Faith and Its Reward

Genesis 15:1-6

In Romans 4:1-5, Paul asks, “How was Abraham saved? Was it by faith or by the works of the Law?” In the first three chapters of Romans, Paul has shown the utter depravity of man, and his complete inability to save himself by his own works, or by trying to keep the Law. How was Abraham saved? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.” In modern language that would mean, “Abraham believed God absolutely and God canceled his sins and declared him fit for heaven.” Abraham was saved by faith, four hundred years before the Law was given. This was the principle of salvation in the O.T., and it is the same today. [Discuss briefly here some people’s attitude, trying to work for salvation] Notice also the difference between believing God and believing in God. Most people believe in God, but hardly believe a word He says.

Types in Genesis

Webster defines typology as a thing, person, or event that symbolizes or represents another. Generally speaking the one prefigured in the type is not a mere man, but is the God-man. The types of the Old Testament have the same function as parables in the New Testament They are windows to shed light on certain symbols or objects. Consider the parables of Matthew 13 and the letters to the seven churches in Asia from Revelation 2 and 3.

The Type of the Holy Spirit

Genesis 24

In the story of Genesis 24, a type of the Holy Spirit is present actively leading the principal characters involved: Abraham, Eliezer, Rebekah, and Isaac. We know from Jesus’ ministry and the New Testament that the Holy Spirit was sent by the Father. John reports Jesus’ teaching on the Holy Spirit in John 14:26: “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” In this story in Genesis 24, it seems that Eliezer’s mission is to procure a bride for Isaac, although in this chapter of Genesis his character, the “servant,” remains nameless. (See Genesis 15:2 and 24:2-4)


Test of Faith

Genesis 12:10-13:4

Life's Greatest Certainty: Death

Genesis 2:15-17; Genesis 3:1-19



When as a child I laughed and wept—Time crept.

When as a youth I dreamt and talked—Time walked.

When I became a full-grown man—Time ran.

When older still I daily grew—Time flew.

Soon shall I find in traveling on—Time gone.

And face eternity begun,—Time done.


Time was—is past: thou canst not it recall:

Time is—thou hast: employ the portions small.

Abraham's Test

Genesis 22 

Genesis 22:1 says, “And God did test Abraham.” Some time later, God did test Abraham. He tested Abraham’s sincerity, loyalty, and faith. The offering of Isaac may have occurred at the place where Solomon built the temple (see 2 Chronicles 3:1). Isaac was not a child, but a young man. Abraham laid the wood for burnt offering on Isaac; this was a heavy load.


Abraham’s Promise

Abraham’s spiritual experience was marked by four great crises, each of which involved a surrendering of something that was naturally dear to him:

    - He surrendered his country and his kindred.

    - He surrendered his nephew Lot, who was especially dear to him, and was his heir and a fellow-believer.

    - He surrendered his own plans for Ishmael.

    - Finally, he surrendered Isaac, his miraculous son.

Abraham wanted a son and heir above anything else. Sarah, his wife, was barren. They had tried everything to have a child, but were unsuccessful. Time ran out. Humanly speaking, there was no hope. Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah was 90. Abraham’s body was dead, and Sarah’s was long past the age of childbearing. 

When Abraham began his walk with God, God promised that He would multiply his seed, that they would be as numberless as the stars, and as numerous as the sand on the seashore (see Genesis 15). God also promised to make him fruitful; that kings would come from his seed, and that through his descendants all nations of the earth would be blessed. In Genesis 17, God again promised Abraham that Sarah would bear him a son, that she would be the mother of nations. 



Outline Of Genesis

I. Creation (1, 2).

II. The Fall of Man (3—5).

III. Noah and the-Flood (6—10),

IV. The Tower of Babel (11).

V. Abraham (12—25),

        A. Call (12:1).

        B. The Covenant (12:2, 3).

        C. To Egypt and back (12:10—13:4),

        D. Experiences with Lot and Abimelech (13:5—14:24;

        E. Ishmael and Isaac (15:1—17:27; 21:1—34).

        F. Offering of Isaac (22).

        G. Purchase of Cave of Machpelah (23).

        H. A bride for Isaac (24).

VI. Isaac (25:19—27:46).

VII. Jacob (28:1—36:43).

        A. Blessed by Isaac (28:1-9).

        B. Sent to Haran—his vision and vow (28:10—22).

        C. The years spent working for Laban, including
        marriage to Leah and Rachel, and birth of the
        twelve sons (29:1—30:43).

        D. Return to Canaan and reconciliation to Esau

        E. Calamities and crises (33:18—36:43).

VIII. Joseph (37:1—50:26).

        A. Rejected by brethren and sold into Egypt (37:1-

        (Parenthetical chapter on Judah’s sin—38.)

        B. Promotion in Egypt and personal integrity (39:1—

        C. Famine brings his brethren to Egypt for food

Genesis 24

The Mission of Eliezar, a Type of the Mission of the Holy Spirit

Read verses 1-4 and verse 10.

In studying the historical records of the OT, we must remember that underneath each one there is some great spiritual truth.

1 Corinthians 10:11—“Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the end of the age is come.”

2 Timothy 3:16-17—“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

Behind every historical record in scripture there is more than mere moral instruction.

The Climax of Faith

Genesis 22


Read verses 1-2.

In this chapter we come to the climax, the acme and the goal of Abraham’s faith.

It took the Lord 60 years to prepare Abraham for this climactic event. Prior to this incident God passed Abraham through the fires of trial. He embarked on the life of faith when he left Ur of the Chaldees. He was 70 years old then, and now he is 130 years.

In Genesis 12 we have the beginning of the journey of faith.

In Genesis 22 we have the climax of this life of faith.

The Rapture In Genesis

Genesis 19:12-26


v. 22—“Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do anything till thou become thither.”

Paraphrased it would read, “Hurry up, escape for your life, because I cannot destroy these cities until you get out.”

These words were spoken to Lot, who was carnal and worldly.

The cities had been good to Lot and his family. They loved the cities. Even at the risk of losing their own lives they lingered loathe to break or sever connections. The messengers took him and his wife and his two daughters by the hand and led them out of the city.

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