Today all about Abraham
Abraham father of the Israelites, and so the father of the Jews and so, through Jesus, also our father as well
What did Abraham do?
LISTENED to Gods word – mostly – despite distractions
TRUSTED God’s promises, even though very unlikely, that he would be the father of more people than stars in the sky and they would be a blessing for all nations even though he did not have any children and he was 75.
WENT where God called him to go, exchanged known for unknown, trusted unseen rather than seen
‘God speaks and Abraham listens’
Sign saying ‘Promised Land’: Land flowing with milk and honey – in this case milk chocolate!
There were lots of obstacles in the way: Abraham was not perfect; He made mistakes
LISTENED TRUSTED WENT
Harran – going only some of the distance, but not surrendering vision
Egypt – compromising to avoid famine
Cities of the Plain choosing the seen (as nephew Lot did) – the fertile, rather than unseen promise
Hagar – relying on worldly means to achieve Godly objectives -self effort rather than miracle- always a disaster
Isaac – making idols of your children
Abraham can only go – where he is told by God
God says ‘Abraham’ turn left turn right but the rest of you can try and distract him!
But you mustn’t call him by his name: just go right, go left
I will say ‘Abraham – go right go left’
Blindfold Abraham and then…
But How do we hear Gods voice?
When we pray – still small voice – easily distracted by other sounds. Get to recognise COMPELLING SPIRIT
When we read the Bible – if you want to get close to God must make this a habit. COMMANDING SCRIPTURE
Talking with Christian friends. COUNSEL OF THE SAINTS
Listen to Gods voice
Trust his promises even though seem unlikely
Go where he tells you
even though you can’t tell future