Wednesday, April 25, 2018

2018.04.25 Hopewell @Home ▫ Genesis 21:1-7

Questions for Littles: Who visited Sarah (v1)? Just as what (according to what) did the Lord visit Sarah and do for Sarah? What did Sarah bear for whom (v2)? At what time did she do so? Who named the son (v3)? Who bore the son? What did Abraham name him? What did Abraham do to Isaac in v4? At what age? Why? How old was Abraham when Isaac was born to him (v5)? What did Sarah say God had made her to do (v6)? What did she say others would do with her? What question does Sarah ask in v7? 
In the passage for this week’s Old Testament reading, the Word of God reigns supreme.

The Lord is perfectly faithful, therefore He does whatever He says.

The Lord said that He would visit Sarah, and He visited Sarah.

The Lord said that He would give Sarah a child, and He gave Sarah a child.

The Lord told Abraham a specific time that Sarah would bear a son, and it was at that specific time that Sarah bore their son.

And the Lord also works by means of giving us His Word to follow and obey as our privilege in His service.

The Lord told Abraham to call the boy’s name Isaac (cf. 17:19), and Abraham called the boy’s name Isaac.

The Lord commanded that Abraham circumcise his son on the eighth day, and Abraham circumcised him on the 8th day.

Indeed, the rhetorical question in v7 is crying out for this glorious answer. Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Why, that’s exactly what the Lord had said to Abraham!

Dear believer, why should we be weak in faith, when ever single thing that the Lord has ever promised has come to pass? He is faithful to keep all His Word!

And, dear believer, shall we shrink back from doing any thing that the Lord commands? Isn’t obedience just the enjoyment of the privilege that God has given us of participating in His work?
What changes would you make if you valued the Word more than you do?
Suggested songs: ARP119M “O How I Love Your Law!” or HB253 “How I Love Thy Law, O Lord”

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