Back to Genesis!  We will spend 2 weeks reading Genesis.  Here is a list of what the next two weeks will bring:

  • The History of Abraham (12-25)
  • The History of Isaac (26-27)
  • The History of Jacob (28-39)
  • The History of Joseph (37-50)

Timeline: it is about 400 years after the flood.  Although we saw glimpses of Redemption in the first 11 Chapters, this is where the Covenant of the Messiah begins.  Covenant by the way means an agreement, a promise, a contact, an oath, that God will NOT break (if you read Gen 12-15 entry you will see that although God made the Covenant WITH Abram soon to be Abraham, he SWORE the Covenant between himself (God & God.  God KNOWs our sinful nature THEREFORE, God made a Covenant that COULD NOT BE BROKEN…EVER!! ..TO INFINITY AND BEYOND EVER) .

At the beginning of this section we will read about the Covenant with Abram soon to become Abraham.  The Abrahamic Covenant is unconditional.  God makes a Covenant with Abram/Abraham, then REPEATS the Covenant with Abraham’s son Isaac, then REPEATS it a third time with Abraham’s grandson Jacob. This is why we will see throughout the Bible “The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers”.  (It is noted 17 times in the NIV).

This promise to Abraham in short says:

  1. You will inherit the land of Canaan
  2. You will become a great nation
  3. You will be a blessing to ALL nations

This Promise is the foundation for the rest of the Bible.

God will call Abraham to go from Ur to Canaan (recall Ham’s family from Noah, Ham was the cursed son and his family was called the Canaanites)  Abraham will have a son Isaac, then a grandson Jacob, the Lord will change Jacob’s name in Chapter 32 to Israel.  Jacob (called Israel) will have 12 sons, known as the 12 Tribes of Israel, or as we call them the Israelites.  There are many “ITES” in the Bible… but the ISRAELITES are HIS CHOSEN PEOPLE AND BECAUSE OF JESUS WE ARE NOW PART OF THE FAMILY!!!  Can I get an AMEN and Praise God!!!  WHEWWWWW 🙂

We have been in Job for 2 weeks so to refresh your memory, this is where we left off in Genesis.

Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran. And Haran became the father of Lot.  While his father Terah was still alive, Haran died in Ur of the Chaldeans, in the land of his birth. Abram and Nahor both married. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milcah; she was the daughter of Haran, the father of both Milcah and Iscah.  Now Sarai was barren; she had no children.  Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. But when they came to Haran, they settled there.

Terah lived 205 years, and he died in Haran.