HIS-tory, Part 3: The Promise Keeper (Genesis 12-50)
Starting with a normal guy named Abram, living on the other side of the river in Haran, God begins what he calls a mission to "bless all the nations of the earth." How will he do it? Through the nation that is born to Abram. Obviously, this must be because Abram was such a righteous and faithful guy, right? RIGHT? Or did God want to show us something far different... something about himself??? Maybe God was about to define faithfulness in a way people could never imagine on our own.
Today’s Reading: Genesis 12:1-3; 15:1-21
1. Flash Forward: Joshua in the Promised Land (Josh 24:1-4)
2. Review: Family beginnings and patterns.
3. The Story:
a. Abram/Abraham: Recipient of the Promise
b. Jacob/Israel: Trickster-turned-Father
c. Joseph: Rejected Righteousness
4. Why would God put himself through this?
5. A Lesson from Math and Mystery Books