Psalm 105:1-9; Gen. 12; 15-16; 21-22; 24; Rom. 4:13-25; John 3:16.

The call of Abram and covenant with him, marks a new beginning in the unfolding story of God’s grace. The Lord’s purpose in blessing him is to bless all peoples on earth. There are many twists and turns as the patriarch keeps taking matters into his own hands. Strangest of all is the disturbing account of God (apparently) asking Abraham to sacrifice the son of promise, anticipating God’s own sacrifice in Christ. Strange it may be but Abraham sets us all an example in obedience, faith and hope.