God of Might

Michael Wilcock

Read: Genesis 17:1-8 I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless, that I may make my covenant between me and you, and may multiply you greatly. (vv. 1-2) “Hope deferred makes the heart sick,” says the book of Proverbs (13:12). Perhaps that was how Abraham felt when at the age of 99 he heard repeated yet again God’s promises about the family and the land that were to be his. As he saw it, there was no possibility …

God of Seeing

Michael Wilcock

Read: Genesis 16:1-16 She called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, “You are a God of seeing,” for she said, “Truly here I have seen him who looks after me.” (v. 13) When I read this passage, I can almost see the words from the King James Version of verse 13, “Thou, God, seest me,” framed on the wall of a Victorian home as a warning to naughty children. When Hagar first uttered them, it was not …

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 …