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Jan 4, 2015

90 Day Challenge – Day 4

Sarah Christmyer

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Bible Time Period: Patriarchs

In the time of the Patriarchs, you called Abraham and promised his children land, a royal kingdom, and worldwide blessing: Help me to trust in your promises today.

Reflection

The second period of salvation history, the “Patriarchs,” is told in the remaining chapters of Genesis.  These chapters leave poetry behind and provide a historical account of the beginnings of the people of Israel, focusing on the forefathers or “Patriarchs” of the nation:  Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – and also Jacob’s son Joseph.

As you read about Abram (later called Abraham), focus on the promise God makes to him and his descendants.  Pay particular attention to mentions of blessing that go along with that promise.  God is establishing a covenant with Abraham:  a solemn oath that makes Abraham’s family, God’s family.  That covenant forms the backbone of the rest of the story of the Bible.  In fact, our word “Testament” comes from a Greek word that translates the Hebrew for “Covenant.”  The Old Testament is about the “old covenant” – the covenant God makes with the people of Israel – and the New Testament is about the “new covenant” in Jesus Christ that the “old covenant” was a preparation for.  So pay attention: all this promise-making is important to understanding what you’ll read in the rest of the Bible.

Today’s Reading

Genesis 12-16

Today’s Question

Abraham is called our “Father in Faith.”  What evidence of Abraham’s faith do you see in chapters 12 and 15?

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  • Wow, thanks Fr. Mike. I had been beating myself up this morning and by the grace of God – I checked the feed to see if there were any new videos and this appeared. Oh I needed this today….thank you – God Bless.

  • Thank you for your post Fr. Mike. I find myself saying I’m sorry to everyone! Even for things for which I have no control, but that is a separate topic… I will try to use your teaching to give thanks in addition to the “I’m sorry” statements I give to others. Thank You!

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