What are the major theological concepts of Genesis 12-50?
Election, Promise and Covenant. 1) ELECTION refers to the fact that God chooses (or elects) to do everything that He does in whatever way He best sees fit. When He acts, He does so only because He willfully and independently chooses to act. According to His own nature, predetermined plan, and good pleasure, He decides to do whatever He desires, without pressure or constraint from any outside influence. In the Old Testament, He chose a nation for Himself. Out of all the nations in the world, He selected Israel (Deut 7:6; 14:2; Psalm 105:43; 135:4). He chose them, not because they were better or more desirable than any other people, but simply because He decided to choose them. The unusual circumstances surrounding the births of Isaac and Jacob illustrate the principle of election. God chose Isaac over Ishamael, and Jacob over Easu, not because of their character or actions. He elected them to continue the covenant promises before they were ever born. 2. PROMISE: A second major concept in the patriarchal narratives is that of promise. The promises of God to Abraham in Genesis 12:2-3 serve as focal points for the rest of the patriarchal account. 3) COVENANT: A third important theological concept of the patriarchal narratives is related to promise, that is, the idea of covnenat. The promises and the covenant that god established with Abraham (Gen. 15 and 17) he also confirmed to Isaac (Gen. 26:2-5), Jacob (Gen. 28:13-15), and Joseph (Gen. 48:3-4; 50:24). God's covenant with the patriarchs is foundational to other covenants in the Bible. The covenantal relationship between God and Abraham establishes a theological framework for redemptive relationships throughout the Bible and in Christian theology. The covenant was necessary to maintain the right kind of relationship with God. The promises were central and eternal. But the covenant taught the patriarchal believers what was expected from them in their relationship with God: "I am God Almighty; walk before me and be blameless" (Genesis 17:1)/ We cling to the promises of God. But we must also understand that knowing and loving Him means following his ways (John 14:15).