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?

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10 thoughts on “Pastor Wrinkle’s Corner: The Abraham Label

  1. 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?

    It makes me think that God was probably fed up with the way these humans were acting ,I mean he just flood the earth and everything, but I guess that didn’t get the point across so he just burnt the city, it’s not like he burnt the whole world and said I will never burn it again, just the one place that people were actually commiting a sin that was very displeasing to God. And yes He is a God of love because if he really wanted to he could have just destroyed the Earth and gave up on us Sinful Humans..but he loves us so much that he’s willing to patiently wait for us to act and be the mature christians we are supposed to be .

  2. It’s a difficult question. The Bible is largely centered around God’s love. However, in some ways (before the New Testament) God seems only interested in His chosen people, the Israelites. He allows other “pagans” to capture them, and then he delivers them. When the Israelites trust in God he carries them through every obstacle, but what about those other people? God explicitly told the Kings of Israel that during their conquests they should destroy EVERYTHING. Kill everyone including the animals and do not take anything as a prize. While it is obvious that he did not want to risk them being infiltrated in anyway by “unclean” things, it does seem rather heartless. In this instance Sodom and Gomorrah were steeped in sin. If I remember correctly, however, God never sends any prophets (that are mentioned at least) to these cities to give them a chance to repent. He only sends the angels to Lot and his family, informing them to flee or perish. Granted, parents do punish their children out of love but is eternal damnation, an irrevocable punishment, pushing it too far? Or did God just know that every one of the hearts of the people in that city were beyond the “point of no return”? I don’t think there is a simple answer to this question, because it sprouts new questions: Does this imply that God might be using natural disasters as judgment today as he did in this instance? Like Sodom and Gomorrah is he/has he judged New Orleans, Southeast Asia, Tornado Alley, and Haiti? I think God is a loving God, but when he razes two cities in a single evening for partaking in acts that I feel we surpass in quantity and quality today (with the power of TV and internet) it makes me think that we must be missing something. Or perhaps the end truly is near.

    • Wow Zach! This is really astute reasoning. What we do know is that Abraham did intercede with God for Sodom and Gomorrah. God did say if he could find even 10 righteous people there that he would spare the city. Now by righteous He didn’t mean perfect or even extremely holy. After all he saved Lot and his daughters and in the very next chapter the girls are getting pregnant by their besotted father (hardly examples of religious piety). Also I believe Lot was sent to Sodom as a messenger because in Hebrews it says that “righteous” lot was vexed in his soul day after day by the evil in those cities. Further the Canaanites (descendants of Ham) were given many generations to come away from wickedness even after the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. You have given us some really good food for thought. Thanks for answering the question of the week.

  3. Yes cause good said, What ever we do he will still love us. ” Also if he did still love he would not give us his only forgoten son John 3:16.

  4. Yes He is!
    He’s showed his love for mankind when he destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. Sin is a power and spreads so easily. They like all people know there is a God by looking at all the created things around us., and we are all created with this void within us that can only be filled by Him. They saw Abraham and Lot and the blessings God gave them and that He was a good God and yet still rejected him.
    L&P
    Charlotte

    • Yes Charlotte! This is absolutely true. In our teaching times we have learned that the Sodomites and the Gomorrahans had lived for hundreds of years in their state of reprobation even with the preaching of Melchizedek and even Lot among them.

  5. 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?

    I still think of God in the same way. He gave the people of Sodom and Gomorrah the freedom to choose which path to follow, and they didn’t choose His. They brought it upon themselves and I don’t blame God for it. He is absolutely still a God of love, and I am sure that He did not take pleasure in what was done to Sodom and Gomorrah. Destruction is the result of sin and wickedness, and that is the reason for what happened.

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