I wanted to give you a brief overview of God’s presence in each book of the Bible. Brief ended up being a short summary of each chapter! It’s too long to do that for a blog post, so on the advice of another blogger I’m breaking it up in parts. As I said earlier, I write as an act of worship to God. 5 minutes here, ten there, sometimes in the nights, sometimes I save and open my draft and write several times ( one blog post told me I had made 25 revisions!). It isn’t to boast, but to encourage you to do everything Unto the Lord. I change diapers and make my son sit on the potty for 45 minutes at times to make him go. I listen to my daughter when she takes an inordinately long time to get to the point with attention. I sit next to my husband and watch a movie, and am grateful for his presence even if we’re silent. These are some of my acts of worship ( apart from actually worshipping Christ!), and in this season that I’m in, they are more important than my writing.
Would you share what worship is for you in the comments below?
Continuing with Genesis.
In chapters 12,13,14 : God chooses Abram and his family to worship Him. He chose a man for no other reason that He chose them. He called him out of his country and away from his gods, to a place He had prepared for him. Abram separates from his nephew Lot. Abram with God’s help rescues Lot.
In chapter 15 : God makes a covenant with Abram. He reassures him. He reminds Abram that He is his shield( strength, protection) and very great reward(wealth, possessions ). Genesis 15:1 After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: ‘Do not be afraid, Abram.I am your shield,[a] your very great reward.’[b]
In chapter 16 : Abram disobeys God and gets his wife’s slave pregnant on her suggestion. But our gracious God sees a poor, abused, misused slave and grants her protection for her child and is with her during her misery and struggle. The God who sees me / El Roi reveals Himself to someone outside the to-be-formed Israelite people.
In chapter 17 : God gives Abram a covenantal sign. Circumcision of the males belonging to his family. To separate them from the rest of the world. He gives Abram (Abraham) and Sarai (Sarah) new names to show them their past is no more and they have a new future.
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In chapter 18: God visits Abraham . Abraham rightly discerns that the 3 visitors are from God or are God. Abraham serves them. One is revealed to be God in a pre-incarnate form, who promises Sarah will have a child the following year. God reveals His plan to Abraham about destroying Sodom and Gomorrah and generously lets Abraham bargain for the lives of the people in those towns.
In chapter 19: Sodom and Gomorrah are destroyed by 2 angels with fire. Abraham’s nephew Lot and his family are saved. Lot’s wife cannot tear herself away from the world and is turned into a pillar of salt. Lot’s daughters having been influenced by the lifestyle of the sinful cities they lived in, seduce their father and have children by him.
In chapter 20: Abraham moves on to the Negev. In fear of being killed on account of his wife, he tells Abimelech that Sarah is his sister. Sarah is taken to Abimelech’s harem, but is divinely saved by God, who appears in a dream to Abimelech and warns him. This chapter shows us even those accounted by God as friends have fear and choose not to trust Him sometimes.
In chapter 21: The long awaited son of the promise , Isaac is born. Hagar and Ishmael, the son of the flesh are sent away. Ishmael grows up in the wilderness just as God promised, and is married. Abraham makes a treaty with Abimelech regarding a well that he dug.
In chapter 22: Abraham is tested by God. He is asked to sacrifice Isaac( now a young man) on a distant mountain. He obeys. Before the knife descends on Isaac, he is stopped by God who provides a ram for a replacement. To Abraham God reveals Himself as Jehovah Jireh/ The Lord who provides. Also He makes a promise that On the mountain of the Lord, it will be provided. (foreshadowing when Christ will provide atonement for the sins of the world on a “mountain”-calvary ). Genesis 22: 12-14 ‘Do not lay a hand on the boy,’ he said. ‘Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.’13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram[a] caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, ‘On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.’
In chapters 23-24: Sarah dies and is buried. Abraham sends his trusted servant to his family to find a bride for Isaac. Eliezer calls on the Lord for help. Rebekah is the answer , who trustingly comes back to Isaac, leaving her family behind. Isaac loves Rebekah and marries her.
In this portion God is faithful when Abraham is fearful. God sees and has pity on and makes a promise to someone who is not of the chosen people (Hagar-El Roi). God makes a covenant with Abraham and binds Himself to the promise, not Abraham. God rescues someone Abraham loves for his sake, and treats Abraham like a trusted counsellor and friend , revealing His plan in advance to him. God tests Abraham but miraculously provides at that time ( Jehovah Jireh), this act will be credited to Abraham as righteousness.
Who is the God of Abraham to you? Let me know .