Starting with Genesis 12, one descriptive word through Genesis 25, and you will remember the major events in Abraham’s life? How well can you associate the contents of his life with these illustrative fourteen words? Print it out and put it in your Bible as you study his life.
This word cloud (wordle.net if you want to do some of your own) is of Abraham’s life story from Genesis 12 through the first section of chapter 25. His life at a glance. Notice the largest word: “Unto”. It’s talking about people and places. The personal pronouns thee, thou, thy, tell us that it’s a personal story. And then the personal names: Abram to Abraham; Sarai to Sarah; the LORD (Jehovah), God, Lot, Hagar, Ishmael, Isaac, Rebekah, Abimelech, Heth, Ephron. And the places: Mamre, Sodom, Zoar, city, country. And the words that deal with God’s promises: behold, brought, gave, covenant, spake, seed, born, sons, daughters, children, land, heaven, blessed. And those that deal with every day life: water, pitcher, well, drink, plain, dwelt, time, pass, old, young, lad, wife, men, tent, came, went, took.
Who were these people? Ordinary people. How did God deal with them? In extraordinary ways. How has He blessed us through them? As He promised, through the seed of Abraham and Sarah, by sending the Messiah, Jesus Christ the Son of God, to save us from our sins: living a perfect life, dying in our place, and rising from the dead in victory.
“Note that when God called Abraham, Abraham obeyed the call. He answered, “…Behold, here I am.” Abraham was a man whose ear was in tune with the Voice of God. No character in the Old Testament or in all of history is more interesting than Abraham. He is reverenced by the Jews as their father through Isaac, and by the Arabs as their father through the son of Hagar. He is also called the father of the faithful (Galatians 3:7).”
Bob Jones, 1973: Old Testament Sermons: The Pentateuch (Greenville, South Carolina: Bob Jones University Press, Unusual Publications), p 24.
Can you match the history to the word? One word per chapter so far:
Our Sunday School, which is for all ages, is currently studying the book of Genesis. Genesis is ‘beginnings’. Yes, the beginning of the world, of humanity, but also of most or all of the Christian teachings that are further explained throughout the rest of the Bible. We have just finished the first eleven chapters, and are about to embark on the study of Abraham’s life. “He looked for a city, which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” Hebrews 11:10.