Bible Challenge Week #3
Part 1: Genesis 16-19
~Overview and Questions ~
Genesis 16 Overview
Sarai is still discouraged that she hasn’t given Abram any children. So she tells him to go have a child with Hagar, an Egyptian maidservant. Hagar conceives. She will name him Ishmael. She then begins to despise Sarai.. Hagar flees to wilderness after treated
“harshly” from Sarai, then is instructed by an angel of the Lord to return. Ishmael is the name of the son born to Hagar and Abram – he will be a wild man, with every man’s hand against him, but the Lord will multiply thy seed greatly.
The well where Hagar is told this is called Beer Lahai Roi (you are the God who sees).
How does Sarai try to solve the problem of not baring a child to Abram?
How can we compare this situation to our lives? How do we try to help God when it comes to his plans an promises for our life?
What was the problem with Sarai’s decision?
What name was given to the place where the promise of Hagar’s son and what does it mean?
Genesis 17 Overview
Again the Lord speaks to Abram regarding the covenant he made with him. In Verse 3 we see Abraham fall on his face “and God talked with him.” Prostrate – A prayer position.
He tells him again that you shall be a father of many nations. It is here that the Lord changes his name from Abram to Abraham. Circumcision is now introduced as the token of the covenant. Every man, and child that is 8 days old shall be circumcised. So Abraham had every male circumcised including himself (He was 99 years old)!!
God also changes Sarai’s name to Sarah – she will be a mother of many nations. The Lord says again that Sarah will bear a son. Abraham laughs because Sarah is nearly 100 years old. Isaac shall be his sons name and God will establish a Covenant with him and with his seed after him.
God will also bless Ishmael and will multiply him exceedingly. 12 princes shall be begat and God will make him a great nation.
In Verse 1 what is the name that God calls himself? Why do you think he tells Abraham this?
Why do you think God changed Abrams name?
How did Abraham respond to God’s promise regarding Sarah?
How does Abraham show obedience to God?
What was the covenant, and what is the TOKEN of the covenant? (Note: Where else do we see a covenant and a token of the covenant?)
***Note that we see God tell Abraham to be perfect.
Genesis 18 Overview
The Lord appears to Abraham in Mamre. Abraham sees three men, he invites them to stay with him, that he will get them water; wash their feet; a place to rest; and he would get them bread and cake. They ask for Sarah and said that she would have a son. Sarah overhears and laughs and when is comforted by God about her laughing she lies and says that she didn’t laugh.
After the Lord was done speaking with Abraham and the three men leave to go to Sodom the Lord says that he is going to destroy Sodom because of their wickedness. Abraham tries to reason with God to not destroy the righteous with the wicked. He starts at 50 and ends at 10.
Who were the three men who visited Abraham and Sarah? Were they really men?
We see how courteous Abraham was to his visitors, what can we learn from that type of hospitality?
Why do you think Sarah lied about laughing?
Genesis 19 Overview
Two angels came to Sodom, and because Lot was sitting at the gate, he offered to keep them and wash their feet. At first they refused, but with Lot insisting, they agreed and they entered into his house. There Lot made them a feast and unleavened bread, and they ate.
Then here comes the men of
Sodom both young and old beating down the door demanding that Lot bring out the men that they seen go into the house that they may HAVE SEX with them!!
Lot refuses and INSTEAD offers his DAUGHTERS who were virgins however, the men of Sodom REFUSED! They continued to get into the house until the angels smote the men with blindness to that they were unable to see the door.
The angels then tell Lot to take his family and go to the mountains for the Lord sent them to destroy the town. Lot scared that he would be killed if he went to the caves, pleaded that he be able to go to near by city of Zoar instead. The angels say yet. Lot flees but in the process his wives looks back and turns into a pillar of salt.
Sodom and Gomorrah are destroyed.
Now Abraham getting up early that morning looks towards Sodom and Gomorrah and see’s the smoke from the town.
Now, Lot and his daughters dwelt in a mountain AFTER they left Zoar because Lot was afraid. His daughters come up with a plan to lay with their father for they believe that there are not ANY OF MEN ON THE EARTH. They plan on getting their father drunken with wine and when he was drunk they were to lie with him. They both did so, Lot unaware of what had happened. They both conceived. The Oldest bare a son Moab and the youngest bare a son named Benami – father of Ammon til this day.
Do you believe that there is any correlation between the name of the town SODOM and the sodomy? (Here we see the first display of same sex relations and the consequences. We can refer back to Chapter 18 verse 20 to see how it hurt the Lord)
How did the Lord destroy the cities?
What can we learn from the destruction of these two cities?
What happened to Lots wife and why?
What can we learn from Lots wife?
What sin did Lots daughters commit?
What two nations began as a result of their sin?
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I will post Part 2 of Overview and Questions soon!