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The Problems Of The Man Of Faith (29 of 48)
Series: Creation or Evolution?
Dr. Stan Coffey
June 7, 1987
INTRODUCTION: When Abraham and Sarah went to Egypt the first time they agreed that she would pose as his sister rather than be known as his wife. This disastrous experience should have taught Abraham a lesson. However, in this chapter he repeats the same grievous mistake all over again. It should comfort us that the Holy Spirit does not gloss over the sins and shortcomings of even the greatest saints. Abraham was a man of like passions as we are and he stumbled and fell like we do. Too many times we, like Abraham, have been mercifully delivered from a wrong course of action by the grace and intervention of God only to go back to a similar thing at a later time.
I. THE MOVING PILGRAM - Chapter 20:1-2
A. The restlessness of Abraham - vs. 1
We are not told why Abraham was on the move, it may have been the site of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah that caused him to move southward along the very road he had once taken into Egypt. Since God did not command him to move we may safely assume that Abraham was acting on his own accord without any direct leadership from the Lord.
B. The renewal of Sarah - vs. 2
Although Sarah is ninety years of age at this time she could compete with any nineteen year old in the land. This indicates that the Lord had performed a miracle and had renewed Sarah's youth in readiness for her forthcoming role as the mother of the promised child.
II. THE MISERABLE PROPHET - vs. 3-16
Here is the first place in scripture that someone is actually called a prophet and yet what a miserable impression Abraham makes on us.
A. Abraham was not readily recognizable as a prophet - vs. 3-7
1. Abimelech's lost condition - vs. 3
2. Abimelech's loud complaint - vs. 4-5
Abimelech tries to shift the blame of his sin to Abraham
3. Abimelech's last consideration - vs. 6-7
a. Abimelech had been sovereignly ...
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