In His Presence Online Bible Study – June 19

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Extraordinary Women of the Bible – Sarah

Today’s Scripture:


Genesis 11:27-12:20

Genesis 13:14-18

Twelve Extraordinary Women Book: Read Chapter 2 Introduction and section entitled, Her Background in Ur of the Chaldeans and Her Journey to the Land of Promise

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3 comments on “In His Presence Online Bible Study – June 19

  1. If you were up early and checked the blog, you noticed I updated this post several times. I’m doing this study in real-time, right along with you. And the more I read, the more I wanted to back up and read more.
    In the end, I also read Genesis 14:1-15:1 (which was more on Abraham than Sarah, but so fascinating)
    I had a map on the page in my Study Bible and I found it helpful to trace Abraham’s journey as I read.

    Here’s what I wrote in my journal today…
    Genesis 11:31-32 Abraham’s father moves he and his brother’s families to Haran. His father dies there.
    Genesis 12:1-9At this point, God tells Abraham it’s time he branch out..leave his family and father’s household.
    For whatever reason, he allows his brother’s son to come too. Was that ok? Or was he not obeying the “leave your family part?” I think the directive may have had more to do with “now it’s your turn to lead” verses separating from all family ties. However, I did note that God uses all things for good because what if Lot had not come along? Would Abraham have chosen the choice land near Sodom, which proved to be a mistake and caused Lot’s capture, among other things.
    *(added later) Or…did Abram “adopt” Lot. Genesis 11:28 said Haran (Lot’s dad) died.
    Genesis 12:13 Abraham tells Sarah to say she’s his sister. It’s clear she does so. It’s clear Sarah truly respected her husband.
    Genesis 12:17 God plagued Pharaoh and kept Sarah safe (even when her own husband had done wrong).
    Genesis 13:2 Abraham was very rich. In Genesis 12:16, Pharaoh treated him well for Sarah’s sake and gave him lots of livestock. I think he was already rich before too. Genesis 13:2 also mentions silver and gold. Still I think God used this whole incident to increase Abraham’s wealth. God works ALL things together for good.

    Genesis 14:1-15 These verses are about Lot’s captivity and Abraham’s rescue mission. Abraham took 318 trained servants, attacked and won. Even the king acknowledged “…God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” (Genesis 14:20)
    Genesis 14:22 Abraham made an oath to the Lord not to take any of the King’s rewards. He kept that oath. Abraham’s heart was pure on this. He knew that God would not get the glory if he took the king’s gifts.
    Genesis 15:1 God saw Abraham’s faithfulness and his heart. God said to Abraham, “I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”
    The things we do to bring glory to God do not go unnoticed by God!


  2. Running behind so playing catch-up with my online participation 🙂

    Loved your insight about Lot and had never thought of it that way – did he just tag along, and Abram let him? Was that OK with God?

    My thoughts on these passages: God knew that Abram had to completely leave his family home to follow Him wholeheartedly. Wherever Abram pitched his tent, he built an altar to God. How much the same that wherever we go, we can’t fail to take our religion with us (commentary). Abram, through lying about Sarai, showed unbelief and faithlessness in God’s promises and power! This set a bad example of one of God’s people to Pharaoh and Egypt as a whole. Did Abram not anticipate where their lie would get them?

    Interesting to note between Gen 12:10 and 13:1, the “hard famine” had passed, and Abram was “very rich”. I love that in Gen 13:17, God is telling Abram to literally WALK his future inheritance! We all are promised a glorious inheritance if we believe and follow God!


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