The promise to Abraham [Genesis chapter 15:1 to 18:15]
We’ll visit the story of Abraham, the father of faith, to see what we can learn from him, and how we can apply those lessons in our personal lives.
Our study today will involve various scripture passages. Click here to read. Then answer the following questions.
Abraham could have easily married other wives in his day as was the custom, and especially now that his wife was barren, why do you think that he did not – he had even concluded that a servant would be his heir?
God promised Abraham a son despite his age, and when Abraham believed Him, it was accounted to him for righteousness. What does this tell us about the value God places on faith? Read also Hebrews 11:6.
You remember the story of Exodus? Here in Genesis 15:12-14, God tells Abraham how his descendants will be enslaved in a foreign land and how God will set them free. This was even before God blessed him with a son. Later in Genesis, Joseph- the son of Jacob – the son of Isaac (God’s promised son to Abraham), was sold by his brothers as a slave and taken into Egypt. Later again there was famine in the land and Jacobs family went to Egypt to buy food (thanks to Joseph now that he was 2nd to Pharaoh in command) and ended up staying Egypt up to the time of Exodus. Do you see how all this story is playing out? It all started with a man and his barren wife. How does this encourage you or how would you encourage someone who’s lost hope in life? See Genesis 18:14)
Why do you think Sarah laughed when she heard the Lord telling Abraham that in a year’s time they’d be having a son? (18:13-14)
How would you react if God made you such a seemingly impossible promise?
Why do you think Sarah offered Hagar her maid to Abraham to have a son through her?
Would you blame her?
When Hagar became pregnant and started misbehaving, Sarah chased her away, the angel of the Lord told her to go back to her mistress and submit to her. What does that tell us of what God expects from our relationships with our seniors (bosses, teachers, parents, etc.)? Read also Romans 13:1-7, Ephesians 6:5.
How old was Abraham when God promised him a son? Gen. 12:1-4
How old was Abraham when the promised son was born?
Sarah was 90 – about 40 years after menopause – when she gave birth to Isaac. What does that tell you about God? How would you encourage a woman who’s complaining that her biological clock is ticking?
Read Genesis 18:1-15 carefully. Note that Abraham saw 3 men (verse 2, verse 5, verse 8) but when he talked, he seemed to address them as one (verse 3, verse 10, verse 13). How would you explain this? See also Genesis 1:26 – who is the us? To answer this, read Genesis 1:2, 2 Corinthians 3:17, Luke 1:35, John 14: 16-17 – who are these verses referring to?