Abraham: The Promise of a Great Nation, Great Name, and Worldwide Blessing

Abraham is the man of the hour during week four of our series on salvation history. And there are a lot of moving parts to his story: Before he was Abraham he was Abram. He was called out into the wilderness by God. He’s responsible for the practice of  circumcision. He sent his illegitimate son away. And was asked by God to slay his only-begotten (legitimate) son as a sacrifice. Are all these events random or do they fit together, and how? Richaél Lucero connects the dots to show the bigger picture at work.

Throughout the series Richaél Lucero will examine one of the six key figures, the covenant they made with God and its meaning.

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SHOW NOTES:

Episodes referenced:

All episodes to date on the six key figures of salvation history. Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, and Jesus.

salvation history series

The story of God’s active presence in the history of humanity from Adam through Jesus and the eucharist.

Scriptures referenced:

  • Genesis 10. 70 nations of the earth/Noah’s descendants.
  • Genesis 11. Tower of Babel—how the nations lost God’s favor.
  • Genesis 12. How they got back God’s favor. Through a descendant of Shem, Abram (Abraham).

Threefold promise to Abram (Abraham).

“Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who curses you I will curse; and by you all the families of the earth shall bless themselves.”

Genesis 12:1-3
  • Genesis 15. First covenant with Abram—a great nation. A ritual called “covenant between the pieces.”
  • Genesis 17. Second covenant. Name changed from Abram to Abraham. Circumcision.

 For God so loved the world, he gave his only-begotten Son.

John 3:16

Genesis 22. Third covenant. Binding of Isaac. The Calvary of the Old Testament.

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