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Christian Script - Abraham
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In Genesis 12:1-3, what is God asking Abram to do, and what does He promise in return?
God asks Abram to leave his land, his kindred (or extended family) and his father's house. In return, God promises to bless him with land, a great name or dynasty, and a line of descendants that will bring about a blessing for all the families of the earth.
Looking at Genesis 12:4 - 5, does Abram obey God's request?
Lot is Abram's nephew and he takes him. (Gn 12:5). This goes against God's command! God asked Abram to leave his kindred behind (Gn 12:2).
Small details in Scripture can mean big things. One small detail in this passage is that Abram brings Lot with him. Who is Lot, and does bringing Lot along go against God's command?
Lot is Abram's nephew. Abram brings Lot because he has no children: At 75 years old, his biggest fear is that he will have no heir (despite the fact that, for any of God's three promises to come about, He would need to give Abram a son). Lot was likely Abram's backup plan in case God's promises didn't work out. He may think that, if he holds onto Lot, he can still have a surrogate son.
Why do you think Abram brings Lot anyway?
First, remember that Abram has no descendants: If he remains childless, none of God's promises will be possible. He will have no one to carry on his name or inheritance, two very important concerns for the people of Abram's time. So what is Abram doing? As one study suggests, he is trying to be faithful to God AND his own plan (Tim Gray and Jeff Cavins, Walking with God 34 - 36). Lot is Abram's "exit strategy" or "security blanket," just in case God's promises don't work out. Abram is keeping his options open by bringing Lot, a kind of surrogate son. He is being faithful, but he is also covering his bases.
What does Sarai tell Abram to do?
She tells him to sleep with her maid, Hagar, in order to start a line of descendants.
Abram has been walking with God for a while now. By sleeping with Hagar, what do you think Abram was trying to do?
It is another instance of coming up with an alternative plan, taking matters into his own hands instead of waiting upon the Lord to act. He's not quite "all-in" yet.
What does God tell Abram, now Abraham, that he must do as part of this covenant, and why is this a fitting action after his sin with Hagar?
He and his entire household must be circumcised. Abram's punishment is given where the crime was committed. God wants Abraham to remember where he failed in trust — and so He gives a sign, with Abraham's own body, as a reminder that he should not repeat the same action again.
CLIMAX: ABRAHAM'S FINAL TEST: In Genesis 22:1-18, what does God ask Abraham to do in this passage?
He asks Abraham to kill Isaac — to sacrifice him as a burnt offering.
When Isaac asks Abraham about the lamb to be sacrificed, how does Abraham respond and what does this response tell us about Abraham?
Abraham says, "God will provide Himself the lamb." An internal change has taken place within Abraham. With strengthened trust, he now fully believes that God will provide and that, somehow, He will fulfill the promises He has made.
After Abraham proves his trust, God makes His third and final covenant with Abraham. What does He promise?
God promises that all nations will be blessed through Abraham's line of descendants. Through Abraham's seed, the whole world will be invited into the covenant family of God (through Christian baptism).
Who was Abraham's father? Who were sis siblings?
Terah; Nahor and Haran
Who is Abraham the descendant of?
Shem, Noah's son
Who is Abraham's first son?
Ishmael; his descendants became a nation - the Arab people
Who is Abraham's second son?
Does Abraham sacrifice Isaac?
No - God stops Abraham before he can kill Isaac. It was all just a test of Abraham's faith in God.
Who is Abraham's wife?
Who is the mother of Ishmael?
Hagar, Sarai's wife
What are the three covenants Abraham made with God?
First covenant was for God to reveal himself (Abraham was to leave his family, land and wealth bu would gain a great home, great nation, and worldliness blessing in his descendants); second covenant was of Circumcision; third was that all nations would be blessed though Abraham's line of descendants.
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