Summary: This is a study of the book of Genesis. Genesis and Revelation are two of the most disputed books in the Bible. The premise of this study is the foundation of creation.
Note: When doing a study on a book in the Bible you use a lot of resources. The major influence for me on this study of Genesis is The Genesis Record by Henry Morris.
With chapters 12 - 50 we come to a whole different part of the book of Genesis. Everything has begun to change. In Genesis 1-11 God is dealing with man on an universal basis. There are over 2000 yrs. covered in these chapters. If you were following the Bible by covenants you would have seen the Edenic, Adamic and Noahic Covenant completed. Now with the begining of chapter 12 we see the beginning of the Abrahamic covenant.
In chapters 12 - 50 we will see God deal with man more as one nation. No longer universally but by one nation. There are only 350 yrs. covered in these chapters. We see the begining of a nation the Nation of Israel.
Before we begin let us understand that God still does accept people other than Israelites into his kingdom. But they must become Israelites to be a part. There were some that did this. These were called Proselytes. Such as Rahab who his the two spies that were sent into the city of Jericho. She was and her family became proselytes. So let us begin looking into this book understanding what God is doing.
1. Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy
country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto
a land that I will shew thee:
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless
thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that
curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be
Here we see a three fold blessing that God is going to give to Abraham. Let us try to point them out. Can you notice them.
1. land- I will show you a land and it shall be yours
2. nation-make of him a Great nation and your name shall be great
3. blesing-you and all your families shall be blessed
How did God fulfill these promises to Abraham?
1. land-Had land in the Old Testament and New. Lost it. And now gained it back
2. nation-Still a great and powerful nation
3. blessing-God still blesses Israel
So why did God make these promises unto Abraham.
Romans 4:3-AV For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God,
and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
4. So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot
went with him: and Abram [was] seventy and five years old when he
departed out of Haran.
Hebrews 11:8-AV By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
Hebrews 11:16 But now they desire a better [country], that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
Does God ask us to leave it all whenever we are to become Christians?
So we see that Abarm, as he is known now, took up where he was and left and followed God blindly. Not knowing where God was going to lead him. Not knowing what was going to happen.