Sermon Notes The Lord's Day May 16, 2021

God Friends Abraham

THE PATTERN OF ABRAHAM’S FRIENDSHIP WITH THE LORD.

Genesis 18:16-21 ESV

16  Then the men set out from there, and they looked down toward Sodom. And Abraham went with them to set them on their way.

17  The LORD said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do,

18  seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?

19  For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice, so that the LORD may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.”

20  Then the LORD said, “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great and their sin is very grave,

21  I will go down to see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry that has come to me. And if not, I will know.”

John 15:15 ESV

15  No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.

THE PATTERN OF ABRAHAM’S FRIENDSHIP WITH THE LORD.

He Learned More And More About The Ways Of The God

Genesis 18:16 ESV

16  Then the men set out from there, … And Abraham went with them to set them on their way.

17  The LORD said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do,

Daniel 4:35 ESV

35  all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What have you done?”

Deuteronomy 29:29 ESV

29  “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

He Was Drawn Into Unpleasant But Necessary Conflicts

16  Then the men set out from there, and they looked down toward Sodom.

Genesis 19:28 ESV

28  …. down toward Sodom and Gomorrah and toward all the land of the valley, and he looked and, behold, the smoke of the land went up like the smoke of a furnace.

Temptation is not Sin

20  Then the LORD said, “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great and their sin is very grave,

21  I will go down to see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry that has come to me. And if not, I will know.”

John Calvin in 1554 writes about this story:

The Lord declares to his servant Abraham that Sodom is about to perish. While it is was as yet in entire full enjoyment of its pleasures.  Hence no doubt remains, that it did not perish by chance, but was subjected to divine punishment.

Genesis 19:24 ESV

24  Then the LORD rained on Sodom and Gomorrah sulfur and fire from the LORD out of heaven.

America The Beautiful 

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

Could the citizens of Sodom sing Sodom The Beautiful?

Genesis 13:10

10  And Lot lifted up his eyes and saw that the Jordan Valley was well watered everywhere like the garden of the LORD, …..

Matthew 12:36-37 ESV

36  I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak,

37  for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.

Job 31:4 ESV

4  Does not he see my ways and number all my steps?

Proverbs 5:21 ESV

21  For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the LORD, and he ponders all his paths.

18  seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?

19  For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice, so that the LORD may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.”

God’s purpose is that Abraham should understand what is going to happen in Sodom and why it is going to happen.

Grace leads to obedience and obedience leads to blessing.

2 Peter 2:6 ESV

6  if by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes he condemned them to extinction, making them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly;

Jude 1:7 ESV

7  just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.

Ephesians 5:3-7 ESV

3  But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints.

4  Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.

5  For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

6  Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

7  Therefore do not become partners with them;

2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 ESV

11  To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power,

12  so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Psalms 67:1-2 ESV

May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations.