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biblestudy: Abraham (Part 12)

John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 22-May-90; Sermon #BS-AB12; 76 minutes

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John Ritenbaugh, observing that Abraham did not live out his days in the land of promise, insists that it is not where one is, but the relationship with God that is more important. Abraham's offspring had to realize that they could not receive God's favor on Abraham's coattails, as in the largely superstitious behavior of erecting shrines and making pilgrimages to Beersheba, Gilgal, and Bethel. Based on his long friendship with God, Abraham could systematically calculate the reliability of God's promises even in the lack of visual evidence. Having sterling faith, he knew that God would never "play dirty" and consequently remained unswerving in his commitment to God.

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Abimelech Accounting Beer Sheba Bethel Calculating Cult Emotions Faith Friend of God Grief Hopelessness Human sacrifice Isaac Ketura Laodicean Misguided zeal Mourning Obedience Purchase of Sarah?s grave Sarah?s death Saul?s rebellion Superstition Test Wells

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