Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Project 4:4-Day Five

In today's reading we're introduced to one of the people in the Bible who interests me just because he seems to receive the most praise for his belief in God in the New Testament!

Our reading covered Genesis 12-14, where we get to see God interacting with Abraham. The first thing that I love about Abraham is that he seems to have no issues with following wherever God may lead. For us, so often we may feel God's Spirit urging us to do somethng or leading us in a particular direction, and for whatever reason, we still have some fears/reservations. Abraham, however, didn't even know what God was urging or where He was leading. God just told him to go "to the land I will show you." It's one thing to follow God when you know exactly what He wants from you. It's another entirely when you don't know, but you're willing to blindly follow Him.

However much of a giant of faith Abraham may be, it's in this readng that we also see that he was human and he still struggled. Rather than trusting God to care for and protect him, he asked his wife to lie about their relationship.

Finally, this passage was also interesting, as we see Melchizedek, the first priest mentioned in the Bible.

On to the Questions:

1. What was God's purpose in choosing Abraham and his descendants--and is it unfair of God to single out one group as His people?

--God chose Abraham because he was obedient. And He chose Abram in order to ultimately bless everyone through him. So, in my opinion, it is not unfair, for God can accomplish His purposes through whomever He chooses, as long as the person He chooses is faithful to allow God to work in his/her life.

2. What six things did God promise to Abraham's descendants? (Gen. 12:1-3)

--I will make you into a great nation; I will bless you; I will make your name great; You will be a blessing; I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you; All peoples on earth will be blessed through you.

3. What is the significance of Melchizedek in chapter 14?

--Melchizedek is the first priest of God that we see in the Bible, as he ministers to Abram, blessing him in the name of God. Abram, in turn, gives him a tenth of everything. Also, as a GINORMOUS fan of the book of Hebrews, I just gotta point out that the Hebrew writer will later compare Jesus to Melchizidek, saying that Jesus is a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.

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