Wednesday, October 24, 2007
He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith giving glory to God;
1. “He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief…”
a. staggered [1252 * diakrino] [Zodhiates: To be at strife with oneself, i.e. to doubt, hesitate, waver.]
2. “…but was strong in faith giving glory to God…”
a. Here are two examples of giving glory to God in the gospels.
1). Matthew 9:8 “But when the multitudes saw it, they marveled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.”
2). Luke 13:13 “And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.”
3). The difference between the two examples above and Abraham was they did it after the fact while Abraham did it before the fact.
a). While the opportunity to stagger in
unbelief was there, Abraham chose to give
glory to God, to speak what God had spoken.
b). 2 Corinthians 4:13 “We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak.”
a. Vincent’s Word Studies: “was strengthened”.
b. [Amplified Bible] “…he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God.”
c. As he gave praise and glory to God he was strengthened in his faith, and as that happened he received a quickening in his physical body that enabled him to have children.