Abraham. Father of All Believers by Stephen J. Binz

By Stephen J. Binz

This new religious study sequence from a bestselling writer examines key biblical characters and attracts at the old Christian perform of lectio divina.

Ancient-Future religious study comprises modern research of the Bible with an event of the church's such a lot historic means of examining Scripture, lectio divina. This everyday perform comprises 5 simple pursuits: biblical research (lectio), mirrored image (meditatio), prayer (oratio), discernment (contemplatio), and contemplative motion (operatio). In six truly written volumes, bestselling writer Stephen Binz is helping readers learn the Bible in a fashion that ends up in non secular transformation and brings them in the direction of God.

Binz leads readers in a vibrant research of key biblical characters, together with Abraham, Paul, Peter, David, the ladies of the Torah, and the ladies of the Gospels. He indicates all Christians who wish to have a reworking adventure with the encouraged note of God how learning Scripture via lectio divina can enrich...

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How could the cave of Machpelah in Hebron be a symbol of reconciliation for the clashing descendants of Abraham? Ancestor of Us All Lectio Read this inspired text, listening for its fuller meaning in light of the whole plan of God. ROMANS 4:11–12 11[Abraham] received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to make him the ancestor of all who believe without being circumcised and who thus have righteousness reckoned to them, 12and likewise the ancestor of the circumcised who are not only circumcised but who also follow the example of the faith that our ancestor Abraham had before he was circumcised.

God’s call demanded that he leave the basis of his security, trade, and identity. He must transfer his orientation from his homeland and his lineage to God and God’s promises. At the center of Abram’s call are the wondrous promises of God. These promises are the key to the entire Bible and will be fulfilled throughout the history of salvation. The initial set of promises expresses God’s commitment to Abram: first, to make of him a great nation; second, to bless him with abundant flocks, numerous offspring, good health, and long life; and third, to make his name great so that he will be esteemed with a noble reputation (v.

18So Pharaoh called Abram, and said, “What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife? 19Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her for my wife? ” 20And Pharaoh gave his men orders concerning him; and they set him on the way, with his wife and all that he had. After listening to the words of this text and imagining the scene, continue to explore their significance through these remarks. The Bible consistently shows the heroes of faith as they really are, not as we might wish them to be.

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