Bible Stories for Adults
God Makes a Covenant With Abraham
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For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ.
And so through Him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God. 2 Corinthians 1:20
Promises to Abraham (Genesis 12-15)
What promises did God make to Abram when He called him?
What was Abraham's responsibility under this agreement, and did he fulfill it?
Genesis 12:1, 4
What did God promise after Abram let Lot choose the choice land?
What did God promise Abram after he rescued Lot and gave a tithe? (Genesis 14)
Blessed Abram (Genesis 15:2-6)
Did Abram get to see God's promises to him fulfilled?
Hebrews 11:8-9, 13
Did God fulfill any of His promises during Abram's life?
Did Abram feel fully blessed?
How did God respond to Abram's confusion and doubt?
Did this help or did Abram continue to doubt?
Was Abram considered righteous because he obeyed God's instructions?
Romans 3:10, 20
Then why was he considered righteous?
Did Abram's good works and obedience help earn this righteousness at least a little?
How does Paul explain this in a summary of the gospel?
God's Covenant with Abram (Genesis 15)
Did Abram have any further doubts after God restated His promise of descendants?
How were pledges and promises formalized in the days of the patriarchs?
Genesis 31:44-45, 48-50
Blood Covenant - Used as an absolute and unbreakable guarantee of critical agreements
Bound two parties together as one
Very serious & solemn - Reserved for only special & critical agreements
3 large animals split down the spine, halves spread on ground opposite each other
"May this happen to me if I break this covenant"
Parties exchanged coats - exchange of authority, What I have is yours
Exchanged weapons - My strength is yours, Your enemies are mine
Met each other in the center
Walked twice through The Way of Blood - Trail of blood between halves
The Blessing of the Covenant - Stated pledges of agreement
The Cut of the Covenant - Cut hands & wrists, bound together to intermingle blood
Pronounced a curse for breaking the covenant
Parties swore by their god, making him a third party
Joined names together
Ate a covenant meal of bread & wine together (Bread for flesh, wine for blood)
Represented willingness to lay down lives for each other
How did God show Abram how serious He was about His promises?
How did God make this a one-sided covenant where all Abram had to do was accept it?
What was The Blessing of the Covenant?
Genesis 15:13-16, 18
How did God handle the covenant ritual of walking twice through The Way of Blood?
What was the meaning behind the smoke and fire?
How did God guarantee His covenant with us?
Hebrews 7:22; 9:12
God's Covenants with His People
2 Samuel 7:8, 12-13
Jeremiah 31:31, 34
God Confirms His Covenant (Genesis 17:1-14)
What did God decide to do around 14 years after making this Blood Covenant with Abram?
How did God point out that this really was the time?
What promises did God confirm?
Abram / Abraham
Was this another one-sided covenant or did Abraham have a responsibility?
Genesis 17:9-10, 14
How long did it take Abraham to complete what God commanded?
God's Covenant Through Sarah (Genesis 17:15-19)
How did God point out that the life change was not only for Abraham?
How did this differ from Abraham's understanding of God's plan?
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?
Justified by Circumcision? (Romans 4)
Was Abraham justified (deemed righteous) & blessed because of 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?
Why did Abraham believe God's promise of offspring when he was past age?
How can righteousness be credited to us?
God Visits (Genesis 18:1-15)
How did Abraham recognize God among the three strangers?
How did Abraham react to this visit by God & angels?
What was God's message to Abraham?
How did Sarah respond to God's message?
Would Sarah's laughter or age (90) interfere with God's plan?
They Called Him Laughter (Genesis 17:19)
Isaac means laughter. Why did God pick such a name?
What other biblical birth was received skeptically?
Luke 1:31, 34-37
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