5. Genesis 12:1-8, 15:1-6; 17:1-7; 22:1-19

1 The Lord had said to Abram, "Leave your country and your people. Leave your father's family. Go to the land I will show you.

2 "I will make you into a great nation.

I will bless you.

I will make your name great.

You will be a blessing to others.

3 I will bless those who bless you.

I will put a curse on anyone who calls down a curse on you.

All nations on earth

will be blessed because of you."

4 So Abram left, just as the Lord had told him. Lot went with him. Abram was 75 years old when he left Haran.

5 He took his wife Sarai and his nephew Lot. They took all of the things they had gotten in Haran. They also took the workers they had gotten there.

They set out for the land of Canaan. And they arrived there.

6 Abram traveled through the land. He went as far as the large tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the people of Canaan were living in the land.

7 The Lord appeared to Abram at Shechem. He said, "I will give this land to your children after you." So Abram built an altar there to honor the Lord, who had appeared to him.

8 From there, Abram went on toward the hills east of Bethel. He set up his tent there. Bethel was to the west, and Ai was to the east.

Abram built an altar there and worshiped the Lord.

Genesis 15:1-6

1 Some time later, Abram had a vision. The Lord said to him,

"Abram, do not be afraid.

I am like a shield to you.

I am your very great reward."

2 But Abram said, "Lord and King, what can you give me? I still don't have any children. My servant Eliezer comes from Damascus. When I die, he will get everything I own." 3 Abram continued, "You haven't given me any children. So a servant in my house will get everything I own."

4 Then a message came to Abram from the Lord. He said, "This man will not get what belongs to you. A son will come from your own body. He will get everything you own."

5 The Lord took Abram outside and said, "Look up at the sky. Count the stars, if you can." Then he said to him, "That is how many children you will have."

6 Abram believed the Lord. The Lord accepted Abram because he believed. So his faith made him right with the Lord.

Genesis 17:1-7

1 When Abram was 99 years old, the Lord appeared to him. He said, "I am the Mighty God. Walk with me and live without any blame. 2 I will now put into practice my covenant between me and you. I will greatly increase your numbers."

3 Abram fell with his face to the ground. God said to him, 4 "As for me, this is my covenant with you. You will be the father of many nations.

5 "You will not be called Abram anymore. Your name will be Abraham, because I have made you a father of many nations. 6 I will give you many children. Nations will come from you. And kings will come from you.

7 "I will make my covenant with you. It will last forever. It will be between me and you and your children after you for all time to come. I will be your God. And I will be the God of all of your family after you.

Genesis 22:1-19

1 Some time later God put Abraham to the test. He said to him, "Abraham!"

"Here I am," Abraham replied.

2 Then God said, "Take your son, your only son. He is the one you love. Take Isaac. Go to Moriah. Give him to me there as a burnt offering. Sacrifice him on one of the mountains I will tell you about."

3 Early the next morning Abraham got up. He put a saddle on his donkey. He took two of his servants and his son Isaac with him. He cut enough wood for the burnt offering. Then he started out for the place God had told him about.

4 On the third day Abraham looked up. He saw the place a long way off. 5 He said to his servants, "Stay here with the donkey. The boy and I will go over there and worship. Then we'll come back to you."

6 Abraham put the wood for the burnt offering on his son Isaac. He himself carried the fire and the knife. The two of them walked on together.

7 Then Isaac spoke up. He said to his father Abraham, "Father?"

"Yes, my son?" Abraham replied.

"The fire and wood are here," Isaac said. "But where is the lamb for the burnt offering?"

8 Abraham answered, "God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son." The two of them walked on together.

9 They reached the place God had told Abraham about. There Abraham built an altar. He arranged the wood on it. He tied up his son Isaac. He placed him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand. He took the knife to kill his son.

11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven. He said, "Abraham! Abraham!"

"Here I am," Abraham replied.

12 "Do not lay a hand on the boy," he said. "Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you have respect for God. You have not held back from me your son, your only son."

13 Abraham looked up. There in a bush he saw a ram. It was caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram. He sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son.

14 So Abraham named that place The Lord Will Provide. To this day people say, "It will be provided on the mountain of the Lord."

15 The angel of the Lord called out to Abraham from heaven a second time. 16 He said, "I am taking an oath in my own name. I will bless you because of what you have done," announces the Lord. "You have not held back your son, your only son.

17 "So I will certainly bless you. I will make your children after you as many as the stars in the sky. I will make them as many as the grains of sand on the seashore. Your children will take over the cities of their enemies. 18 All nations on earth will be blessed because of your children. All of that will happen because you have obeyed me."

19 Then Abraham returned to his servants. They started out together for Beersheba. And Abraham stayed in Beersheba.

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