Author: Michael Bogart

Genesis Challenge | Chapters 17-19: Abraham’s Confidence with God

Genesis Challenge | Chapters 17-19: Abraham’s Confidence with God January 14th Reading (Genesis Challenge) | Yesterday’s Reading It is amazing that God does not give up on people of faith, even when their faith fails temporarily. The events of Genesis 17-19 occur around 13 years after the birth of Ishmael. In this episode we will see that Abraham does not remain faithless, but renews his trust and shows a growing confidence with God. Think about these points as you read through this section: Notice that God is careful to renew his covenant with Abraham. Why does he do this? Notice...

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Genesis Challenge | Chapters 15-16: Abraham’s Faith Fails

Genesis Challenge | Chapters 15-16: Abraham’s Faith Fails January 13th Reading (Genesis Challenge) | Yesterday’s Reading In Genesis 15-16, God makes a pivotal promise to Abraham concerning his descendants (15:4-5). Although Abraham believed God (vs. 6), he seems to have had trouble leaving the matter in God’s hands. Think about these issues as you read through this section: On what basis was Abram counted as righteous in God’s eyes? Why did Abram ask for some sort of concrete guarantee that God would fulfill his promise (15:8)? What may have been God’s reasons for making a solemn oath to Abram, sealed...

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Genesis Challenge | Chapters 12-14: Abraham’s Early Faith

GENESIS 12-14: Abraham’s Early Faith January 12th Reading (Genesis Challenge) | Yesterday’s Reading As you read through Genesis 12-14, you will see Abraham taking his first steps of faith as he walks with God.  Notice that his name is actually Abram (great father) at this point in his life. Later God will change his name to Abraham (father of a multitude).  Notice also that Abram’s faith in God is not consistent at this stage, which should a comfort to us in our own faith journeys. Look for these points as you read through this section: What specific points does God...

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Genesis Challenge | Chapters 10-11: The World After the Flood

GENESIS 10-11: The World After the Flood January 11th Reading (Genesis Challenge) | Yesterday’s Reading Why is it important to know about the earliest human civilization after the Flood? Genealogy is important in certain portions of the Bible. While it may seem like boring reading to many people today, the inspired writers of the Bible needed to show who was connected to whom, and to give a clear account of the line for redemption. Many of the names listed in chapter 10 are not directly linkable to modern people groups. Most people probably have a bloodline that includes multiple names in...

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Genesis Challenge | Chapters 6-9: The Great Flood

GENESIS 6-9: The Great Flood January 10th Reading (Genesis Challenge) | Yesterday’s Reading The Great Flood was a pivotal event in the early history of the human race. This large reading section (four chapters) is necessary, because it covers the entire flood episode. Here are some issues to look for in this section: Why did God send such a catastrophic judgment? Was he too harsh in destroying every breathing thing? Why did God choose Noah’s family for preservation? What are the details of God’s covenant with Noah after the Flood? How does Genesis 9 evaluate Noah’s sons? Also note that...

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