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Genesis 15:1-6 Commentary
by Dennis Olson
In Genesis 1-11, the LORD struggled with all humanity to redeem a sinful and violent world. Beginning in Genesis 12, the LORD tried a new approach.
God selected and focused on one unlikely family among all the families of humankind: the family of Abraham and Sarah.
Abram (the name later changed to Abraham -- Genesis 17:5) was 75 years old (Genesis 12:4), and his wife Sarai (later changed to Sarah -- 17:15) "was barren; she had no child" (11:30). God chose to focus special attention upon this elderly man and this barren woman. God promised this unpromising couple that they would become a "great nation" (12:2). The LORD would give them the land of Canaan (12:7), and descendants as numerous as the grains of dust on the earth (13:14-17). The LORD would bless them so that "in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed" (12:3).
Abraham, a Model of Unquestioning Faith?
The New Testament portrays Abraham as a model of faith (Romans 4:3; Galatians 3:6; James 2:23; Hebrews 11:8-11). But what was Abraham's faith like? Unquestioning trust? Blind faith? Never complaining? Is that what biblical faith looks like? Well, not exactly, ...
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Narrative Lectionary 045: Abraham
September 16, 2012
Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Kathryn Schifferdecker, and Craig Koester for "I Love to Tell the Story," a weekly conversation on the narrative lectionary. This week's reading is on Abraham, Gen 15:1-6.