Thursday - The Basis For Confidence

Lesson Scriptures: Genesis 12:1-8

Key Lesson Theme: “The Basis For Confidence”

Today's Lesson: Thursday, October 14

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Genesis 12:7-8

7 The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord who had appeared to him.

8 From there he moved on to the hill country east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. He built an altar to the Lord there, and he called on the name of the Lord.


the Lord had spoken to Abram (vv. 1, 4). The audible revelation was supplemented by something visual or at least mentally perceptive; a theophany, a revelation of the divine that heightens the dramatic force of the encounter. The Lord appeared unto Abram. He revealed Himself in some way that may have exceeded what Abram had experienced before. Our steps of faith often result in our being more aware of the Lord’s presence and in a much more personal or intimate way.

As with many of the altars Abram and other patriarchs built, they were not so much used for offering sacrifices but constructed as a sign that the location was a holy place because the Lord had made Himself known there. Note the contrast to those in Genesis 11:1-9 who built a tower as a monument to their accomplishment. Abram built an altar to honor the Lord. Such may lead us to ask ourselves: What are we building with our lives and for whose honor?

Abram pitched his tent—he didn’t intend to stay there—but there he built an altar there to the Lord. In addition, he called upon the name of the Lord. Both are acts of worship by one who recognized his dependence on the Lord and desired to affirm his trust in him. As it always should, worship is to focus on the Lord.

What are some lasting truths from Genesis 12:7-8?

· The Lord continues to reveal Himself when His people respond in faithful obedience to His call.

· Wherever we go in following the Lord, we can be confident He is with us.

· We acknowledge the Lord’s presence in our lives by building “altars” and calling upon His name in worship and praise.

· The Lord is worthy of the worship of His people.

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