part 4 We’re on a Mission From God (or else our own secret mission) 1 Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. 2 And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. 3 And they said to …Read More →
Whose Mission? What is the Mission? Commander’s Intent The Purpose of Mission (Why we do missions?) Genesis 1:26-31 (ESV) 26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and …Read More →
1. It all started with God. God is the Creator. All things were created for His glory and purposes. We are apt to seeing ourselves as the center of the universe and the most important person in the world. On the stage of history, God has the final word about purpose and our place in it. We owe Him life …Read More →
Genesis 50 Then Joseph fell on his father’s face and wept over him and kissed him. 2 And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father. So the physicians embalmed Israel. 3 Forty days were required for it, for that is how many are required for embalming. And the Egyptians wept for him seventy days. 4 And when …Read More →
Genesis 45 1 Then Joseph could not control himself before all those who stood by him. He cried, “Make everyone go out from me.” So no one stayed with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers. 2 And he wept aloud, so that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard it. 3 And Joseph said …Read More →
As Hope of Christ returns to a series on Genesis, Pastor Bailey recaps the story of Genesis viewed through the lens of God’s grace toward sinful man. There is a tendency to see Genesis, and the Old Testament in general, as God acting in a way different than He deals with His people in the New Covenant. As this series …Read More →
Genesis 21 (ESV)
Genesis 21:1-2 notes: 1 The Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did to Sarah as he had promised. 2 And Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the time of which God had spoken to him.
Something that we need to do when we’re reading the Scriptures is remember that the text brings forward characters for the purpose of teaching us something. Sometimes we can get lost in the story itself and not keep track of what is said or done. Notice how the story emphasizes that the Lord visited Sarah “just as He said” and did to her “just as He promised”. One of the refrains of the Scriptures is how things come about just as God has promised or just as He said. In your reading of the Scriptures, start taking note how often it is recorded that things happen just as the Lord said or promised they would. I was struck, when we were studying Exodus together in Sunday School, how it seems that everybody had forgotten that God had promised that, after 400 years, He was going to lead the people out of Egypt.
But God didn’t forget. God never forgets. His Promise is going to come to pass. It doesn’t matter much whether His people want it to come to pass. It will happen.
Here, of course, it is a joyous occasion. Abraham, a 99 year old man, and Sarah, his 89 year old wife, were told by God that they would conceive and bear a child. One year later, as the Lord Promised, a child was born. This occurred, as verse 2 states, “…at the time which God had spoken to him.”
God said it.
Doesn’t matter much who believed it, because…
That settles it.
Now, you don’t have to have a medical degree to realize how remarkable that is. That’s why it’s so important to note that God “visited” Sarah. Everybody understood that this couldn’t have happened by just natural means. Of course every birth is by the sustaining power of God because He upholds the universe by His power. It’s only our lack of spiritual discernment and gratitude that we think of the sun rising or the birth of a child as some natural event according to some law outside of God.
But, if the fact that the sun came up this morning and even now utters forth speech about God or that every birth is an occasion to thank God, how much more so was everyone reminded that this birth was very clearly the power of God at work and could never be thought of as being under Abraham and Sarah’s power to bring about in the strength of their flesh? In fact, Romans 4 notes that the birth of Isaac is to be thought of as God bringing the dead to life. It’s a picture of faith and the fact that it is God who saves. It is God who brings life. The Promise was going to come about in such a way that only God could get the glory.Read More →
Download Study Guide This lesson teaches through the drama of redemption as God’s purposes are revealed by: 1. God glorifying Himself 2. God calling a people to Himself 3. God saving His people. This period of redemption covers the period of Genesis and the generations of God’s people culminating in the story of Abraham and the Patriarchs. The series covers …Read More →