Bible Study Snippet Abraham Lesson 2
In Genesis 12, we have the life of one of the greatest men who ever lived — the life of Abraham.
Think of it this way, in the first 11 Chapters of Genesis, God uses the floodlight. It illuminates the whole stage. God’s blasting out like a shotgun the nations, civilizations, and the whole world, but beginning in Genesis 12, God lays down His shotgun and picks up a rifle.
He lays down the floodlight and picks up a spotlight, which zeros in on one individual—Abraham and then his son Isaac, one of Isaac’s sons, Jacob, and one of Jacob’s 12 sons, Joseph.
You have a number of “Cs” here that we use in summarizing the life of Abraham:
- You have his Conversion — in the land of Ur of the Chaldees
- You have his Call
- You have his Commission — He was to leave the land of Ur of the Chaldees and make his way to the land of Canaan
- You have his Complacency — He gets bogged down in route in the city of Haran. He’s there for a while until his father dies, and then he moves on into the land of Canaan.
- You have Canaan—First of all, God says, “I’ll show you the land,” and now God’s going to give him all the land of Canaan.
- You have his Carnality — In times of famine, he leaves the land of Canaan and goes to the land of Egypt. He’s there for a while, and some tragic things happen. God eventually brings him back.
- You have the Condescension of Abraham in how he acquiesces to the demands of his young nephew, Lot
- You have the Courage of Abraham — You have the first battle
- mentioned in the Bible, and you can read about that.
- You have the Communion of Abraham — In Genesis 14, he has communion with Melchizedek, who may have been Christ Himself. I have some interesting facts about that in your notes.
- You have the Covenant with Abraham — In Genesis 15, God, through a blood covenant, promises that He will bless the womb of Sarah and then give Abraham, Sarah, and their descendents the land forever.
- You have the Compromise of Abraham — Genesis 16 is a sad chapter where Abraham, being out of the will of God, marries a pagan girl by the name of Hagar.
- Finally, in Chapter 17, you have the Circumcision of Abraham— This will not be the faith of the source; this will become the sign of God’s promise to Abraham.
Abraham was born around 2166 B.C. We know nothing of his early life or how he was led to God. It has been speculated that either Job, Shem or even Melchizedek showed him the way of salvation. The importance of his life cannot be underestimated. He is mentioned 308 times in the Bible, 234 times in the Old Testament and 74 in the New Testament. These quotes came from 27 books: 16 in the Old Testament and 11 in the New Testament. Abraham was the reason the Southern Kingdom was spared as long as it was (see Kings 13:23).