Pastor Wrinkle’s Corner: The Abraham Label

Dear Readers, For those of you new to “Reinventing the We’ll” Monday is the day set aside for “Pastor Wrinkle’s Corner”, and interactive Bible study designed for youth. Answers to the fill-ins will be given Wednesday morning. I would love to hear your responses to the questions!

Let’s review what we have learned so far:

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We move forward from the tower of Babel about ______________ years.

Shem’s family has moved to a place called ____________ of the Chaldeans. Here the people begin to worship the false gods _________ and _________. They are gods of the moon and are worshipped by ___________    _____________.

 One of Shem’s grandsons Terah  grows up in this culture. but indications are that his family did not worship the false gods but down through the years refused to follow the way of Ham and worshipped the true God of Heaven.

    Terah is told by God to go to _______________. He takes his son Abram and his daughter-in-law ____________ and goes but settles instead in the land of Haran.

     Terah dies and God chooses to speak to Abram

     When Abraham is ___________________ God visits him.

 and says “Leave your country, your relatives, and your father’s house, and go to the land that I will show you.  will cause you to become the father of a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and I will make you a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you. All the families of the earth will be blessed through you.”Ge. 12: 1-3 NLT

 Abraham _________ and __________.

He has a series of adventures along the way.

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Finally though he settles in the land. But he is concerned because God has given him no children and he is ___________.

God responds by making a covenant with Abraham.

“But Abram replied, “O Sovereign LORD, what good are all your blessings when I don’t even have a son? Since I don’t have a son, Eliezer of Damascus, a servant in my household, will inherit all my wealth You have given me no children, so one of my servants will have to be my heir.” Then the LORD said to him, “No, your servant will not be your heir, for you will have a son of your own to inherit everything I am giving you.” Then the LORD brought Abram outside beneath the night sky and told him, “Look up into the heavens and count the stars if you can. Your descendants will be like that–too many to count!” And Abram believed the LORD, and the LORD declared him righteous because of his faith. Then the LORD told him, “I am the LORD who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land.” But Abram replied, “O Sovereign LORD, how can I be sure that you will give it to me?” Then the LORD told him, “Bring me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtle dove, and a young pigeon Abram took all these and killed them. He cut each one down the middle and laid the halves side by side. He did not, however, divide the birds in half. Some vultures came down to eat the carcasses, but Abram chased them away. That evening, as the sun was going down, Abram fell into a deep sleep. He saw a terrifying vision of darkness and horror. Then the LORD told Abram, “You can be sure that your descendants will be strangers in a foreign land, and they will be oppressed as slaves for four hundred years. But I will punish the nation that enslaves them, and in the end they will come away with great wealth. But you will die in peace, at a ripe old age.) After four generations your descendants will return here to this land, when the sin of the Amorites has run its course.” As the sun went down and it became dark, Abram saw a smoking fire-pot and a flaming torch pass between the halves of the carcasses. So the LORD made a covenant with Abram that day and said, “I have given this land to your descendants, all the way from the border of Egypt to the great Euphrates River–” Ge. 15:2-18

This is called the Abrahamic covenant. God offers Abram a _____________. And Abram takes it by faith. God seals the covenant with a ____________.

The bargain is that _____________ will have a _________ and through that _______________ a great nation will be birthed.

The sign is a ____________ and a ____________.

Almost 15 years later Abraham has a son whose name is Issac. Issac has a son Jacob who earns a second name late in life. That name is ____________. Abraham is the father of the ___________ people.

Now In your groups answer these questions.

1. Read Genesis 11: 27-32 Why do you suppose Terah did not fulfill God’s command to go to Canaan?

2. Read Genesis 16. Why do you think Abraham slept with Hagar when God had promised he would have a son through Sarah? What do you think of Abraham’s faith? How would you have don things differently?

3. What do you think of Sarah in Genesis 16? Sarah was a person of faith? What does her reaction teach you?

Question of the week:

In Genesis 19 God destroys a whole race of people in Sodom and Gomorrah. How does this make you think of God? Is He still a God of love? Why or why not?

4. Read Genesis 19. How do you think Lot ended up in the situation he did? How could he have done things differently? How would that have changed his family?