This week as we continue our journey, we will zoom into the life of one family that the Lord called out to set them apart for His purposes. His first promise to Abraham (then Abram) was that He, God would bless him so that through him all the rest of the whole world would be blessed too. God’s exact words in Genesis 12:2-3 (NIV) were:
“I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.”
This week, we will see how this promise plays out over and over again in the lives of Abraham, his son Isaac and his grandson Jacob. We will see that God continues to reach out and remind His people of His promises so that they may not lose heart in the midst of what may seem like hopeless circumstances.
Next week, we will zoom into the generations after Jacob. You can get a head start again via the video clip found here produced by The Bible Project team. It’s only 5:06 minutes in length and also here below:
And this how I would like to summarize this week’s passage:
Promise keeping God paves the way to redeem fallen humanity, working lovingly through the lives of those whom He has chosen.
Weekly Reading Plan
And if you want to read more during the week, here is the weekly plan…feel free to read only as much as you have time for:
(again you get two “free days” in case you fall behind and have to catch up).
If you want to dig deeper here are some of my suggestions:
- First read the full text as per my suggestion from Genesis 12-35. It is up to you if you want to break it up into chunks or read it all in one sitting.
- As you read, make a note each instance that God reaches out Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and either gives them a new covenant/promise or reminds them of His promise to them.
- Read Hebrews 11:8-22 and see how the Hebrew writer praises these Patriarchs for their faith. While you read the account of their stories in Genesis, does it actually look like they had much faith? Not really. In fact, their flaws are on clear display for us all to see. Yet in spite of their shortcomings, God through His faithfulness, gave them just enough faith to hold on to His promises so that today we can take heart from their journey of Faith.
- Finally, if you are into reading through the whole Bible in a year, then in addition to reading the Genesis texts, if you also read Psalms 4-6, then you should be covered.
Well, this is it for week 2.
Yes, quite a bit more information to chew on and to read….but come on, you can do it.
Again, as I mentioned before we started, there is no pressure to spend a lot of time on this journey…just do what feels comfortable for you with the amount of time you have. My prayer is that you will be blessed as you seek the Lord and His Word more in your life.
Happy Bible Learning!