Genesis 17

I will be your God

Genesis 17

Genesis 17:1

When Abram was 99 years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, "I am the Almighty God. Obey me and always do what is right." (use)

I will be your God

Many people visualize a God who sits comfortably on a distant throne, remote, aloof, uninterested, and indifferent to the needs of mortals, until, it may be, they can badger him into taking action on their behalf. Such a view is wholly false. The Bible reveals a God who, long before it even occurs to man to turn to him, while man is still lost in darkness and sunk in sin, takes the initiative, rises from his throne, lays aside his glory, and stoops to seek until he finds him.

Stott, J., 2013. Basic Christianity, First edition. ed. IVP, Nottingham. (use)

Matthew 22:36-40

Teacher," he asked, "which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and the most important commandment. The second most important commandment is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself.’ The whole Law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets depend on these two commandments. (use)

Psalm 71:18

Now that I am old and my hair is grey, do not abandon me, O God! Be with me while I proclaim your power and might to all generations to come. (use)

Genesis 17:20

I have heard your request about Ishmael, so I will bless him and give him many children and many descendants. He will be the father of twelve princes, and I will make a great nation of his descendants. (use)

1 Chronicles 22:5

David thought, "The Temple that my son Solomon is to build must be splendid and world-famous. But he is young and inexperienced, so I must make preparations for it." So David got large amounts of the materials ready before he died. (use)

Psalm 119:18

Open my eyes, so that I may see the wonderful truths in your law. (use)

Genesis 17:7

I will keep my promise to you and to your descendants in future generations as an everlasting covenant. I will be your God and the God of your descendants. (use)

Sovereign Action

Psalm 144:3

LORD, what are mortals, that you notice them; mere mortals, that you pay attention to them? (use)

Psalm 17:6

I pray to you, O God, because you answer me; so turn to me and listen to my words. (use)

Ezekiel 36:22-23

""Now then, give the Israelites the message that I, the Sovereign LORD, have for them: what I am going to do is not for the sake of you Israelites, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have disgraced in every country where you have gone. When I demonstrate to the nations the holiness of my great name — the name you disgraced among them — then they will know that I am the LORD. I, the Sovereign LORD, have spoken. I will use you to show the nations that I am holy." (use)

The method of God

Genesis 17:17

Abraham bowed down with his face touching the ground, but he began to laugh when he thought, "Can a man have a child when he is a hundred years old? Can Sarah have a child at ninety?" (use)

Abraham dies but receives his covenant son Issac and sees the Lord provide but does not see a, * blessing to all nations (Gen 12:3) * ancestor of many nations (Gen 17:4)

Genesis 17:8

And I will give to you and to your offspring after you the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession, and I will be their God. (use)

Psalm 115:3

Our God is in heaven; he does whatever he wishes. (use)

Isaiah 46:10

From the beginning I predicted the outcome; long ago I foretold what would happen. I said that my plans would never fail, that I would do everything I intended to do. (use)

John 9:3

Jesus answered, His blindness has nothing to do with his sins or his parents' sins. He is blind so that God's power might be seen at work in him. (use)

Acts 2:23

In accordance with his own plan God had already decided that Jesus would be handed over to you; and you killed him by letting sinful men crucify him. (use)

Matthew 5:44

But now I tell you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, (use)

A method applied to the primary problem

Genesis 15:2

"But Abram answered, "Sovereign LORD, what good will your reward do me, since I have no children? My only heir is Eliezer of Damascus." (use)

NOW I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my Soul to keep If I should die before I 'wake, I pray the Lord my Soul to take.

The New England Primer. 1784. (use)

Psalm 9:20

"Make them afraid, O LORD; make them know that they are only mortal beings." (use)

The seeds of all sins, are in my heart,

Bonar, A.A., McCheyne, M. 1960. The Life of Robert Murray McCheyne. (use)

Romans 3:23

everyone has sinned and is far away from God's saving presence. (use)

The object of the Bible is not to tell how good men are, but how bad men can become good.

DL Moody (use)

Psalm 66:5

Come and see what God has done, his wonderful acts for mankind. (use)

Exodus 3:6

"I am the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob." So Moses covered his face, because he was afraid to look at God." (use)

Matthew 22:31-32

[Jesus in discussion with the sadducees,] "Now, as for the dead rising to life: haven't you ever read what God has told you? He said, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ He is the God of the living, not of the dead." (use)

Genesis 17:19

God said, "No, but Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his offspring after him. (use)

A God who chooses and then acts

Christ’s intervention in human history is more total and potent than any absolutist political project: after Christ, to be human is to be loved and to be lovable, no matter how unworthy.

Poulos, J., 2017. Marshall McLuhan Can Save Humans From Destroying Ourselves With Technology. (use)

The Gospel shows people their wounds and bestows on them love. It shows them their bondage and supplies the hammer to knock away their chains. It shows them their nakedness and provides them the garments of purity. It shows them their poverty and pours into their lives the wealth of heaven. It shows them their sins and points them to the Savior.

Graham, B., 1985. The Secret of Happiness. (use)

1 John 4:10

This is what love is: it is not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the means by which our sins are forgiven. (use)

Ephesians 1:4-7

Even before the world was made, God had already chosen us to be his through our union with Christ, so that we would be holy and without fault before him. Because of his love God had already decided that through Jesus Christ he would make us his sons and daughters — this was his pleasure and purpose. Let us praise God for his glorious grace, for the free gift he gave us in his dear Son! For by the blood of Christ we are set free, that is, our sins are forgiven. How great is the grace of God, (use)

Galatians 3:29

If you belong to Christ, then you are the descendants of Abraham and will receive what God has promised. (use)

John 3:16

For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life. (use)