1. Hello listening friends.
2. We are delighted that you have joined us again today.
3. We are going to begin a journey of faith.
4. It is the journey of Abraham’s faith.
5. If the life of Abraham teaches us anything it teaches us that intimacy with God takes time.
6. Yet if you are like me, you will dislike waiting for anything.
7. We do our banking with machines.
8. We drive our cars everywhere
9. As if to say
10. “Wherever this God of yours tells you to go.”
11. And our unwillingness to wait extends even to our worship and prayer life.
12. We do not like it if the service takes more than one hour.
13. The same thing happens with our personal prayer time.
14. We think if we spend 15 minutes reading the Bible and 5 minutes in prayer we have become modern day spiritual giants.
15. The life of Abraham teaches us that it took time for Abraham to build a right relationship with God.
16. The story of Abraham’s relationship with God is told with such emphasis that no one can say, well, it’s just Abraham.
17. What does the Lord want us to learn from this story?
18. God has a deep longing to fellowship with everyone who he has called into his kingdom.
19. God does not call us into the kingdom to receive salvation-- and that’s the end of it.
20. God wants us to learn several things from his intimacy with Abraham.
22. God would commune with the man or the woman who is totally available to him.
24. God would be the friend of any man or woman who longs to be with him.
25. God is ready to speak with the one who longs to hear his voice.
26. God wants to fellowship with the one who is not in a hurry to fellowship with him.
27. God is happy to be identified as your friend... if you want to be identified as His friend.
28. Let's turn to the Word of God and learn from the life of this man Abraham.
29. The book of Genesis chapter 11 verse 24 to chapter 12 verse 3.
30. When Nahor had lived 29 years, he became the father of Terah.
31. And after he became the father of Terah, Nahor lived 119 years and had other sons and daughters.
32. After Terah had lived 70 years, he became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran.
33. This is the account of Terah. Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran. And Haran became the father of Lot.
34. While his father Terah was still alive, Haran died in Ur of the Chaldeans, in the land of his birth.
35. Abram and Nahor both married. The name of Abram's wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor's wife was Milcah; she was the daughter of Haran, the father of both Milcah and Iscah.
36. Now Sarai was barren; she had no children.
37. Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. But when they came to Haran, they settled there.
38. Terah lived 205 years, and he died in Haran.
39. The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.
40. “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.
41. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
(Gen 11:24-12:3 NIV)
42. The first thing you notice about Abraham was that he was an ordinary man.
43. He was rough... and a simple sheep herder.
44. He uttered no prophesies.
45. He never wrote a book.
46. He never sang a song.
47. His credentials were not the least bit impressive.
48. He never went to seminary and I am certain he never wore special clothes.
49. He was as far away from the being famous and important as you can get.
50. He never got invited to a king’s dinner.
51. He was never on anyone's VIP list.
52. And he had never given an interview to any of the newspapers or television.
54. he was available for God's use and ready to obey.
55. He had one major problem!
56. He was a pagan ... who worshiped idols.
57. So it does take a while for Abram of Ur of Chaldeans to become Abraham God's friend.
58. Abram's folks in the Ur of Chaldeans (near modern day Iraq) were called Habiri... from which came the word Hebrew ... and it means travelers.
59. Some scholars believed they were called thus... because they were involved in renting donkeys and camels to travelers.
60. Abraham's father was Terah and Terah had three boys.
61. Abram, Haran, and Nahor.
62. As the boys grew up... Terah became very proud of His boys...
63. and yet, tragedy struck Terah's heart.
64. His son Haran died right in his arms.
65. No doubt Terah became possessive of his remaining two boys.
66. It was not long before another tragedy was beginning to take place.
67. Abraham got religious and wanted to leave home.
68. I know verse 31 of Genesis 11 said that;... “Terah took Abraham his son into the Land of Canaan.”
69. This is in keeping with the hierarchical structure of the time.
70. But it was Abram whom God called to go to Canaan.
71. In Acts seven, 3 and 4 you see that God called Abraham to leave his family and go to Canaan ... but he stopped in Haran.
72. Let us read it.
73. ‘Leave your country and your people,’ God said, ‘and go to the land I will show you.’
74. So he left the land of the Chaldeans and settled in Haran. After the death of his father, God sent him to this land where you are now living.
(Acts 7:3-4 NIV)
75. Why did Abram stop in Haran?
76. Because his father Terah wanted to stop in Haran.
77. You can imagine how it might have happened.
78. Abraham pops his head in the flap of the tent of Terah and he says, “Father ... God is calling me to leave home and go to Canaan.”
79. At this point Terah gets upset.
80. “WHAT!” he says. “You are leaving your poor old Father?”
81. “You are deserting your father who has been good to you?”
82. “Who is going to take care of me in my old age?”
83. “I don't trust your brother Nahor.”
84. “He is frivolous and forgets things.”
85. “You are going nowhere!”
86. “You are not going anywhere without taking me with you.”
87. Now, parents I want to tell you something
88. You have to let go of your children when they become adults.
89. Your possessiveness of the life of your adult child is not healthy for them. . .it is not healthy for you.
90. The scripture is very clear
91. that a man must leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife and the both become one.
92. Any parents who start manipulating their children and try to get them to do what they want them to do... are not acting Biblically.
93. Why do you think God called his future friend Abraham to leave Ur of Chaldeans?
94. One of the reasons is to get him away from idol worship ...
95. and away from his godless friends...
96. the first thing He wants you to do... is to get away from the immorality of the past.
97. The addictions of the past,
98. The bad habits of the past,
99. The wrong crowd of the past.
100. So the next day Abraham comes home from work ...
101. and he finds his Father all packed up and ready to go.
102. So they go on their way to Canaan.
103. And in our next broadcast,
104. we will see how sometimes we choose second best . . . when we settle for anything.
105. Tune in next time, and we will see how Abraham wasted 6 years of his life because he got distracted from God’s best.
106. it is our hope that you tune in so you know what is God’s best for you.
107. until then, I wish you God’s best.