Day 6: Genesis 16-18
Abram (Changed to Abraham in this section), Sarai (changed to Sarah), Hagar, Ishmael
*We hear things from God, then we decided *WE* have to work to get it finished. Like Sarai, we take it upon ourselves to do God’s will. He knew exactly when Isaac was going to be born, but it wasn’t in Sarai’s time, so she gave Hagar to Abram. After she became pregnant, Sarai got jealous of her and they treated each other badly. When we try to out god GOD, things get messy for everyone involved.
*God changed Abram’s name to Abraham and made a covenant with him. Abraham would be the father of many people and a great nation would come from him. For his part, Abraham and everyone in his household had to be circumcised at that time and then 8 days after birth. Circumcision showed separation of people who worshiped God from the pagan worshipers.
*Three people went to talk to Abraham (one being God). God told of how evil
was and how He would destroy it. When two
of them left, Abraham begged for God to spare the city. God agreed that if He
could find 10 righteous people in Sodom ,
he wouldn’t destroy it. Did Abraham change God’s mind? No, God knew there was
only one righteous person there (and that was by the skin of his teeth). He could
have agreed to save it for five people, but (SPOILER ALERT…) the end result would
be the same. Be in fifty or ten, there weren’t enough good left in the city to
keep it around. God gave them plenty of opportunities to stop sinning, but they
Verses that Jumped Out at Me:
17:20—Even if you are the son/daughter of an adulterous relationship, God hasn’t forgotten you.
18:12—God hears our inner thoughts. He knows the kind of person we truly are, not the person we want the world to see.
18:14—“Is anything too hard for the Lord?” We ‘know’ God can do anything, but it’s hard for us to comprehend what he ‘can’ do.
16:13—No problem is too complicated for God if you are willing to let him help you.
17:20—God has not forgotten you.
18:33—Maybe we are missing God’s answers because they aren’t the answers we want from Him so we turn a blind eye and then question God for not answering our prayers.
How long was it from the time God told Abraham and Sarah they would have a son until the baby was actually born? (Sarah laughed after she overheard it.)
Tomorrow’s Reading: Genesis 19-21
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