Ur is the land of death and darkness, the land into which we were born. Haran is the. Canaan is the land of power and blessing, the place of the Spirit's fullness. Have you entered the. As we continue our study of the life of Abraham, let us determine to wholeheartedly follow the command of. God, for only the n may we rise up to go into the land of fullness of blessing in Christ.
Let us remember that. And let us hear the voice of God saying. I will show you! There is no o the r. It is refreshing to meet a real pilgrim in the midst of our secular, security-loving age with its continual. We can identify pilgrims by two invariable. Not that such people actually live in tents; but the ir whole outlook is. They hold material things loosely and are. There is a discontent with.
This is the tent. The second characteristic is the. It means having a low opinion of one's own. It is an awareness of the constant need of cleansing and a. The story of Abraham is the story of such a pilgrim. It takes us back several thousand years to the o the r. With his tent and his altar, Abram sojourned in the land of Canaan. He had no permanent home,. The land of Canaan, as we have already seen, is a picture of the. Spirit- filled life. It is not a place of special privilege, as many think.
It is not a place which invites only the. The land of Canaan is where God expects every Christ ian to dwell every day of. Though Abram is now in the land, he has not yet learned the conditions of life in the land. He stands in the.
And as so of ten happens at this stage of the Christ ian life as we pick up the story of Abram in Genesis 12 ,. What new Christ ian has not discovered what it is to lose his. Now the re was a famine in the land. So Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn the re, for the.
The land of Canaan was much like parts of Cali for nia--a wonderful land with a magnificent climate, but. There are times when the re is no rain and the land suffers a. For those whose livelihood depends on. Abram was a man with flocks and herds, and when the rains. He saw his immediate source of sustenance endangered, and it must. As the scarcity of food grew, he felt driven to.
There is not a word here about asking God's permission to go down to Egypt. Abram took counsel, not from. God, but from his fears alone. To use a contemporary expression, he "pushed the panic button," and down. It was fear that drove him. Now if the land is a symbol for us of the life of fellowship with. Have you ever experienced such a famine Have you been. It may be a new boss who turns out to be an ogre; it may be neighbors who throw the ir garbage over the.
It is always some difficult. Perhaps it is hard and. It may be a bitter disappointment that. It may. It may be. In short, it is any temptation that seems more than you can bear and which threatens to cut of f. When this occurs, we are tempted to flee ra the r than to stick it out. We do not enjoy trials like this, and we. We move to ano the r neighborhood, change jobs, take a trip, or go. If we cannot flee physically, we try to run away mentally.
We escape the unpleasant. There is so much of this today--some retreat into a mental Egypt where life. Once, perhaps, it was a simple problem of daydreaming. But now we can have it done for us electronically. Parker's Fourth Wife" is brought to us in picture as well as sound. Man y. Or maybe you begin to haunt movie the aters for distraction from.
Or you find a perpetual din from the radio keeps you from disturbing thoughts or from. Perhaps the retreat you choose is a constant round of social. Far too many Christ ians demonstrate that the spirit is willing, but the flesh. Some retreat to alcohol or to overeating, for getting that an overhang is perhaps. Whenever we attempt to satisfy the spirit with the resources of the world, we have. There is a vast difference between this escape and the occasional need for recreation and rest which God.
Nor is. Abram's flight into Egypt a warning to us that we should have nothing to do with worldly people. We are. But going down to Egypt means adopting. It is trying to slake the thirst of the spirit at a. Abram's experience here is given to teach us the unutterable folly of Egypt:.
Say you are my sister, that it may go well with me. And when the princes of Pharaoh saw. And the woman was taken into Pharaoh's house. And for her. So Pharaoh called Abram, and said, "What is this you have done. Now let us see what happens in Egypt.
First of all, the pressure is of f! Abram found in Egypt the release he. There was a famine in Canaan; he felt its pressure; he ran away from it and immediately. There was plenty to eat in Egypt. And it is far more com for table and relaxing. But this is not the whole story. What else happened in Egypt It is plain that when Abram lost his faith he also lost his courage!
He told "a little white. He said to his wife, "Look, dear, I know the se Egyptians. I read. They are all wolves, and you are a beautiful woman. I know what will. They will want to take you, and if the y know you are my wife, the y will. Let's play it smart with a little strategy. You tell the m you are my sister. This was not wholly a lie. Sarai was Abram's half-sister. She was the daughter of a woman who married.
Abram's fa the r after Abram was born. So this was a half-truth. But a half-truth is also a half-lie, and a lie. The nearer it is to the truth, the more perfectly deceitful it is. Abram's intent was clearly to deceive.
Doubtless he justified it on the grounds that it was needed to protect. Perhaps this is the most startling thing about this story. Sarai was sixty-five years old at. Abram feels cast upon his own resources to. This is the first result of moving out of Canaan and out of fellowship with Christ. Out of the land, away. The immediate result is. Have you found that to be true The minute you begin to move away from the control.
The outcome of this lie was that Sarai was put into a place of real danger. The king claimed her for his. The danger he thought existed had no power to. This is the second folly of Egypt--our loved ones suffer. Abram was trying to protect himself, but in protecting himself he. This is the trouble with Egypt. It is true the pressure we fear is relieved the re, but when we try to live on.
Not only. Abram's nephew, Lot, went down to Egypt with him. Later on, when. The lust for com for t and worldly glory that was. Remember that when you flee to Egypt, your. The third factor about Egypt is that Abram was made very rich. You say, "What's wrong with that This is. In Egypt,. Abram was given sheep, oxen, he-asses, menservants, maidservants, she-asses, and camels. This is the. But when he comes back into the land, the first thing we hear of is strife.
Fur the rmore, we are told he. One of the m was named Hagar, with whom Abram later conceived the child,. Ishmael, the fa the r of the Arab nations who ever since have been a thorn in the side of Israel. The price of. But this is not all. Abram became a curse to the worldlings with whom he lived. Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram's wife.
A Christ ian out of fellowship with Christ is of no. Instead, he is a hindrance. His life of hypocrisy and weakness is a. In God's name, if you are not. You will become a. Finally, Egypt is a place of rebuke and humiliation.
What a scene this is! Here is Abram, the man of God,. Years ago, when I was a young Christ ian living in Denver, Colorado, I took on the job of soliciting. The pastor felt that some businesses which dealt with the church. I was to call the m on the telephone and solicit the.
One of those I called was the manager of a prominent restaurant nearby. I opened the. Hewitt, the pastor of the church, as he had given me. Evidently she misunderstood and thought that I was Mr. Throughout the. It took me by surprise at first, and I did not correct her at.
She placed an ad, and the next month I called her again to renew it. It had worked so well to be. Hewitt that I thought I would tell her it was he calling again. I got ano the r ad. The third month I tried it again. But this time her voice grew cold and distant as she said, "I don't know. Hewitt, for as I sit here in my of fice I can see Mr. Hewitt and his wife.
I don't know what kind of church you run, but if this is the means you have of getting. I can still feel the shame and. What a terrible place of rebuke and folly is Egypt! But now God terminates the painful lesson of Egypt in Abram's life. At the deepest moment of his agony,.
We read, "pharaoh gave men orders concerning him, and the y set him. Once back in the land, he finds again the fullness of supply that he could have had all along! So Abram went tip from Egypt, he and his wife, and all that be had, and Lot with him, into the. Now Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold. And he journeyed on from the. Negeb as far as Be the l, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Be the l.
As soon as Abram is back in the land, the re is the tent and the altar again. There is no tent or altar in. That is, the re is no pilgrim character, no place of worship or cleansing, no fellowship in Egypt. In o the r words, time spent in Egypt is wasted! There was. He had to come right back to where he was when he went down to Egypt. He had material gain to show for the time in Egypt, but nothing but barrenness and weakness spiritually. Have you discovered how true this is When you for sake the pathway of faith, when you refuse to walk in.
They may literally be years. I know Christ ians who have lived almost all. When Abram at last returned, what did he find There is no mention of famine when he returns, but I. Remember, Abram was driven out of Egypt. He was not yet ready to leave. Also, the quarrel which. Why not Because when he. This is what he should have.
When we cash a check we are calling on the. He discovers that God is able to meet his needs despite the famine, the trial, or the. Just as Paul proclaims, "And my God will supply every need of yours according to his. Every day reports were. It seemed that all that Hudson Taylor had given his life to was crumbling be for e his eyes.
One black day, after some particularly distressing news had come, Hudson Taylor's associates wondered if. He spent the morning in his house alone, and when the y came to. But as the y approached the house, the y. Are you in a time of testing and trial that makes it difficult to hang onto God Do not think for a moment. You will find a kind of relief, but the price of Egypt. For the soul that says, "Its all right, Lord, I'm looking only to you to see me through," the re awaits a sure.
Someone has pointed out that life seems to be arranged backwards. We are called upon to make our most. It is because of this. It is this very quality of life which reveals our inability to handle life by ourselves. It is a wise person,. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make. After the temporary failure of faith which took Abram from Canaan into Egypt, we find him once again in. As we saw earlier, however, life. Fur the rmore, it is a life of.
We are now given an illuminating account of what happens when strife and trouble break. Who has not stood at this place. And Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents, so that the land could not.
At that time the Canaanites and the Perizzites dwelt in the land. Then Abram. Is not the whole land be for e you Separate yourself from me. We have been reading of Lot all through the story of Abram. He was Abram's nephew, and he came with. The whole story of this man is told in one brief phrase in verse 5: "…Lot, who.
He went with Abram! Wherever Abram was, Lot was. When Abram stopped, Lot stopped. Man y commentators seem to think Abram was wrong to take Lot with him out of the land of Ur. There is. But Scripture never implies that it was wrong to. Lot evidently responded when God spoke to Abram and called him to go out into a land.
Lot wanted to go along, and Abram, wishing to help him, agreed. The trouble. Lot pictures those Christ ians who depend upon o the rs for faith and inspiration to act. There are many Lots. They never seem to learn to walk alone with God, but lean on ano the r's faith for strength.
As long. But where the prop is weak, the y are weak also. When Abram's faith failed, Lot's faith failed. Lot leans on. Abram all the way. He is a second-hand Christ ian. Although his own faith is genuine and the New. Testament makes it clear that Lot was a righteous man , never the less he depends wholly upon Abram to. This works well as long as the pressure is on. As long as things are a bit rough, Lot will stay with Abram;.
Lot feels his weakness to act upon his own faith. There are many like this. As long as things are a bit difficult, the y lean hard upon the ir Abram, whoever or. But the re is one kind of test this type of Christ ian cannot stand-- the test of prosperity,. Material prosperity, especially, will always show up the Lots in our midst.
So we read here that when the ir possessions became so great the y could no longer dwell toge the r, strife. Today we would call this a conflict of interests. There are many parallels in modern. Here are two partners in business, both of the m Christ ians. For the stronger of the two, the man of. He knows that God expects him. His real reason for working is that he. At first, the o the r partner goes along with him and agrees that his goal is a worthy basis for the business.
But prosperity comes! They make a little money, the second man raises his standard of living and gets his. He becomes more concerned about increasing the business and making. When that happens, the re is only one thing to do. As with Lot. Lot would have let this thing fester until it broke out into some serious conflict, but Abram says,. We must separate now be for e the re is any fur the r difficulty. Then Abram said to Lot, "Let the re be no strife between you and me, and between your.
Is not the whole land be for e you Separate. If you take the left hand, the n I will go to the right; or if you take the right. Note the reasons Abram gives for this separation. Every word here is important. In the last part of verse 7. Is it not a warning to us that whenever strife looms between Christ ians, the enemies of the Lord are ready. They are always. Abram acted be for e. Everyone's heart harbors something that, if allowed to.
The second reason is found in his words, "Let the re be no strife, for we are kinsmen," that is, "brethren. We are brethren! That means we are tied toge the r in the same bundle of life, and if! If you hurt me, you are hurting yourself.
Brethren cannot have strife without injuring one ano the r. Whenever strife develops between members of the Body of Christ , it always has this result. It is a case of. If you hurt your bro the r, you are surely hurting yourself. Abram, in his God-given wisdom, said, "Let us not have any of this. We are brethren, so do not let this. Let us calmly settle the matter now be for e it breaks out in open conflict. Then Abram did a magnificent, God-honoring thing; he gave up his own rights without a murmur.
He was. Yet he said to him, "Lot,. If you want to go this way, I'll go that way. I once heard Dr. Ironside tell of an experience in his early life when his mo the r took him to a meeting. One man finally stood and pounded. The Lord Jesus didn't come to get his rights--he came to get his wrongs, and he got.
It was this same spirit that moved Abram to give Lot. And Lot lifted up his eyes, and saw that the Jordan valley was well watered everywhere like the. So Lot chose for himself all the Jordan valley, and Lot. Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, while. Lot dwelt among the cities of the valley and moved his tent as far as Sodom.
Now the men of. Evidently Lot and Abram went out on a promontory overlooking the valley and Lot lifted up his eyes. He had been out looking around be for e! He saw the Jordan River cutting through its great gorge, the deepest point on the. On ei the r side of the Jordan the lush green grass was growing, and the variety of palm. He was greatly attracted to it; it was a modern real estate. Then he saw the cities of the plain. They were like Egypt! Lot remembered Egypt as a place where one.
This is what Lot saw. But the passage suggests the re were some things Lot did not see. Although the Jordan Valley was the re. The word "Jordan" means death. The river. It was grand to look upon; but spiritually it meant the place of death. This Lot failed to. Then it is specifically pointed out that the men of Sodom were wicked--great sinners be for e the Lord. The name of Sodom today is. Though the life of the city was morally rotten, it was hidden.
We have our Sodoms today. Moral corruption has permeated our social. This Lot failed to do. Lot saw the prosperity and the beauty,. Now, it is true that nei the r Lot nor Abram could for esee the death, the rottenness, the judgment that life in. Sodom would bring. But the whole point of the story lies right here. Lot, presuming to run his own life,.
And long be for e. When will we learn that the inner nature of things--things as the y really are--is only revealed to the man. So we read, "Lot chose for himself. As he looked out, Self said, "Ah, this will. Every time he moved his tent, he moved it ever nearer Sodom. But now, what happened to old Abram How did it go with the man who was willing to let God make the.
I will make your descendants. Arise, walk through the length and the breadth of the land, for I will give it to. Lot had lifted up his eyes and chosen for himself; now God says to the man of faith, living in his tent on. Lot chose , and the west. All the land is his! This land is consistently a symbol of the fullness of life in the. Spirit of God; the life of joy, power, love, and glory; the life of refreshing ministry to o the rs.
Surely this is. This is all yours, if you. Lot will never know this! Nor will we, if we make our choices on the basis of what we see, relating to the. But if, like Abram, we are content to have what God. Paul says in 1 Corinthians "For all things are. Then God said to Abram, "Not only do I give this land to you, but I will fill the land with your descendants. That is, "I will make you fruitful beyond belief. I will make your life one of such blessing that after you are.
Then he said to Abram, "Arise, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I will give it to you. The land is all that Christ will be to us through the eternal ages to come. But God is saying to us, "Don't. You don't have to wait until you die to enjoy this.
You can have it now, if you will possess it. If we, seeing Abram walking up and down the land, had said to the Canaanites and Perizzites, "Do you. But it was true! Wherever Abram wanted to move in that land, God opened. The whole land was his. He could go where he wanted. He could live where he chose. Canaanites and the Perizzites had to move out when Abram came in.
Thus also the Spirit of God declares. The land. So we read, "Abram moved his tent and came down to the oaks of Mamre. And the re at Hebron, which means. In the place of fatness and fellowship, Abram confessed again by. It is a wonderful picture, isn't it. Everyone dwells in a world exactly like that of Abram and Lot, a world in which material values constantly.
We have only so much time to invest, so much life to spend, and we are. We can say with Lot, "I want what the world can. The Christ ian who is content to let God make his choices finds it easy to fulfill. Man y think the Christ ian life is prosaic, dull, uneventful. It is anything but that! If it appears that way, it is. We have seen already that whenever Abram is found with a tent and an altar in the land of Canaan, he is a.
Lot, on the o the r hand, pictures the carnal Christ ian, fleshgoverned,. Lot left Abram on the hillside. He was drawn by the allurements of. He pictures a Christ ian who is born. But now, suddenly, Abram's quiet and pleasant life is shattered. Life in the Spirit is like that. We are never. In Genesis 14 we are introduced to the first war ever recorded in Scripture. It is a stirring. We get. And all. The spade of the archaeologist has amply verified the existence of the kings named here.
Long be for e the. The account here could. As the account progresses, we learn that Chedorlaomer is the chief of the invading kings. Historically, he is. He came with. His coming in this. But more than one type is required to. Sodom, for instance, pictures the world in its lust for.
In contrast to this, the invasion from the east portrays the world in its naked power to. These for ces are of ten found opposed in history. Our own beloved nation of America is already enslaved to. These for ces dominate our national life. But it is also threatened.
Here are two differing for ces, both arising out of the fallen nature of man. One desires material. The o the r is sheer, naked tyranny,. This is exactly what confronted the cities of the plain, and Lot especially, as he now dwelt in Sodom.
Lot is. Now he is threatened by circumstances that would deprive him of basic liberties. How does this relate to us today It might be some for m of legalism, or perhaps some vicious habit such as. It might even be a sickness that renders one a bedridden invalid--although all. Whatever may be the problem, it is something outward that threatens. Here is Lot, a carnal Christ ian, caught between the jaws of a vise-- the.
Verses reveal the apparent invincibility of this enemy:. In the fourteenth year Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him came and subdued the. Horites in Mount Seir as far as El-paran on the border of the wilderness; the n the y turned back. Rephaim and Zuzim were families of giants. It is from this group, later in Israel's history, that Goliath. These were men eight to ten feet tall, a mighty race.
Yet the invading kings swept away even the se giants. The territory mentioned here is quite extensive, covering from the north and west of the Sea of Galilee,. Here, the n, was an enemy, seemingly invincible,. At this point we have the first mention of Lot. If it were not for him, we would know nothing at all of the se.
Then the king of Sodom, the king of Gomorrah, the king of Admah, the king of Zeboiim, and the. Ellasar, four kings against five. Now the valley of Siddim was full of bitumen pits; and as the. It is specifically called to our attention that in the valley of the Dead Sea the re were many tar or bitumen.
These open pits of asphalt would be covered over by the desert sand as the wind. But anyone venturing into such a. The bones of dinosaurs and. But instead the y became a trap. As the tide of battle turned against the m, the y fled to the. Man y of the m, falling into the pits of tar, were destroyed.
In the ensuing. Perhaps you have fallen into just such a circumstance. You have tried to fight back, but nothing seems to. The very defenses upon which you rely become threats against you. You can choose capture or.
And perhaps, as Lot, you have found yourself captured against. Then notice what happens! The Holy Spirit shifts the scene to Abram up on the mountainside, so that we. All hope for Lot now lies in Abram's hand:. Then one who had escaped came, and told Abram the Hebrew, who was living by the oaks of. Mamre the Amorite, bro the r of Eshcol and of Aner; the se were allies of Abram verse A messenger comes to Abram, perhaps sent by Lot.
At the last moment be for e his capture, he may have. It is likely that he barely. He finds Abram in Hebron, the place of fellowship. Mamre, as we have noted be for e, means fatness or richness. Eshcol means a group or bunch, and Aner. Taking the se three names toge the r, spiritually speaking, I see. Here is a group of people, living in the richness of fellowship with Christ , who have. This is exactly what our. Lord bids us do in Mat the w a: "But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to.
Since this is the only place in Scripture where. Abram is called a Hebrew, it must have some special significance. The word Hebrew means passenger, or. The Spirit of God would highlight for us the character of the ones to whom Lot looks for rescue. They are led by the man who holds lightly the things of earth, the man of the pilgrim life. To this band on the hillside comes the message that Lot is in trouble. When Peter, in the New Testament. As a result the. When a child of God through ignorance or selfish folly has fallen into something that enslaves.
That is what we have. When Abram heard that his kinsman had been taken captive, he led for th his trained men, born. And he. Here is the key to victory--three hundred and eighteen men, trained for warfare! Now, this was not his. There were o the r men belonging to Abram's allies, but this is the hard core of trained,. He had only three hundred and eighteen,. It might have seemed a pitiful handful beside the vast armies of those four. But if we will. The lesson is simply this: God's victories are never won by for ce of numbers!
If three hundred and eighteen people were to ga the r to pray today, that would be a red letter day indeed. And if those three hundred and eighteen people knew how to pray, were trained in the warfare of prayer,. Three hundred and eighteen would put to rout all. Our world is threatened by the tremendous power of communism, and many of our bro the rs and sisters.
I fully believe God is. Then the for ces of tyranny will be routed in many places, and men and women who are. Note the careful strategy Abram employed. We are told he divided his for ces by night. The march of Abram. They traveled the whole length.
As was the custom. It was at such a time and place that Abram and his allies found the m, and during the night, the y divided. Abram sent one part of his army one way and one the. At a signal, the y sprang. This division of Abram's for ces into a two-pronged attack suggests the Christ ian's weapons in spiritual. In Ephesians 6, we are reminded that we possess two effective weapons- the Word and prayer.
And take the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Pray at all times in the Spirit, with. Man y a "Lot" has been delivered from the slavery which bound him by the helpful counsel of the Word of. God given through some fellow-believer, and the prayers of the men and women of God who have. Thus Abram divided his for ces, and using a tw of old approach, he set the enemy to flight. Notice yet a third incident. Abram pursued the m as far as Hobah, north of Damascus. Hobah means. Abram never let up.
He kept on till the for ces against him were demoralized. He pressed his. He did not quit fighting, he did not stop praying at the first little break, but. In verse 16, we see the extent of the. Then he brought back all the goods, and also brought back his kinsman Lot with his goods, and. Now in all this, the Holy Spirit would drive one thing home to our hearts.
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