biblestudy: Abraham (Part 11)


John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 08-May-90; Sermon #BS-AB11; 77 minutes

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John Ritenbaugh focuses upon the typology suggested by Abraham's concealing from Abimelech his true relationship with Sarah. The incident symbolizes Abraham's temptation to compromise his spiritual principles to acquire worldly knowledge (typified by the uncircumcised Philistines). If we hold fast to principles, though it may seem initially uncomfortable and fearful, we will eventually receive respect and even admiration. If we compromise, we will ultimately receive scorn and rebuke from unprincipled people. We also learn from Abraham how to evaluate circumstances as we pray. Isaac's example teaches the positive fruits of living by faith and obedience to God. Ishmael and his descendants (as described by a "wild ass" metaphor) illustrate that persecution is often an intra-family affair, symbolizing our perennial conflict between flesh and spirit.

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Abimelech Appeasement Atoning gift Children of promise Covering Faith Great bold strokes Jacob and Esau Evaluation of circumstances Isaac Ishmael Judging Kippur Lot Palwal Prayer Technology Typology Uncircumcised Philistines Wild ass of a man Yom Kippur




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