About Genesis 12-23
Chapters 1-11 set us up with the necessary background for the next 38 chapters, as well as the entire Bible. Chapters 12-50 focus on one main family line- Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and his sons.
God Blesses Abram
The LORD said to Abram, “And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.” He also said that in Abram, all the families of the earth would be blessed.
God Promises Abram a Son
Abram is upset that he has no biological heir to the throne. The LORD reassured him. He told him he would have a son and brought him out to count the stars. He tells Abram that his offspring will be as hard to count as the stars. Abram believed the LORD and it was counted to him as righteousness. Later on, Sarai laughs at the idea of them having a son at their age.
Sarai, flustered by not having any children of her own, gives Hagar (her female servant) to Abram and tells him to sleep with her so that she could obtain children from her. This happened and Hagar conceived a child. Sarai got angry and sent her away. After seeing an angel, Hagar returns and gives birth to Ishmael.
Sodom and Gomorrah Destroyed
We’ve likely heard of Sodom and Gomorrah, but it’s interesting to take a closer read in chapters 18 and 19. These chapters show God’s righteous wrath against sin and his mercy in rescuing the godly from the destruction
Abraham Sacrifices Isaac
As promised, Abraham and Sarah (read about their name changes in Chapter 17) give birth to a son , Isaac. After all of that, God tested Abraham by telling him to offer Isaac as a burnt offering. Abraham listened and knew that the LORD would provide a burnt offering, even if it was Isaac. The LORD sees that Abraham is faithful and provides him with a ram as well as another promise about his countless offspring to come.
The Genealogies of Genesis
Thoughts to Ponder
Where do you see patience being displayed throughout these chapters?
The word “Christophany” means the foreshadow of manifestation of Christ. So it’s basically when we see parallel’s to Christ’s life or Christ Himself throughout Scripture before or after He walked on this earth. We can see examples of these in these chapters. For example, Abraham and Sarah were not supposed to be able to have a baby, just like Mary and Joseph. But the LORD delivered greatly for both of them. Can you find any other examples?
How do we hear God today when we don’t necessarily have angels appearing to us all the time, telling us what to do? Think about the differences of what we have today versus what they had back then to help you answer this question.