Genesis 27:1 – 28:9. Title Verse: Genesis 27:35 Big Idea: God’s good plans prevail even when our trust in him fails.
Genesis 26:1-16; Genesis 26:17-35 Key verse: Genesis 26:24 Big idea: Over the last few weeks we’ve seen that Isaac is the inheritor of Abraham’s blessing. This week’s story confirms that Isaac receives the same promise, follows in the footsteps of his father, and receives the same blessing. Jesus as the true Israel will also experience […]
Gen. 25:19-26; Gen. 25:27-34 Key verse: Gen. 25:34 Big idea: God sovereignly chose Jacob over Esau, yet Esau takes no interest in the blessing that could be his and sells a place in God’s kingdom for a bowl of soup. If you’re a young person who’s grown up in the church, don’t disregard the […]
Genesis 25:1-11; Genesis 25:12-18 Key verse: Genesis 25:5-6 Big idea: Abraham has other children. Children who are blessed with gifts, longevity and prosperous nations, and yet the spiritual blessing will come only through Isaac. Within a few generations these nations reject God’s true blessing. As Christians, we have a role to play in blessing our society […]
Genesis 24:1-38; Genesis 24:49-67 Key verse: Gen. 24:48 Big idea: In this story, God doesn’t speak directly, but providentially aligns circumstances to achieve his purposes. For Abraham this meant he could send his servant out in confidence. For the servant it meant he had direction for his mission, for Rebekah’s family it meant they had […]
Genesis 23; Hebrews 11:13-16, 39-40 Key verse: Hebrews 11:13 Big idea: In faith Abraham buys a tomb so they can be buried in the land that God promised will one day be theirs. As we wait for Jesus’ return, it can seem like a long time coming, but remember we experience now (in a spiritual […]
Genesis 20:1-8; Genesis 20:9-18 Key verse: 2 Tim. 2:13 Big idea: Just when Abraham’s faith had been looking really good (confirming covenant, praying for Sodom), he suddenly gives into fear and puts his blessing at risk. Our actions often have consequences, but God’s plans will succeed no matter what.
Genesis 18:16-33; Genesis 19 Key verse: Luke 17:32 Big idea: Lot has become part of a wicked city. He longs for them to know God, but rather than influencing them, they influence him and his family. He’s spared because of his faith in connection to Abraham, but his fraternising with Sodom leads to disaster. Where […]
Genesis 18:1-15; Hebrews 11:8-12 Key Verse – Genesis 18:14 Big idea: Sometimes we wonder if God really has washed away our sin, if God really has raised Jesus from the dead, and if God really will send him back again. We don’t follow a small God. Nothing is too difficult for him. He will do it.
Genesis 17; Romans 4:1-12 Key verse: Genesis 17:7 Big idea: Abraham circumcises his family, as an expression of his faith (Gen. 15:6). Circumcision is a reminder of God’s promise, not a meritorious act … but we often treat it like it is.