Father Abraham

Big Idea: The plan of God to redeem his lost creation began to unfold when he chose and commissioned Abraham to be the prototype of a Kingdom man.

Scripture: Then Samuel said to all the people, “This is the man the Lord has chosen as your king. No one in all Israel is like him!” And all the people shouted, “Long live the king!” Then Samuel told the people what the rights and duties of a king were. He wrote them down on a scroll and placed it before the Lord.
1 Samuel 10:24-25a NLT

A Quick Review

Remember that our parents, Adam and Eve had been created, anointed and appointed to be the prototype of a Kingdom Couple. They were given a wide circle of influence, the Garden of Eden, with privilege and authority to be fruitful, multiply, subdue and rule. But when tested by Nachash, they dropped the ball. The devil picked it up and became the legal owner and ruler of planet earth and of Adam’s family. But God had a plan to redeem what had been lost.

Flip ahead 2000 years

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God … Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore. Hebrews 11:8-12 ESV

The Lord was looking for the right person to model Kingdom authority

2000 BC
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.
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.
I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonours you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
Genesis 12:1-3a ESV

Again, as with Adam and Eve, the Word, “blessed” means to move into the full rights of legal heirs of God. Abraham and his descendants potentially were to become heirs of the world.

But there were provisos

Abram, “exalted father”, was chosen to begin a new race of God-followers. He was to provide an example for his family, which ultimately included Jesus, and all believers, of a life lived by faith.
“For I have chosen him,
so that he may command his children and his household after him
to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice,
so that the Lord may bring upon Abraham what He has spoken about him.” Genesis 18:19 NASB

So Abram went, as the Lord had told him, and Lot went with him.
Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.
And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people that they had acquired in Haran, and they set out to go to the land of Canaan.
When they came to the land of Canaan, Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were living in the land.

Then the Lord (Jesus) appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.”
So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him.

From there he moved to the hill country on the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel (House of God) on the west and Ai (Ruin; wasteland) on the east. And there he built an altar to the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord. Genesis 12:4-8 ESV

The Kingdom promises were passed on through Abraham’s descendants

Even so Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.
Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham.
The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “All the nations will be blessed in you.”
So then those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the believer. Galatians 3:6-9 NASB

For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith. Romans 4:13 ESV

For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, (Adam) much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one-man Jesus Christ. Romans 5:17 ESV

The fulfilment of the promise to Abraham was unattainable in Abraham’s day (2000 BC) because the world was still legally owned by the devil. These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. Hebrews 11:13 ESV

But, as we will see in a few weeks, the promises of the Kingdom were finally fulfilled in Jesus’ death and resurrection.

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