Genesis 12:1-9 New International Version (NIV)
The Call of Abram
12 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
2 “I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.”
4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. 5 He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.
6 Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. 7 The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him.
8 From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord.
9 Then Abram set out and continued toward the Negev.
Describe the call of Abraham (Genesis 12: 1-9). (8 marks)
The call of Abraham (Genesis 12:1-9)
Narrate Abraham’s attempt to sacrifice his son Isaac. (Genesis 22:1—19)
Genesis 22:1-19 New International Version (NIV)
22 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”
3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. 4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”
6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, 7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”
“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.
“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”
8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.
9 When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”
13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram[a] caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”
15 The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time 16 and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring[b] all nations on earth will be blessed,[c] because you have obeyed me.”
19 Then Abraham returned to his servants, and they set off together for Beersheba. And Abraham stayed in Beersheba.
NARRATE ABRAHAM’S ATTEMPT TO SACRIFICE HIS SON ISAAC in summary
01. State five characteristics of God’s covenant with Abraham
02. Describe ways in which Abraham demonstrated his faith in God
03. Give the promises that God made to Abraham
04. State five actions from the life of Abraham which showed that he had faith in God.
05. List five animals used in the making of the covenant between God and Abraham
A ram/A she- goat/ A heifer/ A pigeon/ A turtle dove
06. State the promises that God made to Abraham
07. Give reasons why circumcision was important to the Jews
08. State the characteristics of the Covenant between God and Abraham
09. Explain the importance of Gods covenant with Abraham
10. What lessons do Christians learn from the incident when Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son Isaac?
11. How does the church help to bring back members who have fallen from the faith?
12. Explain four characteristic of a covenant demonstrated in the covenant between God and Abraham.
13. Identify five lessons that Christians learn about God from the call of Abraham.
14. Identify seven challenges that Christians face while practising their faith in Kenya today.
15. Describe the covenant ceremony between God and Abraham in Genesis 15: 1-9
16. Identify four differences between the Jewish and the traditional African practices of circumcision
17. Give five reasons why church leaders take vows before starting their mission
18. State seven promises made to Abraham by God.
19. Describe the incidence when Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son Isaac (Gen 22: 1 – 18)
20. Describe the call of Abraham.
21. Explain acts of faith demonstrated by Abraham
22. Give seven reasons why God called Abraham
23. Identify five ways in which Christians can show their faith in God
24. Describe the background to the call of Abraham
Promises that God made to Abraham
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