Genesis - The Beginning

Lesson 5 - A New People and A New Place

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Context:

In Genesis 10-11, Moses wrote to let the Jewish people know more about the condition of humanity after the flood. Even after God spared the most righteous man living at the time to reproduce a family line, humanity continued to do evil. One of Noah’s sons treated him with dishonor. His descendants, once again, rebelled at the Tower of Babel. There, they decided they would become gods themselves. At this point, Moses revealed again to the Jewish people that they were not a people by accident. Moses wrote to remind the Jewish people that they had become a nation through God’s special grace promise seen in a man named Abram (later called Abraham). 

By faith, Abraham was the faith pioneer who first sought out the Promised Land that the Jewish people were also called to seek out after leaving Egypt. By faith, Abraham would become the father of the nation of Israel (the Jewish people). We, who are not Jewish but who believe in Jesus, also become descendants of Abraham by this same type of faith. In this way, Abraham has also become the father of many nations.  

Genesis 12:1-5 

The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. 

2 “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth 
will be blessed through you.” 

4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. 5 He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there. 

For further discussion:

Hebrews 11:8-10

 

8 Faith motivated Abraham to obey God’s call and leave the familiar to discover the territory he was destined to inherit from God. So he left with only a promise and without even knowing ahead of time where he was going, Abraham stepped out in faith. 9 He lived by faith as an immigrant in his promised land as though it belonged to someone else. He journeyed through the land living in tents with Isaac and Jacob who were persuaded that they were also co-heirs of the same promise. 10 His eyes of faith were set on the city with unshakable foundations, whose architect and builder is God himself. 

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