March 19, 2017
When we take time to dig deeper into God’s covenant with Abraham and his successors we cannot fail to understand the central role that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob play in Israel’s self-understanding and, by extension, our own self-understanding. God chooses Abraham, who responds in faith and perseveres it through trials and doubt until God delivers on His promise. In Abraham’s story, we begin to hear the rescue plan unfold in earnest. God begins to demonstrate His resolve by establishing His covenant with Abraham and expanding the plan to a family. The heart of that covenant is the promise of a home, a family in which we belong, and that God will show up. We begin to see God forging a path back to His original plan of: people, place and presence. Whether we realize it or not, this is what so many of us crave in our lives. We crave belonging in a family, a place we can call home and the security and blessing of being with someone we trust who will protect us and provide for us.
Questions for discussion:
· What do you think was the main point of Marlin’s message?
· Read Genesis 12:1-4: What lesson(s) do we learn from Abram’s interactions with God? What does this teach us about who God is?
· How big a “step of faith” was this for Abram?
· Who is this “Melchizidek” (Genesis 14:17-20) and why is He important to the future understanding of this story?
· Why do you think God changed Abram and Sarai’s names to Abraham and Sarah?
· What does the story of Abraham and the covenant tell us about God’s plan for us?
Do something about it:
Look for opportunities that are right in front of you. Where is God calling you to step out in faith (like Abraham)? In what areas is He calling you to “just believe” in His ability to provide for and protect you? Use these opportunities to accept and claim the promises of the covenant that God has made with you and all who believe.
Genesis 12-17; Hebrews 7; Jeremiah 31:30-33; Luke 22:19,20; Genesis 17:1-16; 1 Peter 2:9