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1 Maps Used with permission from Dr. Terry C. Hulbert How Firm a Foundation Lesson Two: Abram part 2 Chapters 1-25 Herodian building marking Machpelah, the burial place Abraham purchased for Sarah Go to for audio and notes.

2 The Audience: The Israelites, descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, had been set free from Egypt and slavery and were about to possess the land of Canaan. 7 days of the Creation week Genesis 1:1-2:3 The Ten Commandments starts with: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

3 Day God Said Visible Result Ps. 24:1 1 Let there be Light There was Light 2 Let there be expanse in midst of waters 7 days of the Creation week Genesis 1:1-2:3 Seven Days of Creation Week It was so 3 Let there be dry land and waters become seas It was so 4 Greater/Lesser Lights/Stars It was so 5 Birds/water creatures God created them 6 Creatures on earth It was so Mankind 7 God rested on the 7 th day God sanctified it The earth is the Lord s And everything in it What God says is so. Visibly (Gen. 1) Invisibly (Abram) The Verbal Word, The Written Word, The Visible Word The Word of God must be received before it is acted on in order to be effective.

4 The Word of God Must Be Received before it is Acted On in order to be Effective. CH LAND Great Nation (People) Bless and Give a Great Name 12 to the land I will show you 12 To your offspring I will give this land. 13 for all the land that you see I will give to you and to your offspring forever. 15 to give you this land to possess. To your offspring I give this land 17 I will give to you and to your offspring after you the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession I will make of you a great nation To your offspring I will make your offspring as the dust of the earth your very own son shall be your heir. number the stars so shall your offspring be. and may multiply you greatly. I will give you a son by her. kings shall come from you I will bless you and make your name great. your reward shall be very great Name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. All the families of the earth shall be blessed. in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed and she shall become nations; kings of peoples shall come from her and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore Name shall be Sarah 22 your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies I will surely bless you and in your seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, you have obeyed my voice.

5 G The Book of Genesis Genesis days of the Creation week Genesis 1:1-2:3 1. Separated Light from darkness 2. Sun, Moon, Stars set to govern and give light Genesis Separated Abram from the other nations. 2. Set him as a light to the Gentile kings and to govern.

6 W Oak of Moreh Site of Shechem (center, between Mt. Gerizim and Mt. Ebal)

7 Ab God Separated Ch. God Separated Abram s family from :23 Abram leaves Haran Abram is sent out of Egypt Egyptian culture Lot separates; moves to Sodom Moabites and Ammonites (Chemosh/Molech) Melchizedek blesses Abram Canaanite culture (S/G) The sign of circumcision given Gentile nations Hagar and Ishmael driven away Ishmaelites two peoples will be separated Edomites from your body. Country, People, Father s house God separates for good, for light, to govern.

8 E Sodom / Gomorrah? 12:7 Shechem Jericho :8/13:14 Bethel :9 Salem The (Salt) Dead Sea 13:18 Hebron Zoar :33 WILDERNESS OF ZIN The Mediterranean Sea Gerar Beersheba Tamarisk Tree NEGEV 1. How many altars did Abram build to the Lord Most High? 2. How many Gentile Kings/Nations did Abram come into contact with? (Note relative elevations.)

9 2. How many kings? Pharaoh E from Egypt, 5 Canaanite kings of the Oak of Shechem MorehBethel Salem The (Salt) Dead Sea valley, 4 kings from Jericho beyond the River, Abimelech from the Philistines 3000 Sodom / Gomorrah? Zoar Hebron Oaks of Mamre 3000 WILDERNESS OF ZIN Beersheba The Mediterranean Sea Gerar NEGEV Angels appear to Abraham at Mamre (Hebron) en route to destroy Sodom where Lot lived. (18) (Note relative elevations.)

10 Nahal Gerar in the Negev Now Abraham journeyed from there toward the Negev... then he journey in Gerar. (20:1)

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