Covenant Father 3: Strife and Separation - Genesis 13

As Abram and Sarai leave Egypt and head back into the desert region of the Negeb with Lot, Abram faces a new sort of problem: up until now, he’s faced problems of not enough, but now he faces the problem of too much. God made Abram rich with livestock, silver, and gold, and now he’ll have to learn to be a waystation for such blessings, not the end of the line. God promised to bless him so that he could bless others, and so this is a test of Abram’s faith: will he grasp God’s blessing in a clenched fist, orAs…

Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by CJ Bowen

Covenant Father 2: Abram's Exodus - Genesis 12:10-20

Maybe you remember that Bible story about the famine that drove God’s people into Egypt. Maybe you remember they ended up as captives, stuck in a “kill the boys; let the girls live” situation. Maybe you remember how God sent plagues to punish Pharaoh, so that His people could be sent away with much spoil. Maybe you remembered that story being about Moses, but as you see in Genesis 12:10-20, this was Abram’s story hundreds of years earlier.As we look at this Exodus, we see that Abram leaves Canaan because the land is barren. While it isn’t faithless to run…

Posted on Thursday, March 16, 2017 by CJ Bowen

Covenant Father 1: Called and Blessed - Genesis 12:1-9

Abraham is not only the father through whose line Jesus came into the world, but he is also the father of all who believe. God promises Abraham that his offspring will be a blessing to the world, and enters into a covenant with Abraham to confirm that promise. Abraham believes God, and is counted as righteous by faith. This faith in God’s covenant promises is the faith that saves us today, as all those promises are fulfilled in Jesus Christ, and so we see in Abraham our Covenant Father.Abram’s story begins in Genesis 12, which forms a transition point in…

Posted on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 by CJ Bowen