Read Genesis 12:1 – 22:1
- 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)
- 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.
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.”
- El-Shaddai means God Almighty in Hebrew.
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!
- 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.