Monthly Archives: December 2012

Genesis 17: Circumcision, the Covenant, and the People of God

It might seem that Genesis 17, since it concerns God’s command for Abraham to circumcise the male members of his household, is no longer of any significance for Christians, but that is far from true. Genesis 17 describes a pivotal … Continue reading

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The God who Sees us: Genesis 16

In Genesis 16, Abram is presented with another wonderful opportunity for faith, and this time he fails. Abram’s faith is not a consistent steady climb, but is riddled with ups and downs. This time the temptation to distrust God comes … Continue reading

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The Covenant and the Curse: Gen 15:7-21

In response to Abram’s faith, God formalizes the covenant between them with a ritual sacrifice and oath. First, following the standard form of an Ancient Near Eastern covenant, God identifies himself and recites the history of his relationship with Abram: … Continue reading

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Abraham’s Faith Counted as Righteousness (Gen 15:1-6)

The Covenant with Abraham, part 1 In Genesis 15, God formalizes the relationship he established with Abraham in chapter 12. God makes, or more literally, cuts a covenant with him. A covenant is a formal contract between two parties that … Continue reading

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