Read the Bible in a Year: Week 2
Week 2: Genesis Chapter 12-31
Chapter 12: God Calls Abram
Chapter 13: Lot and Abram Separate
Chapter 14: Abram Saves Lot + Melchizedek Blessing
Chapter 15: God Makes a Covenant with Abram
Chapter 16: Ishmael and Hagar
Chapter 17: Covenant Revised
Chapter 18: Three Visitors and a Child Promised
Chapter 19: Sodom and Gomorrah
Chapter 20: Abraham, Sarah and Abimelech
Chapter 21: Isaac and Ishmael
Chapter 22: Near Sacrifice of Isaac
Chapter 23: Sarah’s Death and Burial
Chapter 24: The Search for a Wife: Rebekah and Isaac
Chapter 25: The Next Generation
Chapter 26: Foreigners in a Land
Chapter 27: The Cheated Blessing: Jacob and Esau
Chapter 28: God is met on the Way
Chapter 29: Laban’s Deceit: Marriage of Jacob to Leah and Rachel
Chapter 30: Leah vs. Rachel and the Economics of Sheep
Chapter 31: Fleeing Family: Jacob returns home
This is the beginning of Israel's patriarchs, grouped around Abram (later called Abraham) (12-15) and Jacob (25-36) and Joseph (36-50).
God chooses one family to bless ALL families.
God works through and even blesses people outside of Abraham's promise (Hagar, Abimelek, Melchezideck, Pharaoh).
Abraham was righteous because of his faith in God and trust (not because of his upstanding moral character).
Covenant = an exchange of promises
Abraham bargains with God, asking what is justice? AND God engages him!
Sin of Sodom is NOT homosexuality (nowhere is there any mention about committed same sex relationship). The sin of Sodom is greed and attempted gang rape.
God blesses not only Isaac, but Ishmael too.
Several times the covenant God made with Abraham is threatened (when Sarah interferes with Hagar; when God tells Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, the heir of the promised covenant)
Family is complicated; moreover, God's promised family is very dysfunctional!