Faith and Patience, Part 4
Delivered By
Pastor Julie Petersen and Marilyn Moore
Delivered On
August 5, 2015
Faith and Patience Series

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”  Jeremiah 29:11

expected (Hebrew)  literally, a cord (as an attachment) 

Faith + Patience=Inheriting the Promises of God

Faith & Patience, the Power Twins


“Will you stay on the faith journey long enough to see that He is good?”

      TIME is the faith journey that it takes to see His goodness.


Patience- NT:5281 Gr. hupomone (hoop-om-on-ay'); cheerful (or hopeful) endurance, constancy:

Constancy-the quality of being unchanging or unwavering, as in purpose, love, or loyalty; firmness of mind; faithfulness:


Romans 15:4 KJV:  4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through

1. patience          

                                                            2. and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.


I.  Abraham

Why do we need to keep studying the life of Abraham?  We are actually examining closely his life as we are told:

Isaiah 51:1-2 KJV:  Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the Lord:

look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.

2 Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you: for I called him alone,

and blessed him, and increased him.

               Look – Heb. 1027 nabat – to scan or examine closely (to inspect in detail); look intently at (having the attention applied;                                  engrossed:  behold or gaze at with fixed attention; having the mind fastened upon some purpose

In order to imitate someone who has been successful in inheriting the promises of God, we have to study his life diligently & thoroughly, as we are told.

Hebrews 6:11-12 NASU:  And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as

to realize the full assurance of hope until the end, 12 so that you will not be sluggish,

but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

One other thing to take note of is the number of scriptures that Abram & Abraham were mentioned in as it bears significance to his importance in our lives:

      Abram & Abraham (OT) – 195; Abraham – (NT) 66; totaling 261 scriptures in which his name was mentioned


God chose them to be the beginning of the lineage of the Promised Seed:

Genesis 3:15 NKJV:  And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed;

He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel."

Last week Genesis 9, 10, and 11 gave us a background of what was happening prior to Abraham’s call from God to come out from his family and the land of his birth.  We began a report of recorded Jewish history of his early life, all of this to help us understand this man who became the father of faith.  Let’s review the info for a bit and then continue on where we left off last week:

            1. After the flood (Noah-601 yrs.)  Genesis 9:1 KJV:  And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them,

               Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.

            2. Correction from last week:  Because Noah’s son, Ham, dishonored him when he was drunk, Noah pronounced           a curse on Ham’s son, Canaan:  Genesis 9:25 KJV:  And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be                                                                                                                                    unto his brethren.

            3. In Genesis 10 we find Ham’s descendants listed and another of his sons, Cush, fathered Nimrod.

Genesis 10:8-11 AMP: 8 Cush became the father of Nimrod; he was the first to be a mighty man on the earth.

9 He was a mighty hunter before the Lord; therefore it is said, Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before the Lord.

10 The beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar [in Babylonia].

11 Out of the land he [Nimrod] went forth into Assyria and built Nineveh, Rehoboth-Ir, Calah,

       4. Nimrod comes from the Hebrew word marad, meaning “rebel”. He was said to be a mighty hunter before the Lord, but

      actually he was in opposition to God.  He made himself the first king and set up his own kingdom in opposition to God’s

            kingdom.   Biblical scholars give a more accurate translation of Genesis 10: 8-11:

               Cush begat Nimrod; he began to be a tyrant in the Earth. He was a tyrannical hunter in opposition to the Lord.

 Thus it is said, 'Nimrod the tyrannical opponent of YHWH.'

            5. Nimrod’s rebellion against God influenced most of the people on the earth, & they began to build The Tower of   Babel.  The Babylonian system, man meeting his own needs without God, began then and is still going on today.

            At that time Noah was 940 years old, 339 years after the flood.

            6. Shem, another of Noah’s sons, became the ancestor of Abraham.  The lineage of Shem was chosen to be the     one from whom would come the Promised One in Genesis 3:15.  And from this lineage, Abram, the tenth   generation from Noah, was chosen.

Genesis 9:26 AMP:  He (Noah) also said, Blessed be the Lord, the God of Shem!

And blessed by the Lord my God be Shem!


Abraham’s Early Life – Part 2

By Nissan Mindel

(Published and copyrighted by Kehot Publication Society


At the age of ten, Abraham decided to leave the cave and to go to old Noah (902 yrs.) and Shem (400 yrs.), of whom his mother had told him many wonderful stories. Unknown to anybody, Abraham made his way from the low country to the mountainous region of Ararat in the land of Kedem, where Noah and his family lived. He was made welcome by old Noah and Shem, who taught him all they knew about G-d and the ways of G-d.  Thus he learned all the details about the Flood from the very men who built the Ark and survived the Flood. (Noah knew Methuselah for many hundreds of years, who in turn knew Adam for many hundreds of years, which means that Abraham received first hand information about everything that happened since the very first day of Creation!).

Abraham stayed there for nearly 39 years, until the year 1997. It was at the end of this period, when he was 48 years old, while still at Noah's house, that Abraham heard about the world-shattering event of the Tower of Babel (1996), which took place in the land of Shinear, where Nimrod reigned supreme. Nimrod and his people wanted to build a tower that would reach up to heaven, so that they might establish their reign upon the heaven as well as on the earth. It was the height of arrogance and defiance of men against G-d, and it led to confusion and to their dispersal and division into seventy tongues and nations. Abraham decided that it was high time for him to go out and teach them the truth about G-d, and about the falsehood and worthlessness of the idols. He knew that in defying Nimrod, and even his own father, he would be risking his life, for Nimrod had proclaimed himself god and demanded that all the people worship him.

At the age of fifty (in the year 1998) Abraham returned to his father's house in Babylon.

Terah was a high priest of the idol worshippers. He had twelve chief gods, one for each month of the year, and other idols. In fact, there was a workshop in Terah's house, where idols of wood, stone, silver and gold were made. People came to offer sacrifices to these idols, or to buy them, and Terah had a thriving business. Terah appointed Abraham to be the salesman and take charge of the business. How "well" he conducted the business, we have already told you.

Abraham's activities, in words and deeds, aroused Nimrod's anger. Both Abraham and his father were ordered to appear before the king. Here the king's stargazers at once recognized Abraham as the one about whom they had warned the king. Terah was taken to task for deceiving the king, and he put the blame on his older son Haran, who was 32 years older than Abraham. Haran had secretly followed Abraham, but he was not quite sure whether he was wise in doing so. He thought that he would come out openly on Abraham's side, if and when Abraham would come out victorious. Nimrod ordered that Abraham be thrown into a burning furnace.

When Abraham came out unharmed, Haran, Abraham’s brother and father of Lot, declared himself on Abraham's side and chose to be likewise thrown into the furnace, and he was burnt to death. Abraham, on the other hand, whom G-d" had so wonderfully saved from the fire, was acclaimed by all the people, and they were ready to worship him. But Abraham told them to worship G-d, who had saved him from the burning furnace, and that he himself was nothing but a human being. Nimrod was greatly afraid of Abraham. He gave him many precious gifts, among them Eliezer, (a member of the king's household, who became Abraham's trusted servant and friend

(Gen. 15:2; Gen. 24:2, who ruled over all that Abraham had),

Abraham, and his remaining brother Nahor, married two sisters, their nieces, the daughters of their brother Haran. Nahor married Milkah, and Abraham married Yiskah, better known as Sarai, (later-Sarah).

Two years later, Nimrod had a strange dream and once again his counsellors interpreted it to mean that as long as Abraham lived, his kingdom would be in danger. Nimrod, who had been worried about Abraham all the time, decided to try again to kill him, and sent men to capture him. Fortunately, Eliezer learned of the plot and informed Abraham in good time. Abraham, with his band of followers, numbering over 300, fled to Noah. About a month later, his father Terah came to visit him there. Abraham persuaded him to give up his idolatry. He pointed out to him, moreover, that his life was also in danger, for Nimrod would not spare him. So Terah gave up his high position at Nimrod's court, and decided to go with Abraham to the land of Canaan, where they would be free to worship G-d, out of reach of Nimrod.

Thus Terah, his son Abraham and his wife Sarai, and Lot, Haran's son, and all their household left Ur of the Chaldees in Babylon and set out for Canaan. On the way they came to Charan, where Nahor lived, found it a good place, and stayed there.

Three years later, when Abraham was 55 years old, G-d appeared to Abraham and told him to take his wife and household and go on to Canaan. This Abraham did, and be stayed there 15 years. At this time, when Abraham was 70 years old, G‑d made a covenant with him, and soon afterwards Abraham returned to Charan, where he stayed for five years. Then, once again G-d appeared to Abraham and told him to leave his father's home and native land for good, and go to the land of Canaan. This time, Lot his nephew (and brother-in-law) accompanied him. Terah died in Charan, and Nahor remained there with his family.

Thus, at the age of 75, Abraham came to dwell in the land of Canaan, the land which G-d had promised him to be the chosen land for his children as an everlasting inheritance.


Abraham and Sarah’s Hospitality,

The Fruit of the Blessing At Work in Their Lives

Genesis 12:2:  And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing…  


Avrohom Ovinu (Abraham Our Father) was born at a time when idolatry ruled everywhere. Even his own father Terah was an idolater, who, in fact, made a thriving business of selling idols of various sizes and various materials. (Under Abraham's influence Terah, eventually turned over a new leaf and died a G-dfearing man.)  At the age of three, as our sages tell us (Nedarim 32a), Abraham recognized that there was, is, and will be but one G-d, the creator of heaven and earth. Abraham dedicated his whole life to spreading the knowledge of G-d. G-d was one and only in the heavens (on earth no as yet knew Him, except Abraham), and Abraham was the one and only man on earth who knew G-d and worshipped Him. Abraham was known as "Ho-Ivri" - "the Hebrew," which also means "the-one-on-the-other-side" - because all the world was on one side, and he alone was on the other. But soon the "G-d of Abraham" came to be known by more and more people. Every man who left Abraham's tent, and every woman who left Sarah's tent, had learned something about G-d, and went away blessing the "G-d of Abraham."

Abraham was the embodiment of the highest qualities of character. One of them was the quality of loving kindness which was boundless in him. He loved all people, even total strangers. His love of people expressed itself in many ways, not least in hospitality, which he practiced daily to perfection. The story of the three angels who came to him disguised as wayfarers, is well known. Here he was, a man of ninety-nine years, in pain (it being the third day after his circumcision), on an unusually hot day, sitting outside the entrance to his tent, looking out for wayfarers. Our Sages tell us that G-d wanted to spare him trouble, and therefore made that day exceptionally hot, so that no wayfarers would venture out. But seeing how upset Abraham was at not being able to practice hospitality, G-d sent him the three angels disguised as men. Abraham was so happy to see the strangers that he forgot his old age, his pain and the heat of the day. He ran to meet them; he ran to prepare a sumptuous meal for them. Though he had many servants ready to do his bidding, Abraham himself fetched water for them to wash their feet, and he and Sarah personally attended to the meal.


After Abram and Sarai returned to the land of Canaan from Egypt,  G-d blessed them with great riches, so they built inns and hostels on all the main roads, so that wayfarers should find food, water and a place to rest on their way. They charged no money, and all were welcome. Many weary and hungry travelers found food and shelter in these inns. "How can we thank you, Abram, for your kindness?" they said before leaving, and Abram would reply, "Do not thank me; thank G-d, the Creator of all these good things." And the good Sarai was taking care of the women and children, and when they wanted to thank her for her hospitality, her reply was the same as Abram's: "Thank G-d, Who feeds and sustains all living creatures."

In Beer-Sheba, where Abram and Sarai made their home, they built a very big house, with entrances on all four sides. On each side of the house there was a huge sign: ALL WELCOME!

Around the house Abram planted a wonderful garden and an orchard with most delicious fruits and berries.

Most wonderful of all was a magnificent palm tree, which seemed to know every wayfarer that came near it. If an honest and good man would sit down under its shade, the tree would spread forth its branches to shield the visitor from the burning sun, or wind. But if the visitor happened to be a bad man, the palm tree would lift up its branches and give the man no protection. But whenever the tree would act that way, Abram would come up to the visitor and show him especial kindness and attention. He would tell the visitor about G-d, and about G-d's kindness to all. All the wickedness would melt away in the heart of the bad man, and goodness and kindness would fill it instead. Then the palm tree would spread forth its branches over the man in a friendly way.

All the time Sarai was busy with the women folk, and long after all visitors were gone, or had retired to sleep, Sarai would sit up in her tent, making dresses and things for the poor and needy. When everybody was fast asleep, there was still a candle burning in Sarai's tent, where she was sitting doing some hand-work, or preparing food for the next day. So G-d sent a special Cloud of Light to surround her tent. For miles and miles around, the Cloud of Glory could be seen hovering over Sarai's tent, and everybody said, "There dwells a woman of worth."

Abram and Sarai became very famous. From near and far, men and women came to Beer-Sheba to find help, good cheer and comfort, which was given to all, free, by Abram and Sarai. The men and women wanted to thank them, but always they were told to thank G-d instead. "But where is this G-d?" they would ask, looking around them, for they only knew idols.

"His glory fills the heaven and earth," came the reply, and away went the visitors blessing the G-d of Abram and Sarai.


With all his searching mind and extraordinary wisdom, Abraham submitted himself to G-d, wholeheartedly and completely. He showed us the true way of serving G-d, with love and reverence; he was truly a "lover of G-d" (Isaiah 41:8) as well as truly "G-d-fearing" (Gen. 22:12) .

Just as Abraham chose G-d, so did G-d choose Abraham and made an everlasting covenant with him and his children, the Jewish people. Said G-d to Abraham: "My Name was not known to My creatures, until you made Me known to them. I shall regard you as My partner in the creation of the world" (Gen. R. 43).   We, the children of Abraham, are the members of the everlasting Covenant and partnership which G-d made with Abraham our Father.


What can I learn from Abraham?  

            What are the secrets to his being chosen by God? 

Nehemiah 9:7-8 AMP:  7 You are the Lord, the God Who chose Abram and brought him out of Ur of the Chaldees

and gave him the name Abraham.  8 You found his heart faithful before You, and You made the covenant with him…

Since the New Testament mentions being chosen, that is all the more reason to study the lives of those that were chosen by God.             Matthew 22:14 KJV:  14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

            1. He feared God.  (Gen. 22:12)

            2. He loved God and delighted greatly in His commands and was obedient to them.  (John 14:21, 23)

            3. He was generous and kind.  He understood the purpose of covenant wealth.  (Gen. 12:22)

            4. He avoided strife.  (Gen 13:8)

            5. He taught and commanded his children and all in his house to keep the way of the Lord.  (Gen. 18:19)

            6. He kept his focus on the Word that God had given him in Genesis 15:5 even when circumstances looked totally     opposite.  (Rom. 4:18)

            7. By spending time worshiping and praising God and being in intimate communion with Him, his faith grew to   full persuasion.  (Rom. 4:20-21)

            8. That full persuasion of his faith and trust in His God and what He had promised enabled him to promptly obey   the final testing of his faith to sacrifice his promised son, Isaac, reasoning that God was able to raise him up from the dead.  (Heb. 11:17-19; Ps. 112:7)

            9. He came in agreement with who God said he was when God changed his name and called himself, Abraham,          father of many nations.  He called things that be not as though they already were.  (Gen. 17:5; Rom. 4:17)

You fill in the blanks as you study and research the father of our faith.





The Blessing of Abraham can be summed up in Psalm 112 as it perfectly describes him and all who know their covenant.

(Gal. 3:9, 14, 29)

Psalms 112:1-4 NIV:  1 Praise the Lord.  Blessed are those who:

                                                                           1.  fear the Lord,

                                                                           2. who find great delight in his commands.

2 Their children will be mighty in the land the generation of the upright will be blessed.

 3 Wealth and riches are in their houses, and their righteousness endures forever.

4 Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.

5 Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice.

6 Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever.

7 They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.

8 Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.

9 They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor, their righteousness endures forever; their horn will be lifted high in honor.

10 The wicked will see and be vexed, they will gnash their teeth and waste away;




Interesting Info:


Adam lived 930 yrs.






               Enoch, a pre-flood prophet was translated at 365 yrs., lived 308 yrs. before Adam died

               Genesis 5:22 AMP:  Enoch walked [in habitual fellowship] with God after the birth of Methuselah 300 years…

               He walked in such fellowship with God that he named his son prophetically, “when he dies, it shall be sent

               Methuselah was 243 yrs. when Adam died

               Lamech was 56 when Adam died

Adam died before Noah was born, but saw 9 generations after him.


Methuselah lived 969 yrs.

               Lamech – learned from Methuselah for 777 yrs., died 5 yrs. before his father

               Noah – learned from Methuselah for 600 yrs., the only godly person left on the earth before the flood

               Noah’s sons lived about 100 yrs. before Methuselah died; lived about 95 yrs. before Lamech died



               Born 292 yrs. after the flood

               58 yrs. when Noah died

               207 yrs. when Shem died


Noah – 10th generation from Adam

Abraham – 10th generation from Noah


Noah – 940 yrs. when The Tower of Babel took place, 339 yrs. after the flood


Timeline of Genesis patriarchs                                         From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia    (I added words in red.)

The timeline of the Tanakh can be estimated using the ages given in Genesis and Jubliees. Starting with the creation of Adam and adding the information when his son was born, the age of his son, etc. this gives a timeline from Adam's creation to the death of Jacob 2255 years later (according to the Masoretic text, theSeptuagint timeline is significantly longer). These timelines are used by some biblical scholars to estimate the age of the earth by counting back the number of years associated with each of the biblical patriarchs and adding the years together.

  • 1 - Adam (generation 1) is created.      (Gen. 1:26-27; 2:7)              
  • 130 - Adam and Eve receive a son, Seth (generation 2)  (Gen. 4:25)
  • 235 - Enosh is born (generation 3)       (Gen. 5:6 Seth is 105 yrs.)
  • 325 - Kenan is born (generation 4)       (Gen. 5:9 Enosh is 90 yrs.)
  • 395 - Mahalaleel is born (generation 5)             (Gen. 5:12 Kenan is 70 yrs.)
  • 460 - Jared is born (generation 6)         (Gen. 5:15 Mahalalel is 65 yrs.)
  • 622 - Enoch is born (generation 7)       (Gen. 5:18 Jared is 162 yrs.)
  • 687 - Methuselah is born (generation 8) "Methuselah" can be translated "when he dies it comes".     (Gen. 5:21 Enoch is 65 yrs.)
  • 874 - Lamech is born (generation 9)    (Gen. 5:25 Methuselah is 187 yrs.)
  • 930 - Adam dies, aged 930      (Gen. 5:4,5)
  • 987 - Enoch taken up by God (did not die [Gen5:24]), aged 365
  • 1042 - Seth dies, aged 912      (Gen. 5:8)
  • 1056 - Noah is born (generation 10)    (Gen. 5:28,29 Lamech is 182 yrs.)                   (Methuselah is 369)             
  • 1140 - Enosh dies, aged 905   (Gen. 5:11)
  • 1235 - Kenan dies, aged 910  (Gen. 5:14)
  • 1290 - Mahalaleel dies, aged 895      (Gen. 5:17)
  • 1422 - Jared dies, aged 962    (Gen. 5:19,20)
  • 1556 - Noah has three sons: ShemHam, and Japheth (generation 11)      (Gen. 5:32 After Noah was 500 yrs. he had his sons.)
  • 1651 - Lamech (Noah's father) dies, aged 777  (Gen. 5:30, 31)
  • 1656 - Methuselah dies same year as flood comes, aged 969 (Name means-When he dies, it shall be sent) Noah-600 yrs.-Gen.6:5
  • 1656______________________________________FLOOD___   ______(All patriarchs have died except Noah & his sons)____
  • 1658 - Arpachshad is born (generation 12)       (Gen. 11:10 Shem, his father is 100 yrs. The lineage of the Hebrews begins.)
  • 1693 - Shelah is born (generation 13)    (Gen. 11:12 Arpachshad is 35 yrs.)                         
  • 1723 - Eber is born (generation 14)       (Gen. 11: 14 Shelah is 30 yrs.)
  • 1757 - Peleg is born (generation 15)1787 (Gen. 10:25, 11:16 Eber is 34 yrs.); Reu is born (generation 16) (Gen. 11:18 Peleg is 30)  
  • 1819 - Serug is born (generation 17)    (Gen. 11:20 Reu is 32 yrs.)
  • 1849 - Nahor is born (generation 18)   (Gen. 11:22 Serug is 30 yrs.)         
  • 1878 - Terah is born (generation 19)   (Gen. 11:24 Nahor is 29 yrs.)
  • 1948 - Abraham is born (generation 20)                (Gen. 11:26 Terah fathered Nahor, Abraham, and Haran, his firstborn, after he was 70)
  • 1958 - Sarah, Abraham’s wife, is born (Jewish history records that she was the daughter of Haran, Abraham’s brother.)
  • 1996_______________________________THE TOWER OF BABEL__________(340 years after the flood)______________
  • 1996 - Peleg dies, aged 239 - first death mentioned in the Bible after the flood;  in his days was the earth divided;

                   (Gen. 10:25; 11:19)

  • 1997 - Nahor dies, aged 148   (Gen. 11:25)
  • 2006 - Noah, generation 10 after Adam, dies at the age of 950    (Gen. 9:29)  (Abraham is 54 yrs)
  • 2026 - Reu dies, aged 239       (Gen. 11:21)
  • 2034 - Ishmael is born (generation 21)               (Gen. 16:15, 16 Abraham is 86 yrs.)
  • 2048 - Isaac is born (also generation 21)              (Gen. 21: 1-4 Abraham is 100 yrs.)          
  • 2049 - Serug dies, aged 230  (Gen. 11:23);      Terah dies, aged 205  (Gen. 11:32)
  • 2085 - Sarah dies       (Gen. 23:1 aged 127 yrs.)
  • 2088 - Isaac is married at the age of 40, to Rebecca   (Gen. 24, 25:20  Rebecca, the granddaughter of Nahor, Abraham’s brother)
  • 2096 - Arpachshad dies, aged 438    (Gen. 11:12-13)  
  • 2108 - Jacob is born, with his twin Esau (generation 22)    (Gen. 25:26 Isaac is 60 yrs.)
  • 2123 - Abraham dies, aged 175     (Gen. 25:7)
  • 2126 - Shelah dies, aged 433  (Gen. 11:14-15)
  • 2156 - Shem dies, aged 600    (Gen. 11:11)  (Abraham is 208 yrs.)
  • 2187 - Eber dies, aged 464     (Gen. 11:16-17)
  • 2228 - Isaac dies, aged 180    (Gen. 35:28 Jacob & Esau 120 yrs.)
  • 2238 - Jacob moves to Egypt at the age of 130    (Gen. 47:9)
  • 2255 - Jacob dies in Egypt, aged 147     (Gen. 47:28, 49:33)