Genesis 12:1 – 22:1

Read Genesis 12:1 – 22:1

Notable Verses:

  • After this, the word of the Lord cam to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” (Genesis 15:1)
  • Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness. (Genesis 15:6)
  • “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” (Genesis 18:14)

Main Ideas:

  • God isn’t opposed to being asked questions as long as we believe His answers.
  • God values obedience and faith.
  • God is Almighty.
  • Nothing is too hard for the Lord.
  • God grants requests.
  • God is against adultery.
  • God keeps His promises.

Interesting Concepts:

To Name Means to Own: In the ancient Near East, to name someone or something (as God did for Abram/Abraham and Sarai/Sarah) meant to claim them as one’s own. (Hudson, 15).

Abraham Laughed, Too: It has been popularly noted that Sarah laughed to herself when she was told she would bear a child in her old age (Gen. 18:12). However, Abraham laughed, too. In fact, he laughed at the notion while speaking to God (Gen. 17:17). Sarah was called out on her laughter (Gen. 18:13), Abraham was not.

God Protects from Sin to Limited Extent: When Abimelech was offered Sarah under false pretenses, God said, “I know you did this with a clear conscience, and so I have kept you from sinning against me. That is why I did not let you touch her.” (Gen. 20:6) Once Abimelech learns the truth, God puts the responsibility of his fate in his own hands by saying, “Now return the man’s wife… If you do not return her, you may be sure that you and all yours will die.”

Bible Words:

  • El-Shaddai means God Almighty in Hebrew.

My Questions:

What’s the difference between being tested and being tempted? James 1:13 states that God does not tempt. Genesis 22:1 shows that God does test His servants. How can we differeniate a test of faith from a temptation, if such a differentiation exists.

And that concludes the summary of my in-depth Bible study.

Any thoughts? Feel free to share in the comment section!

*Rae


Sources

  • Hudson, Christopher D. The 40-day Bible Adventure A Fascinating Journey to Understanding God’s Word. N.p.: Value, 2015. Print.
  • New Women’s Devotional Bible (NIV). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2006. Print.
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15 thoughts on “Genesis 12:1 – 22:1

  1. Good thoughts, Rae. God will never tempt us to sin or turn away from His word. A temptation is something that could draw us away from God if we allow it to become a reality. Jesus was tempted by Satan when He spent 40 days in the wilderness, and He came out strong. There is nothing wrong with being tempted as long as we don’t act on the temptation. But temptation does not come from God.

    A test, on the other hand, is something God allows into our life to strengthen our faith. There are many places in the Bible where it says God tested people. I believe God will allow the test, but I am not sure that God causes the test. Maybe someone else much smarter than me can answer that one. Tests can either come from our own decisions, or can come from others, or from the enemy. God will use these tests to build our faith if we will carefully listen to His advice and follow His direction to get out of the test. Often, we rely on our own understanding to try and get out of tests, and then God will allow a similar test until we get the message. That is why sometimes you can go through the same hing over and over again.

    God is always good, so we can know that any test that comes our way will turn out good if we trust Him and lean on Him (Proverbs 3:5-6). You can bank on that!

    Hope this helps.

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  2. Thank you for your insight on the matter, Pete! I think you’re right on the mark. I kind of intuitively felt that a temptation is an event with a potential negative outcome, while a test is an event with a potential positive outcome. You’ve given me more to consider. Thanks so much!

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  3. We tend to think of “testing” as an academic exercise, a way for a teacher to measure what the students have learned. An earlier meaning of “testing” is refining–metal is tested to remove impurities and to strengthen it. God never tempts us to sin, but he does test us, putting us through the fire to strengthen us and to remove what does not belong in our lives. (After all, God knows everything–he does not have to test us in the academic sense.) J.

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  4. Interesting study and discussion here! I agree with all comments so far re: tempting and testing so won’t repeat. I never noticed that Abraham laughed too and God didn’t respond yet questioned Sarah when she laughed…would like to know what others think? But I love the idea they named their son Isaac, which means “laughter”!

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  5. Lynn, Thanks for your comment! I have a hunch that Abraham and Sarah were good-hearted people who enjoyed laughter. I love that their son was named Isaac for, “laughter,” too! I don’t think their laughter was a means of mockery toward the Lord. I don’t think He interpretted as such, either. Because He chose to bless *both* Abraham and Sarah.

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  6. The evil is rooted in the human heart. Jesus says,”For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, and slander.” We daily face common situations when we sin by giving in to temptation. Angry with your brother (murder), looking at a woman with lustful eyes (adultery) etc. God does not tempt us, but his test comes by allowing us to struggle with temptation. Realizing through our constant failures that we cannot measure up to God’s standards, we will be driven by faith into Jesus’ merciful arms.

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  7. “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” Last night similar words from Jeremiah came into me while lying in bed, “Is anything too difficult for me?” These words are water from an unstoppable fountain of life. Thank you for posting them.

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  8. seekinglord says:

    I think the reason is because Abraham may have laughed in joy with instant belief but Sarah laughed in incredulity of the thought. You’re right I also didn’t notice till now that Abraham laughed as well.

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  9. In Greek, “to test” and “to tempt” are the same word; it is a matter of context, which is true when translating from one language into another. This is also the reason for numerous English translations–different contextual and idiomatic interpretations. As previously stated, “to tempt” is to lure someone away from the correct path, while “to test” is to learn if someone will remain on the correct path. Yes, metal is “tested” by fire to remove impurities. However, once the metal is removed from the fire, it is placed in water to cool and then swung toward an object for testing. If it does not break, then it was pure and true. If it broke, then impurities still remained and imperfect.

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