June 15, 2008am   From One Father to Another.  Genesis 18:1-15: 21:1-7

by Ron George Jr. at the Fayetteville Baptist.org

Father’s day is a day that we give recognition and gifts to our fathers, but we need to take a minute to remember what our Father’s have given to us.  Jesus taught us to pray to the Father who is in heaven.  What has He done for us?

Genesis 18     The Lord appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. 2 Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground.
3 He said, “If I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, do not pass your servant by. 4 Let a little water be brought, and then you may all wash your feet and rest under this tree. 5 Let me get you something to eat, so you can be refreshed and then go on your way—now that you have come to your servant.” “Very well,” they answered, “do as you say.” 6 So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah. “Quick,” he said, “get three seahs of fine flour and knead it and bake some bread.” 7 Then he ran to the herd and selected a choice, tender calf and gave it to a servant, who hurried to prepare it. 8 He then brought some curds and milk and the calf that had been prepared, and set these before them. While they ate, he stood near them under a tree.
9 “Where is your wife Sarah?” they asked him. “There, in the tent,” he said.
10 Then the Lord said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.” Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. 11 Abraham and Sarah were already old and well advanced in years, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. 12 So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my master is old, will I now have this pleasure?”
13 Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son.” 15 Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.”  But he said, “Yes, you did laugh.”
Genesis 21     Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaaca to the son Sarah bore him. 4 When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God commanded him. 5 Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.
6 Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” 7 And she added, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”

 

  1. Father gives us life.  He gives life in the blood.   The Scripture says that the life of a creature is the blood (Lev. 19:11)  Our Father gives us life in the blood that he has passed on to us.  Our Heavenly Father gives us life through the blood of his son.  God gave Abraham life, and then He gave him a son of promise.  When it seemed that it would never happen, but life will spring from the source.  Life came to Abraham when Isaac was born.  Life came to us when Jesus gave his life for us. 
  1. Father gives us faith.  He gives us a life of faith.  Abraham had faith to believe in the impossible promise of the Father in heaven.  Faith is our response to the life given to us by the Heavenly Father.  Abraham’s gift to the visitors who we believe was God was a cool place to rest and a meal.  He displayed his faith through these actions.  God made a promise to Abraham.  Sarah laughed at the thought.  She knew it was impossible because of their age.  The days of child bearing had long gone, but with God it is possible.  Abraham passed his faith on to his family.  His wife and his son Isaac received this gift.  His life displayed this as he was willing to honor God by giving himself.  Would you give the gift of faith?

 

  1. Father gives us hope.  He gives us eyes of hope.  Without the promise from God Abraham had no hope of an heir who would carry on the family name.  This meant that Abraham’s legacy would die with him.  But with the promise from the Father he had hope of life.  God gives us the promise of life.  Would you have hope in Him?  Would you give the gift of hope?
  1. Father gives us joy.  He gives us minds filled with joy.  Life without joy is like clouds without rain.  It is empty.  But the joy of life filled the lives of Abraham and Sarah when God came to call upon them and give them the gift of life.  Would you give the gift of joy?  Joy is the presence of God in your life. 

 

  1. Father gives us love.  He gives us lives filled with love.  God came to Abraham’s tent with the hope of life.  He came because He wanted to.  He wants to bless His people.  He loves us.  He came to earth to live here with us and die in our place to give us the hope of eternal life.  Why?  For God so loved the world that He gave… John 3:16.   Would you receive the love of the Father?  Would you give the gift of love?  Unconditional love is the love of the Father.   We don’t deserve it.  It’s amazing.  We call it the amazing grace of God. 

The Holy Bible : New International Version (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984). Ge 18:1-15.

a Isaac means he laughs.

The Holy Bible : New International Version (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984). Ge 21:1-7.