"And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; "
(Genesis 15:13 KJV)
At the age of 75 years, Abraham left Haran and started wandering where Our Awesome God led him to go. He was past the age where Sarah (his wife) could bear a child and yet, God told him his descendants would inherit the earth and he believed God. Abraham traveled through and in the land of Canaan the rest of his his life, expecting God to provide a peaceful home.
Soon after Abraham rescued his nephew, Lot, he became concerned about not having children. Then he had a vision while dreaming in which Our Awesome God told him the Scripture above. In the vision, God assured Abraham that he would be protected from conflict. The seed of Abraham was to be from his own body and would endure affliction and slavery with persecution for 400 years. Then God would miraculously rescue them from their persecution. But just when did the 400 years begin?
Abraham's first-born son was Ishmael but Isaac was the "child of promise." When Isaac was almost 5 years old and Ishmael was 20, it was necessary to decide who would inherit. Abraham held a great feast for Isaac's birthday but Ishmael was disrespectful. So Ishmael was sent away and Isaac became the heir of Abraham. The day Isaac was 5 years old, he was confirmed by God as heir and it was exactly 400 years later that the Exodus out of Egypt began.
400 years after Abraham's feast, on the same day, the 15th of Aviv, Our Awesome God brought the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob out of Egypt. If we follow the chronology, we see that, besides Joseph, the Israelites were only in Lower Egypt for 215 years before they became slaves. The four generations, mentioned by God, are traced through the tribe of Levi who entered Egypt with the other sons of Israel during the years of famine. Our Awesome God has done it again! God created the world. All that is in it will do as and when He wills it, including captivity. Praise the Lord! He always has a purpose and it will happen.
Learn more about Our Awesome God by reading His Holy Bible, praying to Him and worshipping in a church which preaches and teaches the Holy Bible. Join us at Living Word Baptist Church as we pray and worship Him this Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study and 10:30 AM for worship Service, then again at 6:00 PM for Bible Study. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests and Bible Study. First, it is time that you should know and love Our Awesome God as your creator and Savior. We can show you how from the Word of God and we love visitors.
"And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah."
(Genesis 20:2 KJV)
Abimelech was the common name for Philistine kings, as “Pharaoh” was of the Egyptian kings. It means, "My father is king". This was the name of five biblical men mentioned in the Bible but we are going to look at the one who knew Abraham.
The Philistine king of Gerar in the time of Abraham was Abimelech (Gen. 20:1-18). Abimelech, took Sarah after asking Abraham who she was and Abraham said she was his sister. Sarah was put into the harem. That night, God invaded Abimelech's dream and told him that Sarah was a wife, that to take her would mean death to Abimelech and his people. Sarah was delivered from his harem, and was restored to her husband, Abraham. As a mark of respect, he gave Abraham valuable gifts, and offered him a settlement in any part of his country; while at the same time he delicately, and yet severely, rebuked him for having practiced a deception upon him in pretending that Sarah was only his sister.
This King of Gerar apparently knew something about Our Awesome God. What Abimelech knew about God we may never know but we do know that God had a purpose in sending Abraham, this "man of faith," to visit Abimelech. Could the purpose have been to increase the faith of Abimelach or even Abraham? This was the second time Abraham had lied about Sarah being his wife. God tests His people. And that’s exactly what He was doing with Abraham. God wanted to create a man of great faith - and so he put Abraham into situations where he would be tempted to use worldly solutions to solve painful problems. Each time Abraham failed. But he learned that God was worthy of his trust. His faith and love in Our Awesome God became greater.
We shouldn’t fear times of testing because it’s in these times of difficulty that we grow in our love and faith. And each time we succeed in passing the test, God seeks to reward us and encourage us for our faithfulness. Our Awesome God will test us even as He did Abraham and gave him a way out (the dream). Learn more about our God by reading His Holy Bible and praying. Your faith will grow since God is always faithful. God is blessing you!
Join us at Living Word Baptist Church as we pray and worship Him this Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study and 10:30 AM for worship Service. Then again at 6:00 PM for Bible Study. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests and prayer. First, it is time that you should know and love Our Awesome God as your creator and Savior. We can show you how from the Word of God and we love visitors.
Flo & Bill