A Daily Word from the Word for Friday, December 7, 2012
“So Sarai said to Abram, ‘See now, the Lord has restrained me from bearing children. Please, go in to my maid; perhaps I shall obtain children by her.’ And Abram heeded the voice of Sarai.” – Genesis 16:2
This morning’s message serves as the conclusion to this three-part God-given revelation on bringing a promise of the Lord to pass, by staying in the spirit and soaring far above the flesh. If you have not read part one and part two, I encourage you to click on the respective link to get caught up. God’s Word is too good and too vital to skimp on.
It was unfortunate enough that Sarai got into her flesh and succumbed to seeing God’s promise through the view of the flesh; thus losing sight of the critical view in the Spirit. Even more unfortunate is her contaminating her husband Abram’s view; leading up to an even more tragic event of Abram not discerning as he should, and as the covering over his wife.
The Hebrew word for “heed” as used in this verse is shama (pr. shaw-mah), which means “to hear intelligently” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). Abram chose to hear the voice of his wife out of his intellect, rather than from his spiritual hearing. “Shama” carries with it two very different types of hearing: the first is of the intellect; and the second and Godly way is “discern, give ear.” Had Abram taken authority over the first and surrendered to the second, he would have spared many lives from being torn apart.
It is important to understand where Sarai’s maid-servant, Hagar, came from; which was Egypt. Hagar was an Egyptian (verse 3). This is incredibly significant, because of what Egypt represented. Egyptians obviously were a race of people; but more revealing is the actual word meaning. There are two root Hebrew terms that make up the word “Egyptian”: “matsowr” (maw-tsore) and “matsuwr” (maw-tsoor) which mean “to limit, to confine, to hem in.” Sarai resorted to old and fruitless Egyptian ways in an attempt to assuage her desperation, and she sent her husband back in to Egypt for the solution!
When God delivered the Israelites from the hands of the Egyptians, their trek to the Promised Land was only supposed to take 11 days (Deuteronomy 1:2); however, because these lost souls refused to shed their Egyptian mentality, God kept them wandering in the desert for 40 years! (Numbers 32:13). It was that serious a consequence in which God needed an entire generation to die off, so that this fleshly Egyptian mentality could die and not come in to the Promised Land.
Thinking like an Egyptian will limit, confine, and even kill a promise of God. There is no faith in Egyptian thinking—only flesh. Flesh is what interfered with God’s promise, and caused Sarai to falter; thus giving in to her own carnal thinking and giving birth to Ishmael. To this day, the descendants of Ishmael are wild and divided.
Thankfully, God is a merciful Father; and in spite of Sarai and Abram’s mishandling of His promise, Isaac, the God-given promise, was born from Sarai’s womb. God is a God of Restoration, as He changed the name of “Sarai” to “Sarah.” The name “Sarai” meant “an incision, in pieces”; and “Sarah” means “female noble, queen.” God took this life that was hurting and in pieces; and with His healing Hand, put her back together, and made her a queen.
As for Abram, his name meant “high father,” because of His relationship with God; but God took this faithful son even higher, and changed his name to “Abraham,” which is “the father of a multitude.”
The promise of God will do that to you, my brother. It will elevate you among men and restore to you your dignity. God’s promises will put you back together, my sister, and heal your broken heart. You need only believe, which takes the kind of faith that dwells in the realm of the Spirit. It’s a great place to live.
Father, thank You for Your mercy and grace toward us that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). Loving Father, help us to keep our focus on You. Help us to abide in Your presence, in Your Spirit, where every one of your promises are birthed and brought to term. Do a supernatural work in us, which causes us to lay hold and birth every promise that you have given us through Your Word. In Jesus Name, we thank you that we are the heirs of your promises because we are your sons and daughters. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to adopt the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16), and cast down any Egyptian thinking; which is a self-defeating, limited and slave mentality. Choose to lift up every promise that you believe God for, by lifting up Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, and keeping your eyes on Him. And continue to fight the good fight of traveling to your promised land; for God, Your Promise, has already given you the victory!
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May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2012, unless otherwise noted.