Bible Time Period: Patriarchs
In the time of the Patriarchs, you called Abraham and promised his children land, a royal kingdom, and worldwide blessing: Help me to trust in your promises today.
Have you ever waited a long time for something? Today’s reading begins with a long-awaited birth: “The LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did to Sarah as he had promised.” The promised son, Isaac, arrives, and Abraham passes a dramatic test. Notice the paradox: It is only by giving up his son that Abraham can become the father of the nation that will bless the world.
The promises that God makes to Abraham in Genesis 12, 15, 17, and 22 and that He confirms by means of a binding covenant can be summarized as follows:
1. God will give Abraham many descendants and the land of Canaan to live in
2. God will build from them a royal nation (kingdom)
3. Abraham’s descendants will be the source of blessing to the entire world.
The rest of the Bible is in essence the unfolding of these promises under God’s faithful and loving care.
Name some of the things people trust God for in these chapters. Can you trust God? How do you know?
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