Same sin – different day. Genesis 20. Pastor Kyke

Woodstock, IL

Intro. Lot, the nephew of Abraham, does not enter the storyline anymore. Which is too bad because we feel better about ourselves comparing us to Lot as we all want to be like Abraham.

However, the best men are men at best – Alastair Begg quote. Abraham botches it yet again and sins in unbelief. Does he really think so little of God that God can’t protect him?

The Big Idea: God graciously delivers his deceitful prophet Abeaham and guards His promise.

I. Examine your modus operandi. Vs1-2, 11-13.

Abraham is still wandering unlike Lot who had settled with the city of Sodom. The city offers protection and wandering Abraham is in constant danger. Moving to a new place Sarah, Abraham’s beautiful wife, is taken by King Abimalech.

Abraham blackmails his wife – if you love me you will do this, you will say you are my sister so the king will not kill me when he takes you.

This is a slimy transaction that Abraham pulls. He twists the truth and explains to the king she actually sort of IS my sister- from the same father really.

Abraham is willing to negotiate with his sin. This is what Abraham premeditated to do and has done before to save his own neck.

Romans 7 Paul says I have the desire to do what is right but not the ability to carry it out. That is Abraham here. I do what I do not want to do.

In some ways this passage is very discouraging. You did this before, Abraham. But then we look in the mirror and we do that same repeat sin(s) too. Don’t make peace with your sin and negotiate with it.

II. God guards His promise. Vs3-10.

Look at how Moses tells of God’s intervention: "but God…" How does God protect his promise? How does he protect Sarah from being compromised?

He appears to Abimalech in a dream. He calls the king a dead man not Abraham. We see something of how God considers adultery.

The faithfulness to the covenant is not based on the failures of Abraham but the rescuing faithfulness of God. This story is not about Abraham – it is about God.

In communion the same message is being made: you don’t make the statement – God does – he says I will be your God and you will be my people.

III. We need a prophet to intercede for our restoration. Vs14-18

God tells Abimalech that this mess or a prophet Abraham needs to intercede for him so that the wombs of those in Abimalech’s house would be open from this curse.

Was Sarah encouraged or discouraged that Abraham prayed and the wombs were open? What about her womb? When will her’s be open?

Jesus is our perfect prophet who intercedes for the healing and complete restoration of God’s people. However, unlike Abraham, Jesus bears our iniquities not his own.

Abraham interceded on behalf of his own iniquities that he brought on the household of Abimalech. Jesus is the better Abraham who intercedes NOT on behalf of his own sin but ours!

Conclusion: Our God is faithful even when we are not. We have a reminder of that in the text and again at the communion table today.

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Sin not joy is a kill-joy, ironically… Great book!

March 24, 2015
Introduction – Marshall Segal

Christianity is not merely or even mainly about correcting your bad habits, but about satisfying and fulfilling you in the deepest way possible, and therefore making God look as great as he is. Our hearts were designed to enjoy a full and forever happiness, not the pitiful temporary pleasures for which we’re too prone to settle. Pride, envy, anger, sloth, greed, gluttony, and lust are all woefully inadequate substitutes for the wonder, beauty, and affection of God. As first hopes or dreams or loves, they are killjoys by comparison to Christ. They will rob you, not ravish you. They will numb you, not heal you. They will slaughter you, not save you.

All Excerpts From

God, Desiring. “Killjoys: The Seven Deadly Sins.” Desiring God.

Will God Do Right? Genesis 18. Pastor Kyle

Before the Internet, people wrote letters to one another across the miles to get to know one another. But there is all the difference in the world to know about somebody and know somebody. We get to know someone through asking questions.

There are two key questions in the text today by which we move from knowing about God to knowing God.

Question one: Is anything to hard for the Lord?

Question two: Shall not the just judge of the world do right?

We have been reminded again this week with the passing away of middle school music teacher Dr. O’Leary from the car crash that we must have a something solid in a broken world.

The Big Idea: God reveals that he can be trusted to act rightly through life’s varied situations.

I. Table fellowship with a friend. Vs1-8

The Bible says Abraham was a friend of God. What do we do with friends? We eat with them.

Each week we fellowship with God and eat around his table – the communion table.

II. We learn of gracious hessed and the first question. Vs9-15

For 23 years Sarah was told she would have a child. Now she is past child bearing years now and even when she was in those years her womb was shut up and she was barren.

God knows how hard it is to believe his promises when the reality and facts around us speaks to the contrary.

Out of self protection Sarah had become hard and cynical.

God understands and pursues her in love in her broken hardness. God lovingly asks:

Question one: Is anything to hard for the Lord?

Hesed is the Old Testament word for covenant relationship of love – unfailing love.

III. No need for tea leaves or chicken bones. Vs16-21

God speaks plainly to him about the future. Abraham did not need to throw the bones and discern the future because God told him what the future would be – he would have a son and Sodom will be destroyed.

We do not need to throw the bones either – Gid has revealed himself in his word to us. If we want to know God better we need only to turn in the book and read what God is like.

IV. The just judge and the second question. Vs22-23

God knows. He is not judging on hearsay. He knows the wickedness of Sodom.

Question two: Shall not the just judge of the world do right?

Moralistic therapeutic deism – that is what many people believe about God today. But that is not what we see in the text. God rightly judges his creation – no one will ever accuse God of wrongdoing. No one will be dismissed on a technicality. His justice is perfect.

V. So what? Vs19, 22-23

A. Command your children and your household.

This is a parenting verse. Parents, teach your children to know God. Salvation is God’s work.

We often parent in a way that we don’t want our kids to miss out. The Bible does not command us to enter our kids in all kinds of sports and music programs, but rather we are commanded to teach them to know the Lord.

B. Intercede based on God’s revealed character.

Abraham is praying for the souls of the righteous. He knows God is just and judges sin.

He knows God is not a vending machine. We don’t need more stuff. What we need is more people who know God. We need to know more of him – not about him.

The table today says to you that there is forgiveness in Christ for you because he has already poured out his wrath against his son for your sin like Sodom.

Come. You too in Christ, like Abraham, can be called a friend of God. Come, know him.

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