Bible Stories for Adults
God Makes a Covenant with Abram
Genesis 12:1-3; 15:1-21; Hebrews 11:8
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If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3:29
Father of the Jews? (Galatians 3)
Who did the Jews consider as their father?
What, if any, relationship do Christians have with Abraham?
Why is it important that we are officially considered as children of Abraham?
What does it means to be heirs of Abraham's promise?
Abram's Family Tree (Genesis 11:27-32)
Who were the members of Abram's family?
How was Abram related to Sarai other than marriage?
Did this family stay in Ur of the Chaldeans?
The Call (Genesis 12:1-3)
Did God want this family to stay in Haran?
What did God promise Abram in response for his obedience?
How were all nations blessed through Abram?
Matthew 1:1, 17
Was Abram selected because he was righteous or devout?
Abram's Response (Genesis 12:4-6)
What was Abram's response to God's call?
How was he able to leave everything he knew at such an old age?
What questions, explanations and details did Abram ask of God?
Another Promise (Genesis 12:7-8)
What new promise did God give after Abram obeyed His first command?
Why was offspring a significant part of God's promise?
How could someone so old become a father?
Was it any easier for Abraham to have this faith than for us?
Was God giving this land to Abram at this time?
How did Abram show his faithfulness to God?
Promises to Abraham (Genesis 12-25)
What promises did God make to Abram when He called him?
What was Abraham's responsibility under this agreement?
What did God promise after Abram let Lot choose his land?
What did God promise Abram after he rescued Lot and gave a tithe? (Gen 14)
What promise did God make the year before Isaac was born, when Abram was 99 years old?
What promise did God make to Abraham after he obeyed the command to sacrifice Isaac?
What did Abraham have to do in order to receive these promises?
Absolute & Unbreakable guarantee of a man's word; Bound two parties together as one
Very serious & solemn - Reserved for only special & critical agreements
Three large animals split down the spine
Halves placed on the ground opposite each other
Parties exchanged coats - exchange of authority, What I have is yours
Trail of blood between the halves was called the Way of Blood
May this happen to me if I break this covenant
Exchanged weapons - My strength is yours, Your enemies are mine
Ate a covenant meal of bread & wine together (Bread for flesh, wine for blood)
Walked twice through the Way of Blood
Met each other in the center
Stated pledges of agreement - the Blessing of the Covenant
Cut hands & wrists - the Cut of the Covenant
Curse for breaking the covenant was pronounced
Parties swore by their god, making him a third party
Bound wrists together to intermingle the blood
Joined names together
Represented willingness to lay down lives for each other
God's Covenant with Abram (Genesis 15)
How did God guarantee his covenant with Abram?
Did both Abram and God walk through the Way of Blood?
Genesis 15:12, 17
What was significant about the smoking firepot and flaming torch?
Exodus 13:21 (Ex 3:2; 19:18; Acts 2:3)
How did God guarantee His covenant with us?
How did Jesus act as the Way of Blood?
God Confirms His Covenant (Genesis 17:1-8)
What did God do around 15 years later to remind Abram of His covenant?
Why did God change Abram's name to Abraham?
Abram / Abraham
What was Abraham's responsibility under this covenant?
Genesis 17:9-10, 14
How long did it take Abraham to complete what God commanded?
Justified by Circumcision? (Romans 4)
Was Abraham justified (deemed righteous) & blessed because of his circumcision?
Are God's promises to Abraham's descendants only to the Jews (circumcised)?
How did Abraham receive the promise? By obeying the law?
How can we be heirs to the promises God made to Abraham?
How can righteousness be credited to us?
God's Covenant Through Sarah (Genesis 17:15-16)
Why did God change Sarai's name to Sarah?
How did this differ from Abraham's understanding of God's plan?
Sarai / Sarah
Why did God wait until Abraham & Sarah were old before bringing Isaac?
How had God introduced Himself to Abram, and why?
What is the significance of circumcision instituted before Isaac?
Abram's Family Tree
| +---- Milcah
Terah-------+---- Haran-+---- Iscah
| +---- Lot
+---- Sarai (barren)
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