A Study of Genesis 17-20
We pick up in chapter 17 this week, God appears to Abraham and tells him that God is going to multiply his house and bless his descendants. We also see circumcision introduced. Circumcision is a way for Gods people to uphold Gods covenant. God also gives Abram and Sarai new names, Abram is now Abraham and Sarai. Sarah gets some astonishing news, she is told she will give Abraham a son, even though she is well advanced in age. He will be named Isaac.
Abraham has three guest and excitedly puts everyone to work preparing food for them to enjoy. He learns they are discussing the towns where his nephew, Lot and his family, live, Sodom and Gomorrah. These are two very corrupt towns, God judged and sentenced them to be destroyed.
This is what I love, Abraham goes to God and pleads to save any righteous people found there. He started by asking if God would spare the town if just 50 righteous people found there. God promised he would. That is how much our God loves us! He will always give us the opportunity to repent. Abraham eventually was able to get the town spared if only 10 people were found righteous. As we know from the story, Lot left with only his wife and two daughters.
As they were fleeing, they were told not to look back, unfortunately, Lots wife did just that and was turned into a pillar of salt. I used to believe that it was a matter of her being disobedient. What I have learned through my studies is that it was because she did not want to let go of what she was leaving behind. A lifestyle in Sodom that was steeped in wickedness.
We finish this week with Abraham and Sarah settled in Gerar. Once again he takes matters into his own hands. He lets people think that Sarah is is sister. She was a beautiful woman and was taken by the king. God promised Abraham He would be with him, protect and bless him, but still Abraham took matters into his own hands. He still struggles with trusting God completely.
Though we may be tempted to take over for God because of course, we think we know what’s best for us! 🙂 We must realize that no one knows us better than God and his plan for us is beyond perfect. We have to give up control and trust in HIM! The more we look over our shoulder at the past we will never be able to receive what God has in store for our future.
Prayer and Encouragement
I pray this week brings you peace and comfort in that God does have control. That you do not have to fix what seems to be broken. I pray you step back and accept what He wants you to have. HIM! If you missed last week’s lesson, click here.
Until next week my friends.