Sunday Morning - January 18, 1998
Text: Genesis 15:1 "After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward."
AFTER THESE THINGS
Genesis 15:1 "After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision [seeing], saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield [buckler], and thy exceeding great reward [wages]."
CONFLICT WITH LOT
Genesis 13:14 "And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward:"
Genesis 14:17 "And the king [Bera - gift, son of evil] of Sodom went out to meet him after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and of the kings that were with him, at the valley of Shaveh, which is the king's dale."
FELLOWSHIP WITH MELCHIZEDEK
Genesis 14:18 "And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God."
NOTHING TOO HARD
Jeremiah 32:26-27 "Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying, 27. Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?"
THE WORD OF THE LORD CAME
Genesis 15:1 "After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward."
THE WORD OF THE LORD IS TRIED
2 Samuel 22:31 "As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him."
EZEKIEL ALONE IN EXILE
Ezekiel 1:3 "The word of the LORD came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest, ..., in the land of the Chaldeans ...; and the hand of the LORD was there upon him."
HE THAT FEARED
Exodus 9:20 "He that feared the word of the LORD among the servants of Pharaoh made his servants and his cattle flee into the houses."
FAMINE OF HEARING
Amos 8:11-12 "Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: 12. And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it."
FEAR NOT, ABRAM
Genesis 15:1 "After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not [Afraid, Gen. 3:10], Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward."
ON THE NECKS OF THE KINGS
Joshua 10:24-25 "...Come near, put your feet upon the necks of these kings. ... 25. And Joshua said unto them, Fear [Afraid] not, nor be dismayed, be strong and of good courage: for thus shall the LORD do to all your enemies against whom ye fight."
GOD PROVED ABRAHAM
Exodus 20:20 "And Moses said unto the people, Fear [Gen. 3:10, Adam afraid] not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear [Gen. 20.11, Abemilech] may be before your faces, that ye sin not."
FEAR NOT NEITHER BE DISMAYED
Deuteronomy 31:8 "And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear [Afraid] not, neither be dismayed."
Luke 21:26 "Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken."
I AM THY SHIELD
Genesis 15:1 "After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision [seeing], saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield [buckler], and thy exceeding great reward."
THOSE WHO TRUST HIM
2 Samuel 22:3 "The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn [strength] of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence [unjust]."
THE LORD IS A BUCKLER
Psalms 3:3-4 "But thou, O LORD, art a shield [buckler] for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. 4. I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah."
Psalms 7:10 "My defense [buckler] is of God, which saveth the upright in heart."
HOPE IN THE WORD
Psalms 119:114 "Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word."
Proverbs 30:5 "Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him."
I AM THY GREAT REWARD
Genesis 15:1 "After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision [seeing], saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward [wages]."
Exodus 2:9 "And Pharaoh's daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the woman took the child, and nursed it."
YOU SAY IT DOESN'T PAY
Malachi 3:13 "Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD. ..."
Malachi 3:14 "Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts?"
Malachi 3:15 "And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered."
ACCORDING TO HIS WORKS
Matthew 16:27 "For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works."
LABORERS ARE TO BE PAID
John 4:36 "And he that reapeth receiveth wages [reward], and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together."
LABORER IS WORTHY
1 Timothy 5:18 "For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward [wages]."
GIVEN THEIR WAGES
Matthew 20:8 "So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire [wages], beginning from the last unto the first."
EVERY MAN HIS OWN WAGES
1 Corinthians 3:8 "Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward [wages] according to his own labour."
WORKS TESTED BY FIRE
1 Corinthians 3:14 "If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward [wages]."
DON'T TAKE A CUT IN PAY
2 John 1:8 "Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward [wage]."
WHAT EVER YOU DO
Colossians 3:23-25 "And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; 24. Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward [payment for] of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. 25. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons."