Children’s Study – Abraham, Part 1

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Abraham – Part 1

The LORD promised Abraham that He will make his name great

by Victor Torres

Last time, we saw what happened to the descendants of Noah, starting from his three sons Shem, Japheth and Ham. We saw that a few generations after his sons, the people of the earth rebelled against God again. That is the very nature of every human being in the world, to rebel against God. We learned that the word “name” is the symbol of the character and glory of someone. Our Lord Jesus Christ showed us an example when He lived on this earth by doing everything in the name of God, to show the character of His Father and to glorify His Father in heaven.

Joh 10:25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.

Joh 5:43 I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.

The problem is that we are given this body of flesh and blood that is against the nature of our Father, who is spirit. We have seen this time and time again throughout the stories in the Bible. From the first people in the world, Adam and Eve, who rebelled against God by eating of the forbidden fruit, to Cain who killed his brother Abel being jealous of him, to the people in the time of Noah before the flood. Last time, we saw this rebellion after the flood where the people of this world were united in disobeying God. They wanted to build the city and tower of Babel “to make a name” for themselves.

The only one who can solve this problem of being rebellious by nature is our Lord, who will give you and me the holy spirit to overcome the pulls of this flesh.

Joh 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

Rom 1:5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:

Last time we are introduced to Abraham and Lot. You’ll notice that Abraham was still called Abram before he was called by God and changed his name.

Gen 11:26 When Terah [a great grandson of Shem] had lived 70 years, he fathered Abram, Nahor, and Haran.
Gen 11:27 Now these are the generations of Terah. Terah fathered Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran fathered Lot.
Gen 11:28 Haran died in the presence of his father Terah in the land of his kindred, in Ur of the Chaldeans.
Gen 11:29 And Abram and Nahor took wives. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran the father of Milcah and Iscah.
Gen 11:30 Now Sarai was barren; she had no child.
Gen 11:31 Terah took Abram his son and Lot the son of Haran, his grandson, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram’s wife, and they went forth together from Ur of the Chaldeans to go into the land of Canaan, but when they came to Haran, they settled there.
Gen 11:32 The days of Terah were 205 years, and Terah died in Haran.
Gen 12:1 The LORD said to Abram: Leave your country, your family, and your relatives and go to the land that I will show you.
Gen 12:2 (MKJV) And I will make you a great nation. And I will bless you and make your name great. And you shall be a blessing.
Gen 12:3 And I will bless those that bless you and curse the one who curses you. And in you shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Gen 12:4 Abram was seventy-five years old when the LORD told him to leave the city of Haran.
Gen 12:5 He obeyed and left with his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, and all the possessions and slaves they had gotten while in Haran. When they came to the land of Canaan,
Gen 12:6 Abram went as far as the sacred tree of Moreh in a place called Shechem. The Canaanites were still living in the land at that time,
Gen 12:7 Then the LORD appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the LORD, who had appeared to him.
Gen 12:8 Abram traveled to the hill country east of Bethel and camped between Bethel and Ai, where he built another altar and worshiped the LORD.
Gen 12:9 Later, Abram started out toward the Southern Desert.
Gen 12:10 The crops failed, and there was no food anywhere in the land.
Gen 12:11 So Abram and his wife Sarai went to live in Egypt for a while. But just before they got there, he said, “Sarai, you are really beautiful!
Gen 12:12 When the Egyptians see how lovely you are, they will murder me because I am your husband. But they won’t kill you.
Gen 12:13 Please save my life by saying that you are my sister.”
Gen 12:14 As soon as Abram and Sarai arrived in Egypt, the Egyptians noticed how beautiful she was.
Gen 12:15 The king’s officials told him about her, and she was taken to his house.
Gen 12:16 The king was good to Abram because of Sarai, and Abram was given sheep, cattle, donkeys, slaves, and camels.
Gen 12:17 Because of Sarai, the LORD struck the king and everyone in his palace with terrible diseases.
Gen 12:18 Finally, the king sent for Abram and said to him, “What have you done to me? Why didn’t you tell me Sarai was your wife?
Gen 12:19 Why did you say, She is my sister? And so I was about to take her to me as wife. Now therefore behold your wife. Take her and go.
Gen 12:20 And Pharaoh commanded men concerning him. And they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had.

So some of you, or even all of you might already be wondering why in the world would Abram [later called Abraham] do that? Why would he deny his wife to save himself? Why would he be afraid of his life even after the Lord appeared to him and gave him all these promises:

Gen 12:2 (MKJV) And I will make you a great nation. And I will bless you and make your name great. And you shall be a blessing.
Gen 12:3 And I will bless those that bless you and curse the one who curses you. And in you shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Gen 12:7 Then the LORD appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the LORD, who had appeared to him.

Did he think the LORD will not protect him from being killed by the Egyptians?

But before we judge someone, we are told to judge ourselves first.

Mat 7:3 And why do you look on the splinter that is in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the beam that is in your own eye?
Mat 7:4 Or how will you say to your brother, Let me pull the splinter out of your eye; and, behold, a beam is in your own eye?
Mat 7:5 Hypocrite! First cast the beam out of your own eye, and then you shall see clearly to cast the splinter out of your brother’s eye.

Why do we need to judge ourselves first before we judge others?

Mat 7:2 (ERV) If you judge others, you will be judged the same way you judge them. God will treat you the same way you treat others.

So let’s see if we had done something like what Abram did.

Jesus Christ has a spiritual wife, that is something we learned from the story of Adam and Eve (Christ is the head of the church as Adam is the head of Eve):

Eph 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
Eph 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it [giving us the name, the character of God. How?] with the washing of water by the word [when He gives us His word and we obey them, we stop obeying our filthy flesh, that’s how we are spiritually washed by His word],
Eph 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church [giving us the name, the glory of God], not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish [giving us the name, the character of God].
Eph 5:28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

And it is Christ who told us that whatever we do to any member of His church, we have done it to Him also.

Mat 25:40 And the King shall answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brothers, you have done it to Me.

So if we deny any member of His church, we have also denied Him. You deny us by denying any of our teachings. You deny us every time you rebel against us.

So now I hope we can now see how we did something like what Abram did. He was afraid to lose his life so he denied his wife. We do the very same thing when we deny Christ and His wife because we are afraid to lose our life. We all naturally don’t want to lose our life, we all naturally love our life in this world, that’s why all the gospel writers were inspired to write these words from our Lord:

Mat 10:39 He who finds his life shall lose it. And he who loses his life for My sake shall find it.

Mar 8:35 For whoever will save his life shall lose it; but whoever shall lose his life for My sake and the gospel’s, he shall save it.

Luk 9:24 For whoever will save his life shall lose it, but whoever will lose his life for My sake, he shall save it.

Joh 12:25 He who loves his life shall lose it. And he who hates his life in this world shall keep it to life eternal.

How do we lose our life? Do we have to be literally killed for Christ to lose our life for Him? Let’s look at the verses above again, but this time we will include the verses before them:

Matthew:

Mat 10:37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.
Mat 10:38 And he who does not take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me.
Mat 10:39 He who finds his life shall lose it. And he who loses his life for My sake shall find it.

Mark:

Mar 8:34 And calling near the crowd with His disciples, He said to them, Whoever will come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.
Mar 8:35 For whoever will save his life shall lose it; but whoever shall lose his life for My sake and the gospel’s, he shall save it.

Luke:

Luk 9:23 And He said to all, If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.
Luk 9:24 For whoever will save his life shall lose it, but whoever will lose his life for My sake, he shall save it.

John:

Joh 12:24 Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone; but if it dies, it brings forth much fruit.
Joh 12:25 He who loves his life shall lose it. And he who hates his life in this world shall keep it to life eternal.

So that’s how we lose our life, by denying ourselves and loving Christ more than anyone in this world. All the members of the body of Christ that you see in these studies have denied themselves and their families in order to follow Christ.

We have denied ourselves of the fun times we could have had in celebrating all the traditions of this world. We have denied ourselves by not going after the things that this world could offer including wealth, fame and the admiration of others. We have denied ourselves by getting rejected by our families and friends because we want to follow the words of our Savior.

And we must deny ourselves daily (take up this spiritual cross) if we want to get the reward of those who do so:

Heb 6:10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
Heb 6:11 And we desire that each one of you show the same eagerness [Ask yourselves kids, do you show the same eagerness that your parents show in studying the words of God?…] to the full assurance of hope to the end,
Heb 6:12 that you be not slothful, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises [Do you believe them when they tell you that you will be rewarded by God if you are obedient to Him and your parents?].
Heb 6:13 For when God made promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no greater, He swore by Himself,
Heb 6:14 saying, “Surely in blessing I will bless you, and in multiplying I will multiply you.”

God’s promises to Abraham were physical blessings which are symbols of the spiritual blessings that are far more important than anything in this world. God’s elect enjoy these spiritual blessings now and will continue to enjoy them when Jesus Christ comes back to rule this world.

The Lord’s promise to Abraham to make his name great is a symbol of God’s promise to the whole world to change everyone’s name, to change the character and glory of each one of us, starting with the elect:

Gen 12:2 (MKJV) And I will make you a great nation. And I will bless you and make your name great. And you shall be a blessing [to whom?].
Gen 12:3 And I will bless those that bless you and curse the one who curses you. And in you shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Abraham is a symbol of the elect whom the Lord will use to bless all families of the earth:

Joh 6:50 This is the Bread which comes down from Heaven, so that a man may eat of it and not die.
Joh 6:51 I am the Living Bread which came down from Heaven. If anyone eats of this Bread, he shall live forever. And truly the bread that I will give is My flesh [His body, the elect], which I will give for the life of the world.

Let’s continue to read the story of Abraham:

Gen 13:1 So Abram went up from Egypt, he and his wife and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the Negeb.
Gen 13:2 Now Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold.
Gen 13:3 And he journeyed on from the Negeb as far as Bethel to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai,
Gen 13:4 to the place where he had made an altar at the first. And there Abram called upon the name of the LORD.
Gen 13:5 And Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents,
Gen 13:6 so that the land could not support both of them dwelling together; for their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together,
Gen 13:7 and there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock. At that time the Canaanites and the Perizzites were dwelling in the land.
Gen 13:8 Then Abram said to Lot, “Let there be no strife between you and me, and between your herdsmen and my herdsmen, for we are kinsmen.
Gen 13:9 Is not the whole land before you? Separate yourself from me. If you take the left hand, then I will go to the right, or if you take the right hand, then I will go to the left.”
Gen 13:10 And Lot lifted up his eyes and saw that the Jordan Valley was well watered everywhere like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, in the direction of Zoar. (This was before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.)
Gen 13:11 So Lot chose for himself all the Jordan Valley, and Lot journeyed east. Thus they separated from each other.
Gen 13:12 Abram settled in the land of Canaan, while Lot settled among the cities of the valley and moved his tent as far as Sodom.
Gen 13:13 Now the men of Sodom were wicked, great sinners against the LORD.
Gen 13:14 The LORD said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, “Lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward,
Gen 13:15 for all the land that you see I will give to you and to your offspring forever.
Gen 13:16 I will make your offspring as the dust of the earth, so that if one can count the dust of the earth, your offspring also can be counted.
Gen 13:17 Arise, walk through the length and the breadth of the land, for I will give it to you.”
Gen 13:18 So Abram moved his tent and came and settled by the oaks of Mamre, which are at Hebron, and there he built an altar to the LORD.

Homework: Continue to read the story of Abraham in Genesis chapters 14, 15, 16, and 17 and send me any questions you have through your parents. Lord willing, we will answer all of them, and you will continue to know Jesus Christ and our Father through these stories.

Joh 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

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