Drawn into the Master’s Plan

Michael Wilcock

Read: Genesis 15:1-21 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” (v. 1) Once again God speaks to Abraham the same promises. So what’s new? Quite a lot. The first of the two encounters is about Abraham’s descendants: God speaks, Abraham responds with a question, and God’s answer comes in a memorable nighttime experience, amplifying what he has said in the …

The Priest-King and His God

Michael Wilcock

Read: Hebrews 7:1-3 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him. (v. 1) “I give this land to you,” said God to Abraham in Genesis 13. Since he had the power to give it, the land obviously belonged to him; then it belonged to Abraham, too. So how do the various kings of Genesis 14 fit into the picture? Did not the land also …

Yahweh Speaks Again

Michael Wilcock

Read: Genesis 13:1-18 The LORD said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, “Lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward.” (v. 14) Aren’t you exasperated by people who repeat themselves? Abraham’s God would be an exception, though. He says the same things over and over, yet his words come up fresh and new and relevant time after time, and his people are always learning more of him …

Abraham Still in the Shallows

Michael Wilcock

Read: Genesis 12:10-20 And when the Egyptians see you, they will say, “This is his wife.” Then they will kill me, but they will let you live. Say you are my sister, that it may go well with me because of you, and that my life may be spared for your sake. (vv. 12-13) The other Sunday I was about to preach on the call of Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3) and was dismayed to hear the whole of Genesis 12, not …

Hidden Depths

Michael Wilcock

Read: Exodus 6:2-8 I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from slavery to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment. (v. 6) There is always something more to know about God. For Abraham, God was first a god, then the God, then the God who made himself known to some people as Yahweh, the Lord. Over …

Faith and Obedience

Michael Wilcock

Read: Hebrews 11:8-12 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. (v. 8) Would you like to know what the future holds? Yes and no! Some of it Christians do know, including the best things of all—the big things like the promise of heaven and the promise of the Lord’s unfailing guidance all the way there. …