ELMM: Genesis 12-50 and Our Faith Ancestors
March 11 - March 12
Genesis 12-50 and Our Faith Ancestors with Professor George Heider
March 11-12, 2022
If you were God, what would you do next? We saw in the first five Bible stories that we humans tend to spoil our relationships and to spoil the world God created, yet God does not give up on us. To break into this mess, God begins to work through individual people to rebuild a world in harmony with God.
The stories of Genesis 12-50 begin with Abraham and his family. How do we live as faithful people of God? The story of Abraham points the way.
Suppose you are 75 years old and are told to move your family and belongings hundreds of miles to a country you have never visited. This is what happens to Abram, later to be renamed Abraham. God says move “to the land that I will show you,” and he does (12:1-5).
This is the first remarkable thing about Abram. He simply does what God says, trusting that God must have a plan in mind. This is one description of faith: to do what God asks us to do. Sometimes the word call is used: Abraham is “called” by God to leave everything, pick up his family and move, literally to God-knows-where. The first remarkable thing about Abram is his faithfulness. (Witness to the Word, Augsburg Fortress, 1991).