Saturday, February 16, 2013

Genesis 11:10-32

Today's reading in our daily plan is Genesis 11:10-32. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • In this chapter we read the lineage of Shem (one of Noah’s sons) that ends with a man named Abram. Abram is a major figure in the history of the world. (He is considered the "father of the faith" for Christians, Jews, and Muslims.) We will learn more about him in the weeks to come.
  • We’re also told about his wife, Sarai, and how she was unable to have children.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • The lineage lists in the Bible may seem boring to read until you start to realize that it shows us where the people in the Bible connect to each other.
  • You may be asking, “OK, but so what?” Well, Abram and Sarai are the ancestors of Jesus. Now you should be saying “But I thought she was unable to have children?!” Yep and that’s why it’s important. We’ll learn more about that in the chapters to come.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • One thing to take away from this is that, while life is full of ups and downs, God wants to be with you through it all. In the following chapters we'll see Abram and Sarai go through a lot of ups and downs but God is with them and writing an amazing story with their lives. God wants to do the same with you, but you need to say yes and invite him to do so.