We have learned so far in our bible study how God created the heavens, the earth and all within. We saw God created man and woman. We were instructed on how sin was created as well as the first marriage. Last week we were able to travel to Noah and his ark. This was God’s way of getting rid of the sinful nature and to start over. This week we travel to Babylonia. Our bible passage for this week is
The generations that followed the great flood were a united humanity that all spoke one language. They were migrating east when they came to the land of Shinar. Shinar is referred to as the region of Mesopotamia but to include Babylonia. (Psalm 55:9)
The united humanity decided to build a city when they arrived. It was at this point that Man decided to disregard God and go their own way. They not only built the city but started building a tower to heaven. They didn’t want to get into heaven God’s way but their own. (Romans 8:1-39)
The Lord seen what the united humanity was doing and frowned upon it. He then confounded them so many were speaking different languages and could not understand the other languages. It was like someone speaking Greek and you do not understand it.
As the tower was getting higher, God tells Abram to “Depart from your country and your relatives, and come into the land that I will show you”
(Acts 7:2-3). We see a similar commandment in the New Testament when Jesus Commands “Follow me and I will make you fisher of men”. (Matthew 4:19)
Abram was told he must leave his country, his relatives, and his father’s house. God was going to make a new nation, not merely revise an existing one. Abram was to follow to the land which God would show him not knowing where he would settle. (Hebrews 11:8).
In return for Abram following God’s call, he was gifted a covenant from God. A covenant is defined as an agreement. This covenant contains a land, seed, and a blessing.
The land that was given to Abram’s descendants from the river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates. (Genesis 15:18). Although Abram did not own the land in his lifetime. When his wife died, he had to buy a portion of the land for a burial site.
The final promise was that of blessing—blessing for him, and blessing through him. Much of Abram’s blessing was to come in the form of his offspring, but there was also the blessing that would come in the form of the Messiah, who would bring salvation to God’s people. (John 8:56).
We know that Abram’s faith as he trusted God and followed his wishes. However, he was troubled that all his inheritance would go to a servant as he and his wife could not have children.
God also promised a seed which was to ensure that his wife would bear children. This promise demanded a lot of faith on the part of Abram. This promise was made when Abram was at Shechem.
Abram continued to trust God but then God wanted to put Abram to a test. God knew that Abram was willing to trust God in what he provided but was Abram willing to give God what God wanted? Abram was instructed to sacrifice his only son Isaac. As much as he cherished his only son, he trusted in God more thereby sacrificing his son.
Questions to be answered:
- What did we learn about God in this story?
- What do we learn about man/ourselves in this story?
- What did you learn new in this story?
- What should I do differently because of this story?
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