Questions for Reflection for Study of Genesis 17-20

For the past few weeks, the journey through Genesis has taught me lessons from Abraham who went up to the desert region called the Negev along with his wife Sarah and his nephew Lot. The lessons are about humility, seeking unity, and peace. Abram was willing to work out problems head on without deception and he humbly sought unity and peace with Lot. Abram demonstrated that he cared for others.

As writers, we also show that we care for others by giving back what we have learned in life to our readers. What we make happen for others, God will make happen for us. Abraham had his priorities right as he was concerned for Lot who was going through tough times. Lot was near the sinful city of Sodom and because of this association; he lost all his possessions and was taken captive.

On the other hand, Abraham was where God wanted him to be and with the people He wanted him to be with. God encouraged Abraham through His Word. The Word came to Abraham in a vision and said, “Do not be afraid, Abraham. I am your shield, your very great reward.” It is the same for us today as God is by our side to protect and encourage.

Also learned over the last few weeks is the need for patience. Abraham and his wife Sarah were both getting up in age and they felt like their child bearing years had passed so to build a family, Sarah told Abraham to sleep with her maidservant named Hagar. After Hagar became pregnant, Sarah despised Hagar (v. 4).

When we are impatient and try to rush God, the usual results are disappointment. Think of our society today. We live in a society of impatience and we want things now and with technology today we have come to expect immediate satisfaction. The problem is that since we are all rushed, there are mistakes and some of these mistakes take time and money to correct.

But in God’s timing, things have a way to work out best. So let us then put our attention on His greatness and over the next few weeks focus on His Word. The mission of this blog is to bring out ways to apply His Word in our life at work, at home, and within our neighborhoods. The questions for reflection for the upcoming study are laid out below to help bring out some thoughts and ideas over the next two weeks.

Genesis 17
How does Abraham respond to God’s promises? What promises has God given You? How are you responding to them today?

Genesis 18
How does God appear to Abraham? How does Sarah react to God’s promise? From the dialogue of God and Abraham what do you learn about God? What do you learn about intercessory prayer?

Genesis 19
Where is “innocent bystander” Lot? What are some of the immediate results of Lot’s close association with the “swingers” of Sodom? Do you think his main motive has been to witness? Examine your influence on and witness to others. Do they understand your beliefs and respect your words? Why?

Genesis 20
What is Abraham’s basic problem here (see 12:10-19)? Why do you think that unchristian people are sometimes more ethical than Christians? In what ways is Abimelech an example to follow?

The above reading plan will be used as I share over the next few posts. It’s important to have a plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Him as Savior; we have taken the steps necessary to make this day with Him amazing! At this link: God’s Plan for Us, is a post about accepting God’s plan or reaffirming our “YES” for Christ. 

Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of the questions above. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments or to a Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God. 

Resources and Supplementary Helps Used in Posts
Adeney, Carol. This Morning with God. Downer Grove Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1978
First United Methodist Waco Podcast
Christ Notes
Family Times
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About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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