God of Constancy

Michael Wilcock

Read: Genesis 21:22-34 Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba and called there on the name of the LORD, the Everlasting God. (v. 33) Would the promised son ever be born? To the aging couple the wait must sometimes have seemed endless. But God’s promise did come true, as the first part of today’s chapter recounts, and throughout the long delay his care for them had been unfailing. The events at Beersheba highlighted yet another aspect of their wonderful God. …

God of Justice

Michael Wilcock

Read: Genesis 18:17-33 Far be it from you to do such a thing, to put the righteous to death with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Far be that from you! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just? (v. 25) The story of Abraham shows us much about God, no doubt, but surely it doesn’t look as far ahead as Judgment Day and the end of the world? Yes, even that …

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 …