Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The mystery behind the thirteen silent years of God.

Sunday, February 10, 2002

There are thirteen silent years in which Abram receives discipline and training and recovers from reversionism or evil.

Dont ever let your failures keep you down.

Turn to GEN 17:1

1. Abram is going to learn that only God can turn cursing into blessing, DEU 23:5, GEN 50:20.

2. Three people sowed to the wind, and they all reaped the whirlwind - Abram [wimpiness], Sarai [jealousy] and Hagar [arrogance].

3. The whirlwind was intensified because each one tried to solve the problem with their own ability, their own human power.

To wait on the Lord is the greatest economy of time.

Waiting on the Lord - instant adjustment to the justice of God, rebound, and then temporal adjustment to the justice of God, the continual intake of Bible doctrine.

Abram and Sarai became involved with a weird and strange form of legalism.

Weird reversionism means weird legalism and nothing but bondage.

Turn to ROM 7:14

The Abram-Sarai syndrome - you sin, refuse to take responsibility, and become legalistic rather than recognize your failures, admit them, rebound and recover.

An amateur fornicator is a person who refuses to take responsibility and adds sin to sin; Abram turned and he parlayed fornication into evil.

Weird legalism always excuses self and ignores grace toward others, operation Abram, Sarai against Hagar.

JOH 3:6 "That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit."

Turn to JOH 8:31

Turn to ROM 7:17

Turn to ROM 15:4

Not only has sin been forgiven but the effects of our sins as well, such as guilt, condemnation, self-righteousness, and legalistic tendencies.

Turn to ROM 7:19

Sarai and Abram destroyed the true means of solving the problem, the sexual relationship between her and Abram.

Human solutions to the problems of life always causes greater loss than gain.

Human solutions are no solutions. Divine solutions are the only solutions.

Good sincere motives do not justify wrong actions.

Turn to ROM 7:24

Turn to GEN 17:1

1. Abram learned that only God can turn cursing into blessing. 2. Three people sowed to the wind, and they all reaped the whirlwind, Abram [wimpiness], Sarai [jealousy] and Hagar [arrogance]. 3. The whirlwind was intensified because each one tried to solve the problem with their own ability, their own human power.

4. Abram turned Hagar over to Sarai because he tried to solve the problem by ignoring the problem. 5. Sarai persecuted and abused Hagar - a human solution that didnt work.

6. Hagar ran away - a human solution that didnt work. 7. As long as each one tried to solve the problem it only became more complicated.

8. Before the problem can be solved each one must come to the end of himself and his efforts to solve the problem. 9. The first one to become helpless was Hagar.

10. The next one to become helpless is Abram, HEB 11:11-12, ROM 4:17-22, Gen 17.

11. The last one to become helpless was Sarai, whose helplessness was barrenness, complicated by menopause, so she is construed as sexually dead.

Grace Bible Church All Rights Reserved Robert R. McLaughlin 2002

Scroll to Top