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Genesis 12:7

Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him.


Abram’s story is the beginning of a series of stories about folks hearing similar calls from God to go into the world. In the immediate context of Genesis, Joseph — Abraham and Sarah’s great-grandson — will save Egypt and the nations surrounding it from famine (Genesis 45:5). Later, Israel is called into covenant at Sinai to be among all the nations of the world a “priestly kingdom and a holy nation” As a priestly kingdom, they are to be witnesses to God in the world. Nations will come to their light (Isaiah 60:3) and will worship on God’s holy mountain (Isaiah 2:2-4). And for Christians, of course, the blessing that is promised through Abraham and Sarah is fulfilled most fully in Jesus. – from Kathryn M. Schifferdecker’s commentary on Genesis 12:1-9


  • What is the beginning of your story?

  • Where could you go if you saw yourself as one part of a larger story?


Redeeming Sustainer, visit your people and pour out your strength and courage upon us, that we may hurry to make you welcome not only in our concern for others, but by serving them generously and faithfully in your name. Amen.

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