A Treasure Nugget

Most believers have heard the phrase,  the name it and claim it crowd. So let’s go on a treasure hunt. God’s word is our treasure and if God’s word teaches us to, ” call things which are not as though they were “, then don’t we want to know this?

The phrase, name it and claim it, as far as I can see, comes from Romans 4:17. At least that is the verse most often quoted when referencing the words we speak.

We know we will be judged by our words, so our words are important and we should choose them wisely.

Matthew 12:35-37 KJV  “A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.

[36] But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
[37] For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”

So what does Romans say? Let’s look at the verse. Romans 4:17 KJV  “(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.”

And Romans 4:18 says Abraham believed God against hope,  believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations. How? According to that which was spoken. Spoken by whom? By God.

You see, Abraham wanted an heir. Abraham is about 86 years old when he is asking God for an heir. How do we know this? Because the account is in Genesis 15, 16 and 17. In Genesis 15 is Abraham’s conversation with God. Genesis 16 Sarai, Hagar, Abram engaged over Ishmael’s birth. And as you read through Genesis 16, the last verse says Abram was 86 years old.

But I want to draw your attention to a treasure nugget. You see, Romans 4:17,18 ( where the name it claim it comes from ) is rooted in God’s promise to Abraham in Genesis 15. Romans 4 explains that against all hope, Abraham believed what God told him. No matter that Abraham’s body was old (86) and the promise was to Abram and Sarai having an heir not Abram and Hagar. Time passes and in Genesis 17 Abraham is then 99 years old meaning Ishmael is now 13 years old.

Genesis 17:18-22 KJV  “And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee!
[19] And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.
[20] And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.
[21] But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.
[22] And he left off talking with him, and God went up from Abraham.”

The treasure nugget is Genesis 15: 1, 4, 6. 
Genesis 15:1-6 KJV  “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.
[2] And Abram said, Lord God , what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?
[3] And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.
[4] And, behold, the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.
[5] And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.
[6] And he believed in the Lord ; and he counted it to him for righteousness.”

Notice verse 1. The word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision saying….
The ( w ) is not a capital ( w ) indicating a proper name. Then notice the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision saying, … So the word of the Lord spoke to Abram. Abram also had a vision. Then look at verse 4, the same thing happens again. ” the word of the Lord came unto him, saying…”  Students of the word of God know when God says something once it is important but when God repeats himself, pay special attention.

We know Jesus is called the Word in John 1:1-5; 1:14 and the ( w ) there is a capital (w). So what was the “word” that spoke to Abram in Genesis 15? Check it out. Until next time.

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