Many of the favorite stories of the Bible are in Genesis including:

1.Creation
2.God loves people
3.Sin Kills
4.Rescue Announced
5.Noah—Flood
6.Abraham & Sarah
7.Isaac & Rebekah
8.Jacob's big family
9.Joseph

 

 

Abrahams Family Tree:

(Genesis 11;25:7)

Noah: **950 yrs

Shem: **427 yrs

Arphaxad: *35, **438

Salah: *30 yrs, **433 yrs

Eber: *34 yrs, 464 yrs

Peleg: *30 yrs, **239 yrs

Reu: *32 yrs, **239 yrs

Serug: *30 yrs, **230 yrs

Nahor: *29yrs, **148 yrs

Terah: *70, **205 yrs

Abraham: *100,**175 yrs

 

* age when son was born

** age at death

 

 

 

When God called Abraham to a new land—

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.

—Hebrews 11:8 NKJV

 

When God told Abraham to offer his son Isaac—

By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, 18 of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called,” 19 concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.

—Hebrews 11:8 NKJV

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Genesis part 6

Abraham & Sarah

God Looks for a Friend

Even after God cleansed the earth by the flood, generation after generation people again polluted the world with sin. God created people to have fellowship with and to be friends with. He longed for true friendship on the earth—someone to trust and who would trust Him‚ someone to talk with and who would enjoy being in His presence.

 

God must have seen something in Abram, even though his dad's occupation was making idols. God called to him, and Abram responded.

Now the LORD had said to Abram:
“Get out of your country,
From your family
And from your father’s house,
To a land that I will show you.
2 I will make you a great nation;
I will bless you
And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you,
And I will *curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

—Genesis 12:1-3 NKJV

God's Friend

Abram had faith in God and moved from Ur of the Chaldees to Canaan (what is now Israel). Because Abram responded to God, he became God's friend.

Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God .

—James 2:23 NKJV

God changed his friend Abram's name to Abraham, which means, "Father of many nation." And in this friendship a covenant was made between God and Abraham. God proclaimed wonderful blessings on Abraham, including that in him all the families of the earth would be blessed. Although Abraham was childless at the time, God promised him a son and and that his seed would be blessed.

 

Abraham's Son of Promise

When Abraham was 100 and Sarah was 90 years old, their long awaited son, Isaac, was born, because they believed what God had told them.

 

The Ultimate Faith Test

Years later Abraham went through another huge test, when God asked him to sacrifice his son, Isaac. Even though it was a very strange request, Abraham trusted his friend God. As they went up Mt Moriah (possibly Mt. Calvary) Isaac asked his dad,

“Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”
8 And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together.
9 Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. 10 And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.
11 But the Angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!”
So he said, “Here I am.”
12 And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”
13 Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 And Abraham called the name of the place, The-LORD-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the LORD it shall be provided.”

—Genesis 22:7-14 NKJV

Abraham took Isaac up the mountain to sacrifice him, but a voice called out to stop him and God provided a ram for the sacrifice instead. God realized that Abraham trusted him totally with his son.

15 Then the Angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, 16 and said: “By Myself I have sworn, says the LORD, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son— 17 blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. 18 In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”

—Genesis 22:15-18 NKJV

Abraham was very blessed and became very rich. When God declared to Abraham:

And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

—Genesis 12:1-3 NKJV

God was saying that Abraham's descendant would bless the whole world. The Rescuer (also known as the Messiah), Jesus Christ, is Abraham's descendant.

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