God’s Redemption Story. Genesis 12 & 15. Genesis 1 & 2: Creation. “In the beginning God…” Genesis 1:1
Genesis 12 & 15
There is one God, the sovereign Creator, to whom all the universe owes its being and whom it is expected to obey.
Character of God Questioned
All fell into sin
Promise of Salvation
Gen 3:15 “Protoevangelium”
Noah’s Ark: Outright Evil
Babel: Rebellion & Pride
Genesis 12 & 15
A bilateral oath between two equal parties which guaranteed blessings and cursing's.
Peace – Joshua & Gibeonites
Kings– Solomon & Hiram
Friendship – David & Jonathan
Marriage – lifelong commitment
Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
- Genesis 12:1-3
God creates a new people for Himself
Abram means, “Exalted Father” & Abraham means “Father of many nations” (17:5)
Land– A place for his people to dwell. vs. 1
People– Abraham’s descendants would fill the earth. vs. 2
Name– A great reputation blessed by God (contra Babel 11:4) vs. 3
“…in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” vs. 3
“Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.
Abram means, “Exalted Father” & Abraham mean “Father of many nations”
God initiated a covenant with Abraham in order to re-create for Himself a people for His own glory.
“By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.”
– Hebrews 11:8-12
“Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith – just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”? Know then that it is those of faith who are sons of Abraham.”
God took the penalties of the Covenant upon himself for those who are ‘in Christ’ by faith.
“And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
– Matthew 26:27-28