Understanding the Scriptures
|Wax sore (v. 1)||Become worse|
|Denominated (v. 4)||Named|
|Abated (v. 5)||Began to be over|
|Purposed (v. 6)||Planned|
|Bear my name (v. 6)||Be my representative (like a missionary), testify of me|
|Above measure (v. 9)||More than can be measured|
|Accounted (v. 10)||Considered|
|Earnestly (v. 12)||With great effort|
|Souls that we had won (v. 15)||People converted to the gospel|
|Situated (v. 18)||Located|
|Devoutly (v. 18)||Sincerely and diligently|
|Concluded (v. 21)||Decided|
|Sojourn (v. 21)||Live|
|Grievous (v. 21)||Hard on people|
|Fair (v. 22)||Beautiful|
Abraham 2:8–11—The Abrahamic Covenant
You may read more about the Abrahamic covenant in the Bible Dictionary under “Abraham, covenant of” (p. 602) You will study more about the Abrahamic covenant in Genesis 17.
Abraham 2:22–25—She Is My Sister
Some people wonder why Abraham called Sarai his sister. The first and most important reason is that God told him to. It is also helpful to know that in the Hebrew language there are no separate words for granddaughter, grandson, cousin, niece, or nephew. The general terms son, daughter, brother, and sister were used for family relationships. Because Sarai was the daughter of Abraham’s brother Haran, she would also be known as his sister.
It does seem strange that the Egyptians did not feel committing adultery with a man’s wife was right, but they apparently had no problem with killing a man so they could “lawfully” marry his wife. It is important to note that if Abraham would have died at this time, the Lord’s covenant with him could not have been fulfilled. Thus, the Lord told him what to say in this case in order to save his life and fulfill the covenant.
Studying the Scriptures
Do activities A and B as you study Abraham 2.
Look for Evidence
Read Abraham 2:1–17 and find evidence that Abraham believed in and trusted God. List this evidence in your notebook.
Write about what you think someone else could find in your life that shows you follow God and believe and trust in Him. Record examples from your life that are similar to ways Abraham showed his faith in God, or note things in your life that you wish were similar to Abraham’s example of faith.
Use Every Word
Use all of the following words to write a sentence or two that summarize what the Lord promised to Abraham in Abraham 2:8–11: bless, seed, ministry, priesthood, gospel, father, families, salvation.