Study on Healing – Does just mouthing the words “I Believe to be healed” work?- Part 3

Abraham’s birth, lineage, and early life

And Nahor lived nine and twenty years, and begat Terah: And Nahor lived after he begat Terah a hundred and nineteen years, and begat sons and daughters. And Terah lived seventy years and begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran. Now, these are the generations of Terah: Terah begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begat Lot. And Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees. And Abram and Nahor took them 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 the father of Iscah. But Sarai was barren; she had no child. And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son’s son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram’s wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there.  And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years: and Terah died in Haran – Genesis 11:24-32

  • Interesting to note that Abraham had 2 brothers, Nahor and Haran, who was the father of Lot
  • Later Lot played a role in Abraham believing God, saving him from the enemy two times, first by defeating the armies that took Lot captive, and secondly  saving Lot from the ungodly cities of Sodom and Gomorrah before he destroyed the cities – Genesis 14:1-24,19:1-26
  • Nahor married the daughter of Haran and Abraham (Abram) married Sarah (Sarai), who was barren and they had no children

 

God communicates with Abraham the first time and starts to unfold what it means to believe him

Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curses thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran – Genesis 12:1-4

And he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia before he dwelt in Charran, and said unto him, get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall show thee. Then came he out of the land of the Chaldaeans, and dwelt in Charran: and from thence, when his father was dead, he removed him into this land, wherein ye now dwell – Acts 7:2-4

  • God contacted Abraham, Abraham didn’t contact Him
  • God first tells Abraham what he wanted him to do (in bold gray text), leave your country, get out, leave your family, and then I will show you where to go. Abraham believed God because he left
  • Then God tells Abraham what he would do for him (in bold black text) 

I will make you a great nation

I will bless you

I will make your name great

I will bless them that bless you

All the families of the earth would be blessed

  • What is believing to be healed all about? Abraham did what he was told to do, he believed what God told him what he would accomplish if he did what God told him to do
  • If Abraham wouldn’t have obeyed God the new birth wouldn’t have happened over 1400 years later. Another individual would have had to believe God as Abraham did to make the new birth available

 

Now Abraham carried out what God told him to do when he was 75 years old

And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan, and into the land of Canaan, they came.  And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land – Genesis 12:5,6 

  • This is not a small thing, he uprooted everything he had and his household and left. God said he would show him where to go, but first, he had to go, then God would show him where to end up (12:1)
  • It isn’t written where God told him to go, he ended up going to the land of the Canaanites. After he was in this land God talks to him (12:6,7)

 

God communicates with Abraham a second time, only after he did what God told him the first time

And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land – Genesis 12:7

  • The Canaanite nation was the enemy of God’s people, He approached Abraham as he entered their land, could it be that God was protecting him by telling Abraham I will also give you the land of the Canaanites?

 

Abraham again didn’t answer just acted by making an altar unto the Lord, then continued what God told him to do 

and there built he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him. And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he built an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD. And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the south. And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land. And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon: Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive. Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of theeAnd it came to pass, that, when Abram came into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair. The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house. And he entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, and he asses, and menservants, and maidservants, and she asses, and camels – Genesis 12:8-16

  • Abraham was the second person to build an altar, the first was Noah (Genesis 8:20) after God saved him and his family from the flood
  • Interesting God didn’t tell him to make one, it was before the law
  • One of Noah’s sons was Shem, and one of his sons was Terah, Abraham’s father, so he knew about what an altar to God stood for
  • Just as Noah believed God to build the ark, Abraham believed in God promises which was still future
  • Both showed respect for God’s promises to them
  • Calling on the name of the Lord is asking God to deliver on what he had already promised. Also, a term showing honor and respect. An important point is we are referring to the one true God, not a false god

 

God intervenes in Abraham’s life, to protect Sarah, who would later have Isaac which would lead to the new birth

 And the LORD plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram’s wife. And Pharaoh called Abram, and said, What is this that thou hast done unto me? why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife? Why said thou, She is my sister? so I might have taken her to me to wife: now, therefore, behold thy wife, take her, and go thy way. And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him: and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had. And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had. And Lot with him, into the south. And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and gold. And he went on his journeys from the south even to Bethel, unto the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Hai; Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first: and there Abram called on the name of the LORD. And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents. And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great so that they could not dwell together. And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram’s cattle and the herdmen of Lot’s cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land. And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we are brethren. Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou will take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left. And Lot lifted his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comes unto Zoar. Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other. Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain and pitched his tent toward Sodom. But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly – Genesis 12:17- 13:13

  • Abraham didn’t ask God for help, maybe he didn’t see the danger of what he did, but God did and intervened. God hit Pharoah with great plagues and his household, not just a slap on the wrist (12:16)
  • Or did Abraham decide by his 5 senses to tell Pharoah Sarah was his sister?
  • Abraham was just living life trying to carry out what God told him to do, that’s called believing God
  • The problem is Abraham knew what God told him to do, do we know what God is telling us to do?
  • Pharoah gave Abraham the things that made Abraham wealthy, so why do believers today think it is God’s will to not be?

 

God communicates with Abraham a third time after Lot made a drastic life decision to go to Sodom to live 

And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift now thy eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou sees, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered. Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee. Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the LORD – Genesis 13:14- 13:18

  • After Lot left God tells Abraham all this land is yours, walk around in it because it is yours!
  • I will make your seed more than you can imagine
  • Why did God tell him this? Feel it was God trying to console Abraham about Lot going to Sodom and maybe Abraham was thinking about doing the same

 

To recap to this point:

  1. God went to Abraham three times telling him what he wanted him to do and if he did what God would do for him
  2. God intervened in Abraham’s life without telling him first or Abraham asked for help, just not recorded. God protected Sarah, who would have the first seed leading to the birth of Jesus Christ, his son
  3. The key point here is building what it means to believe God to be healed, it isn’t what you say or how you speak that brings anything to pass
  4. God spoke to Abraham and he acted on what he was told to do. Then God would produce what he promised, as long as Abraham was obedient to what God told him to do

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