Genesis 12:1–3 – "Blessing the Nations" – J. P. Kang
1. Abram and Sarai are called “aliens” and “strangers” in the Bible, meaning they wandered from place to place in dependence on the Lord’s call and providence (see Hebrews 11:8–16). How can you make more room in your life for such freedom and dependence that faith and trust in Jesus demands?
2. The Seattle area is a destination for people from “the nations.” Think of the immigrants, transplants, and other resident aliens and sojourners whom you have encountered in your day to day life and with whom you have developed friendships: can you see the image of God in them? How can you bless them by serving and caring for them?
3. A promise is usually easy to make but can be hard for the promiser to keep and hard for the promisee to wait. Abram and Sarai received a promise from the Lord that was only partially fulfilled late in their lives and then in unexpected, even shocking ways. What does their story suggest to you about God’s faithfulness and our timing and expectations?