The Promised Land

Michael Wilcock

Read: Genesis 25:7-10 The field that Abraham purchased . . . (v. 10) Abraham, says Hebrews 11:9 (NRSV), “stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents” with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. Curious translation; “for a time” makes it sound like a month or two, when it was actually the best part of a hundred years! In fact, he is doubtless still there today, …

God of Providence

Michael Wilcock

Read: Genesis 22:1-14 So Abraham called the name of that place, “The LORD will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the LORD it shall be provided.” (v. 14) These words translate a name of God that you may sometimes sing about: Jehovah Jireh, your Provider, whose grace is sufficient for you. What Abraham now learned about God was what Hagar had learned earlier, but here the focus is even sharper. This is a God …

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 …