4Vocation The call of all Christians: to know and love Godto share the divine message of salvation with othersto enjoy the eternal happiness of HeavenImage in public domainBy this slide, the students should be familiar with this question and be able to quickly answer it.How would you explain this to a friend?
6Genesis, chapters 40 and 41 Joseph experiences God through dreams. God communicates the future for the cupbearer and baker as well as for all of Egypt.A connection could be made to Joseph, the husband of Mary, to whom God also communicated through dreams. See Matthew 1:20–21.Image in public domainJoseph is called through the interpretation of the dreams to lead Egypt as the pharaoh’s assistant.
7Exodus, chapter 3God offers a theophany (“manifestation of God that is tangible to human senses”) through a burning bush.God communicates that he has heard the cry of the Hebrew slaves and introduces himself as “I am who am.”God calls Moses to return to Egypt to free the Hebrews.The comment could be made that God states his name firmly in the present tense. The well-known prayer states, “As it was in the beginning; is now; and ever shall be ” and God’s self-introduction powerfully identifies with the present. Reference can be made to Jesus’ many “I am ” statements in the Gospel of John.Image in public domain
10Genesis 12:1–9 What is the land of Abram’s kinfolk? Ur (mentioned later in the story)Why does the reading contain both regular text and poetic- type text?The regular text narrates the story, and the poetic text is God’s speech. This might be an attempt to set God’s speech apart from, and above, human action.Image in public domain10
11What were the more specific meanings of Genesis 12:1–9 (cont.)What were the more specific meanings ofBlessings and Curses?BlessingCurseA prayer of intention or a plea that calls on the power and compassion of God:to bestow a graceto empower a healingto affect an event through God’s interventionpunishment and condemnation by Godshaming devicecondemnation against injustice and crimeprophetic warningpriestly teaching against idolatrywarning to obey a conqueror’s ordersContinued from previous slide.*Definitions adapted from the Saint Mary’s Press® Essential Bible Dictionary (pp. 28 and 40).
12Who are the “persons they had acquired in Haran”? Genesis 12:1–9 (cont.)Who are the “persons they had acquired in Haran”?- NAB footnote: “slaves and retainers that formed the social aggregate under the leadership of Abraham.”Who are the Canaanites?They are the inhabitants of the land to which God directed Abraham to make his home, originally called Canaan. Canaan is the Promised Land and is also called Palestine.In the Bible, they were called idolaters because of their worship of Baal and Asherah.- Through a series of occupations and wars, the Israelites eventually took over most of Canaan.12