Kristen Van Bueren
Summarize what you read in one paragraph: Genesis 15-17 give the account of God’s covenant He made with Abram – and Abram’s faith, which was credited to him as righteousness. It also shows the impatience of Sarai and Abram both – unwilling to wait on the Lord to fulfill His promise – Sarai gives Abram her servant, who gives birth to Ishmael. This resulted in a conflict within the family which is still evidenced today – thousands of years later. This section concludes with God changing Abram’s name to Abraham, and Sarai’s name to Sarah – and giving Abraham the promise that Sarah would become pregnant and give birth to a son, Isaac, one year from then.
“When Abram was ninety-nine years old the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, ‘I am God Almighty, walk before me, and be blameless…No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations.’”Genesis 17:1-5
How does what you read change your vision of God? God changed Abram’s name to Abraham, which means father of a multitude, before Abraham actually had Isaac. God named Abraham not for what he already was/had become – but for what he would become. God saw who Abraham would be – this was His vision for Abraham.
How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others? This was powerful to me because so often I view myself from the perspective of what I am right now, or what I have been in the past. But that is not how God sees me – God views me not for who am I right now, but who I can grow into becoming. God’s vision for me is one who will bear more and more the image of His son! That is so inspiring to me!
How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?) It is often so very easy to believe that lies that our enemy tries to speak over us – over me. But because of this passage, and how I now believe that God sees/views me, I am going to try to fight all the harder to resist the lies spoken over me – whether they come from family, co-workers, neighbors, friends, or even people in the church – that I am not who I used to be, and not even who I am right now – but that God sees me and has a vision for who I will become!
Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)
This is exactly how Jesus treated his apostles that he called. They were a hodgepodge group of men – not the most likely group of 11 (less Judas) that one would think to rally to change the world. But Jesus didn’t see them for who they were, but whom they would become. He even followed in his father’s footsteps when he changed Simon’s name to Peter!