In Genesis 13, 14, and 15, Abram demonstrates maturity and spiritual growth. The events in Genesis 16 surprise me because it appears to be a stark contrast to the overflowing trust Abram exhibited over the last few years of his life. Abram obediently departed from his homeland, generously sought peace and gave his nephew the best land, and he just had a heart to heart with God concerning the covenant of his offspring. In chapter 13 we briefly caught a glimpse into Abram and Sarai’s marriage. Here in chapter
As we learned last year in the series of the same name, we learned that God designed Adam to have headship, meaning he is the spiritual leader and guardian of his household. Pastor Matt Chandler explains, “Headship is the unique leadership of the man in the work of establishing
In the brief dialogue recorded between Abram and Sarai in Genesis 16:2, Sarai admitted her belief that God prevented her from having children, therefore she suggested Abram take her servant, Hagar, as his wife so through her Abram can finally have a son. However, the verse ends with, “And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai.” Here we witness Abram failing at his God-ordained calling to headship. We don’t know if he paused to pray nor do we know anything about his thoughts on the matter, but since he went through with Sarai’s suggestion, he obviously failed to cling to the covenant God has just made with him. This sets in motion a chain of events that ultimately lead to the birth of Ishmael, who becomes the father of a nation that would hate and persecute Jesus.
Just like Abram, we also are prone to forget God’s promises to us. We may mature and display
Concerning the magnitude of this covenant with Abram and the eternal perspective we must have because of it, John Piper explains, “Therefore, even though God has begun his redemptive, reclaiming process with a single individual, he has in view the world. He has a plan, a clear purpose for the centuries, and it reaches even to us.” Jesus was God’s plan, and when we place our matters into His hands, God’s plans succeed.
“For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he makes sinners right in his sight when they believe in Jesus.”
Romans 3:25-26 NLT