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Living by Faith (Vol 27) - Abraham: The Blessing of Abraham

Sunday English Service - 17 FEB 19

Transcript

Please turn with me to Hebrews chapter 11. We are studying from Hebrews chapter 11 about the life of faith, living by faith. Hebrews 11 is a famous faith chapter. In the Bible, there are some chapters that concentrate on certain things. There is 1 Corinthians 13 which is a love chapter, 1 Corinthians 15 is a resurrection chapter, and Hebrews 11 is a faith chapter. And here, this New Testament author is trying to teach faith and uses all the Old Testament personalities because he's teaching a people who are from the Jewish background and they are very familiar with the stories of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and so on, Moses and all these Old Testament men of God, and he wants to teach them faith, teach New Testament truth using as illustration, the Old Testament personalities. So, we are now in verse 8. Let me read to you verse 8. We've been here for several weeks now in verse eight. I think this is the fifth week.

First, we talked about Abraham's call, his background from which God called him. From a heathen, pagan background, Abraham comes. He doesn't know God, doesn't know anything about God, lives in a virtual ignorance about God. His ancestors were worshipping some kind of gods and he just followed them and worshiped in that way and did not know God. And God picks him up from that situation. At one point, God tells the people of Israel, “Remember where your father Abraham came from, from which rock I hewed him out, cut him out, from which hole I dug him out.” Literally, he was part of a cultural rock with all these pagan practices, displaying their total ignorance of God. He was part of that culture and society. And God literally cut him out of that and brought him out, and dug him out of that hole and brought him out.

So, we talked about that and then we talked about next about how He said, “Leave your country and your people,” and I showed you how the New Testament teaches that. New Testament does not teach, “Leave your country and people,” New Testament teaches, “Leave your old life, your attachment to that old kind of things, the sinful life, the worldly ways that belong to a man that does not know God, thinking and doing things in ways that are not acceptable to God. Leave that, come out of that,” He says. And then we talked about the seven ‘I will’ statements in Genesis chapter 12 verse 1 to 3 where God calls him, when He promises him and it comes in the form of seven ‘I will’ statements. “I'll show you a land to which you should go. I'll bless you, make your name great. And I'll bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you,” and so on. And then He says, “I'll give that land to your descendants.” So, ‘I will’ statements we looked at, seven ‘I will’ statements.

And today, we want to go a little further and talk about how the revelation of redemption was given to Abraham. What did Abraham believe? Why did he leave his country, his people and walk out of the whole thing, trusted in God and followed God? Because he received, I believe, a tremendous revelation of the things that are involved in the redemption. It's unbelievable that in the Old Testament, a man would come from such a background and receive this kind of revelation from God about this glorious redemption. So that's what we're going to talk about.

So, let me read verse 8 here. By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. Now, Genesis chapter 12 has that actual story of where God calls him. And the thing that we want to look at today is found in verse 3 there, but let me read to you from verse 1. Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family, and from your father's house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you, I will make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you.” And now listen, “And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” That is what I want to concentrate on today, “In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

That is an amazing promise and maybe you have read it and just passed it by, just walked over it, just run through it as we normally do, just read the Bible and don't stop to think about what it is saying. I want to tell you that this statement that, “In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed,” look at the scope of that promise. In you shall all the families of the earth, everyone in this earth, in you all the families of the earth will be blessed. Now, what kind of blessing is that? What kind of phenomenon is that? What is this God is talking about? And Abraham got a glimpse of that on that day, I believe. And I'm not guessing that he got a glimpse, I'll show you from the New Testament how the New Testament authors, both Jesus as well as people like Paul point to the fact that Abraham pretty much understood and received a revelation of what that meant, that, “In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

How do you think Abraham reacted to it when he heard it? Now, think about it little deeply. How can in a man every family on this earth be blessed? Is that possible? He’s not even going to see every family, he’s not even going to live long enough to see all the families of the earth. That means this is something that is going to take place not just in his lifetime, but beyond his lifetime, that covers the entire earth and all the families of the earth, a scope that is beyond anything that he can imagine in his wildest dreams, something God is going to do. That in him something that God is going to do by raising him up and working through him and through his descendants He’s going to do, through which the blessing of God is going to come to every family on this earth. That's a shocking promise. Literally, if you understand the scope of it, if you receive that promise you’ll say, “My God! How is it possible? How is it even imaginable by me and through me or in me, all the families of the earth be blessed?” That's what God promised Abraham and he understood something of that and we want to understand what he understood today. If you understand what he understood, I think you’ll leave everything also and pack up and leave. You'll be ready to leave everything because the scope of this promise is so great. It’s a wonderful future that you will be ready to sacrifice everything and go and follow God all the way.

Now, how did Abraham react to this amazing, unbelievable promise? This is the second promise, by the way, of the coming of Jesus Christ. Because how can all the families be blessed? What God is talking about is the fact that Jesus is going to be born as the Seed of Abraham one day. And that He will become the Savior of the world. And through that only, all the families of the earth be blessed. This is the only way this is possible, that Jesus will be born as a Seed of Abraham, and He will become the Savior of the world, dying on the cross and through Him only all the families of the earth be blessed. There is no other possible way for all the families of the earth to be blessed other than this. That his seed is Jesus, and that Seed is the one through whom everybody will be blessed because salvation is available only through that Seed, that one person. And I'll show you how the Bible teaches it.

This the second time that God has promised the coming of Jesus into this world. The first time He promised was in Genesis chapter 3 verse 15. You remember after Adam and Eve sinned and have fallen, God comes into the garden, pulls them out, talks to them, as well as to the devil. And in talking to the Satan, God says, “I will make enmity between your seed and her Seed,” pointing to Eve. He said, “I will make enmity between your seed and her Seed. He will crush your head.” That is, the Seed of the woman will crush your head, “And you will crush His heel.” Literally, talking about how Jesus Christ, the Son of God will be born of a woman as a seed of a woman. Normally, when you talk about seed, you’re talking about man, but Jesus is going to be born without the help of a man as the seed of the woman. And that He is going to crush the head of Satan on Calvary. So, Calvary is mentioned, the incarnation is mentioned, the birth of Jesus is mentioned, Calvary is mentioned where Satan's head will be crushed. And again, Calvary is mentioned in the statement where it says, “You will crush His heel.” Some damage happened to Jesus but that just amounts to crushing of the heel. And Satan's head was crushed. That is the first promise of the coming Messiah. It’s a very important verse in the Bible because it's the first promise of the coming Messiah and His work on the cross of Calvary. In the very first revelation itself, Calvary, the birth, the incarnation, Calvary, everything is revealed.

This is the second promise of the similar kind given to Abraham. Abraham was told, “In you shall all the families of the earth be blessed.” And in that, again, all of these things are involved incarnation of Jesus, the coming of Jesus into the world, Jesus’s death on the cross, and what happened on the cross and so on. Now, how did Abraham react to this promise? How do you think he would have reacted? Now, if you want to think about how he reacted, you should think about a story in 1 Chronicles chapter 17, you don't need to turn it because if I turn it, I have to read the whole chapter, there is no other way to understand it. So, I'll just summarize it for you. You might have read it. This story maybe is not familiar to everyone, David’s story is known but mostly David and Goliath is known. But this is another part of David's story, a very moving story. If you have time you read chapter 17 of 1 Chronicles.

David at one point says, after he becomes a king and lives in a beautiful grand house made of cedar wood. And he calls the prophet of God and tells him, prophet is called Nathan, and he tells him, “Hey, look here, I live in such a beautiful house. My house is made of cedar wood, which is the most expensive wood of the time.” But God's ark of the covenant which represented the presence of God was placed in a tent. It didn't have a permanent place. It didn't have a beautiful building. “I feel bad about it,” he said. “I'm living in this beautiful house but God is living in a tent. I want to build a fabulous house for God. I want to build God a fantastic place for God.” So, he tells Nathan and Nathan says, “Oh, sure King. Do whatever your heart feels like. Whatever you want to do, do it.” But after he said that, that night, God spoke to Nathan the prophet and said, “Go tell David not to build the house for Me.” It’s not that God didn't like the idea that David had, later on you will see that God actually says that He liked it, that He was pleased with David because he wanted to build God a palace. That He was pleased with it about his heart loving God like that, God was pleased with it. But He told him, “Nevertheless, don't build a palace for Me, don't build a fabulous building for Me.”

And then He tells him certain things. And one of the things He tells David, “I took you from the sheepfold.” He takes him back to his shepherding days. He says, “You were just minding some few sheep and I took you from your sheepfold to be a ruler over My people, and I made you a king. And I've given you victory over all your enemies and made your name like the great men of the earth.” That means, “I've made you equal to the greatest men of the earth. I've done this for you. Made a shepherd into a king, made your name great. And also, for your people I’ve done much. I didn't want them to live as slaves. I've set them free. I’ve brought them out. I didn't want them to run here and there without a permanent place. I want them to have their own place. So, I gave them the promised land. I gave them land, houses, everything so that they will be established, that they will not be at the mercy of the pagans around them.” He says that. All of that is said from verse 4 to 9. You read that.

And then verse 10, he says, “I've done all of this to you,” and then finally he says in verse 10, “I tell you,” that prophet says, “I tell you that the Lord will build you a house.” This fellow thought he's going to build a house for God. But God turns around and says, “Don't build Me a house, I brought you from minding sheep, made you a king, I destroyed all your enemies, I blessed your people, established them, made your nation great, but I want to build you a house.” Now, God is trying to impart of great vision that He has for him. He thought he has come to serve God, do something for God but God says, “Wait, I got some plan I want to reveal to you. I want to do something with you.”

What does it mean to say that God wanted to build a house for David? Not that He wanted to build a structure, a building for David. He already had a beautiful house. What did God want to build when God said, “I want to build you a house”? He wanted to build something else. And He explains that from verse 11. He says, “After you die, one of your sons will become the king. I'll set up your seed after you,” He says, “and I will establish his kingdom,” he says. “And his throne will be established forever.” Now He's taking him to distant times. Far, far into the future, into centuries, and even into eternity. Because He uses the word forever. He says, “I want you to build a house and this is the house I'm going to build. I’ll make your son a king, I’ll establish his throne and I will make sure that this kingdom and this throne of David lasts forever,” He says.

And David began to catch a glimpse of God's great vision for him. And he goes into the sanctuary and goes before the Lord and sits before the Lord and says in verse 16, “Who am I, Lord? And what is my house, that You have brought me this far? And yet this was a small thing in Your sight, O God.” He says, “Who am I that You've done all this for me. I was just a shepherd out there, nowhere, nobody and You picked me up and brought me.” Just like Abraham cut out of a rock, dug out of a hole, God brought David from sheepfold and made him into a king and established him and gave him a great name. And now, David says, “Who am I that You did all these things for me? And now You seem to think this is too little for me. I thought this was much, far too much for a little man like me, but You think this is too little for me, and You have other plans for me.” And he just sits there before God and David says, “What more can David say to You for the honor of your servant? For You know Your servant.” He says, “What can I say? I have no words to thank You and I have no words to express my gratitude for this great plan that You have for me,” he says.

And then something happens. See, this is a vision about a future, again this is a vision about how Jesus will be born as a son of David, in the lineage of David. That when He was born in the New Testament, you read in the gospels that Jesus was called the Son of David by people that came to Him for healing and so on, they cried out saying, “Son of David, have mercy on us.” He was known as the Son of David, he was born in the lineage of David. So, what God was revealing to him was, “Listen, David, it’s not just your son Solomon is going to rule and thereafter your sons will rule. I'm not talking about that. I'm talking about one of your sons, Jesus, who’s the Son of God Himself, who’ll come into this earth and His kingdom will last forever and ever. He will sit on the throne of David and He will rule forever and ever.” So, He's talking about a distant future, about great things that God has planned for him. And he literally says in verse 17, “You have also spoken of your servant’s house for a great while to come.” Great while to come, for many centuries to come, eternity to come. You have spoken of my house that will last for all eternity. That my throne will be there forever, and so on.

And then later on, a few verses later, he literally embraces that promise. It's a difficult promise to embrace. God is talking about eternity. How His throne is going to be established. How the throne of David is going to be unshaken forever and ever. That from his descendants, is going to rise one man that will be the very Son of God, God's Son, the second Person of the Trinity will come down as a man and sit on the throne of David and reign forever and ever. This is what God is promising. And towards the end of the chapter you will find that he agrees with God, he embraces the promises of God and literally says in verse 23, “Let it be established forever, and do as You have said.”

Why I pointed this out to you is because we were talking about how Abraham would have reacted to God's promise, “that in you shall all the families of the earth be blessed.” I say to you very similar promise like David received. And I believe that just like David received a revelation of what this meant, this promise that will be fulfilled in the very distant future and throughout all eternity, Abraham also understood it. And just like David embraced it, Abraham embraced it by faith. Unbelievable. It's a promise that he can never even imagine in his wildest dreams. But he embraces that promise. He says, “Let it be to me.” “So, let it be established,” verse 24 says. And he says, “Because you have said this, I will now pray about it. I'm going to be praying about it and saying, “God, You said it, You do it.” You see later on Solomon, his son praying and saying, “Whatever You said to my dad, do it. I'm not asking You anything else.”

Once God's words come out, they catch Him on that. That's what prayer is all about. Prayer is not about me going to God and say, “Give me this. Give me that. I want this. I like this.” That's not prayer, you see. Prayer is God imparting a vision to us, for our life, for our future, and us understanding these things by a relationship with God. And understanding the grace of God and God's plan for our lives, and then praying for that vision that God has given to come to pass. It is not that we want to do something great, it is God wants to do something great for the future and we're just a part of it for the time being right now while we live on this earth, a small part of it. So, we pray for God's will to be done. That is the kind of prayer that is answered 100% of the time. Not our flimsy prayers, “Lord, I like this. I like that.” No, no, no. God is pleased with the prayer which is based on His promises, His word and so on. So, Abraham embraced the promise of God.

Martin Luther talks about it. Martin Luther in his commentary on these things, he comments about the promise made to Abraham, “In you shall all the families of the earth be blessed.” And he says, “These words should be written in golden letters, and should be extolled in the languages of all people.” Why? “For who else has dispensed this blessing among all nations except the Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ?” He says, “These words, ‘in you shall all the families of the earth be blessed’, these words must be printed in golden letters, and published among all people, and spoken of proudly and extolled among people.” Why? “Because who else other than our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who can bring blessing to every family?” It is talking about Jesus. He got excited. Martin Luther, reading this promise got excited. He said, “Hey, this is talking about Jesus. Unbelievable. In you shall all the families of the earth, if you take Jesus out of the equation, there is nothing in that verse. It cannot come to pass. It is not possible. This is talking about Jesus.” He made a discovery. “This is talking about Jesus. Print it in golden words. Publish it in all languages. For who but our Lord Jesus Christ can bless every family? Or from whom blessings can flow from every family? This is a promise about Jesus and His work on the cross of Calvary,” he says.

Now, I know some of you are thinking, “Well, you're making too much out of this promise. Don't you think so? You think Abraham understood anything at all from that? In you shall all the families be blessed? You think he understood anything from it? Is it possible that he could have understood that Jesus is going to be born as a seed of Abraham? That He will become the Savior of the world and through Him, everybody and anybody can get salvation? And that is what this verse is talking about?”

Let me show you from the New Testament and show you that Jesus Himself spoke about this. In John's Gospel chapter 8. Chapter 8 is a very important chapter in the Gospel of John, because that is where this tension happens between the Jews and Jesus. They hate Him because of some of the things they said and the way He answered. He says, “I speak what I have seen My father speak,” in verse 38, and He said, “You do what you have seen with your father.” And then, they answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.” So, the discussion is going on between the Jews and Jesus about Abraham. He says, “My father spoke to Me and I'm doing whatever He spoke, and you are doing whatever your father is doing.” They said, “No, Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham's children, you would do the works of Abraham. But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I heard from God. Abraham did not do this. You do the deeds of your father.” And they said to Him, listen to this, very insulting. They said to Him, “We were not born of fornication; we have one Father—God.” They tell Jesus, “Hey, we were not born like you. You were born out of fornication. We have one Father, God.” Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me.” And so on. Fight gets very strong and this is the reason Jesus was finally crucified. This is the fight that really became tense there.

When you come to verse 56, Jesus makes a statement there, amazing statement. He says, “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day.” Can you believe this? They were talking very proudly about how their father is Abraham. He said, “You know your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day.” “And he saw it and was glad,” He says. He saw My day. So, Jesus is claiming that Abraham actually saw Jesus and the redemption that comes through Jesus. He had a revelation of Jesus at various points in his life. And one of the points where he had the revelation is when this promise was made to him.

Some of the things were made known but there were other points in his life where he understood that also. For example, when he was asked to go take his son, son that was received as a result of promise at 100 years of age and go and kill him as a sacrifice. So, he leaves there early in the morning, goes and reaches the mountaintop, ties up his son and raises his knife to kill his son as a sacrifice, he’s about to do it, he would have done it. And the angel of the Lord stops him. Literally, without saying in so many words, God was saying to him, “Abraham, I didn't bring you here to kill your son. I gave you your son. You wanted a son, I gave you a son. And I have plans for your son. I want your son to live. There are great plans. I don't want to kill your son or anybody’s son. Then why did I tell you to come and bring your son and make him a sacrifice? Because when you come and lift up your knife, I can stop you and tell you, ‘Not your son, Abraham, My Son, I'm going to give as a substitute for all your sons and all your daughters and for every human being.’ My Son is going to be the substitute.” Abraham stood there and looked up and he saw a ram caught in the thicket and he took it and killed that ram there and offered it as a sacrifice to God and named that place Jehovah Jireh, the Lord will see to it.

What was he saying? He says, “The Lord will see to it that He will provide a substitute for mankind. The Lord will see to it that man’s sins will be taken care of through God's Son Himself, through Jesus Christ. That God has made the arrangements, that God will provide, that God will do it. God will do it.” So, it's not surprising that Jesus said, “Abraham saw My day, was glad to see My day. In fact, he saw it and rejoiced in seeing that,” He says. So, Abraham must have really seen Jesus in the sense, seen His works, seen the redemption played out, seen what God was planning to do through Abraham’s Seed, Jesus. Some revelation has been granted to him. Well, if this is not enough let me take you to Galatians. Go to Galatians please, Galatians chapter 3. Now, there are certain passages in the Old Testament that are so remarkable, so unusual, and from time to time, we come across a passage in the Old Testament like that. They’re so important in the entire scheme of redemption so that it is picked up and explained sometimes at length in the New Testament by New Testament authors like Paul. They take one little passage, one verse, one sentence, one line from the Old Testament and write a whole chapter on it. Galatians 3 is such a chapter. It's a commentary on Genesis 12:3.

Martin Luther got thrilled reading Genesis 12:3. I'm sure Martin Luther saw it from the eyes of Jesus saying, “Abraham saw My day, was glad to see My day. He saw it and rejoiced in it.” I think he saw it, he understood it and he also saw Galatians chapter 3, the entire chapter written based on Abraham. It's a commentary on Genesis chapter 12 verse 3. “In you shall all the families of the earth be blessed.” Taking that one line, Paul goes on into a terrific teaching there. I'm going to read from verse 6. Just as Abraham “believed God and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”

Now, what was happening here, the context is this, the first five verses give the context, I don’t have the time so I don’t want to read it but I'll just explain it. The context is this, there was a controversy going on Galatia. These Galatian churches were having a controversy regarding how a man is saved. Some of them came from the Jewish background. So, in the Jewish religion they were circumcised and they went through all the Jewish rituals and all that, they belonged to the Jewish religion then they came to hear about Jesus and came into Christian faith. There were others that were Gentiles that came from the Gentile background and believed in Jesus and became saved. Now, the Jewish converts were saying, “How can you simply believe in Jesus and be converted? How can you simply by believing in Jesus be saved, be considered righteous? You got to first become a Jew. Physically, you need to first become a Jew by getting circumcised, going through the procedures in the law, convert yourself into a Jew and then you convert yourself into a Christian. That's the way things can happen,” they were saying because they couldn't come apart from their old religion. So, they were misguiding people. Some of them were misguiding, Judaizers. They were misguiding people saying that, “Circumcision is important. Have you been circumcised? Not enough that you're baptized or anything you got to get circumcised, become a Jew literally, then only you can become a Christian.”

So, Paul is using Abraham as an example. He says, “Hey, look at Abraham. Don't be talking all this. Don't be teaching all this. Look at Abraham. How was Abraham considered righteous by God? By circumcision? No. Circumcision came later and it was only a sign of the covenant. Abraham already entered into a covenant. Abraham already became a friend of God. Abraham already was called out from his paganism and ignorance of God. He was given a revelation of God, he walked with God. At certain point, God told him to perform circumcision as a sign of the covenant. But long before circumcision came Abraham was already a friend of God, walking with God.” So, he says, “Consider Abraham, how was Abraham saved?” That's how he starts it in verse 6. How was Abraham saved? Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him for righteousness. It's a quotation again from Genesis chapter 15 verse 6. That God comes and tells him, Abraham is lamenting over the fact that he doesn't have a child and his servant is going to possess all his property and all that after he dies. God says, “No, no, no. You are going to have a son. I'll give you a son. Only your son will become your heir. Don't worry about that.” Abraham finding it very difficult to believe because he's aged. And so, God says, “Come out, I want to show you something.” And takes him out and tells him to lift up his eyes and look at the stars of the sky. He says, “Look at it. Can you number them?” And Abraham blinks, “Who can number them?” And God says, “So shall your seed be.” And verse 6 in chapter 15 of Genesis says, Abraham believed and it was counted to him for righteousness. So, he takes that verse and quotes it here that Abraham did not become righteous before God by anything else except simply by believing, by having faith.

And then in verse 7 he says, Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham. He takes it the next step. Not only Abraham believed and he became a child of God or he became a friend of God, and so on, now in the New Testament times, only those who are of faith are the sons of Abraham, even those who are born to Abraham don't qualify as sons of Abraham. Only those who are of faith, he says. Only if you believed like Abraham believed, only if you believe the revelation that God gave to Abraham concerning Jesus and the redemption, those are the sons of Abraham. How many of you believe like Abraham has believed? Have you believed the revelation of redemption? Have you believed the revelation of Jesus? Have you believed the revelation of the cross of Calvary? If you have believed like Abraham believed, if you've seen Jesus like Abraham saw, if you were glad to see what Abraham saw, if you rejoiced in it, if your heart today rejoices in what Jesus has done on the cross of Calvary, the Bible says that you are Abraham's sons.

Taking it to the next step, to the New Testament people. And then he says in verse 8, And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand. How much more do you want? The Gospel itself was preached to Abraham long time ago. So, nobody can say Abraham knew nothing. Abraham knew the Gospel. The Gospel was literally preached to Abraham when God foresaw that He will justify the Gentiles by faith, the Gentiles will walk in, without all the Jewish rituals and all that. They'll just walk in by faith, be saved. And this He preached to Abraham, the Gospel beforehand, long time ago in advance. How did He preach? When did He preach? Where did He preach? In what words did He preach? “In you all the nations shall be blessed.” When God looked at Abraham and said, “In you all the nations or all the Gentiles shall be blessed. Everyone shall be blessed.” When God made that statement in Genesis 12:3, God was literally preaching the gospel to Abraham. Should we say, “Well, is there so much there? Just one line brother? How can you make so much out of it?” No, it's not one line, it’s one chapter. If he writes one chapter, I bet you Paul preached at least 100 chapters worth of stuff on that. Like I always say, in the New Testament times, writing was very expensive, writing material was rare, so they put things in a very brief form. They had to cut it short and put things without wasting words and without wasting writing material. I believe that Paul would have preached so much about it but we get enough of it here in chapter 3. Paul would have preached this. I’ll continue.

So, he says, gospel was preached to Abraham. When was it preached? With what words it was preached? It was preached when God said to him in Genesis 12:3, “In you shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.” That is when the gospel was preached. And then go to verse 13. Paul says that God's promise to Abraham that, “In you all the families of the earth be blessed,” involved redemption of all kinds of people, involved redemption of not just Jews but everybody, all kinds of people from every tribe, tongue and nation and kind. “In you shall all the families of the earth be blessed,” is about the redemption of many kinds of people. So, look at verse 13. Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

So, he now links the cross of Calvary to Abraham’s story. How? He says, “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law. Having become a curse for us. As it is written, cursed is everyone that hangs on a tree.” Why did He die on a tree? Why did He die as the cursed one? Because Deuteronomy 21 last couple of verses say, that anyone that is hanged and hanging there, punished in that way and killed in that way must be a terrible sinner and that you should bury him immediately before sundown, because the curse that is upon him, he’s cursed of God, he’s thought of as a person that is cursed of God. Instructions that were given so that he is buried before sundown because if they left him overnight, the curse that is upon him, the curse of God that is upon him for his sins, will come upon the entire nation, the promised land.

So, this is something that God taught them in Deuteronomy before they entered the promised land, this is the procedure that God taught. And you read in the book of Joshua, they did that when they killed some kings. They brought them, hanged them five kings, Canaanite kings, killed them, and before sundown, they buried them in a cave. Because these guys are such evil people, they were cursed of God it is considered. Their death happened because they are cursed of God, and therefore they must be buried so that the curse that belonged to them should not come upon the promised land, the land flowing with milk and honey. When Jesus died, the Bible says, Joseph of Arimathea came and asked permission from Pilate to bury the body of Jesus in his grave. And in 27th chapter of my Matthew's Gospel, I think, verse 52, where it talks about Joseph of Arimathea coming down to get Jesus's body for burial in his burial plot, it says when the evening had come, that means before sundown. Before the sun went down, he came and claimed the body of Jesus to bury him. Why? Because He was hanging on the cross. The person who hangs on the cross is cursed. That is the way the Old Testament taught it. That when Jesus hung on the cross, the curse of the entire Jewish nation was put upon Him. They were cursed with a curse of the law, not only the Jewish nation, but the current curse of the entire world was placed upon Him. He literally became cursed on the cross of Calvary. As He hung there, He hung there as a cursed person. God turned His face away when He cried, “My God, My God, why has Thou forsaken Me?” And there Jesus, taking our curse, hung there on the cross of Calvary and died there.

Now, since He bore our curses, He must be put away, He must be buried so that that curse that went from us to Him will never return back to us. Did you know that our curse long time ago was taken from us and placed on Him never to return back to us? So, as Christian people don't ever believe if somebody came and said, “I see two curses in your family.” You tell them, “No curses. Sorry, you may go. I have no curses. Long time ago Jesus took my curse on the cross of Calvary and when He was buried, all my curses were buried.” Some people talk about fourth generation curses, fifth generation curses, curses from back in your granddaddy’s days. No, no, no. All that is set aright. When Jesus died on the cross, He took all that curse. And when Joseph of Arimathea took Him and buried Him, he buried it along with Him. When He rose again and came, He came as a new man, all the curses gone. It is finished, it is no more there. Don't believe that you are cursed. He says, Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law. As it is written, cursed is everyone that hangs on a tree. And then he talks about why Jesus hung on the cross and died. This is the most beautiful thing. The next line, lot of people miss that. Lot of people know verse 13 but not 14. 14 is the reason why He hung there, why He became curse, why He hung on a tree and died, why He became cursed. 14 says, so that the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we may receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Paul really nails this point. His point is that it is through faith we are saved. It is not through circumcision, it is not by the works of the law, it is not by anything else, by believing in what Jesus has done for us on the cross of Calvary. When you believe it, you become just like Abraham. Abraham believed and he was made righteous. He believed and he received the blessings of God. “You simply believe,” he says, and just like Abraham you receive the blessing of Abraham. He started out by discussing that it is only by believing you get saved. God's grace provides everything, you simply believe and appropriate. Now, it really nails his point. He says, “Yeah, Jesus died on the cross took our curse.” Why? So that when we believe this, the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles. Now, let me say something about the blessing Abraham. I want to talk a lot about it the days to come. I love blessing of Abraham.

This song was written by a famous songwriter and singer who traveled with a preacher who preached this kind of truth. And I have heard the preacher preach this kind of truth. The song, ‘I am of the seed of Abraham, his blessing rests on me. I’m not moved by what I see.’ These are exactly the words of that preacher that used to preach. There are sermons by him that he uses exactly these words. ‘Lift up your eyes and look north, south, east and west,’ and exactly like that he preached and this fellow will take and write those words into songs. That's how he wrote the other song also about whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. His name is David Ingles. He took the truth because he traveled with this preacher and heard all these truths and wanted to put it in a song. That’s why I love this song. And I love this truth. This truth is the most liberating truth, the truth about the blessing of Abraham. “Jesus died on the cross of Calvary,” Paul says, “so that the blessing of Abraham can come to everybody.”

What is the blessing of Abraham? What was the blessing of Abraham? And he says a lot of controversy about this. One fellow said to me, “The blessing of Abraham is spiritual.” I didn't say it was natural or material or anything. No. He said, “The blessing of Abraham is spiritual.” “What do you mean?” I said. He said, “When you die, you will go to heaven.” That's the blessing of Abraham. No. What was the blessing of Abraham? The blessing of Abraham is this, that he was totally ignorant of God, did not know God, he was lost, he was in a pagan society, completely ignorant of God, lived in darkness and God comes to him. God picks him up, God reveals himself to him. God calls him. God literally cuts him out of that culture, out of those practices, that pagan life and all of that and brings him out, digs him out of that hole and brings him out. That is the blessing of Abraham. Hello.

That’s the blessing. Nobody can deny this. That is the blessing of Abraham. “If you asked Abraham, “Man, what is your blessing? In what way were you blessed?” He said, “Let me tell you, I was lost. I didn't even know God. I didn't even know there was a living God. But God one day appeared to me and he spoke to me. He called me, told me to leave everything and come and I trusted him and left everything and came and followed him. That has been the greatest blessing in my life.” Now, he's become a friend of God. Abraham has become a friend of God. That's the blessing of Abraham. A man who lived in a pagan society, given to those pagan practices, lived as part of that culture, like solid rock it formed itself in him. He was cut out of that and he came and became a friend of God.

Now, does God’s friend have to fear anything? If you are God's friend, if God was your friend, would you fear anything? If the prime minister was your friend, would you fear anything? If somebody great in power was your friend, would you fear anything? No, because you know the man. You’d say, “Well, I know somebody, I won't be afraid.” But the Bible says that God has called you to Himself and He is your Father, you are His child. What more do you want? That is the blessing of Abraham. See, the person's call to salvation is faith in Jesus and His salvation is the fountainhead of all the blessings, it drives out every fear, it drives out every lack and want. How can such a person be a beggar and not have anything? How can such a person scrounge for his food? How can such a person have nothing? How can such a person not have his needs met in physical needs as well as spiritual needs, material needs, every need met? See, a lot of people don't believe in these things. The blessing of Abraham is the blessing of being found by God, owned by God, made a child of God. And therefore, that is the greatest privilege that you can have as a human being. And now, Abraham's problem is one by one coming into focus. God meets all of his needs. He has no children, his wife is old, he is old past the childbearing age, God comes to him and says, “No, no, no. You will have your own child. Don't worry about your servant taking all your property, I'll give you a child, “He says.

Abraham has a lot of doubts because he came from a pagan background. He says, “My wife is old, I’m old.” And he goes home and his wife says to him, “Hey, look, I got an idea. Why bother God at this age. We’re both old and God wants to give us a child. Poor God is trying too hard to give us a child. Let's fix that problem. I got an idea. Here is a slave girl that we have. And in our country, this practice is very common. Why don't you take the slave girl and make her your concubine and just have a son through her? The problem is solved. You want somebody that is born to you to own everything that you have. So, this fixes it.” And Abraham, the son of Adam, immediately went for it. All you got to do is just give him the fruit and he’ll eat it. So, he said, “Okay.” And he went ahead with it. So, they had a son named him Ishmael. And God comes to him later on and says, I'm going to change your name from Abram to Abraham, you're going to be the father of many nations. I’m going to change Sarah's name also. She's going to be mother of many nations. You will have a child. Next year by this time, and I come back to you, you’ll have a child. And both of them laughed. The Bible says, in 18th chapter it says, both of them found it funny that God will give them a child at the grand old age. And Abraham comes to plead with God and says, “God, don't bother. Please, don't try so hard because I got Ishmael. Let him live. Let him be my son. Recognize him, acknowledge Him, bless him. Let's just get on with it. Forget about all that bearing a child nowadays. Let me just go with Ishmael.”

You know what God said? And I'm going to give you a now before you leave the essence of the blessing of Abraham in one word. I've never done it before like this. But this time I'm going to. I've taught on blessing of Abraham so much but this time is different. The essence of what is the blessing of Abraham? You can say so much it's spiritual, it's material, it’s physical, it’s social. All these various aspects can be covered, and I've covered it already. But the thing is, what would you say is the blessing of Abraham? When Abraham and Sarah laughed, and they've said, “Let Ishmael live, forget about the promise” and all that, God said “Look, is there anything too hard for the Lord?”

Now, after studying and looking at it so much, I got this. Now, I'm going to put it up somewhere. Is there anything too hard for the Lord? How would you summarize the essence of the blessing of Abraham? The essence of the blessing of Abraham to me means there is nothing too hard for God. There is nothing too hard for God. If God has called me, if God has chosen you, if God has given you a mission, if God has put a purpose in your heart, if God has given you a vision in your heart, and when you do it, there is nothing that is impossible. Is there anything too hard for the Lord? I think we need to write it and put it somewhere. Is there anything too hard for the Lord? That in essence is the blessing of Abraham. The blessing of Abraham, in essence, says there is nothing in the whole world, no problem, no disease, no sickness, no financial problems, no difficulties of this life, nothing that you're facing is too hard for the Lord. Nothing can stop you from becoming what God wants you to become.

The blessing of Abraham. Don't have to tell a big story about what the blessing of Abraham is. To me, it simply means there is nothing too hard for God. If God has chosen us, God has blessed us, if God has called us, if God has saved us, and we are walking with God and we’re going to fulfill the purposes of God, I tell you, God will move the heaven and earth for us. The Bible says that Sarah's womb was as good as dead. Sarah's womb was dead. It says, literally, Romans chapter 4 verse 17 onwards, if you read, Sarah's womb was dead. Not as good as dead, it was dead. And Abraham, it says, was just as good as dead. Death certificate has been issued. No chance of having a child. But God said, “I am the God who call those things that be not as though they were. I'm a God where there is no hope, I can bring hope. I'm a God to whom nothing is impossible. There is nothing too hard for Me.” God picks up these two people, purposely childless people, purposely old people and waits till he gets 100 years old so that he can send a message to us, “There is nothing too hard for the Lord.” Why there is nothing too hard for the Lord? I say to you, there is nothing too hard for the Lord because that's the blessing of Abraham.

If you got the blessing of Abraham that's what it is. What has come to us through the cross of Calvary? What has been achieved? What did we receive from the cross? He died so that the blessing of Abraham might come to us. What is the blessing that has come to us? This possibility - there is nothing too hard for the Lord. We’ll continue next week. Please stand. I don't want to get into the blessing of Abraham then we'll be up here all day. The blessing of Abraham, just meditate on it. Everybody lift up your hands and say, I am of the seed of Abraham. His blessing rests on me. In Galatians chapter 3 verse 29 it says, if you're Christ’s, then you are Abraham's seed. Say that I'm Christ’s therefore I'm Abraham's seed. And the same verse says you are heir to the promises. Heir to the promises. Heir to the promises of God. What is the promise? Nothing too hard. Nothing too hard. Nothing too hard. Nothing too hard.

Abraham got a vision of this, he said, “My goodness, what a life God is calling me to? I'm going to follow Him. I’m going to leave everything and go after Him. Live for Him.” Nothing too hard. There is nothing too hard. All you got to do is discover what God has for you, what God's plan is for you. Where God wants to take you, what he wants to do through you. Get a vision for your life from God and set out to accomplish that vision in your life. That's the most fruitful life. Don't live your life just the way you think it is best. You live your life the way that God wants it. And I say to you, when you live totally for God's will, doing what God wants you to and going where God wants you to, and accomplishing what God wants you to, there is nothing too hard for the Lord. Amen. Let's lift up our hands and just thank God for this truth today.

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Please turn with me to Hebrews chapter 11. We are studying from Hebrews chapter 11 about the life of faith, living by faith. Hebrews 11 is a famous faith chapter. In the Bible, there are some chapters that concentrate on certain things. There is 1 Corinthians 13 which is a love chapter, 1 Corinthians 15 is a resurrection chapter, and Hebrews 11 is a faith chapter. And here, this New Testament author is trying to teach faith and uses all the Old Testament personalities because he's teaching a people who are from the Jewish background and they are very familiar with the stories of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and so on, Moses and all these Old Testament men of God, and he wants to teach them faith, teach New Testament truth using as illustration, the Old Testament personalities. So, we are now in verse 8. Let me read to you verse 8. We've been here for several weeks now in verse eight. I think this is the fifth week.

First, we talked about Abraham's call, his background from which God called him. From a heathen, pagan background, Abraham comes. He doesn't know God, doesn't know anything about God, lives in a virtual ignorance about God. His ancestors were worshipping some kind of gods and he just followed them and worshiped in that way and did not know God. And God picks him up from that situation. At one point, God tells the people of Israel, “Remember where your father Abraham came from, from which rock I hewed him out, cut him out, from which hole I dug him out.” Literally, he was part of a cultural rock with all these pagan practices, displaying their total ignorance of God. He was part of that culture and society. And God literally cut him out of that and brought him out, and dug him out of that hole and brought him out.

So, we talked about that and then we talked about next about how He said, “Leave your country and your people,” and I showed you how the New Testament teaches that. New Testament does not teach, “Leave your country and people,” New Testament teaches, “Leave your old life, your attachment to that old kind of things, the sinful life, the worldly ways that belong to a man that does not know God, thinking and doing things in ways that are not acceptable to God. Leave that, come out of that,” He says. And then we talked about the seven ‘I will’ statements in Genesis chapter 12 verse 1 to 3 where God calls him, when He promises him and it comes in the form of seven ‘I will’ statements. “I'll show you a land to which you should go. I'll bless you, make your name great. And I'll bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you,” and so on. And then He says, “I'll give that land to your descendants.” So, ‘I will’ statements we looked at, seven ‘I will’ statements.

And today, we want to go a little further and talk about how the revelation of redemption was given to Abraham. What did Abraham believe? Why did he leave his country, his people and walk out of the whole thing, trusted in God and followed God? Because he received, I believe, a tremendous revelation of the things that are involved in the redemption. It's unbelievable that in the Old Testament, a man would come from such a background and receive this kind of revelation from God about this glorious redemption. So that's what we're going to talk about.

So, let me read verse 8 here. By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. Now, Genesis chapter 12 has that actual story of where God calls him. And the thing that we want to look at today is found in verse 3 there, but let me read to you from verse 1. Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family, and from your father's house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you, I will make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you.” And now listen, “And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” That is what I want to concentrate on today, “In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

That is an amazing promise and maybe you have read it and just passed it by, just walked over it, just run through it as we normally do, just read the Bible and don't stop to think about what it is saying. I want to tell you that this statement that, “In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed,” look at the scope of that promise. In you shall all the families of the earth, everyone in this earth, in you all the families of the earth will be blessed. Now, what kind of blessing is that? What kind of phenomenon is that? What is this God is talking about? And Abraham got a glimpse of that on that day, I believe. And I'm not guessing that he got a glimpse, I'll show you from the New Testament how the New Testament authors, both Jesus as well as people like Paul point to the fact that Abraham pretty much understood and received a revelation of what that meant, that, “In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

How do you think Abraham reacted to it when he heard it? Now, think about it little deeply. How can in a man every family on this earth be blessed? Is that possible? He’s not even going to see every family, he’s not even going to live long enough to see all the families of the earth. That means this is something that is going to take place not just in his lifetime, but beyond his lifetime, that covers the entire earth and all the families of the earth, a scope that is beyond anything that he can imagine in his wildest dreams, something God is going to do. That in him something that God is going to do by raising him up and working through him and through his descendants He’s going to do, through which the blessing of God is going to come to every family on this earth. That's a shocking promise. Literally, if you understand the scope of it, if you receive that promise you’ll say, “My God! How is it possible? How is it even imaginable by me and through me or in me, all the families of the earth be blessed?” That's what God promised Abraham and he understood something of that and we want to understand what he understood today. If you understand what he understood, I think you’ll leave everything also and pack up and leave. You'll be ready to leave everything because the scope of this promise is so great. It’s a wonderful future that you will be ready to sacrifice everything and go and follow God all the way.

Now, how did Abraham react to this amazing, unbelievable promise? This is the second promise, by the way, of the coming of Jesus Christ. Because how can all the families be blessed? What God is talking about is the fact that Jesus is going to be born as the Seed of Abraham one day. And that He will become the Savior of the world. And through that only, all the families of the earth be blessed. This is the only way this is possible, that Jesus will be born as a Seed of Abraham, and He will become the Savior of the world, dying on the cross and through Him only all the families of the earth be blessed. There is no other possible way for all the families of the earth to be blessed other than this. That his seed is Jesus, and that Seed is the one through whom everybody will be blessed because salvation is available only through that Seed, that one person. And I'll show you how the Bible teaches it.

This the second time that God has promised the coming of Jesus into this world. The first time He promised was in Genesis chapter 3 verse 15. You remember after Adam and Eve sinned and have fallen, God comes into the garden, pulls them out, talks to them, as well as to the devil. And in talking to the Satan, God says, “I will make enmity between your seed and her Seed,” pointing to Eve. He said, “I will make enmity between your seed and her Seed. He will crush your head.” That is, the Seed of the woman will crush your head, “And you will crush His heel.” Literally, talking about how Jesus Christ, the Son of God will be born of a woman as a seed of a woman. Normally, when you talk about seed, you’re talking about man, but Jesus is going to be born without the help of a man as the seed of the woman. And that He is going to crush the head of Satan on Calvary. So, Calvary is mentioned, the incarnation is mentioned, the birth of Jesus is mentioned, Calvary is mentioned where Satan's head will be crushed. And again, Calvary is mentioned in the statement where it says, “You will crush His heel.” Some damage happened to Jesus but that just amounts to crushing of the heel. And Satan's head was crushed. That is the first promise of the coming Messiah. It’s a very important verse in the Bible because it's the first promise of the coming Messiah and His work on the cross of Calvary. In the very first revelation itself, Calvary, the birth, the incarnation, Calvary, everything is revealed.

This is the second promise of the similar kind given to Abraham. Abraham was told, “In you shall all the families of the earth be blessed.” And in that, again, all of these things are involved incarnation of Jesus, the coming of Jesus into the world, Jesus’s death on the cross, and what happened on the cross and so on. Now, how did Abraham react to this promise? How do you think he would have reacted? Now, if you want to think about how he reacted, you should think about a story in 1 Chronicles chapter 17, you don't need to turn it because if I turn it, I have to read the whole chapter, there is no other way to understand it. So, I'll just summarize it for you. You might have read it. This story maybe is not familiar to everyone, David’s story is known but mostly David and Goliath is known. But this is another part of David's story, a very moving story. If you have time you read chapter 17 of 1 Chronicles.

David at one point says, after he becomes a king and lives in a beautiful grand house made of cedar wood. And he calls the prophet of God and tells him, prophet is called Nathan, and he tells him, “Hey, look here, I live in such a beautiful house. My house is made of cedar wood, which is the most expensive wood of the time.” But God's ark of the covenant which represented the presence of God was placed in a tent. It didn't have a permanent place. It didn't have a beautiful building. “I feel bad about it,” he said. “I'm living in this beautiful house but God is living in a tent. I want to build a fabulous house for God. I want to build God a fantastic place for God.” So, he tells Nathan and Nathan says, “Oh, sure King. Do whatever your heart feels like. Whatever you want to do, do it.” But after he said that, that night, God spoke to Nathan the prophet and said, “Go tell David not to build the house for Me.” It’s not that God didn't like the idea that David had, later on you will see that God actually says that He liked it, that He was pleased with David because he wanted to build God a palace. That He was pleased with it about his heart loving God like that, God was pleased with it. But He told him, “Nevertheless, don't build a palace for Me, don't build a fabulous building for Me.”

And then He tells him certain things. And one of the things He tells David, “I took you from the sheepfold.” He takes him back to his shepherding days. He says, “You were just minding some few sheep and I took you from your sheepfold to be a ruler over My people, and I made you a king. And I've given you victory over all your enemies and made your name like the great men of the earth.” That means, “I've made you equal to the greatest men of the earth. I've done this for you. Made a shepherd into a king, made your name great. And also, for your people I’ve done much. I didn't want them to live as slaves. I've set them free. I’ve brought them out. I didn't want them to run here and there without a permanent place. I want them to have their own place. So, I gave them the promised land. I gave them land, houses, everything so that they will be established, that they will not be at the mercy of the pagans around them.” He says that. All of that is said from verse 4 to 9. You read that.

And then verse 10, he says, “I've done all of this to you,” and then finally he says in verse 10, “I tell you,” that prophet says, “I tell you that the Lord will build you a house.” This fellow thought he's going to build a house for God. But God turns around and says, “Don't build Me a house, I brought you from minding sheep, made you a king, I destroyed all your enemies, I blessed your people, established them, made your nation great, but I want to build you a house.” Now, God is trying to impart of great vision that He has for him. He thought he has come to serve God, do something for God but God says, “Wait, I got some plan I want to reveal to you. I want to do something with you.”

What does it mean to say that God wanted to build a house for David? Not that He wanted to build a structure, a building for David. He already had a beautiful house. What did God want to build when God said, “I want to build you a house”? He wanted to build something else. And He explains that from verse 11. He says, “After you die, one of your sons will become the king. I'll set up your seed after you,” He says, “and I will establish his kingdom,” he says. “And his throne will be established forever.” Now He's taking him to distant times. Far, far into the future, into centuries, and even into eternity. Because He uses the word forever. He says, “I want you to build a house and this is the house I'm going to build. I’ll make your son a king, I’ll establish his throne and I will make sure that this kingdom and this throne of David lasts forever,” He says.

And David began to catch a glimpse of God's great vision for him. And he goes into the sanctuary and goes before the Lord and sits before the Lord and says in verse 16, “Who am I, Lord? And what is my house, that You have brought me this far? And yet this was a small thing in Your sight, O God.” He says, “Who am I that You've done all this for me. I was just a shepherd out there, nowhere, nobody and You picked me up and brought me.” Just like Abraham cut out of a rock, dug out of a hole, God brought David from sheepfold and made him into a king and established him and gave him a great name. And now, David says, “Who am I that You did all these things for me? And now You seem to think this is too little for me. I thought this was much, far too much for a little man like me, but You think this is too little for me, and You have other plans for me.” And he just sits there before God and David says, “What more can David say to You for the honor of your servant? For You know Your servant.” He says, “What can I say? I have no words to thank You and I have no words to express my gratitude for this great plan that You have for me,” he says.

And then something happens. See, this is a vision about a future, again this is a vision about how Jesus will be born as a son of David, in the lineage of David. That when He was born in the New Testament, you read in the gospels that Jesus was called the Son of David by people that came to Him for healing and so on, they cried out saying, “Son of David, have mercy on us.” He was known as the Son of David, he was born in the lineage of David. So, what God was revealing to him was, “Listen, David, it’s not just your son Solomon is going to rule and thereafter your sons will rule. I'm not talking about that. I'm talking about one of your sons, Jesus, who’s the Son of God Himself, who’ll come into this earth and His kingdom will last forever and ever. He will sit on the throne of David and He will rule forever and ever.” So, He's talking about a distant future, about great things that God has planned for him. And he literally says in verse 17, “You have also spoken of your servant’s house for a great while to come.” Great while to come, for many centuries to come, eternity to come. You have spoken of my house that will last for all eternity. That my throne will be there forever, and so on.

And then later on, a few verses later, he literally embraces that promise. It's a difficult promise to embrace. God is talking about eternity. How His throne is going to be established. How the throne of David is going to be unshaken forever and ever. That from his descendants, is going to rise one man that will be the very Son of God, God's Son, the second Person of the Trinity will come down as a man and sit on the throne of David and reign forever and ever. This is what God is promising. And towards the end of the chapter you will find that he agrees with God, he embraces the promises of God and literally says in verse 23, “Let it be established forever, and do as You have said.”

Why I pointed this out to you is because we were talking about how Abraham would have reacted to God's promise, “that in you shall all the families of the earth be blessed.” I say to you very similar promise like David received. And I believe that just like David received a revelation of what this meant, this promise that will be fulfilled in the very distant future and throughout all eternity, Abraham also understood it. And just like David embraced it, Abraham embraced it by faith. Unbelievable. It's a promise that he can never even imagine in his wildest dreams. But he embraces that promise. He says, “Let it be to me.” “So, let it be established,” verse 24 says. And he says, “Because you have said this, I will now pray about it. I'm going to be praying about it and saying, “God, You said it, You do it.” You see later on Solomon, his son praying and saying, “Whatever You said to my dad, do it. I'm not asking You anything else.”

Once God's words come out, they catch Him on that. That's what prayer is all about. Prayer is not about me going to God and say, “Give me this. Give me that. I want this. I like this.” That's not prayer, you see. Prayer is God imparting a vision to us, for our life, for our future, and us understanding these things by a relationship with God. And understanding the grace of God and God's plan for our lives, and then praying for that vision that God has given to come to pass. It is not that we want to do something great, it is God wants to do something great for the future and we're just a part of it for the time being right now while we live on this earth, a small part of it. So, we pray for God's will to be done. That is the kind of prayer that is answered 100% of the time. Not our flimsy prayers, “Lord, I like this. I like that.” No, no, no. God is pleased with the prayer which is based on His promises, His word and so on. So, Abraham embraced the promise of God.

Martin Luther talks about it. Martin Luther in his commentary on these things, he comments about the promise made to Abraham, “In you shall all the families of the earth be blessed.” And he says, “These words should be written in golden letters, and should be extolled in the languages of all people.” Why? “For who else has dispensed this blessing among all nations except the Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ?” He says, “These words, ‘in you shall all the families of the earth be blessed’, these words must be printed in golden letters, and published among all people, and spoken of proudly and extolled among people.” Why? “Because who else other than our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who can bring blessing to every family?” It is talking about Jesus. He got excited. Martin Luther, reading this promise got excited. He said, “Hey, this is talking about Jesus. Unbelievable. In you shall all the families of the earth, if you take Jesus out of the equation, there is nothing in that verse. It cannot come to pass. It is not possible. This is talking about Jesus.” He made a discovery. “This is talking about Jesus. Print it in golden words. Publish it in all languages. For who but our Lord Jesus Christ can bless every family? Or from whom blessings can flow from every family? This is a promise about Jesus and His work on the cross of Calvary,” he says.

Now, I know some of you are thinking, “Well, you're making too much out of this promise. Don't you think so? You think Abraham understood anything at all from that? In you shall all the families be blessed? You think he understood anything from it? Is it possible that he could have understood that Jesus is going to be born as a seed of Abraham? That He will become the Savior of the world and through Him, everybody and anybody can get salvation? And that is what this verse is talking about?”

Let me show you from the New Testament and show you that Jesus Himself spoke about this. In John's Gospel chapter 8. Chapter 8 is a very important chapter in the Gospel of John, because that is where this tension happens between the Jews and Jesus. They hate Him because of some of the things they said and the way He answered. He says, “I speak what I have seen My father speak,” in verse 38, and He said, “You do what you have seen with your father.” And then, they answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.” So, the discussion is going on between the Jews and Jesus about Abraham. He says, “My father spoke to Me and I'm doing whatever He spoke, and you are doing whatever your father is doing.” They said, “No, Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham's children, you would do the works of Abraham. But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I heard from God. Abraham did not do this. You do the deeds of your father.” And they said to Him, listen to this, very insulting. They said to Him, “We were not born of fornication; we have one Father—God.” They tell Jesus, “Hey, we were not born like you. You were born out of fornication. We have one Father, God.” Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me.” And so on. Fight gets very strong and this is the reason Jesus was finally crucified. This is the fight that really became tense there.

When you come to verse 56, Jesus makes a statement there, amazing statement. He says, “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day.” Can you believe this? They were talking very proudly about how their father is Abraham. He said, “You know your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day.” “And he saw it and was glad,” He says. He saw My day. So, Jesus is claiming that Abraham actually saw Jesus and the redemption that comes through Jesus. He had a revelation of Jesus at various points in his life. And one of the points where he had the revelation is when this promise was made to him.

Some of the things were made known but there were other points in his life where he understood that also. For example, when he was asked to go take his son, son that was received as a result of promise at 100 years of age and go and kill him as a sacrifice. So, he leaves there early in the morning, goes and reaches the mountaintop, ties up his son and raises his knife to kill his son as a sacrifice, he’s about to do it, he would have done it. And the angel of the Lord stops him. Literally, without saying in so many words, God was saying to him, “Abraham, I didn't bring you here to kill your son. I gave you your son. You wanted a son, I gave you a son. And I have plans for your son. I want your son to live. There are great plans. I don't want to kill your son or anybody’s son. Then why did I tell you to come and bring your son and make him a sacrifice? Because when you come and lift up your knife, I can stop you and tell you, ‘Not your son, Abraham, My Son, I'm going to give as a substitute for all your sons and all your daughters and for every human being.’ My Son is going to be the substitute.” Abraham stood there and looked up and he saw a ram caught in the thicket and he took it and killed that ram there and offered it as a sacrifice to God and named that place Jehovah Jireh, the Lord will see to it.

What was he saying? He says, “The Lord will see to it that He will provide a substitute for mankind. The Lord will see to it that man’s sins will be taken care of through God's Son Himself, through Jesus Christ. That God has made the arrangements, that God will provide, that God will do it. God will do it.” So, it's not surprising that Jesus said, “Abraham saw My day, was glad to see My day. In fact, he saw it and rejoiced in seeing that,” He says. So, Abraham must have really seen Jesus in the sense, seen His works, seen the redemption played out, seen what God was planning to do through Abraham’s Seed, Jesus. Some revelation has been granted to him. Well, if this is not enough let me take you to Galatians. Go to Galatians please, Galatians chapter 3. Now, there are certain passages in the Old Testament that are so remarkable, so unusual, and from time to time, we come across a passage in the Old Testament like that. They’re so important in the entire scheme of redemption so that it is picked up and explained sometimes at length in the New Testament by New Testament authors like Paul. They take one little passage, one verse, one sentence, one line from the Old Testament and write a whole chapter on it. Galatians 3 is such a chapter. It's a commentary on Genesis 12:3.

Martin Luther got thrilled reading Genesis 12:3. I'm sure Martin Luther saw it from the eyes of Jesus saying, “Abraham saw My day, was glad to see My day. He saw it and rejoiced in it.” I think he saw it, he understood it and he also saw Galatians chapter 3, the entire chapter written based on Abraham. It's a commentary on Genesis chapter 12 verse 3. “In you shall all the families of the earth be blessed.” Taking that one line, Paul goes on into a terrific teaching there. I'm going to read from verse 6. Just as Abraham “believed God and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”

Now, what was happening here, the context is this, the first five verses give the context, I don’t have the time so I don’t want to read it but I'll just explain it. The context is this, there was a controversy going on Galatia. These Galatian churches were having a controversy regarding how a man is saved. Some of them came from the Jewish background. So, in the Jewish religion they were circumcised and they went through all the Jewish rituals and all that, they belonged to the Jewish religion then they came to hear about Jesus and came into Christian faith. There were others that were Gentiles that came from the Gentile background and believed in Jesus and became saved. Now, the Jewish converts were saying, “How can you simply believe in Jesus and be converted? How can you simply by believing in Jesus be saved, be considered righteous? You got to first become a Jew. Physically, you need to first become a Jew by getting circumcised, going through the procedures in the law, convert yourself into a Jew and then you convert yourself into a Christian. That's the way things can happen,” they were saying because they couldn't come apart from their old religion. So, they were misguiding people. Some of them were misguiding, Judaizers. They were misguiding people saying that, “Circumcision is important. Have you been circumcised? Not enough that you're baptized or anything you got to get circumcised, become a Jew literally, then only you can become a Christian.”

So, Paul is using Abraham as an example. He says, “Hey, look at Abraham. Don't be talking all this. Don't be teaching all this. Look at Abraham. How was Abraham considered righteous by God? By circumcision? No. Circumcision came later and it was only a sign of the covenant. Abraham already entered into a covenant. Abraham already became a friend of God. Abraham already was called out from his paganism and ignorance of God. He was given a revelation of God, he walked with God. At certain point, God told him to perform circumcision as a sign of the covenant. But long before circumcision came Abraham was already a friend of God, walking with God.” So, he says, “Consider Abraham, how was Abraham saved?” That's how he starts it in verse 6. How was Abraham saved? Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him for righteousness. It's a quotation again from Genesis chapter 15 verse 6. That God comes and tells him, Abraham is lamenting over the fact that he doesn't have a child and his servant is going to possess all his property and all that after he dies. God says, “No, no, no. You are going to have a son. I'll give you a son. Only your son will become your heir. Don't worry about that.” Abraham finding it very difficult to believe because he's aged. And so, God says, “Come out, I want to show you something.” And takes him out and tells him to lift up his eyes and look at the stars of the sky. He says, “Look at it. Can you number them?” And Abraham blinks, “Who can number them?” And God says, “So shall your seed be.” And verse 6 in chapter 15 of Genesis says, Abraham believed and it was counted to him for righteousness. So, he takes that verse and quotes it here that Abraham did not become righteous before God by anything else except simply by believing, by having faith.

And then in verse 7 he says, Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham. He takes it the next step. Not only Abraham believed and he became a child of God or he became a friend of God, and so on, now in the New Testament times, only those who are of faith are the sons of Abraham, even those who are born to Abraham don't qualify as sons of Abraham. Only those who are of faith, he says. Only if you believed like Abraham believed, only if you believe the revelation that God gave to Abraham concerning Jesus and the redemption, those are the sons of Abraham. How many of you believe like Abraham has believed? Have you believed the revelation of redemption? Have you believed the revelation of Jesus? Have you believed the revelation of the cross of Calvary? If you have believed like Abraham believed, if you've seen Jesus like Abraham saw, if you were glad to see what Abraham saw, if you rejoiced in it, if your heart today rejoices in what Jesus has done on the cross of Calvary, the Bible says that you are Abraham's sons.

Taking it to the next step, to the New Testament people. And then he says in verse 8, And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand. How much more do you want? The Gospel itself was preached to Abraham long time ago. So, nobody can say Abraham knew nothing. Abraham knew the Gospel. The Gospel was literally preached to Abraham when God foresaw that He will justify the Gentiles by faith, the Gentiles will walk in, without all the Jewish rituals and all that. They'll just walk in by faith, be saved. And this He preached to Abraham, the Gospel beforehand, long time ago in advance. How did He preach? When did He preach? Where did He preach? In what words did He preach? “In you all the nations shall be blessed.” When God looked at Abraham and said, “In you all the nations or all the Gentiles shall be blessed. Everyone shall be blessed.” When God made that statement in Genesis 12:3, God was literally preaching the gospel to Abraham. Should we say, “Well, is there so much there? Just one line brother? How can you make so much out of it?” No, it's not one line, it’s one chapter. If he writes one chapter, I bet you Paul preached at least 100 chapters worth of stuff on that. Like I always say, in the New Testament times, writing was very expensive, writing material was rare, so they put things in a very brief form. They had to cut it short and put things without wasting words and without wasting writing material. I believe that Paul would have preached so much about it but we get enough of it here in chapter 3. Paul would have preached this. I’ll continue.

So, he says, gospel was preached to Abraham. When was it preached? With what words it was preached? It was preached when God said to him in Genesis 12:3, “In you shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.” That is when the gospel was preached. And then go to verse 13. Paul says that God's promise to Abraham that, “In you all the families of the earth be blessed,” involved redemption of all kinds of people, involved redemption of not just Jews but everybody, all kinds of people from every tribe, tongue and nation and kind. “In you shall all the families of the earth be blessed,” is about the redemption of many kinds of people. So, look at verse 13. Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

So, he now links the cross of Calvary to Abraham’s story. How? He says, “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law. Having become a curse for us. As it is written, cursed is everyone that hangs on a tree.” Why did He die on a tree? Why did He die as the cursed one? Because Deuteronomy 21 last couple of verses say, that anyone that is hanged and hanging there, punished in that way and killed in that way must be a terrible sinner and that you should bury him immediately before sundown, because the curse that is upon him, he’s cursed of God, he’s thought of as a person that is cursed of God. Instructions that were given so that he is buried before sundown because if they left him overnight, the curse that is upon him, the curse of God that is upon him for his sins, will come upon the entire nation, the promised land.

So, this is something that God taught them in Deuteronomy before they entered the promised land, this is the procedure that God taught. And you read in the book of Joshua, they did that when they killed some kings. They brought them, hanged them five kings, Canaanite kings, killed them, and before sundown, they buried them in a cave. Because these guys are such evil people, they were cursed of God it is considered. Their death happened because they are cursed of God, and therefore they must be buried so that the curse that belonged to them should not come upon the promised land, the land flowing with milk and honey. When Jesus died, the Bible says, Joseph of Arimathea came and asked permission from Pilate to bury the body of Jesus in his grave. And in 27th chapter of my Matthew's Gospel, I think, verse 52, where it talks about Joseph of Arimathea coming down to get Jesus's body for burial in his burial plot, it says when the evening had come, that means before sundown. Before the sun went down, he came and claimed the body of Jesus to bury him. Why? Because He was hanging on the cross. The person who hangs on the cross is cursed. That is the way the Old Testament taught it. That when Jesus hung on the cross, the curse of the entire Jewish nation was put upon Him. They were cursed with a curse of the law, not only the Jewish nation, but the current curse of the entire world was placed upon Him. He literally became cursed on the cross of Calvary. As He hung there, He hung there as a cursed person. God turned His face away when He cried, “My God, My God, why has Thou forsaken Me?” And there Jesus, taking our curse, hung there on the cross of Calvary and died there.

Now, since He bore our curses, He must be put away, He must be buried so that that curse that went from us to Him will never return back to us. Did you know that our curse long time ago was taken from us and placed on Him never to return back to us? So, as Christian people don't ever believe if somebody came and said, “I see two curses in your family.” You tell them, “No curses. Sorry, you may go. I have no curses. Long time ago Jesus took my curse on the cross of Calvary and when He was buried, all my curses were buried.” Some people talk about fourth generation curses, fifth generation curses, curses from back in your granddaddy’s days. No, no, no. All that is set aright. When Jesus died on the cross, He took all that curse. And when Joseph of Arimathea took Him and buried Him, he buried it along with Him. When He rose again and came, He came as a new man, all the curses gone. It is finished, it is no more there. Don't believe that you are cursed. He says, Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law. As it is written, cursed is everyone that hangs on a tree. And then he talks about why Jesus hung on the cross and died. This is the most beautiful thing. The next line, lot of people miss that. Lot of people know verse 13 but not 14. 14 is the reason why He hung there, why He became curse, why He hung on a tree and died, why He became cursed. 14 says, so that the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we may receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Paul really nails this point. His point is that it is through faith we are saved. It is not through circumcision, it is not by the works of the law, it is not by anything else, by believing in what Jesus has done for us on the cross of Calvary. When you believe it, you become just like Abraham. Abraham believed and he was made righteous. He believed and he received the blessings of God. “You simply believe,” he says, and just like Abraham you receive the blessing of Abraham. He started out by discussing that it is only by believing you get saved. God's grace provides everything, you simply believe and appropriate. Now, it really nails his point. He says, “Yeah, Jesus died on the cross took our curse.” Why? So that when we believe this, the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles. Now, let me say something about the blessing Abraham. I want to talk a lot about it the days to come. I love blessing of Abraham.

This song was written by a famous songwriter and singer who traveled with a preacher who preached this kind of truth. And I have heard the preacher preach this kind of truth. The song, ‘I am of the seed of Abraham, his blessing rests on me. I’m not moved by what I see.’ These are exactly the words of that preacher that used to preach. There are sermons by him that he uses exactly these words. ‘Lift up your eyes and look north, south, east and west,’ and exactly like that he preached and this fellow will take and write those words into songs. That's how he wrote the other song also about whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. His name is David Ingles. He took the truth because he traveled with this preacher and heard all these truths and wanted to put it in a song. That’s why I love this song. And I love this truth. This truth is the most liberating truth, the truth about the blessing of Abraham. “Jesus died on the cross of Calvary,” Paul says, “so that the blessing of Abraham can come to everybody.”

What is the blessing of Abraham? What was the blessing of Abraham? And he says a lot of controversy about this. One fellow said to me, “The blessing of Abraham is spiritual.” I didn't say it was natural or material or anything. No. He said, “The blessing of Abraham is spiritual.” “What do you mean?” I said. He said, “When you die, you will go to heaven.” That's the blessing of Abraham. No. What was the blessing of Abraham? The blessing of Abraham is this, that he was totally ignorant of God, did not know God, he was lost, he was in a pagan society, completely ignorant of God, lived in darkness and God comes to him. God picks him up, God reveals himself to him. God calls him. God literally cuts him out of that culture, out of those practices, that pagan life and all of that and brings him out, digs him out of that hole and brings him out. That is the blessing of Abraham. Hello.

That’s the blessing. Nobody can deny this. That is the blessing of Abraham. “If you asked Abraham, “Man, what is your blessing? In what way were you blessed?” He said, “Let me tell you, I was lost. I didn't even know God. I didn't even know there was a living God. But God one day appeared to me and he spoke to me. He called me, told me to leave everything and come and I trusted him and left everything and came and followed him. That has been the greatest blessing in my life.” Now, he's become a friend of God. Abraham has become a friend of God. That's the blessing of Abraham. A man who lived in a pagan society, given to those pagan practices, lived as part of that culture, like solid rock it formed itself in him. He was cut out of that and he came and became a friend of God.

Now, does God’s friend have to fear anything? If you are God's friend, if God was your friend, would you fear anything? If the prime minister was your friend, would you fear anything? If somebody great in power was your friend, would you fear anything? No, because you know the man. You’d say, “Well, I know somebody, I won't be afraid.” But the Bible says that God has called you to Himself and He is your Father, you are His child. What more do you want? That is the blessing of Abraham. See, the person's call to salvation is faith in Jesus and His salvation is the fountainhead of all the blessings, it drives out every fear, it drives out every lack and want. How can such a person be a beggar and not have anything? How can such a person scrounge for his food? How can such a person have nothing? How can such a person not have his needs met in physical needs as well as spiritual needs, material needs, every need met? See, a lot of people don't believe in these things. The blessing of Abraham is the blessing of being found by God, owned by God, made a child of God. And therefore, that is the greatest privilege that you can have as a human being. And now, Abraham's problem is one by one coming into focus. God meets all of his needs. He has no children, his wife is old, he is old past the childbearing age, God comes to him and says, “No, no, no. You will have your own child. Don't worry about your servant taking all your property, I'll give you a child, “He says.

Abraham has a lot of doubts because he came from a pagan background. He says, “My wife is old, I’m old.” And he goes home and his wife says to him, “Hey, look, I got an idea. Why bother God at this age. We’re both old and God wants to give us a child. Poor God is trying too hard to give us a child. Let's fix that problem. I got an idea. Here is a slave girl that we have. And in our country, this practice is very common. Why don't you take the slave girl and make her your concubine and just have a son through her? The problem is solved. You want somebody that is born to you to own everything that you have. So, this fixes it.” And Abraham, the son of Adam, immediately went for it. All you got to do is just give him the fruit and he’ll eat it. So, he said, “Okay.” And he went ahead with it. So, they had a son named him Ishmael. And God comes to him later on and says, I'm going to change your name from Abram to Abraham, you're going to be the father of many nations. I’m going to change Sarah's name also. She's going to be mother of many nations. You will have a child. Next year by this time, and I come back to you, you’ll have a child. And both of them laughed. The Bible says, in 18th chapter it says, both of them found it funny that God will give them a child at the grand old age. And Abraham comes to plead with God and says, “God, don't bother. Please, don't try so hard because I got Ishmael. Let him live. Let him be my son. Recognize him, acknowledge Him, bless him. Let's just get on with it. Forget about all that bearing a child nowadays. Let me just go with Ishmael.”

You know what God said? And I'm going to give you a now before you leave the essence of the blessing of Abraham in one word. I've never done it before like this. But this time I'm going to. I've taught on blessing of Abraham so much but this time is different. The essence of what is the blessing of Abraham? You can say so much it's spiritual, it's material, it’s physical, it’s social. All these various aspects can be covered, and I've covered it already. But the thing is, what would you say is the blessing of Abraham? When Abraham and Sarah laughed, and they've said, “Let Ishmael live, forget about the promise” and all that, God said “Look, is there anything too hard for the Lord?”

Now, after studying and looking at it so much, I got this. Now, I'm going to put it up somewhere. Is there anything too hard for the Lord? How would you summarize the essence of the blessing of Abraham? The essence of the blessing of Abraham to me means there is nothing too hard for God. There is nothing too hard for God. If God has called me, if God has chosen you, if God has given you a mission, if God has put a purpose in your heart, if God has given you a vision in your heart, and when you do it, there is nothing that is impossible. Is there anything too hard for the Lord? I think we need to write it and put it somewhere. Is there anything too hard for the Lord? That in essence is the blessing of Abraham. The blessing of Abraham, in essence, says there is nothing in the whole world, no problem, no disease, no sickness, no financial problems, no difficulties of this life, nothing that you're facing is too hard for the Lord. Nothing can stop you from becoming what God wants you to become.

The blessing of Abraham. Don't have to tell a big story about what the blessing of Abraham is. To me, it simply means there is nothing too hard for God. If God has chosen us, God has blessed us, if God has called us, if God has saved us, and we are walking with God and we’re going to fulfill the purposes of God, I tell you, God will move the heaven and earth for us. The Bible says that Sarah's womb was as good as dead. Sarah's womb was dead. It says, literally, Romans chapter 4 verse 17 onwards, if you read, Sarah's womb was dead. Not as good as dead, it was dead. And Abraham, it says, was just as good as dead. Death certificate has been issued. No chance of having a child. But God said, “I am the God who call those things that be not as though they were. I'm a God where there is no hope, I can bring hope. I'm a God to whom nothing is impossible. There is nothing too hard for Me.” God picks up these two people, purposely childless people, purposely old people and waits till he gets 100 years old so that he can send a message to us, “There is nothing too hard for the Lord.” Why there is nothing too hard for the Lord? I say to you, there is nothing too hard for the Lord because that's the blessing of Abraham.

If you got the blessing of Abraham that's what it is. What has come to us through the cross of Calvary? What has been achieved? What did we receive from the cross? He died so that the blessing of Abraham might come to us. What is the blessing that has come to us? This possibility - there is nothing too hard for the Lord. We’ll continue next week. Please stand. I don't want to get into the blessing of Abraham then we'll be up here all day. The blessing of Abraham, just meditate on it. Everybody lift up your hands and say, I am of the seed of Abraham. His blessing rests on me. In Galatians chapter 3 verse 29 it says, if you're Christ’s, then you are Abraham's seed. Say that I'm Christ’s therefore I'm Abraham's seed. And the same verse says you are heir to the promises. Heir to the promises. Heir to the promises of God. What is the promise? Nothing too hard. Nothing too hard. Nothing too hard. Nothing too hard.

Abraham got a vision of this, he said, “My goodness, what a life God is calling me to? I'm going to follow Him. I’m going to leave everything and go after Him. Live for Him.” Nothing too hard. There is nothing too hard. All you got to do is discover what God has for you, what God's plan is for you. Where God wants to take you, what he wants to do through you. Get a vision for your life from God and set out to accomplish that vision in your life. That's the most fruitful life. Don't live your life just the way you think it is best. You live your life the way that God wants it. And I say to you, when you live totally for God's will, doing what God wants you to and going where God wants you to, and accomplishing what God wants you to, there is nothing too hard for the Lord. Amen. Let's lift up our hands and just thank God for this truth today.

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