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Genesis 12-25


The life of Abraham
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Genesis 12-25

The life of Abraham
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Genesis 12:1-3
The Lord had said to
Abram, "Leave your
country, your people and
your father's household
and go to the land I will
show you.
"I will make you into a
great nation and I will
bless you; ...and all
peoples on earth will be
blessed through you."
The Call
– a leaving behind
– a legacy promised
– a living God
Matthew 11:1
A record of the genealogy
of Jesus Christ the son of
David, the son of Abraham:
The Call
– a leaving behind
– a legacy promised
– a living God
Galatians 3:14
He redeemed us in order
that the blessing given to
Abraham might come to
the Gentiles through Christ
Jesus, so that by faith we
might receive the promise
of the Spirit.
The Call
– a leaving behind God
– a legacy promised
– a living God
The Call
– a leaving behind God
– a legacy promised
– a ludicrous choice
– a living God
Genesis 12:1-3
The Lord had said to
Abram, "Leave your
country, your people and
your father's household
and go to the land I will
show you.
"I will make you into a
great nation and I will
bless you; ...and all
peoples on earth will be
blessed through you."
The Covenant
– two households
become one
– for protection &
provision
– lasted a lifetime
A Covenant:
Genesis 14:1-2
At this time Amraphel king
of Shinar, Arioch king of
Ellasar, Kedorlaomer king
of Elam and Tidal king of
Goiim went to war against
Bera king of Sodom, Birsha
king of Gomorrah, Shinab
king of Admah, Shemeber
king of Zeboiim, and the
king of Bela (that is, Zoar).
The Covenant
– “shield”
Protection:
Genesis 15:1
After this, the word of the
Lord came to Abram in a
vision: "Do not be afraid,
Abram. I am your shield,
your very great reward."
Provision:
– “reward"
The Covenant
– “shield”
Protection:
Genesis 15:2
But Abram said, "O
Sovereign Lord, what can
you give me since I remain
childless and the one who
will inherit my estate is
Eliezer of Damascus?"
Provision:
– “reward"
The Covenant
– “shield”
Protection:
Genesis 15:5
He took him outside and
said, "Look up at the
heavens and count the
stars--if indeed you can
count them." Then he said
to him, "So shall your
offspring be."
Provision:
– “reward"
The Covenant
We enter into God’s
promise by FAITH
alone.
Genesis 15:6
Abram believed the Lord,
and he credited it to him
as righteousness.
The Covenant
We enter into God’s
promise by FAITH
alone.
Romans 4:23-24
The words "it was credited
to him" were written not
for him alone,
but also for us, to whom
God will credit
righteousness--for us who
believe in him who raised
Jesus our Lord from the
dead.
The Covenant
We enter into God’s
promise by FAITH
alone.
Ephesians 2:8
For it is by grace you have
been saved, through faith--
and this not from yourselves,
it is the gift of God--
The Covenant
Genesis 15:9
So the Lord said to him,
"Bring me a heifer, a goat
and a ram, each three years
old, along with a dove and a
young pigeon."
The Covenant
Genesis 15:10
Abram brought all these to
him, cut them in two and
arranged the halves opposite
each other; the birds,
however, he did not cut in
half.
The Covenant
Genesis 15:17
When the sun had set and
darkness had fallen, a
smoking firepot with a
blazing torch appeared ....
– God was the other
partner!
The Covenant
Genesis 15:17
When the sun had set and
darkness had fallen, a
smoking firepot with a
blazing torch appeared and
passed between the pieces.
– God sealed the deal
– God did it all!
– God was the other
partner!
The Covenant
Genesis 15:18
On that day the Lord made a
covenant with Abram ...
– God sealed the deal
– God did it all!
– God was the other
partner!
The Covenant
– new name
Two signs
Genesis 17:5
No longer will you be
called Abram; your name
will be Abraham, for I have
made you a father of many
nations.
The Covenant
– new name
– new scar
Two signs
Genesis 17:11-12
You are to undergo circumcision,
and it will be the sign of the
covenant between me and you.
For the generations to come
every male among you who is
eight days old must be
circumcised, including those born
in your household or bought with
money from a foreigner--those
who are not your offspring.
The Covenant
– God’s PACE is different to ours
– God’s PLAN is different to ours
Just an aside
The Consequence
Genesis 22:12b
" Now I know that you fear
God, because you have not
withheld from me your son,
your only son.”

– The old way was over
– Abraham was totally
secure in God
The Consequence
Genesis 22:12a
"Do not lay a hand on the
boy," he said. "Do not do
anything to him.
– The old way was over
– God did it all!
– Abraham was totally
confident in God
Grace notes …
Ephesians 2:13
But now in Christ Jesus you
who once were far away
have been brought near
through the blood of Christ.
– The blood that sealed
the covenant
Grace notes …
John 1:14
The Word became flesh and
made his dwelling among us.
We have seen his glory, the
glory of the One and Only,
who came from the Father,
full of grace and truth.

– The way God sealed
the covenant
– The blood that sealed
the covenant
Grace notes …
2 Corinthians 5:21
God made him who had no
sin to be sin for us, so that in
him we might become the
righteousness of God.
– The way God sealed
the covenant
– The blood that sealed
the covenant
Grace notes …
John 20:20
After he said this, he showed
them his hands and side. The
disciples were overjoyed
when they saw the Lord.
– The way God sealed
the covenant
– The scar
– The blood that sealed
the covenant
Grace notes …
John 1:29
The next day John saw Jesus
coming toward him and said,
"Look, the Lamb of God, who
takes away the sin of the
world!
– The way God sealed
the covenant
– The scar
– The blood that sealed
the covenant
– The lamb provided
Grace notes …
Luke 23:33
When they came to the
place called the Skull, there
they crucified him, along
with the criminals--one on
his right, the other on his
left.
– The way God sealed
the covenant
– The scar
– The blood that sealed
the covenant
– The lamb provided
– The place the lamb
was found
Grace notes …
Hebrews 11:19
Abraham reasoned that God
could raise the dead, and
figuratively speaking, he did
receive Isaac back from
death.
– The way God sealed
the covenant
– The scar
– The blood that sealed
the covenant
– The lamb provided
– The place the lamb
was found
– The resurrection
pondered
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