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Abraham Father of Faith P-3

When we left off in part two Abram had separated from Lot.  And at that time we mentioned that when the bible was written there were no chapter divisions, nor were there any verse divisions. These chapter and verse divisions were put in the books of the bible during the “dark ages” by Roman Catholic monks. For the most part they seem to have done a fair job, but in several places in the bible the chapter divisions break up what God was saying and obscures what would have plainly been seen if they had not been inserted. The scripture below is one of those places. 

This is a very pivotal time in Abram’s life. I need to remind you that every time previously cited in part two when Abram built and altar, made sacrifices and called upon the name of the Lord – the Lord did not come. He did not manifest himself physically to Abram. It is only after Abram was finally fully obedient to what God had spoken to him (Approximately 30 years later) that Abram obtains favor of God.

I have over the years been part of more than one movement and one set of doctrines. When I went to bible school we were taught that if we “Build God a house of devotion He will build you a house of ministry.” We were taught the value of prayer, waiting on God, and spiritual worship.   So that many a graduate from this school left with the impression that they could curry favor with God with their words, and that their congregations would by giving forth words of praise and worship alone enter into the depths of God. Building God a house of devotion does not mask over the sin and corruption in one’s heart. Being in prayer and waiting on God from dawn to dusk does not give one special graces that allow one to be willfully disobedient in other areas of their life. And spiritual worship is not a divine sacrifice, that is it is not a silver bullet when used to be able to get out of God what you want. And we need to say here that spiritual worship will not improve your personal standing with God one iota, if you are not actively seeking to live a pleasing life before the Lord.

And yet to the complete detriment of the body of Christ in ministry after ministry I have seen and heard that: If we build God that house of devotion,  If we would just spend that time in prayer, If we would fill ourselves with the written word of God, If we would partake of spiritual worship, that anyone of these or all of these in combination would be a part of our lives, that it would be the end all and cure all for "our wound that will not heal." These things are simply not so, they are lies, they are based on the patterns of men, that crave to make the access to God and the power of God their own, for their own evil and perverse desires.

Hosea 5:13 When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound, then went Ephraim to the Assyrian, and sent to king Jareb: yet could he not heal you, nor cure you of your wound.

The reality is that all of this is done as part of a form, it is a pattern devised by men as a better mousetrap with which they suppose they can snare God either into winking at their sins, or getting God to bow down to their wants and desires. Ultimately thist is the reason that there is no growth in belivers lives, this is the reason that there is no substantive change in the people that belong to these so-called “enlightened” congregations.

Understand that I am not speaking against any of these things, Prayer, Worship, Reading the bible and Waiting upon the Lord are all vitally important to our growth, but unless they are coupled with our individually and personally falling upon the rock, and our individually and personally being broken before God. Unless they are mixed with our individually and personally coming daily to Christ’s feet and becoming His disciple alone day in and day out they are in and of themselves a meaningless exercise.  This is why so many believers live the disobedient faithless life of Abram that was up to this point, and or they live the selfish and worldly life of the disciples before Christ’s death on the cross.  In these there is never change. Or to use Christ words: They were called, but never became converted. They never were able to cross from being part of the Klesia into being part of the Ek-Klesia.    

Genesis 14:18 –15:1 Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the LORD. (Abram here made an animal sacrifice, the burnt offering, and then he called upon the name of the Lord) After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

So now when Abram called upon the Lord came unto Abram. We note there that this was only after Abram become fully obedient to God's call and demands unto him from the beginning. This is the passage where to prophets and Christ and the Apostles quote from citing: Obedience is better than sacrifice. We see that Abram was justified by works, by doing, by the obediance of doing (This is cited by the apostle James) but not by just any works, it is the works of obedience to the Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Father -- the Sola Dictum Dei.

We see that faith was something that Abram saw by the Spirit in Jehovah, something that Abram had apprehended and touched in God. It was not that Abram willed something or confessed something that he pleased God. It was not that Abram acquired a set of beliefs or what we would call doctrines that he pleased God. It was not that Abram hoped in God that by building a memorial unto the Lord, or building a memorial for something that God had done in times past, or that Abram built God the proverbial house of devotion that he was finally able to lay hold upon God. No none of these were the case at all. It was that Abram saw that his only hope of fulfilling God’s promise of bringing forth the coming one was that it was in Jehovah not in Abram or in the "Church" he belonged to. And so now when Abram build this altar and made the sacrifices prescribed in the Sola Scriptura and he called upon the name of the Lord that God came and visited Abram.  And howbeit the Lord made himself known only to Abram, even while the others are with him? They saw no visions, heard no voice from the heavens, they were only witnesses of Abram's acts -- But Abram saw the ways of God. 

Genesis 15:1-5 After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. And Abram said, LORD God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir. And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.
As we stated above because of Abram’s obedience, and the overwhelming act of selflessness from Abram God now takes respect of Abram’s offering and his calling unto Him and appears in open vision to Abram. And God tells the father of Faith to: “Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.” To which the Father of faith does not respond with what we would call faith, belief, hope, or confess his trust in God.

Instead Abram responds: 
what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, Abram then says: Behold you have given me no seed. (Shall it be by) The steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus (That) one born in my house is mine heir? So Abram struggles with this and in his natural mind he says: God will you make me the father of many nations by those in my household, and he names Eliezer his steward who apparently has had a son recently, Abram suggests that by someone else’s son he might be able to inherit the promise of God.  And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir. 

But he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir

The Lord corrects Abram’s wavering heart and tells Abram that the son of promise that shall come forth shall be from Abram’s own bowels, and that one alone shall be his heir.

Genesis 13:15 To thee will I give it, and to thy seed forever.  And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth:

Genesis 12:7 And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land:

We see that on at least two occasions God told Abram that Abram’s seed would inherit the promise. Now we have so look at this and ask: “Did the father of faith believe God’s word to him in Genesis 12:7 and Genesis 13:15? The answer has to be no. Was Abram  unwavering in his faith in God? The answer has to be no. Did Abram confess this as truth? No Abram did not. He did not say: I know thy word is truth. Instead Abram says: What will you give me, seeing I go childless? Behold you have given me no seed, Sarai is still as barren as the first day I met her. So I give up, I see Sarai and I are never going to have children. So why don’t you pick Eliezar my steward in my stead, he has a son – and you call him my seed.  This is not right confession as taught. This is not white knuckle faith as taught, this is not unwavering faith. – what we see here is doubt and unbelief.

If Abram would have walked into Kenneth Hagan’s prayer line and confessed these things before brother Hagan according to the faith teacher’s own words Hagan would have rebuked Abram and sent Abram packing. In Hagan's own words: There would be nothing that I could do for one as faithless and wavering as Abram. I say these things because I want you to take pause here. I want you to consider the faith of Abram as opposed to the faith that Hagan so vociferously stated in his books, that he has preached and defended. According the the word of God Kenneth Hagan’s faith and faith teachings come from Abram the Father of faith and not visa versa. (This must be considered, the must be weighed, against what is being preached. Is this indeed the faith of Abraham that Christ and the Apostles laud?)

So if this man’s (Kenneth Hagan's) doctrines are shown to be false as to "faith’s" origin, and faith’s definition as it is spelled out in the life of Abram, and faith’s function as lived by Abram which I trust you can now plainly see. Then the doctrines and teachings of Kenneth Hagain and all these hyper-faith preachers are also patently false. Therefore, (Faith in the New Covenant being based upon Abraham's obedience and faithfulness) in the Gospels, and Epistles we can not find these hyper faith preachers definitions and functions of faith as they have defined them, Rather faith in the Gospels and Epistles as we are told over and over again by the apostles are defined by Abram the father of faith. Not by these modern preachers and evanglelists chopping and cutting and splicing and a bunch of verses together to suit themselves, and their own carnal purposes for money and power.    

And if we have enough grace to be able to admit that what the bible is saying here of Abram is true, and that these events really took place in Abram’s faith walk, can we then find the grace then also to admit that the current Word of Faith Message is diametrically opposed to what is taught in Genesis Chapters 11 – 22 regarding faith and the father of faith?

One may well ask, How can this be, I thought Kenneth Hagan was a man of the word? I thought that Kenneth Hagan heard everything he spoke directly from the throne of God? These things are so because Hagan and his disciples are carnal men, and as carnal and corrupt men they have gone and redefined terms in the word of God to suit themselves and their ministries. And when we parrot these redefined terms of men once a day, five times a day or even twenty times a day -- it does not make it so. No more than by Eve wanting the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil was able to make that which was sinful, acceptable before God.  We can call a carrot an orange all day long but carrot is still a carrot and will continue be and to taste like a carrot.

And the Lord brought Abram forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.

And the Lord brought Abram forth Abroad – God caught Abram up. God carried Abram away and said now look at the stars in heaven. See how many thy seed shall be.

And now Abram in an instant is changed, and he becomes converted
Genesis 15:6 And Abraham believed in the Lord; and (The Lord) counted it to (Abram) for righteousness.

In the Greek Septuagint the two key words “For Righteousness” in the Greek that is Dikaio-sunen  -- which means:  “An investiture with the attribute of righteousness” It means that the righteousness that Abram received was imparted to him. 

The second word in Septuagint that we want to focus on is “believed in” Epi-steusen  The Greek is Epi = Proceed from – Pistis = Faith  

Galatians 3:6 is quoted directly from the Septuagint the words are in the exact same tense. 

However if we look into the Hebrew we see something different.

In the Hebrew the word “Believed” is Aman = To build up or support, to foster or nurse. – So the word is translated to believe. In the Hebrew we see that believing or faith is our being built up, our being supported our being fostered, our being nursed. 

So we need to ask what did Abram believe that caused him to have righteousness imparted to him? In the Hebrew it says he believed (in) Beth- Jehovah and that was what accounted unto him as righteousness

What do I mean by beth-Jehovah.  In the Hebrew the name of God was too holy to say so it was represented by what is called the tetragrameton, which we know as JHVH. Well in this passage unlike anything else in the entire book of Genesis there is a 5th letter added to the name of Jehovah -- the letter Beth which generally would mean by itself house so this reads Abram believed Beth-Jehovah

Now in Hebrew when a “b” is used as a prefix it means the word “in”

In the Greek it says in epi - Faith the faith proceeding from Theos

In the Hebrew is says Beth-Jehovah.  Abram believed in what proceeded from Jehovah and that was accounted to him for righteousness

Just as the word Faith is integral to our understanding the New Covenant This word “in” in King James or the Word “Epi” in the New Testament is key to us understanding the faith that Paul writes of in the Epistles.  For Paul uses the words In Christ, In Him, In Faith and other similar terms probably one hundred times and I believe Paul is referring to the Abram having righteousness imparted to him in every one of those.  

The righteousness that Abram received was not from works of his own making to please God. It was not this white knuckled faith and belief that is preached today, it was that Abram realized for all time that he in and of himself could not fulfill his calling. And that Abram saw at that moment in the spirit that the coming one, the messiah was in Beth- Jehovah He saw that the one who made the promise was also the guarantor and in this case was the fulfillment.

And Abram reckoned it (The promise of his seed) in (Beth)-Jehovah and he believed And God impugned it unto Abram for Righteousness

And so in the Epistles Paul while quoting the Greek tells us the Hebrew in every possible way telling us that faith proceeds forth from Him that it is in Christ, in God, and in faith,

We are told here that Faith in fact is revelatory in nature. We are told here that Faith is a prophetic operation. We are told in the Hebrew that faith is something that proceeds from God. And in I Corinthians we read that Faith is listed among the gifts of the Spirit. Oddly enough if were care to look the men of faith in the Old Testament are primarily prophets or men who God intervenes with.

So now some may attempt to argue that Abram was only imbued with faith in Genesis 15:6 and that everything that occurred earlier was not of faith because he didn’t have any. This is a horrible argument in light of the many scriptures already posed but if we really want to consider such a sham of an argument we need only go up two verses to see that this supposition is not at all the case.

Genesis 15:7-8 And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.  And Abram said, LORD God, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?

The importance of this cannot be minimized in regard to the discussion of what faith is. Here now within two verses of the most important scripture regarding faith and righteousness, the verse upon which the whole of Judaism and Christianity is founded.

This state by which Abram by faith sees that the promise of the coming one in Jehovah and by which God declared Abram righteous, and the subsequent change that came upon Abram in a moment of time, did it (This righteousness of God) now suddenly depart from Abram as quick as it came?

In almost his next breath the father of faith looks back at God with doubt flickering in his eyes and says: “So God how do I really know that I will inherit all this?” How do I know God that you are good for what you have promised? What sign will you now give me as proof that you will do what you have said? I don’t know how to express the doubt, the unbelief, and the lack of any discernible laying hold of the words proceeding from the mouth of God on the part of Abram here. 

This should give the reader a clue that what we have been force fed as the definition of  faith is not faith at all. For what Abram ascertained moments before and was imputed to him for righteousness did not change.  This may be hard to hear and hard to understand but belief is not faith. (Years after I first wrote this article God opened to me the meaning of the word Pistis and Pistos which are translated as "faith" in the New Testament. one should read this article on Faith and Faithfulness.) We will discuss this in more detail shortly.

We need at this moment to add to the discussion of what faith is. There is a notion in the hyper faith camp a doctrine of men that states that: Just the act of asking God a question is sin. Or as it has been preached in my hearing: “To ask God is to find fault with Him.”

This is the third time in less than a dozen verses where Abram asks God a question that has at the very least some highly negative undertones. 

1) What wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless?
2) Behold you have given me no seed  (Shall it be that by) The steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus (That) one born in my house is mine heir?

3) LORD God, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?

In response to the first two questions God was pleased to impugn righteousness to Abram.

To The third question God was pleased to make a blood covenant with Abram.

From the first two questions we must them come to a different answer than what has been commonly taught in faith circles. For in Abrams first two questions it would seem that God was pleased with Abram admitting his lack of understanding in the matter and seeking the counsel of God.(Leaning instead upon the Lord for his answer. This goes a long way to express an underlying factor not spoken of in this article, that of Abram's deep abiding personal relationship and personal devotion towards God. That over time drew him closer and closer to the Lord and His purposes for Abram's life.)

Abram’s doubts and unbelief aside, we might well ask how is this different than when Christ walked with his doubting unbelieving and carnal disciples? When Simon Peter answered and said thou art the Christ the son of the living God. And Christ responded blessed art thou Simon Peter for flesh and blood hath not revealed this to you but me father, which is in heaven. I find this strikingly similar to what has transpired with Abram.

And so when Abram saw the Coming One in Jehovah and somehow articulated it – God was pleased and said blessed art thou oh Abram for flesh and blood has not revealed this unto you . . .

And likewise when Abram asks this third doubt filled question: “How shall I know.”  We see once again the Lord was not only well pleased answer Abram’s question but the Lord goes more than the second mile to demonstrate His affection for Abram with tokens of His love.(So denoting also Abram's love and devotion for the Lord.) 


And later we see in Christ’s ministry another incident where Christ’s disciples are again filled with doubts and ask:
John 14:22- 26 Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. – (In the person of ) the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name.

Notice that Christ does not call them faithless or rebuke them. But Jesus is pleased to more than answer this question by promising to give the disciples tokens of his affection that they would not be feel that they were left alone.

Genesis 15:9-18 And He said unto him, Take Me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon. And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not. And when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away. And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.

Since I spent some time working on the above passage in the Greek Septuagint some time ago I will include what I found in translating it. 

Genesis 15:12  Peri de eliou dusmas ekstasis epepese  to Abram kai Idou phobos skoteinos megas epipiptai auto (The Greek)

Genesis 15:12 And about sunset a trance fell upon Abram and lo! A great gloomy terror falls upon him (Interlinear margin)

Peri(Around or about) de (and/also) eliou (The sun)  dusmas (the Setting [of the sun]) ekstasis (Hebrew the  Nabu spirit of God -- Literally Ecstasy To be beside oneself – One that has been separated that is full of God's Spirit, Inspired or gifted with power.) epepese (to fall upon) to (Yet) Abram kai (and) Idou (Lo!) phobos (Fear/Terror) skoteinos (a shroud of darkness) megas (wonderful/powerful) epipiptai (To fall upon)  auto (moved upon)

Genesis 15:12 Greek Translation: And about the setting of the sun a prophetic ecstasy fell upon Abram along with the likeness of a terrifying great veil of darkness.

Genesis 15: 13-17 And the Lord said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age.

So while Abram is engulfed with the Nabu spirit of God (Ekstasis: Prophetic Ecstasy)  a dark veil of fearful darkness comes over Abram and God begins to speak what was to befall the Children of Israel.

As it was with Abram so is was to be with his children.  Abram was called to be a stranger and a sojourner in the land, and so shall they be. And even when Abram went down to Egypt because of famine in a faithless act, so too later this would befall the children of Israel. And even as God had bailed out Abram from bondage and death from pharaoh, so God in the future would bail out Israel from bondage and death from Pharoah.  And as God lead Abram out of Egypt with spoils, so God also led Israel out with spoils.  Now do you suppose that there is no relationship between what Abram did and what happened to his family several generations later?  And if Abram did not know it already, he would have had no doubt by the end of vision that the price of his sins of faithlessness would be transferred to his seed.

Do you suppose that what happened to Adam and Eve in the garden had any bearing on what happened later with Cain and Able? Adam and Eve would have had little doubt that their sins had not only followed them out of the garden, but in fact their sins the price of the effects of the parents were also transferred to their seed.

Just three generations later the Children of Israel were drawn to Egypt by their faithlessness like their father had been.  But they had not been left without any witness of what was to come. You had better believe that Abram made known the word of the Lord to Isaac and even to Jacob when he was still a small child. And if Abram cared for his children, I am sure he gave them repeated warnings with the sternest admonitions that whatever they did, that they were in no wise to go down to Egypt. Not for flood, not for fire, and not for famine. Do not do it!

If God warned Adam and Eve in the garden “For in the day that thou eatest  thereof thou shalt surely die.” Adam and Eve had prophecy; they had a prophetic warning in the sternest terms, which they did not heed. They probably felt pretty special in the garden, after all they were children of the king. And they may have felt that if they did so, that God would wink at their sin.

And maybe Abram was feeling pretty good with God showing up and promising him a kingdom, wealth, divine protection, and as many decedents as the sand of the sea.  And maybe Abram felt so special and that if he did sin God would wink at it.

I’m here to tell you that there are a lot of Christians in this day that are feeling pretty special. Not because they have had dreams and visions of God promising them personally gifts and ministries. Nor are they feeling special because an angel of the Lord appeared to them and told them that they have been chosen for some special task. – These people have had no signs in the heavens, no wonders, no voice from heaven.

They feel special and privileged because any one or more of the 10,000  corrupt preachers, teachers and evangelists of our day like the 10,000 prophets of Baal in the days of Elijah  have been telling these foolish believers that they can have and need to love the things of the world and that Jesus Christ with open arms is just waiting to give it all to you. They have been told they can have and need to love mammon and Jesus Christ with open arms will make you rich beyond your wildest dreams. – and they are told that God above all really wants to do these things for you too. They have been told that they can have and need to make themselves disciples of any man or denomination for the covering that Jesus Christ can provide alone for His people. They have been told that bad old conviction of sins is only for ungodly sinners, and that any fear even the fear of God is of the devil. And best of all they are told in effect that our drinking buddy Jesus Christ has got us all covered, wink wink so what is there for us to fear?

Jesus prophesied against every one of these very things – He warned us against partaking of any of this, and yet we take the persuasive words of carnal and corrupt men over even the very words of Jesus Christ, that purchased us with His blood and death on the cross.

And so too it was with the Children of Abram, for even upon their hearing this prophecy of what shall befall them if they went down to partake of the wealth of Egypt, they did so anyway, because the call of Egypt was too strong in their souls. Like Eve they were drawn away by their own lusts, the desire to g4o to Egypt was in them long before they were taken by it and appeared at Pharaoh’s doorstep.

Lets go a step farther and speak of Joseph who his ten other brothers hated and wanted to kill and instead they sold him in bondage and Joseph ended up in Egypt yet without the law, without sacrifices and offerings, however he was found to be righteous in that Joseph feared the Lord and obeyed Him even to speaking of His name preaching the name of Jehovah to the gentiles. And Joseph the slave was offered freedom wealth and power by Potiphar’s wife if only he would defile himself with her. Joseph unsaved unbaptized unfilled with the Spirit and without having partaken of daily communion – does in his flesh not only the demands of God in the Law of Moses that does not exist at that time, but Joseph obeys the demands of God in Law of the Spirit for the church.

And this same quality was found in Joshua the servant of Moses some 700 years later, a man who did not lift his voice on his behalf. Joseph the slave and does not seek his own. Joseph was not a man of ambition. – Ambitious Christians have always been a detriment to themselves and the Church. – Lot was a man of ambition, Saul was a man of ambition, but Abram and Joseph, and Moses were not. Abram was a man that was content to be a wanderer and sojourner a stranger in a strange land. And likewise Joseph was content in whatsoever state he was in whether he as abased or abounded he was content. Most of us in this hour are not so.  We confess one thing while giving with our eyes full service to the lust of the flesh, and the love of the world.

Joseph the slave did not seek the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes, Joseph is not taken with the wealth of the world or the desire for power and to exchange his slave shackle for a whip. Is this not the temptation of Eve for knowledge and all the power wealth and authority that it will give. This thing that was in Abram, and Joseph and Moses was the same thing as when Solomon was asked what he desired, and he turned away from wealth, riches, long life, and a mighty kingdom, and God was pleased – Solomon found grace in the eyes of the Lord, Solomon was justified because he asked humbly of God for wisdom that can come from God alone, and he humbled himself confessing that he Solomon was bankrupt to be king. (Unfortunately Solomon became lifted up and taken with wealth power and strange women, and he departed from the Lord and lost his salvation. Yes I mean he lost his justification and his grace in they eyes of the Lord and the kingdom was torn assuder from under him for his sins.)     

The temptation of potifer’s wife is also similar to the offers that satan made to Christ in the wilderness. In each of these cases if Joseph, Moses, or Jesus had succumbed to the tempter there would have been consequences not only to themselves but also to the people of God that would come after them. 

I remind you now that for 1800 years the church has had neither Apostle nor Prophet I can not help but wonder how many deliverers God raised up to guide his people who were overthrown by their lusts, and defiled themselves and then became castaways? 

Genesis 15:16-17 But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.  And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces.

We have already elsewhere addressed the meaning of the fullness of the Jews, and the fullness of the gentiles. But here we see God speak of the fullness of the Amorites. As spoken of before ""the fullness" in each of these is not speaking of their entering in to the blessing and the joy of the Lord, no "The fullness" God is speaking of is a very bad thing, it is a people or nation coming into terminal sin before God.


The generation in the wilderness also reached their "fullness" a state of terminal sin and corruption before God and for this every single one of them perished and were barred from entering into the promise. In the time since Christ’s death and resurrection I will tell you that for 66 generation including the one we are in have been found wanting before the Lord and have been rejected from entering into the promise.  66 generations have not entered into the promise and have according to the words of the writer of the book of Hebrew have perished in the wilderness.  Can we afford to keep on doing what our fathers have done before us reading from their sermons, quoting from their comentaries, poring over their books, tapes, and videos? Can we afford to partake of the faithlessness and corruption of our fathers before us? No we cannot, if we ever expect to enter into the promise Paul spoke of, we will have to press in and seek the Lord during the whole of our lives even as Abram so did.

Genesis 15:17 And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces.

Genesis 15:17 Epei (As soon as) de (and, also) O (The)  elios (Sun) egeneto (To appear or be created) pros (By the side of)  dusmas (the setting [of the sun]) phloz (a flame) (egeneto (To appear or be created) kai (and) idou (Lo!) klibanos (an furnace Hebrew a portabe fire pot for cooking bread) kapnu (Thick dark smoke) zomenos(living dwell  kai (And) lampades (Lamps) puros (Fiery) ai dinlthov (to pass over or to cross over) ani (to loose) meson (between) ton (certain one) dichotomematon (that which was cut asunder)

Genesis 15:17 (Margin Interlinear) And when the sun was about to set there was a flame, a smoking furnace and lamps of fire which passed between these divided pieces.

Genesis 15:17 (A better rendering) As soon as the setting sun appeared there also appeared a flame in the likeness of a firepot with thick dark living smoke that dwelled around it, and fiery lamps and they crossed over and between the pieces that were cut asunder.

I will not ascribe any meaning to this passage as the Lord has not at this time seen fit to show me the meaning of the firepot, the living smoke and fiery lamps (Plural.) So I will leave this as is.

Genesis 15:18 In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:

Last summer in a local meeting here in Interior Alaska, an Evangelist gave the most masterful communion message I had ever heard. It was in regards to the “Seven Steps of Old Testament Covenants.” (The Evangelist was a disciple of Kenneth Hagan and attended Rhema) The Evangelist went into great detail on how the people who wanted to make a covenant did so in biblical times. (Note that there is little in the way of details written of how covenants were to be preformed in the word of God.)  How they sacrificed an animal or group of animals, how they had to lay out the animal parts and animal blood in a certain way on the ground. How they would take off their robes and exchanged swords as part of the ceremony, and how they did various other things to seal that covenant. But you see God is not a man, and God didn’t strip down or hand his sword to anyone regardless of what Kenneth Hagan’s disciples say or think.  The truth of the covenant with Abraham is that God covenanted with Himself on the behalf of Abraham. (As Abraham himself was not worthy to stand and make such a covenant with God even though he had been declared righteous by God and was the father of faith. What a thing to consider, what a thing to meditate upon to derive meaning. Abraham was still flesh, and had to in the covenant be recognized as such and treated as such)

And as to pertaining to covenants the writer of Hebrews said that God when he made his Covenant with Abraham, that God could swear by none greater than himself.

Hebrews 6:13  For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,

Even though Abraham was called the friend of God, and even though Abram had been justified by faith, God did not find in Abraham one that was worthy to stand with him and make the covenant. So God did it by himself.

And likewise when Christ was on earth, He found none worthy to covenant with. Not Peter, not James, not even John the beloved of the Lord.  So Christ could swear by none greater than himself, So Christ did his act on the cross and in the resurrection alone.  The truth of the New Covenant is that Christ covenanted with himself on the behalf of us.

So in light of Hebrews 6:13 we have to conclude that the supposed great and weighty extra-biblical truths regarding the making of Old Testament blood covenants as wonderful as they have been crafted to sound, fall woefully short of the truth in God’s word regarding what Jesus did in His death on the cross, in His burial and in His resurrection. I need to mention that these pernicious teachings and corrupt traditions of men regarding blood covenants only to obscure what was going on between Abram and God.  And if that is not bad enough when these corrupt teachers then apply their extra-biblical teachings to the New Covenant and Holy Communion which I have recently heard preached with my own ears  -- they are altering God’s word and teaching others to falsely partake of the Communion of the Body of Christ and the Communion of the Blood of Christ. 

Once again this is very damning stuff according to God’s word. And I personally would be terrified to knowingly do such. Paul the Apostle spoke of these people when he said:

1 Timothy 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

These preachers respect neither the written word of God, nor the testimony of Christ and the Apostles contained therein. Preferring instead the words of dead men and bygone ministries to serve as their door, their shepherd, and their light. There is nothing left within their soul that can feel any conviction. So they become a law unto themselves, and as such present a grave danger to all whom they come in contact to with.  

Genesis 16 1-3 Now Sarai Abram's wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar. And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai. -And Sarai Abram's wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.

By Chapter 16 we can now start to see patterns of behavior in Abraham’s life. When Abram was called out from Babylon (Ur of Chaldees) God said to Abraham to leave father mother sister brother houses lands and reputation. And Abraham brought his father and Lot with him to Haran. God again spoke, and Abraham separated from his father but took Lot with him. God spoke a third time, and Abraham finally separated with Lot. This commandment took three decades for Abraham to accomplish.

We move on now to God’s promise that Abraham’s seed inherit the land.  And after a time Abraham gives up and tells God that he will accept the son of his house steward Eliezer of Damascus as his seed to fulfill that promise. And God said no, that he and Sarah shall have a son.


And here now after several years, Sarah now gives gives up, she now loses all hope and begs Abraham to go on without her and fulfill the promise of God with Hagar her slave and handmaid.  Just to complete this thought, after Ishmael is born God rejects him and says to Abraham again you shall have a son with Sarah. And Abraham them implores God to accept Ishmael. And then after several more years Abraham and Sarah finally do have the son of promise, Isaac.

As stated previously, today’s abusive, and prideful faith preachers would have nothing to do with this man Abraham. Abraham would be maligned from the podium as a worthless, faithless, and exceedingly sinful man and his wife Sarah along with him. They would preach and have indeed preached that this only took this long because of Abraham’s unbelief. And that God could do nothing for this man Abraham until he was able to believe, until he was able to make a right confession, and he was able seize upon the promise of God. And according to their corrupt words then and only then did the promise become manifest.

And this is the reason that the sin of these blind guides and hypocrites remains. For these sayings and teaching have caused millions to err and commit grevious grevious sin before the Lord, in teaching the clay to cry out against the potter, and rail against and demand of him.

Wherein was Abraham justified  and righteousness imputed unto him? Was it that Abrahm saw in himself that if he believed and confessed the promise and by his physical prowess, he mental ability to marshal God’s promises or his strength of will in demanding day and night that God fulfill his word until God would come and act as Abraham’s servant and fulfill his wants and desires? No this is utterly false, yet this is the core of the "Word of Faith" message. The core of this message is one of reliance on one’s self, reliance on a church or a ministry – this is all the reliance on man to fulfill the promise of God. And is sin before the Lord.

They are teaching and preaching for their followers to do exactly what Sarah did.  We could well say that the modern faith message is the “Sin of Sarah” that is she gives up on God himself being able to do this thing and reaches into her bag of tricks and pulls out Hagar and says, going to Egypt, and relying on ones strength is all that they can do in and of themselves so as to further the gospel or the promise of God. And this today is the only way these ministries and their disciples perceive that God’s promises can be fulfilled. 


Over the years I have heard many cry out, many expressing the desire that God meet someone else, that God make and mold someone else. and that upon that other man or woman's coat tails they can soothingly and in all comfort coast into the promises of God for their own lives. These are beleivers are barnacles, they are leeches, they are hitchhikers all looking for a free ride or a host which they can slowly bleed for their own needs and comfort. (Shocking as this may sound. This game of finding others to be one's surrogates to the Lord, and declaring that doing this is somehow fulfilling the promises of God in one's personal life is damnable Heresy. The Gospel always needs to first work in us, not in others for us, we either have a personal relationship with God and His Son Jesis Christ or we do not. We are either Christ's disciple alone or we are not. There is no middle ground afforded to Christians.)


The missions programs of virtually every church on earth that have been put forth are the sin of Sarah. Is God’s arm too short today has He run out of power on the throne? Does God indeed need the corrupt mammon of the god of this world to fulfill His promises – the people who preach the pseudo-faith message say yes. And the people pasturing (This is not a spelling error) virtually every church in the land say yes, and those in the missions programs say yes.  But I say unto you that God’s arm is not short, His power is not diminished what God is looking for is worthy vessels, a people of great selflessness like Abraham, like Joseph, like Moses like Daniel, like Jesus Christ and God will move through and use such a people, individually and personally. He is seeking those that will not touch the gold nor His glory, and for these very reasons the Lord has passed by, has rejected those of the Word of Faith movement, and He has passed by this exceedingly corrupt generation and has looked unto another.     

Abraham was justified because he saw by revelation that the fulfillment of the son of promise was in Beth-Jehovah not in himself. And God imputed righteousness unto Abraham for his prophetically seeing this. In case you have not seen it yet, Faith is a gift and Paul tells us that. Faith is a revelation, It is not a revelation of an act. It is a revelation of God and God’s nature. The faith of God does not work apart from God or work independent of God as these corrupt evangelists and teachers would have you to believe. It is based on personal relationship and personal revelation of God and that is what is lacking in this entire movement.


Kenneth Hagan did not know or walk with God despite all his say so. Likewise Kenneth Copeland does not know or walk with God, they were and are independent agents self appointed self anointed mouth pieces that say they are working for God but of a truth they seek only their own. They have touched the gold and the glory.    

John 5:33-44 Ye sent unto John, (A man) and he bare witness unto the truth. But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved. He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light. But I have greater witness than that of John: (Men, and anointed preachers) for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me. And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye (This is a the rebuke to every preacher and ministry of our day) have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. And ye (This a the rebuke to every preacher and ministry of our day) have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not. Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: (This a the rebuke to the entire word or faith movement and the entire fundamentalist movement upon which they were founded.)   and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. I receive not honor from men. But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you. (Need I comment on this?)  I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, (All the ministries of our day come in their own name and herald themselves) him ye will receive. 44How can ye believe, which receive honor one of another, and seek not the honor that cometh from God only? How can you call what is currently preached faith when this message has its origin in man? That is the message is based upon men’s belief, men’s confessions and professions, men laying hold on God. It is a message that receives its witness from men. It is a message that receives its honor from men – it is not a message that receives its honor only from God.

How about: I do not know if God will deliver me and if I perish then I perish, but I shall not bow the knee to thee oh king? How about that God sent His Son to die for me, and the salvation, the eternal life that He purchased me to partake of is in and of itself enough. I do not know whether God will heal or deliver me but I will not make demands of God and tempt the Lord as the children of Israel did in the wilderness, for I have found my peace and contentment in knowing and walking with Jesus? 

Let us now deal with the question of why it took so long for the son of promise to come forth? Was it indeed a problem with Abraham and his unbelief? Was it that God had to wait for Abraham to come to a certain place before He could move? These are things that are all commonly preached as men have sought answers to why God does not heal, why God does not deliver, and why God does not dance when we play the pipes for Him to do so?

What are we really saying? God owes me! God owes me big time and unless he coughs up that _____________ (healing, deliverance, corrupt mammon) when and how I want it, I am so out of here!

But the Evangelists and Teachers can’t quite preach that from the pulpit because, try as they might it would not fly with their hearers. So instead they say it like this: God can not do for you what he has already given to the church – He can not heal you, He can not deliver you, He can not provide you the corrupt mammon you lust for?  So, you need to demand of God day and night that he give you what Christ paid for on Calvary, You need to confess every waking moment what ever promises you chose for yourself in order to receive them. You need to lay hold on God, storm the gates of heaven until you are given what you want.

If God has given all this to the church and God can not do what he has already given to the Church (the Klesia)– If this were true which it is not, then why do you pray to God when He can not grant it or do it? Why do you not pray, confess, lay hold, and storm the church (Klesia) for what they alone have been given? (Hit up Hagan, Copeland, Crefo Dollar, and Benny Hinn with their hundreds of millions to get them to foot your own selfish wants and needs.) Instead these fat cats instruct you to nag God, chide God and tempt God because these lying preachers know that the church of this hour (The vast multitudes belonging to the Klesia) have not been granted any keys or any special powers by God to be able to grant anyone anything. And that if you are to receive anything at all these lying deceitful preachers know that it will come from God aloneand not them.

 The next issue, what did Christ purchase on Calvary?  We are told he paid for our sicknesses, our diseases, our deliverance from demons, our deleiverance from any type of suffering, or persecution (Sorry Apostles and Prophets need not apply.) We are told that he paid to make you filthy rich, and that you can enjoy all the pleasures of this life and you can have all the things of this world (Sorry Apostles and Prophets need not apply.)

I will ask again, What did Christ purchase?

Ephesians 1:14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

What is the purchased possession that is to later be redeemed?

1 Corinthians 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

1 Corinthians 7:23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.

You are the servant, a slave that has been redeemed , purchased by Christ. Therefore do not make yourself a servant, a disciple or slave of men. Even of seemingly “spiritual men..” 

2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
When these hyper-faith preachers preach that Jesus in His salvation paid for all your sicknesses and diseases they are no longer preaching scripture. And they are no longer preaching Christ purchased you. They are not preaching Christ redeemed you (Redeem means purchase.)  So what are they really preaching? They are preaching that we are independent agents and that we can loan ourselves out in some fashion to God. They are preaching salvation is a two way street and if God will qualify for us, we will be happy to serve him. That is not the same as: Ye were bought with a price. That is not the same as Christ has redeemed you from the curse of the law. That is not the same as we in Christ being His purchased possession.

Recently I spoke you a young Korea woman who has been completely taken in by the teachings of Kenneth Copeland. I had been asked to speak to her in behalf of a friend who was greatly concerned about the path she had taken.

I read to her Luke 6:20-26 And he (Jesus) lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh. Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets. But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation. Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep. Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.
Immediately she hit me with the all too familiar words of Kenneth Hagan and Kenneth Copeland “It is NOT the will of God that any believer should be poor.” They then rattle on about how Christ bought all of that on the cross. And they then quote Christ was poor that we might become rich.

So she asked me point blank, Did I believe that it was God’s will for Christians to be poor? I responded by reading Luke 6:20 again And he (Jesus) lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.

She said on the sermon of the mount Jesus said blessed are the poor in spirit and that this passage in Luke is the sermon on the mount. She then without a brath explained how humble she was and how well she was serving God mentioning in particular that she was tithing and God was blessing her.

I responded that this was not the Sermon on the Mount – Luke 6 was not on any mount, Christ in Luke 6 was not speaking to the multitudes, and Christ in Luke was speaking to his disciples.

Luke 6 begins with: Now Jesus said to the disciples blessed be ye poor. Now if Jesus said these things to his disciples. it would seem self-evident that it was not only His will but that he was blessing those that were his disciples, and followers that were and remained financially poor. There is no place in the New Testament that Christ says blessed be ye rich.

Matthew 19:23-25 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?

This particular pasage came under assault in the 1970’s and some corrupt preacher decided to make this more palatable for himself and his wealthy hearers. So he said Christ was actually speaking about one of the gates around the city of Jerusalem that was called the eye of the needle where a camel had to stoop and crawl on his hands and knees to get though the eye of the needle gate – and so if a rich man will humble himself Go will accept him. That is not at all what Christ said. Look now at the words of the disciples, they grasped the gravity of Christ’s words and it struck them with fear (The word Amazed in King James is fear in the Greek. This saying filled them with fear.  Why, because they wanted and were desirous to be wealthy.

Consider now Peter’s words.

1 Peter 4:18-20 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
This does not sound like a good eternal security verse. This not sound like good  verse for those who want to live in careless ease in Zion. This not sound like a good verse for those who preach that it is not the will of God for a Christian to be poor. This does not sound like a good verse for those who preach that is not the will of God for us to suffer.

1 Peter 3:17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

It is better to suffer the momentary in this life for doing the will of God than to suffer eternal damnation for following after the pleasures and riches of this life.

I want for a moment to consider not only when but to whom Peter wrote these words. From what I have read the letter appears to have been written in 65-67 AD  Paul the Apostle been slain for the Gospel in Rome 3-4 years  earlier. And now Peter was possibly in Rome working his way through the Roman judicial system to his death. So this puts this letter as having been written about 30 years after Christ death and resurrection. The audience to whom Peter is writing this letter are all churches that were not only founded by the Apostles themselves, but these were churches that the Apostles had repeatedly visited and had taught not only the Gospel of Christ but the Doctrine of Christ as well. So these people were under the best possible conditions, not only to hear, to get saved, to get baptized in water and to get baptized in the Spirit but then to follow on after Christ.

What then is my point?  My point is that if in the best possible conditions, with the best foundation, and the best possible teaching, Peter tells us that among those believers the righteous are scarcely saved.  Then we should be asking ourselves were does that leave us some 1940 years later in a church that has little or no foundation, a church that has more in common with the Roman Catholic Church, Menno Simons, Martin Luther, and John Calvin, than with Christ and the Apostles?

Luke 16:19-25 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he (The rich man) lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.

What was the rich man’s sin? Did Jesus say he was evil? Did Christ say he was unjust? No Jesus said he was wealthy and ate sumptuously every day. -- Look back now at Luke chapter 6: But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation. Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.

What did Lazarus do to earn a spot in Abraham’s bosom? Did Christ say he was righteous? Did Christ say he prayed morning noon and night? No Jesus said he was a beggar that laid at the gates of the rich man desiring the crumbs that fell from his table and the dogs licked the man’s sores. Look again at Luke chapter 6: Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.

This should send a chill up your spine because the parable of the rich man and Lazarus shows that Jesus meant exactly what he said in Luke chapter 6.

When John the Baptist was in prison and he knew he was to die he sent his remaining disciples to Christ to ask if He was indeed the Messiah. And Jesus responded:
Luke 7:22
 Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.
Why did Christ add to the list of signs that the Gospel was preached to the poor? Consider that the Church made a conscious decision in the latter half of the twentieth century to preach the Gospel to the rich, and have missions for the poor. The reason is that in the 1970’s the preachers and missionaries cast of the yolk of Christ and declared they would no longer live in poverty or by faith by praying for their daily bread. They wanted cold hard cash in their pocket and in the bank. They wanted houses and lands, and a loaded Lincoln in the garage. The didn’t want so old ratty shanty on the low side of town – they wanted a church that was an imperial palace that was on Park Place and Boardwalk.

Moving back now to Abraham and the question as to why it took so long between when the promise was given and the promise was fulfilled in Isaac.  Let us examine a passage of scripture in the book of Judges.

Judges 7:1-7 Then Jerubbaal, who is Gideon, and all the people that were with him, rose up early, and pitched beside the well of Harod: so that the host of the Midianites were on the north side of them, by the hill of Moreh, in the valley. And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me. Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand. And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people are yet too many; bring them down unto the water, and I will try them for thee there: and it shall be, that of whom I say unto thee, This shall go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and of whomsoever I say unto thee, This shall not go with thee, the same shall not go. So he brought down the people unto the water: and the LORD said unto Gideon, Every one that lappeth of the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth, him shalt thou set by himself; likewise every one that boweth down upon his knees to drink. And the number of them that lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, were three hundred men: but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water. And the LORD said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand: and let all the other people go every man unto his place.
We see in this passage that God wanted to deliver his people. God wanted his people to know without a shadow of doubt that they had been delivered by God and God alone. God wanted to receive the glory and praise and He was not going to share that with another.  So God began by doing away with those that were wise, those that possessed power, those that were mighty and he selected Gideon a man of no reputation. He then set about to gather an army. God ordered that the fearful could go home he reduced and reduced the number and then God ordered that only those that lap up water like a dog – the poorest people, probably with the least level of skill, and the most uncouth manners would be the deliverers of Israel 300 in number.  So now with Abraham for God to deliver the child of promise it was not enough that Sarah be barren, it was that everyone would see that she was so far up in age that it was everyone would know that this child was an act of God alone and that all the glory and praise would go to God not Sarah or Abraham.

Romans 4:19-21 And (Abraham) being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what He had promised, He was able also to perform.

The coming of the nation of Israel was important and God wanted the nation of Israel not to come forth commonly but they were to be a supernatural intervention, the nation of Israel was to speak of the miraculous power of God in the earth  -- they were called to be a kingdom of priests unto God and to make this apparent for generations to come that they were not only the chosen of God but that without the finger of God they would have never come into being. So also it is with the Ek-klesia they were not just called to be a kingdom of priests unto God but God made it apparent through the virgin birth of Christ that without the finger of God the Ek-klesia would have never come into being.

This will conclude our discussion of Abraham the Father of Faith. I trust this has been enlightening. And I hope that this will help bring you into a closer and deeper personal relationship with Jesus.