Covenants Guide Us Through the In-Between Times

How do you remember your past?  Are there important stories from your past that have played a role in who you are today?  Are there pictures, objects, even artifacts that you display prominently in you home or office that help you remember where you came from, who you are and what is important?  Perhaps as you begin the lesson, you can bring in a picture, an object, or a story from you past to share with the class.  You might decide to encourage the class to share some of their “stories of origin.”  Doing so builds community and trust. It also sets the stage nicely for this Sunday’s lesson!

Covenants (legal and binding promises) aren’t about the past, however.  Making commitments to one another (marriages come to mind as an example) are about the future.  Such a promise, from one person to another, is a forward-looking agreement in which both sides make commitments of action on behalf of the other.

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The Mysterious and Life-Giving Journey with God

Journey is a major theme in the Bible and it comes to readers early.  Adam and Eve journey away from the garden, due to their sin that separates them from God.  Noah and his family take a journey in a boat that puts them in a new place and in a new creation, once the waters recede.  Then, we meet Abram.  And we met him because God abruptly calls him to leave home to go to a place he will later show him (12:1).  Abram’s journey with God lasts from Genesis 12 – 25.  All of it a journey without arriving at a final destination.  There are high and low points, and they are all learning points for Abram.  Continue reading