“A RICH AND ETERNAL INHERITANCE”
Text: Genesis 15:1-6
Sunday August 7thth, 2022 – Pentecost 9
Trinity – Creston/Mount Ayr
Grace, mercy, and peace is yours from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
Our text for this 9th Sunday after Pentecost is the OT lesson from Genesis 15 that was just proclaimed.
Let Us Pray: Dearest Jesus, send your Holy Spirit to remind us that this world and its things are only temporary and eternity is forever. Enable us to have an eternal perspective and understanding that the best we can leave our loved ones is Jesus himself Amen.
Dear Fellow Redeemed in Christ:
Notice: Abraham has left you an inheritance.
What is that inheritance?
Have you ever received a notice that you may have unclaimed money? Sometimes you are directed to certain state websites connected to governmental refunds for being overcharged on some type of tax or for some other strange circumstance.
I checked this out and there was nothing waiting for me (LOL). But usually, the promises are dead ends and disappointing. Don’t get your hopes up! Hard work, prayer, and the blessing of a gracious heavenly Father beat the power ball.
Abram’s hopes were in a bad way. His future appeared gloomy. The Father in heaven had him wandering about, promising him he would be a great nation, and yet he and his wife had no children; a servant in his house was listed as his heir.
I imagine Abram heard about it from Sarai. You can probably hear it too. “We’re getting old.” “Didn’t we have it better before?” “Should we really believe these great promises? They seem too good to be true.”
In fact, Sarai is so frustrated by their lack of a future that she eventually gives Abram her maid to try to right things. Though Abram and Sarai had the clear word of the Father in heaven that good things were ahead of them—their very own son, descendants as the stars of the heavens, even the Messiah from their family, they were worried and uncertain.
Sound familiar? An uncertain future? Suffering ever come your way for making rash and strange decisions? for deviating from God’s clear plan and future? It is a struggle to reconcile the happenings of our day and what is our future according to the promises of God’s Word.
We can relate to Abram’s uncertain and yet sure position. Nevertheless, through the Holy Spirit, he believes, and it is credited to him as God’s righteousness. Abram and Sarai didn’t do it all right. They didn’t have it all figured out.
Yet God loved them still, richly blessed them, and gave them a far more beautiful future and hope than they could ever expect. They are examples to us. In fact, we are numbered by faith with Abram and Sarai as God’s sons and daughters.
The Father Has Promised You a Rich Inheritance, a Bright and Enduring Future too, a place within
the Father’s house.
I. You have the place of a son within the Father’s house.
A. Abram’s hope seemed impossible (seventy-five years old at the first promise, Sarai past childbearing, a wait that would total twenty-five years)(v 2).
B. But the Word of God contradicts Abram’s future despair (vv 1, 4).
C. Abram and Sarai’s impossibility, made possible by God, points beyond their Isaac to a greater Son yet.
D. God’s Son, Christ Jesus, makes you an heir in the Father’s house just as he is.
II. You have a certain and bright future placed in a heavenly family.
A. It was lonely for Abram and Sarai.
1. It seemed as if the family name was cut off, the family tree having no branches (v 3).
2. This is also a reality for many Christians. Perhaps a Christian couple who remains childless after hoping for to many years. Perhaps working hard and doing all the right things in life and never seem to get ahead? Waiting for that payday to finally come in and be ahead in life financially?
B. So a heavenly object lesson is given.
1. Look outside yourself. Look to the stars (v 5a). (No I’m not talking about Astronomy or consulting one to interpret the stars. Look to the one who created the stars, the heavens, and the earth.
a. The one who makes them loves you.
b. The promise is more than you can even take in with the eyes.
2. So shall your family be, as the stars in the heavens, if you can even count them (v 5b).
C. Abram is hoping in one and is given billions.
1. Jesus is the bright morning star.
2. The Church reflects his glory.
D. This is your Christian family.
1. With these, you will stand in glory.
2. With these patriarchs, kings, queens, and beautiful Christians, you have a fellowship forever.
3. With these, now you pray for Christ’s return.
4. These are the answer to your loneliness.
III. Yours is an enduring, eternal heritage.
A. At life’s end, old men reflect on what they will leave.
1. They joy in their grandchildren (Prov 13:22).
2. Abram was looking forward.
3. The Father showed him his heritage.
4. This is all from Abram’s own body.
B. The inheritance Abram has to give is folded in with Christ’s inheritance to give.
1. Abram leaves his life’s treasures to Isaac and all of his family that follows.
2. We share his wealth by sharing his faith credited to him as righteousness (v 6).
C. The Father in heaven gives Abram his own Son, one greater than Isaac, as Abram’s heir.
1. Isaac is from Abram’s own body.
2. Jesus is from Abram’s own body.
3. The Church is from Abram’s own body.
4. It is a great and mighty family!
D. The inheritance the Father gives us in his Son endures in the Lord’s Supper, the New Testament.
1. It is sealed in Jesus’ blood.
2. It continues to bestow everything the Father has to give his Church.
3. It is received by faith, promising beautiful things today and a bright future to come.
Conclusion: You aren’t the first to have worries, struggles, loneliness, problems. The Father in heaven loves the fathers, gifts the greater Son, the greater family, provides a future and a hope.
It was in the beginning, it is now, and it ever shall be. “He believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.” Yours is a rich inheritance from Abraham, from your Father in heaven who loves you. So may you also believe. Amen.
Now may the peace of God which passes all human understanding keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior. Amen.