We have now reached the center of the book of Genesis. This central section (Genesis 12‚Äď22) will cover the journey of Abraham, from God‚Äôs first call, lekh lekha, ‚ÄúGo!‚ÄĚ (Genesis 12:1), which leads Abraham to leave his past, to God‚Äôs second call, lekh lekha, ‚ÄúGo!‚ÄĚ (Gen. 22:2), which leads Abraham to leave his future (as it would exist in his son). As a result, Abraham always is on the
move, always a migrant, which is why he also is called a ‚Äústranger‚ÄĚ (Genesis. 17:8).
In his journeying, Abraham is suspended in the void‚ÄĒwithout his past, which he has lost, and without his future, which he does not see. Between these two calls, which frame Abraham‚Äôs journey of faith, Abraham hears God‚Äôs voice, which reassures him: ‚Äú ‚ÄėDo not be afraid‚Äô ‚ÄĚ (Genesis 15:1,
NKJV). These words of God mark the three sections of Abraham‚Äôs journey, which will be studied in weeks 6, 7, and 8.
Abraham exemplifies faith (Gen. 15:6) and is remembered in the Hebrew Scriptures as the man of faith (Neh. 9:7, 8). In the New Testament, Abraham is one of the most mentioned figures from the Old Testament, and this week we will start to see why.
Panel: Jeff Nicholson, Lorraine McDonald, Clive Ferguson
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