Wk 1 Abraham:
“When Faith Turns to Fear”
Genesis 12:1-3, 10-20
The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. “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. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you. ”
Who was Abraham?
Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe. As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “I know what a beautiful woman you are. When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will let you live. Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you.” When Abram came to Egypt, the Egyptians saw that Sarai was a very beautiful woman. And when Pharaoh’s officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh, and she was taken into his palace. He treated Abram well for her sake, and Abram acquired sheep and cattle, male and female donkeys, male and female servants, and camels. But the LORD inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram’s wife Sarai. So Pharaoh summoned Abram. “What have you done to me?” he said. “Why didn’t you tell me she was your wife? Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her to be my wife? Now then, here is your wife. Take her and go!” Then Pharaoh gave orders about Abram to his men, and they sent him on his way, with his wife and everything he had.
When the Faithful Fall
Our Default Response
As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “I know what a beautiful woman you are. When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will let you live. Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you.”
Abram Failed… But God Came to the Rescue
He treated Abram well for her sake, and Abram acquired sheep and cattle, male and female donkeys, male and female servants, and camels.
But the LORD inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram’s wife Sarai.
I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you;
And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
5 Things We Learn from Abram’s Fear:
- Everyone Faces Famines
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
- Every Escape Contains a Lie
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
- Everyone Struggles with Weakness-
2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. ” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
- Every Compromise Potentially Puts Others at Risk
- Every Egypt had a Pharaoh
God is Faithful, Even When We are Not.
Small Group Questions:
- Read Genesis 12: 1-3, where Abraham came from would have been a very fertile land with plentiful water supply, very comfortable, and well known to him. What do you think was his motivation to seemingly pull up stakes and immediately head out with his family? Do we find ourselves in comfortable situations that the Lord is trying to move us from?
- Read Genesis 12: 10-20, would God ever want us to lie, even if it’s a half-truth, to accomplish His will? Can we also sin by omitting details?
- Read Genesis 3:15, whose head will be crushed and whose heal will be struck/bruised? What does this mean?
- Read Isaiah 7:14, why couldn’t the law get us back into a relationship with God? Doesn’t the scripture say that the law is perfect? Why do you think so many missed the signs of the Messiah when Jesus came? Are the same issues prevalent now that would cause people to miss the signs of His second coming? Bonus question, what are the signs of His second coming?
- Read Psalms 46:1-3, at times we are like Abram at Ur and immediately follow God’s commands but at times we have doubts that lead to fear. Why is it so hard to let God have total control?
- Read 2 Corinthians 12:9, why do you think we don’t see memes, Facebook posts, T shirts, etc. with this scripture? How is God’s power more evident in our weakness?
- What are some gods that people follow today? Why does it seem that people are less receptive to the Gospel message in what many have called a “post Christian society”?