Foundations in Genesis, Part 8

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrew 12:1-2a)

Patriarchal Family of Faith (Election and Promise)

Isaac Blesses JacobThe Patriarchs (Backbone of Genesis)

  1. Following in Your Father’s Footsteps
    (See handout for table)
  2. Type Scenes
    (See handout for table)
  3. Parallelism and Recapitulation in Ancient Culture
    • Common Hebrew literary device in a predominantly oral culture
    • Repetition for remembrance

Abraham – Chosen From Among Men

  1. Abraham’s Faith Journey
    • Famine and Trip to Egypt = Little Faith (Gen 12:10-20)
    • Choose Your Plot, Lot = Great Faith (Gen 13)
    • Where is my Promised Son? = Little Faith (Gen 16)
    • Mount Moriah Test = Great Faith (Gen 22)
  2. Abraham’s Faith Struggles || Christian’s Faith Struggles
    Heb 10:39-11:2; Heb 11:8-19; Heb 11:39-12:2

Jacob – Younger Twin Chosen According to Election

  1. Jacob the Deceiver
    Gen 25:29-34; Gen 27:1-36
  2. Jacob’s Ladder
    Gen 28:10-17; John 1:43-51
  3. What is Your Name?
    • Jacob is transformed by his newfound consciousness of weakness, consuming hunger for God, and confession of unworthiness (Gen 32:22-29).
  4. What’s in a Name?
    (See handout for table)

Yahweh is Lord of the Covenant

  1. Why Jacob and Not Esau?
    God often chooses/blesses the younger over the older according to election (Abel/Cain, Isaac/Ishmael, Jacob/Esau, Judah/Reuben, Ephraim/Manassah),
    Rom 9
  2. Patriarchal Theme: God works out his promises in spite of obstacles and threats to their fulfillment in order to demonstrate that they are gracious divine gifts.

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