Genesis Devotional Guide Introduction
This first part of what we intend to be weekly Scripture reading/study guides to correspond with our sermon series in Genesis. We encourage you to work your way through the readings and questions prior to each Sunday’s sermon. These first posts are a bit late, so it will be broken into only two parts.
We encourage you to make use of the following devotional passages and questions as the church focuses on the book of Genesis in the coming months. You can work through these through the week, or all at once. You might also consider integrating them into a family devotional time, or for conversation at the dinner table. Our hope is that this will help us all continue to engage with the Scriptures on a regular basis and that it will enrich our hearing of the sermon and our discussion in community groups.
Week 1: Day 3
Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
• What stands out to you about the calling of Abram? What is the character and basis for Abram’s relationship with God?
• Why is the word “blessing” used so frequently here? What is the nature of this blessing? What problems, cosmic and personal, does the calling of Abram begin to answer?
Week 1: Day 4
His brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.” But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them. So Joseph remained in Egypt, he and his father’s house. Joseph lived 110 years. And Joseph saw Ephraim’s children of the third generation. The children also of Machir the son of Manasseh were counted as Joseph’s own. And Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die, but God will visit you and bring you up out of this land to the land that he swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.” Then Joseph made the sons of Israel swear, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here.” So Joseph died, being 110 years old. They embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.
• In what ways is the promised blessing realized in the story of Genesis? In what ways is it not realized?
• How does the ending of the book make you feel? How does it shape your expectations for what should come next?