Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph
We will see how God works with Mankind
How God deals with Abram will come into play in Paul’s explanation in NT i.e Galatians and Faith
Abram’s name will change to Abraham and he is living in modern-day Iraq
“Toledot” in Hebrew is a literary tool that takes you from the wide angle view to a narrow view
The Bible will go from all of mankind to one man…..Abram
God will make an entire people from Abram
3 key promises God makes to Abram that are essential to the reading plan:
A Royal Dynasty
The problem at first is that Abram has no children
God blesses Abram with his son, Isaac
Abram still struggles in trusting God at first (Gen Ch 15 he tells Sarai to say she is his sister instead of his wife and gives her to Pharaoh)
Abraham to Isaac to Essau and Jacob to THE TWELVE TRIBES OF ISRAEL (sons of Jacob) to Egypt (and then things go south)
Despite our brokenness of humanity, the great patience and loving kindness God demonstrates how God brings us all back together into his family that culminates with Jesus Christ.
The Bible stories in Genesis echo where mankind is today.
God goes to great lengths to save us and bring us to Himself
This era is very rich in stories of God’s faithfulness and our brokenness
Genesis ends with Jacob blessing all of his sons.
One Tribe from Jacob’s sons will rise above all others as the tribe to pay attention to for the rest of the story.
Pay attention to how The Church reads Scripture:
Read knowing that Christ FULFILLS all of the Old Testament
Read asking “What does this mean to me?”
Read asking how does Scripture find fulfillment in Heaven?
Don’t be discouraged if you don’t understand it all right now
“Reading the Bible is like drinking from a fountain where you shouldn’t be discouraged by the fact that you can’t drain the fountain, but be encouraged by the fact that every time you return to it there is more and more and more…..” St. Ephrem of Syria
Fun fact: The longest portion of Genesis pertains to Joseph
Keep This in Mind: Faith is not simply believing. Faith is two things--->Mental acknowledgement (I believe God is calling me) and Personal entrusting of yourself to God (Trust His Plan)