After the flood
- What is next in God’s plan?
- Did He find someone worthy to fulfill His word?
- What is God looking for?
Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your
country, from your family and from your father’s house,
to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great
nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and
you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless
you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all
the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
- Why did God choose Abram?
- Was Abram looking for God?
- What did God offer him?
- Is the blessing for himself or for all the nations?
- Is God thinking in Abram or
the promise He made to Adam?
- What type of blessing is God talking about?
- Is it material or Spiritual?
- Why it did not start with Adam?
And Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the LORD
God of Israel: ‘Your fathers, including Terah, the father
of Abraham and the father of Nahor, dwelt on the other
side of the River in old times; and they served other
gods. Then I took your father Abraham from the other
side of the River, led him throughout all the land of
Canaan, and multiplied his descendants and gave him
- Did Abraham serve other Gods?
- Who brings Abraham from the other side of the river?
- Was God separating Abraham?
- What does God want?
- Is it Holiness?
So Abram departed as the LORD had spoken to him, and
Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years
old when he departed from Haran. Then Abram took
Sarai his wife and Lot his brother’s son, and all their
possessions that they had gathered, and the people
whom they had acquired in Haran, and they departed
to go to the land of Canaan.
So they came to the land of Canaan. Abram passed
through the land to the place of Shechem, as far as the
terebinth tree of Moreh. And the Canaanites were then
in the land. Then the LORD appeared to Abram and said,
“To your descendants I will give this land.” And there he
built an altar to the LORD, who had appeared to him.”
- How old was Abram?
- Why was his brother’s
son with him?
- Was he taking care
of the orphan child?
- Did he adopt him as the
son he could not have?
- Was easy for Abram
to obey God?
- Was there a risk in
taking all his possessions
and go through the midst
- What did God see
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out
to the place which he would receive as an inheritance.
And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By
faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign
country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the
heirs with him of the same promise.
- Where did Abram arrive?
- How did he know when to stop?
- Did God appear to Abram in physical form?
- Why did Abram build an altar?
-Isn’t the object of an altar to sacrifice animals?
- Who taught Abram?
- How old was Shem when he died? (600 yrs)
- Before he died, was Abram already born?
- What story did Shem share with his family?
This is the genealogy of Terah: Terah begot Abram,
Nahor, and Haran. Haran begot Lot. And Haran died
before his father Terah in his native land, in Ur of the
Chaldeans. Then Abram and Nahor took wives: the
name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of
Nahor’s wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran the father
of Milcah and the father of Iscah. But Sarai was barren;
she had no child.
And Terah took his son Abram and his grandson Lot, the
son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son
Abram’s wife, and they went out with them from Ur of
the Chaldeans to go to the land of Canaan; and they
came to Haran and dwelt there. So the days of Terah
were two hundred and five years, and Terah died in
- Who took the initiative to move over
to the land of Canaan?
- Did God speak to Terah?
- Why Terah didn’t reach the land of Canaan
but stayed in Haran instead?
- What was Haran cause of death?
- Why Nahor married his nephew?
- Whose daughter was Sarai? Terah’s? (Genesis 20:12)
- Was Abram married to his half sister?
- Why did they married among the family?
- Was it because they didn’t want to be related
to the people around them?
- How was Abram going to have descendants
being Sarai barren?
- Was easy for Abram to believe?
- What was the promise?
And he said, “Brethren and fathers, listen: The God of
glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in
Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Haran, and said to
him, ‘Get out of your country and from your relatives,
and come to a land that I will show you.’ Then he came
out of the land of the Chaldeans and dwelt in Haran.
And from there, when his father was dead, He moved
him to this land in which you now dwell.
- Who was God talking to?
- Why did Abram moved with His relatives?
- Was Abram obeying God or believing Him?
- Why did God choose Abram?
- Was it because of His promise of sending someone?
- Are those who believe instruments in the hand of God?
Then Abram went up from Egypt, he and his wife and all
that he had, and Lot with him, to the South. Abram was
very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold. And he went
on his journey from the South as far as Bethel, to the
place where his tent had been at the beginning,
between Bethel and Ai, to the place of the altar which
he had made there at first. And there Abram called on
the name of the LORD.
Lot also, who went with Abram, had flocks and herds
and tents. Now the land was not able to support them,
that they might dwell together, for their possessions
were so great that they could not dwell together. And
there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s
livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock. The
Canaanites and the Perizzites then dwelt in the land.
- Why was Abram so rich?
- Didn’t God say He will bless him?
- Why was space on the land a problem?
-Why is Lot still dwelling with Abram?
- What was the need given the circumstances?
So Abram said to Lot, “Please let there be no strife
between you and me, and between my herdsmen
and your herdsmen; for we are brethren. Is not the
whole land before you? Please separate from me. If
you take the left, then I will go to the right; or, if
you go to the right, then I will go to the left.” And
Lot lifted his eyes and saw all the plain of Jordan,
that it was well watered everywhere (before the
LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah) like the
garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt as you go
Then Lot chose for himself all the plain of Jordan, and
Lot journeyed east. And they separated from each
other. Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, and Lot
dwelt in the cities of the plain and pitched his tent
even as far as Sodom. But the men of Sodom were
exceedingly wicked and sinful against the LORD.
- Why did Abram give the option to Lot?
- Which land was Lot’s choice?
- What was this land compared to?
- Was Abram placing his trust in his eyes
or in the promise of God?
And the LORD said to Abram, after Lot had separated
from him: “Lift your eyes now and look from the
place where you are—northward, southward,
eastward, and westward; for all the land which you
see I give to you and your descendants forever. And I
will make your descendants as the dust of the earth;
so that if a man could number the dust of the earth,
then your descendants also could be numbered.
Arise, walk in the land through its length and its
width, for I give it to you.” Then Abram moved his
tent, and went and dwelt by the terebinth trees of
Mamre, which are in Hebron, and built an altar there
to the LORD.
- Did God wait to talk to Abram after Lot was gone?
- Why did God tell Abram to lift his eyes??
- Should we wait on God?
- Why did God commands Abram to walk the land?
- Was Abram believing the word of God??
- What was the meaning of the altar?
And it came to pass in the days of Amraphel king
of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer
king of Elam, and Tidal king of nations, that they
made war with Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of
Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, Shemeber king
of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar). All
these joined together in the Valley of Siddim (that
is, the Salt Sea).
- Is there a war already among men?
- Where do wars come from?
Where do wars and fights come from among you?
Do they not come from your desires for pleasure
that war in your members? You lust and do not
have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain.
You fight and war. Yet you do not have because
you do not ask.
- Wars come from inside of us?
- Does God care about wars?
- Isn’t there pain and death in wars?
- Why God doesn’t avoid wars?
- Is there a purpose for wars? or
- Are they another consequence of our fall from God?
Then they took all the goods of Sodom and
Gomorrah, and all their provisions, and went their
way. They also took Lot, Abram’s brother’s son
who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and
- What happened with Lot’s riches?
- Why didn’t God protect Lot?
- What is God’s plan?
Then one who had escaped came and told Abram
the Hebrew, for he dwelt by the terebinth trees
of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol and
brother of Aner; and they were allies with
Abram. Now when Abram heard that his
brother was taken captive, he armed his three
hundred and eighteen trained servants who
were born in his own house, and went in
pursuit as far as Dan.
He divided his forces against them by night, and
he and his servants attacked them and pursued
them as far as Hobah, which is north of
Damascus. So he brought back all the goods,
and also brought back his brother Lot and his
goods, as well as the women and the people.
- Were Abram servant’s men train in war
or were they pastors?
- Who won the battle?
- What is God teaching Abram?
- Who is the warrior? God?
- Was Abram afraid?
After these things the word of the LORD came to
Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid,
Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great
- Was God reassuring Abram?
- What does it mean to have God as a shield?
- What reward is God referring to?
- What is Abram greatest preoccupation?
But Abram said, “Lord GOD, what will You give me,
seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is
Eliezer of Damascus?” Then Abram said, “Look, You
have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my
house is my heir!”.
- Was easy for Abram to believe God?
- What was God response to Abram concern?
And behold, the word of the LORD came to him,
saying, “This one shall not be your heir, but one who
will come from your own body shall be your heir.”
Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now
toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to
number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your
descendants be.” And he believed in the LORD, and He
accounted it to him for righteousness.
- What method does God use in teaching us?
- What righteousness is God talking about?
- Was He talking to Abram about His promise?
- Do we understand the Justice of God?
- Are we righteous too when we believe God?
- Who is the Judge?
- Does God fulfill His promises?
What then shall we say that Abraham our father has
found according to the flesh? For if Abraham was
justified by works, he has something to boast about,
but not before God. For what does the Scripture say?
“Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him
for righteousness.” Now to him who works, the wages
are not counted as grace but as debt. But to him who
does not work but believes on Him who justifies the
ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness.
- Were Abraham’s works worth something?
- Who justifies the ungodly?
- What did Abraham believe? in the Justice of God?
- How was God seeing Abraham?
- Why we cannot see as God see’s us?
- Who was God thinking on
when He made the promise to Abraham?
And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would
justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the
gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, “In you
all the nations shall be blessed.”
- Is God’s blessing for everyone that believes?
- Why is Abraham referred to as the father of faith?
- Who is the author of our faith?
looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our
faith, who for the joy that was set before Him
endured the cross, despising the shame, and
has sat down at the right hand of the throne of
- How important is faith?
- Isn’t faith the heart of God’s story?
WHAT DID WE LEARN TODAY?
- God seeks those who believe Him to fulfill His promises.
- Sanctification is required in order to serve Him.
- Trusting in the promise of God is more valuable than
relying in our own abilities.
- God is a shield for those who trust and wait on Him.
- We are given our justice when we believe in Jesus.
- Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith.
- Faith is the heart of God’s Story.
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