ABRAHAM'S JOURNEY

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He would have travelled by Camel. There would have several families travelling with him who were his servants and employees.

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Travelling through the hills, deserts and plains would have been a very powerful emotional experience for him.

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The country was not just deserts and dry hills. There would have been beautiful areas that they would have camped at and stayed for a month or two.

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Abraham spent time close to the Dead Sea which is the lowest place or altitude in the world. The water is rich with salt and no sea life can exist there. The possible site of Sodom and Gomorrah was close to this area.

KEY EVENTS IN ABRAHAMS LIFE

God Fulfills Promises Made to Abraham
Gen 11:31–21:7

Abram Is Called
Gen 11:31–12:7

Abram Travels
Gen 12:8–13:18

Lot’s Land Is Invaded
Gen 14:4–16

Melchizedek Blesses Abram
Gen 14:17–24

God Makes a Covenant With Abram
Gen 15:1–21

Hagar Gives Birth to Ishmael
Gen 16:1–16

The Covenant of Circumcision Is Established
Gen 17:1–27

Sodom and Gomorrah Are Destroyed
Gen 18:1–19:29

Lot’s Daughters Become Pregnant
Gen 19:30–38

Abimelech Tries to Marry Sarah
Gen 20:1–18

Isaac Is Born
Gen 21:1–7

Abraham’s Later Life
Gen 21:8–25:10

God’s Covenant with Abraham

God’s gracious promise made to Abraham, and repeated to his descendants, to bless both them and, through them, the whole world. In response God calls for faithful obedience, expressed particularly in the outward sign of circumcision.

Features of the Abrahamic covenant

The covenant is based upon God’s gracious promise Gal 3:18 See also Ge 15:4-7; 17:4-8; 18:10,14; Heb 6:13-15

The covenant was confirmed by sacrifice Ge 15:9-18

The covenant was given in perpetuity Ge 17:7 See also Ge 17:13,19; 1Ch 16:15-17 pp Ps 105:8-10; Jer 33:23-25

God’s promises to Abraham
Ge 12:2-3

God promised the land of Canaan Ge 17:8 See also Ge 12:7; 15:18-21; Ex 6:4; Jos 1:3; Ne 9:8; Ac 7:5

God promised that Abraham would be the father of a nation Ge 15:5 See also Ge 12:2; 17:4-6 The change of name from Abram to Abraham is a sign of God’s covenant with him; Ge 17:16; 22:17; Heb 11:11-12

God promised a relationship with himself Ge 17:8 See also Ge 26:24; Dt 29:13; Mt 22:32 pp Mk 12:26; Ex 3:6; Ac 7:32

The requirements of the covenant
Obedience Ge 17:9-14 Circumcision is the sign of Abraham’s commitment to God’s covenant with him; Ge 22:18 See also Ge 26:5; Nu 32:11 by contrast, the consequences of disobedience; Heb 11:8,17-19

Faith Ge 15:6; Ne 9:8 See also Ro 4:3,11-12,18; Gal 3:6-7; Heb 11:8-12; Jas 2:23

God’s faithfulness to the covenant
God remembers his promise Ps 105:42 See also Ge 21:2; 50:24; Ex 33:1; Ac 7:17; Heb 6:15

God shows compassion for his people 2Ki 13:23 See also Ex 2:24-25; 32:13-14; Dt 9:27; Lk 1:72-73

The scope of the covenant
The covenant continued through Isaac, not Ishmael Ge 17:19-21 See also Ge 21:12; Ro 9:7-8; Gal 4:28

The covenant confirmed through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob Lev 26:42 See also Ge 26:24 Isaac
Jacob: Ge 28:13-14; 32:12
Ex 3:6; Dt 1:8; Ac 7:8

The people of Israel are heirs to the covenant Dt 29:12-13 See also Ac 3:25

All nations will be blessed through Abraham Ge 18:18 See also Ge 26:4; Ac 3:25; Gal 3:8-9,14,29

See also

Martin H. Manser, Dictionary of Bible Themes: The Accessible and Comprehensive Tool for Topical Studies (London: Martin Manser, 2009).

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A PANORAMA OF ABRAHAMS LIFE

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The Meeting of Abraham and Melchisedek
Abraham's Servant Finds a wife for Isaac
Abraham and the Three Angels

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