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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Day Four - 90 Day Bible Reading Challenge - Genesis 12-16 - The Great Adventure A Journey Through the Bible

by Sarah Christmyer 

Genesis 12-16 

Bible Time Period: Patriarchs
In the time of the Patriarchs, you called Abraham and promised his children land, a royal kingdom, and worldwide blessing:  Help me to trust in your promises today.

The second period of salvation history, the “Patriarchs,” is told in the remaining chapters of Genesis.  These chapters leave poetry behind and provide a historical account of the beginnings of the people of Israel, focusing on the forefathers or “Patriarchs” of the nation:  Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – and also Jacob’s son Joseph.

As you read about Abram (later called Abraham), focus on the promise God makes to him and his descendants.  Pay particular attention to mentions of blessings that go along with that promise.  God is establishing a covenant with Abraham:  a solemn oath that makes Abraham’s family, God’s family.  That covenant forms the backbone of the rest of the story of the Bible.  In fact, our word “Testament” comes from a Greek word that translates the Hebrew for “Covenant.”  The Old Testament is about the “old covenant” – the covenant God makes with the people of Israel – and the New Testament is about the “new covenant” in Jesus Christ that the “old covenant” was a preparation for.  So pay attention:  all this promise-making is important to understanding what you’ll read in the rest of the Bible.

Today’s Reading
Genesis 12-16

Today’s Question
Abraham is called our “Father in Faith.”  What evidence of Abraham’s faith do you see in chapters 12 and 15? 

The New Testament is hidden in the Old and the Old Testament is revealed in the NewMelchizedek, the king of Salem, and “priest of God Most High” met with Abraham after he defeated the warrior kings and freed his nephew Lot. Melchizedek, who brings out bread and wine and offers a blessing over Abraham, appears out of nowhere. He has no genealogy and his capital, "Salem" isn't mentioned before in Genesis. The Church Fathers see in the gesture of the king-priest Melchizedeck, who “brought out bread and wine,” a foreshadowing of the Eucharist. At the heart of the Eucharistic celebration are the bread and wine that, by the words of Christ and the invocation of the Holy Spirit, become Christ’s Body and Blood. (#1333 Catechism of the Catholic Church)

Discussion Boards Day Four
Saint Paul Center For Biblical Theology - Our Father Abraham
Catholic Bible Dictionary, General Editor Scott Hahn - Abrahamic Covenant p. 13-14
Saint Paul Center For Biblical Theology - Melchizedek Priest of the Most High 
Agape Catholic Bible Study Commentary on Genesis 15:1 - 17:27

The above 10-minute study was taken from the Great Adventure Bible Study for Catholics. 

For items devotional items related to the Catholic Church 

Back to Index 90 Day Bible Reading Challenge

Meeting of Abraham and Melchizedek - Dieric Bouts 

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