The Patience of Abraham

Text: Genesis 22:1-19

Introduction: Rom. 2:7 “eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality;”

1. We see in our text the importance of patience. It is a must.

2. We also see times in our lives when we fail to exhibit patience.

1) Stopped praying, 1 Thess. 5:17 “pray without ceasing,

2) Grew weary in well-doing, Gal. 6:9 “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

3) Some even fail to remain faithful, Heb. 6:11 “And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end,”

3. We know we don’t always have patience, so how do we develop it? How do we acquire patience?

Gen 17:16-19 – God told Abraham and Sarah that they were having a child. They were both up in years (Abraham was 100 years old).

Think about how special Isaac would have to be.


I. The Patience

a. Abraham was 75 years old (Genesis 12:4). God promised to make Abram the leader of a great nation.

b. When Abram was 100 years old, God promised him he would be the father of many nations

c. Abraham and his wife, Sarah, had waited patiently for many years, but they still did not have a child. Abraham did not stop believing God’s promise. He knew he had to be very patient and wait until God fulfilled His promise.

d. But as time passed, God kept His promise. Sarah became pregnant and had a baby boy the next year just as He had promised. Abraham named his son Isaac. Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac was born.

e. James 5:8 “You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.”

II. The Sacrifice

a. In Gen 22:1-19 we see a very disturbing request from God to a parent. God instructed Abraham that he needed to sacrifice his only child. Abraham did not question God. He just followed through with the instruction. Can you imagine the thoughts and feelings that had to be going on?

b. Gen 21:14 Isaac was a “boy.” Hebrew “boy” was someone at the age of a young man.

c. Vs. 5 Abraham says “we” will return

Patience begins with obedience.

III. 1. We make a decision to be patient

IV. 1) They continued stedfastly, Acts 2:42 “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.”

V. 2) In order to gain the victory we must be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding…, 1 Cor. 15:58 “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

VI. 3) We must be faithful unto death, Rev. 2:10 “Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”

VII. 2. Obedience is coupled with a promise, Rev. 3:21; 21:7 “21 To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.” “7 He who overcomes shall inherit all things,[a] and I will be his God and he shall be My son.”

Patience continues with edification.

VIII. 1. Paul’s example edifies us.

IX. 1) Look at what he went through and remained patient, 2 Cor. 11:24-28 “From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep; 26 in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; 27 in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness— 28 besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches.”

X. 2) His attitude, “crucified with Christ, Gal. 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

XI. 3) His expectation having been patient, 2 Tim. 4:6-8 “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.”

XII. 4) Paul says it’s up to us because nothing else can separate us from the love of God, Rom. 8:35-3935 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written: “ For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

2. Christ’s example edifies us. We are to run with patience, “looking to Jesus” who ran with patience, Heb. 12:1-31 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.”

3. Our brethren today edify us.

Patience finishes with trial.

Abrahams trials

a. God tempted him, not to draw him to sin, so Satan tempts (if Abraham had sacrificed Isaac, he would not have sinned, his orders would have justified him, and carry him out), but to discover his graces, how strong they were, that they might be found to praise, and honor, and glory, 1Peter 1:7 “For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.”

b. In vs 1 “after these things” speaks of some great crises that Abraham had faced. 1) country and relatives (Gen 12:1); 2) His nephew, Lot, (Gen 13:1-18); 3) His own plan about Ishmael (Gen 17:17-18); 4) Isaac.

1.Christians ARE going to be persecuted, 2 Tim. 3:12 “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.”

2. It takes trial to make a Christian perfect or complete in Christ, James 1:2-42 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”

1) No “father Abraham” without “get thee out of thy country … unto a land that I will shew thee” (Gen. 12:1) or “Take now thy son … and offer him there” (Gen. 22:2).

2) No “prophet Moses” without standing before Pharaoh (Exo. 5:1) or the wilderness wanderings.

3) No Joshua without the battles in Canaan.

4) No David without Goliath and his flights from Saul.

5) No Daniel without the lions.

6) No apostles without persecutions.

7) No Jesus without the cross.

Conclusion: How to acquire patience?

1. By obedience.

2. By edification.

3. By trial.

James 1:3-4 (Faith produces patience; Patience=perfect {maturity})


About Daron Hoggatt

I have a passion of spreading the Word of God to all the world.
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