Your assignment this week is to read Genesis 12-25. The main focus of these chapters is the life of Abram/Abraham. Please read these chapters carefully and respond to the following questions:

Your assignment this week is to read Genesis 12-25. The main focus of these chapters is the life of Abram/Abraham. Please read these chapters carefully and respond to the following questions:

Your assignment this week is to read Genesis 12-25. The main focus of these chapters is the life of Abram/Abraham. Please read these chapters carefully and respond to the following questions:

  1. What exactly are the components of the promise from God to Abram/Abraham? List at least three specific components. Note that the promise is reiterated multiple times in Genesis 12-25, sometimes in different ways. Use the precise language that the Bible uses to describe the parts of the promise.
  2. How is the promise tested or jeopardized in the narratives of Genesis 12-25? List at least three occasions in which the promise seemed on the brink of failure.
  3. How does the promise to Abram/Abraham pick up themes and important terminology from Genesis 1-3 and Genesis 11? Look for specific vocabulary items from the promise to Abram/Abraham (the information you found in question 1 above) that occur in these earlier chapters and list them. [Note: By showing how the promise to Abram/Abraham picks up earlier themes, you are highlighting the narrative continuity of Genesis 1-25.]

Abram/Abraham

God made a promise to Abraham that had three components. God appeared to Abraham and made Him a promise that he would leave the county and go to the land that God would show him. In Genesis 12:1, “Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee.” Abraham left his home country of birth and settled in Ur, where God showed him. The second promise was that God would multiply the descendants of Abraham, and they would be as numerous as the stars of the sky despite Abraham being childless. Genesis 15: 1, “I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.” The third promise was that Abraham would be the father of many, as God asserted in Genesis 17:2, “…and will multiply thee exceedingly.” The central to the promises was that the children of Abraham would be a blessing to all the earth’s families.

The first instance was when Abraham was promised that He would multiply his descendant, and yet Abraham had no heir by then. He was old, and his wife Sarah was barren. The promise seemed not to make sense to Abraham at the time. However, the promise became a reality after the birth of Abraham’s son Isaac. Just when he thought the promise had been fulfilled, God told him to sacrifice his only son, making the promise seem to be in the blink of failure. The promise of land seemed not to be true when some of the lands were given to Lot. Later, Abraham was given more extensive land.

The promise to Abraham picks up themes and important terminology form genesis 1-3 and genesis 11. Abraham became the father of the chosen generation, just like Adam in Genesis 1 was the man’s generation’s father. Like the way Abraham was shown the promised, Adam was created and shown a land on which to settle. The specific vocabularies are the promised land, the father of many and the promise of having many descendants.

References

King James version. (2014). The holy bible: King James version. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson.

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