by Rick Ferguson

Dr. Rick E. Ferguson

Genesis 15:1-21

Our study of the book of Genesis has once again
brought us to the life of one of God's greatest
men--Abraham. Abram (or Abraham) is one of the
most important, prominent patriarchs of the Old
Testament; and he is one of the most important
men who ever lived in all history. The thing I
think we should remember about Abraham is that
he was faithful. This is the most important
quality of his life. It is the quality the New
Testament emphasizes about him.

Galatians 3:9 Paul refers to him as "faithful

In previous weeks we have studied

(1) the faithfulness of Abraham and

(2) the failures of Abraham.

Today I want us to take a look at the
fruitfulness of Abraham. God has something very
important to say to us today through the
fruitfulness of Abraham.

As we begin reading in Chapter 15 we find Abram
somewhat discouraged and downhearted. He has
just won a tremendous military battle against
four very vicious kings who had formed a
confederacy. They had overrun Sodom and Gomorrah
and taken the people of the cities away as
slaves. Abram's nephew, Lot, was among those
carried away captive.

Abram put together an army, defeated the
confederacy, and delivered Lot (as well as the
other captives) from the wicked captors. It
had been a mighty military victory.

(1) Lot has just departed on his merry way
back to Sodom, leaving Abram shaking his
head wondering whether all his efforts to
rescue Lot had been in vain.

(2) The King of Sodom had left, rubbing his
hands over the recovery of all his good at
no personal cost or risk to himself. He
was, no doubt, discussing with his
secretary of treasury why Abram did not
keep any of the booty for himself.

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