Contributed on Jan 1, 2021
Abraham' first appears in Scripture as Abram, son of Terah, born in Ur of the Chaldees. He received a message from the LORD and obeyed Him. His journey from Ur to Canaan wasn't the end of the journey!
Introduction: One of the most important human figures in the entire Bible is Abraham. We know more of his later years than his early years, but even so, his story is fascinating. He had no written copies of the Scriptures, as far as we know, but he had faith and for him that was enough. These ...read more
Contributed on Jan 4, 2021
Abram had obeyed God and moved his household to the land of Canaan. While there, he experienced the first severe test of his new faith. How did he respond to this challenge?
Introduction: Abram had left Ur of the Chaldees and was now living in the land of Canaan. He had settled, at least for the time being, south of Bethel and Ai. The exact location is not given in the text. When a real problem came, Abram experienced his first significant test of faith. How would he ...read more
Contributed on Jan 6, 2021
Lot and Abram, plus their respective households, separated from one another. Lot and his group chose to settle near Sodom. War broke out and Lot was captured. Abram came and rescued him!
Introduction: After Abram and his household were ordered to leave Egypt, they returned to Canaan. Genesis 13 describes how Abram and Lot both realized there wasn’t enough room (and probably food) for both of them to live together. Abram gave Lot the first choice and said that he would go in the ...read more
Contributed on Jan 13, 2021
The LORD had promised Abram and Sarai a child. After ten additional years, and no child, they decided to help God out. The results weren't exactly what they expected.
Introduction: Genesis 15 has the story where Abram asked God a question after God had told him, “I am your shield and your exceedingly great reward (Gen. 15:1, paraphrased). Abram’s question was “What will You give me? I’m childless, and the only heir I have is Eliezer of Damascus (Gen 15:2, ...read more
Contributed on Jan 18, 2021
Abraham saw three Visitors near his tent. How he, Sarah, and the Visitors interacted makes for a very interesting story. One of these Visitors had a special message for Abraham and for Sarah.
Introduction: Genesis 17 describes two events in Abram’s life which took place after Ishamel was born. First, God appeared to him and revealed another of His Names as “the Almighty God” or “El Shaddai”. Then, God established a covenant (firm and binding contract) with Abram, God changed Abram’s ...read more
Contributed on Jan 22, 2021
Abraham and his household moved to another area. What happened when they met this new king looks very similar to something they had tried many years before. It didn't work in this new location, either.
Introduction: After the events of Genesis 19, Abraham left Mamre/Hebron and journeyed southwest towards the Mediterranean Sea. He entered the land of the Philistines and settled at Gerar, between Kadesh and Shur. While there, he told the same lie about Sarah; only to a different king (compare this ...read more
Contributed on Jan 27, 2021
Isaac, the son of Abraham and Sarah in their old age, was finally born! Sometime later, Abraham prepared a great feast to celebrate a milestone in Isaac's life. Something happened, and some found they had to leave. For good.
Introduction: Abraham must have dearly loved Ishmael, his first-born son. Abraham had watched Ishmael grow to young manhood, even making sure he was circumcised along with Abraham and every male in the household. But now, something was about to happen, and Ishmael along with Hagar, his mother, were ...read more
Contributed on Jan 29, 2021
Abraham was told to make a special offering. He didn't want to do it, but he didn't want to disobey the LORD, either. What could he do? What did he do?
Introduction: Several years have come and gone since Isaac was weaned (Genesis 21) and this encounter. Abraham had made a number of altars and had offered several sacrifices since he had come to Canaan, but this was an offering he didn’t want to make. Even so, he obeyed God and received a reward ...read more
Contributed on Feb 3, 2021
The last years of Abraham's life have less coverage than his middle years, between leaving Ur and settling in Beersheba. Even so, several events happened, so let's take a last look at Abraham's live
Introduction: Abraham, like most Bible characters, had his high and low points. The highest point, arguably, would be the episode where he was commanded to offer Isaac as a burnt offering but was stopped before he actually did so (Genesis 22). The last years of Abraham’s life don’t have much ...read more