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Come To The Father

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God wants you to come to know Him as Father. How do we do that?

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INTRO

What are some famous fatherly phrases of wisdom?
I’m not made of money
Don’t talk to your mother like that
Do you want me to come ______ there
Stop crying or I’ll give you something to cry about
I bet you wont do that again will ya
They just don’t make things like they used to
When I was a kid...
Nice to meet you hungry
Go ask your mother!
Hard to fly like an eagle when your surrounded by turkeys
Dad’s want godly sons! - Dad’s want wise sons!
Proverbs 23:24 ESV
24 The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him.
Would you consider yourself to be a wise son?
Proverbs is the book of wisdom - written to children...
This section is about Abraham’s death as well as a list of all his sons.
Father Abraham had many sons I am one of them and so are you so lets all praise the LORD!
But are we really one of them or not? What does it mean to come to the Father according to Abraham?
Title & Text
Come To The Father
Genesis 25.1-18
Theme
Out of all the sons of Abraham, Isaac was the one chosen by God.
Pray
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THE SERMON BODY

Chapter 25 Structure
vv. 1-18 = Abrahams Death & Descendants
1-6 = Abraham, Keturah & Sons
7-11 = Abrahams Death
12-18 = Ismael’s Descendants
vv. 19-28 = Birth of Jacob and Esau
19-22 = conception of children
23 = prophecy over progeny
24-26 = birth of boys
27-28 = parental preferences
vv. 29-34 = Esau Sells Birthright
Main Points
God fulfills His promises
Eventually everyone dies
Out of all Abrahams sons only one is chosen
Genesis 25:1–18 ESV
1 Abraham took another wife, whose name was Keturah. 2 She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah. 3 Jokshan fathered Sheba and Dedan. The sons of Dedan were Asshurim, Letushim, and Leummim. 4 The sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida, and Eldaah. All these were the children of Keturah. 5 Abraham gave all he had to Isaac. 6 But to the sons of his concubines Abraham gave gifts, and while he was still living he sent them away from his son Isaac, eastward to the east country. 7 These are the days of the years of Abraham’s life, 175 years. 8 Abraham breathed his last and died in a good old age, an old man and full of years, and was gathered to his people. 9 Isaac and Ishmael his sons buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, east of Mamre, 10 the field that Abraham purchased from the Hittites. There Abraham was buried, with Sarah his wife. 11 After the death of Abraham, God blessed Isaac his son. And Isaac settled at Beer-lahai-roi. 12 These are the generations of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah’s servant, bore to Abraham. 13 These are the names of the sons of Ishmael, named in the order of their birth: Nebaioth, the firstborn of Ishmael; and Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, 14 Mishma, Dumah, Massa, 15 Hadad, Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah. 16 These are the sons of Ishmael and these are their names, by their villages and by their encampments, twelve princes according to their tribes. 17 (These are the years of the life of Ishmael: 137 years. He breathed his last and died, and was gathered to his people.) 18 They settled from Havilah to Shur, which is opposite Egypt in the direction of Assyria. He settled over against all his kinsmen.
God is in the business fulfilling His promises = 1-6
Genesis 25:1–6 ESV
1 Abraham took another wife, whose name was Keturah. 2 She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah. 3 Jokshan fathered Sheba and Dedan. The sons of Dedan were Asshurim, Letushim, and Leummim. 4 The sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida, and Eldaah. All these were the children of Keturah. 5 Abraham gave all he had to Isaac. 6 But to the sons of his concubines Abraham gave gifts, and while he was still living he sent them away from his son Isaac, eastward to the east country.
We don’t know when or where this woman came from...
Sarah through silence “another”
Keturah = [smoke / incense]
6 Sons listed / 7 grandsons / 3 great grandsons
Midianites = will be heard of later...
multigenerational blessing
vv. 5 extra important
Isaac is the undisputed heir!
child of the promise
child of Sarah
vv. 6
Abraham gives gifts
Sent away eastward!
God is in the business fulfilling His promises = 1-6
Then...
Genesis 12:2–3 ESV
2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
Hebrews 6:13–14 ESV
13 For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, 14 saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.”
Now...
Jeremiah 29:11 ESV
11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Ephesians 3:6 ESV
6 This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
God is in the business fulfilling His promises = 1-6
BUT
No matter how blessed we might be all people must suffer death. = 7-11
Genesis 25:7–11 ESV
7 These are the days of the years of Abraham’s life, 175 years. 8 Abraham breathed his last and died in a good old age, an old man and full of years, and was gathered to his people. 9 Isaac and Ishmael his sons buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, east of Mamre, 10 the field that Abraham purchased from the Hittites. There Abraham was buried, with Sarah his wife. 11 After the death of Abraham, God blessed Isaac his son. And Isaac settled at Beer-lahai-roi.
Abraham dies just like those before him...
Chap 5 = “Thus all the days of ________ were _____ years, and he died.”
the tree!
Even here God’s curse is felt
Romans 5:12 ESV
12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—
Even here God’s promise is fulfilled
Genesis 15:15 ESV
15 As for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried in a good old age.
Life
Land
Offspring
Proverbs 22:4 ESV
4 The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.
Hope
Romans 5:17 ESV
17 For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.
Abraham lived a long, full and blessed life yet suffered the same fate as all before him.
and all after = You will die some day! = Are you afraid to go?
Out of all Abrahams sons, only one is chosen.
Genesis 25:12–18 ESV
12 These are the generations of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah’s servant, bore to Abraham. 13 These are the names of the sons of Ishmael, named in the order of their birth: Nebaioth, the firstborn of Ishmael; and Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, 14 Mishma, Dumah, Massa, 15 Hadad, Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah. 16 These are the sons of Ishmael and these are their names, by their villages and by their encampments, twelve princes according to their tribes. 17 (These are the years of the life of Ishmael: 137 years. He breathed his last and died, and was gathered to his people.) 18 They settled from Havilah to Shur, which is opposite Egypt in the direction of Assyria. He settled over against all his kinsmen.
Ishmael the firstborn but the chosen one of God
Genesis 25:5 ESV
Abraham gave all he had to Isaac.
Genesis 25:11 ESV
After the death of Abraham, God blessed Isaac his son. And Isaac settled at Beer-lahai-roi.
Ishmael still blessed / just not chosen...
12 Sons - Princes
blessings do not necessitate choosing
Genesis 17:20 ESV
20 As for Ishmael, I have heard you; behold, I have blessed him and will make him fruitful and multiply him greatly. He shall father twelve princes, and I will make him into a great nation.
Wife & Concubines… vv. 6
Ishmael dies @ 137yrs
Out of the Land of Promise
Over against his kinsman
Genesis 16:12 ESV
12 He shall be a wild donkey of a man, his hand against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he shall dwell over against all his kinsmen.”
Overall Transition to Isaac Narrative
Transitional
Loose ends
Oficial
Big Picture Plot-line = Seed & Serpent = Curse & Cure!
Adam
Cain - Able
Noah - Nations
Shem - Ham - Japheth
Abraham - Family
Ishmael / Isaac
Father Abraham had many sons, many sons had father Abraham…
Genesis 12:3 ESV
3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
Abraham / Isaac / Jacob - Israel - David / Christ
Matthew 1:1 ESV
1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
Father Abraham had many sons, many sons had father Abraham… I am one of them and so are you…
Matthew 3:9 ESV
And do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father,’ for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham.
John 8:39 ESV
39 They answered him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would be doing the works Abraham did,
What was the work of Abraham?
Romans 4:3 ESV
3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.”
To know...
To believe…

CONCLUSION

Galatians 3:14 ESV
14 so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.
Ephesians 1:5 ESV
5 he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,
Psalm 2:7 ESV
7 I will tell of the decree: The Lord said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you.
Theme
Out of all the sons of Abraham, Isaac was the one chosen by God.
Goal
Through the One Son of God, come to the Father!
John 14:6 ESV
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Application
Come to Christ!!
Come to the Father!!
CLOSE
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