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Narrow-Minded - Week 1 - To Be or Not To Be

Key Scripture (Genesis 18:1-3): And the Lord appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the door of his tent in the heat of the day. He lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing in front of him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth and said, "O Lord, if I have found favor in your sight, do not pass by your servant.”

Abraham was narrow minded

  • Abraham was fixated on serving the LORD
  • He ran to meet the three men
  • He served them a banquet for a meal
  • Abraham likely knew that this was a significant occasion

Sarah was narrow minded

  • Sarah was fixated on what she knew was impossible
  • Sarah knew that she was old
  • She knew that her time had passed to bear children
  • She was fixated on her limited knowledge

Are we narrow minded?

  • How often do we operate on with our minds fixated on the things of this world instead of on our God?
  • It was important that the promised child come from Sarah because YHWH wanted it to be clear that Israel would not become established if it weren’t for His miraculous work.
  • The world was established by a miraculous work
  • Israel was established by a miraculous work
  • The church was established by a miraculous work
  • Colossians 3:1-4


God wants to work in us and through us, but we must (in one sense) avoid being narrow minded, and we must (in another sense) be narrow minded