Family of Origin: Abraham
1When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. 2Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.” 3Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, 4“As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. 5No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. 6I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. 7I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. 8The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.” 9Then God said to Abraham, “As for you, you must keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you for the generations to come.
The life of Abraham begins to be told with his birth in Genesis 11:27 and concludes with his death in Genesis 25:11. Read these chapters for a colorful, powerful, sometimes amusing narrative of Abraham’s life.
Three Questions to Consider:
1. What’s happening in this time period?
2. What’s God’s story?
3. What does the story say to us or for us?
Debbie Reese is Co-Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC