1. Scripture citations in this sermon are from the NIV.|
2. Walk in front of (like its parallel, "stand in front of") is well chosen. The phrase usually expresses the service or devotion of a faithful servant to his king, be the latter human (1  Kings 1:2; 10:8) or divine (Gen. 5:22, 24; 6:9).
3. Blameless "This Hebrew word, t mîm, is used frequently in the sections of the Old Testament dealing with ritual procedure. It is imperative that the animal brought for sacrifice be one that is unblemished." Victor P. Hamilton, The Book of Genesis: Chapters 1-17, New International Commentary on the Old Testament (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1990), 461.
4. Ibid.: "It is the first time that an individual's name is changed" (464). Hamilton also observes: "We have noted above the shift (v. 1-8) from second singular to second plural . . . most of this section (v. 9-14) is cast in the plural, and the reason for this should be plain. The prescriptions covered in these verses are to become legally incumbent upon all generations. God is speaking to those who are not yet born" (468).
5. R. Cecil, "Memoirs of the Rev. John Newton," in The Works of the Rev. John Newton to Which Are Prefixed Memoirs of His Life by the Rev. R. Cecil, A.M., (Thomas Nelson & Peter Brown: Edinburgh, 1827), 68. Also cited in John Newton, Voice of the Heart:  Cardiphonia (repr., Chicago: Moody, 1950), 18. Previous editions published under the title Cardiphonia, various publishers.
6. Cecil, "Memoirs," 68 (emphasis added).
7. Newton, Voice of the Heart, 21.
8. John G. Paton, Missionary Patriarch: The True Story of John G. Paton, Evangelist for Jesus Christ to the South Sea Cannibals (1891; repr. Vision Forum: San Antonio, 2002), 434-35.
9. Ibid., 263-64.
10. Ibid., 275.
11. Hamilton, Genesis, 468, comments on verse 9: "For your part. The emphatic pronoun 'atta puts the spotlight on Abraham after a series of "I will's" by God, Abraham becomes the subject of the verb, instead of an object."
12. Ibid., 470-71.
13. Ibid., 473-74.

 

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