Abraham: Hoping in God
Godly hope comes from faith in God who is faithful to His covenant promises - Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
- A burial plot for Sarah - 23:1–20
- The beloved Sarah died when Isaac was 37, Abraham was 137, and they had lived in the land of Canaan for 62 years.
- Abraham and Isaac mourned and wept for Sarah.
- Abraham understood that he did not yet have possession of the land.
- Abraham bought land for a burial place in hope (___________________) of the future blessings of the inheritance - Romans 8:24–25 For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.
- A wife for Isaac - 24:1–67
- Abraham secured a wife for the future heritage of Isaac.
- Rebekah placed her faith in the covenant promises of the Lord.
- Because of His promised covenant the Lord showed (hesed) kindness/lovingkindness/mercy/goodness/faithfulness/love in providentially providing a wife for Isaac - Psalm 136 & 103
- Abraham hoped (__________________) the Lord would provide a wife for Isaac in order to fulfill His covenant promises.
- The death of Abraham - 25:1–11
- Abraham lived another 38 years after the death of Sarah.
- His marriage to Keturah and their six sons serve as a contrast to highlight the supremacy of Isaac as Abraham’s only heir in which the covenant promises of God would be fulfilled.
- Abraham died and was buried just like all the saints before and after him including Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and his brothers, Moses, Joshua, the Judges, the prophets, and David and the kings.
- Abraham was gathered to his people, not the people of his former country, family, and father’s house (12:1), but the people of God.
- Abraham died with hope (_____________________) as he looked forward in faith to the day in which all the promises would be fulfilled.
Brother and sister, Christ gives us anticipation, an expectation, and a confidence that He will fulfill all of His saving promises to us who believe!
Romans 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.