Week Four

WEEK FOUR

Lands and peoples at the time of Abraham (See Genesis 11)

GOD CALLS ABRAHAM

  • Abram (later called Abraham) was commanded by God to leave Babylonia, a land of false religion (Genesis 11-12). God promised him great blessings and a future inheritance in a new land called the land of promise. This is Canaan or Palestine.
  • Abram’s obedience and faith were remarkable. He became the pattern for all who want to please God. Because he believed in God and not in himself, God counted him as righteous (Romans 4:12-13 and 19-25).
  • Abram’s faith was later demonstrated by his actions. But God made the promises before the ‘works’ were done.

DAILY READINGS & NOTES – WEEK FOUR

Day 1: Genesis 11 Notice how God selected the family of Shem, a son of Noah, leading up to Abram (verses 10-26).
Day 2: Genesis 12 God made seven vital promises to Abram (verses 2-3) which He will keep. They affect all nations (verse 3) and are the essence of the gospel (Galatians 3:8).
Day 3: Genesis 13 More promises (verses 14-17) involving the eternal inheritance of the land of Canaan.
Day 4: Genesis 14 Melchizedek (verses 18-20) was a king and priest. Jesus too will be an immortal king and priest in Jerusalem.
Day 5: Genesis 15 Abram was counted righteous because he had FAITH in God’s promises (verse 6). God foretold that Abram’s descendants would become slaves (verses 13-14).
Day 6: Genesis 17 God’s promises were renewed (verses 1-8) and Abram’s name was changed to Abraham (a father of many nations).
Day 17: Genesis 19 God is still concerned about the moral condition of the world, as He was in the time of Lot. (See Luke 17: 28-32). Homosexuality is not acceptable to God (Genesis 18: 20).