Genesis 12-17; Abraham 1-2: “To Be a Greater Follower of Righteousness” (February 7-13)

Melchizedek Blesses Abraham” (detail), by Walter Rane

God rewards those who diligently seek Him. (See Hebrews 11:6.)

Abraham lived in an idolatrous society, but he somehow came into possession of sacred records kept by his ancestors, and he wanted the same blessings they had received: greater knowledge, greater righteousness, and the Priesthood. (See Abraham 1:1-4.)

In response, God led Abraham and his people away from Chaldea (Babylon) to Canaan (Israel), and He promised to bless Abraham’s posterity, temporally and spiritually. (See Abraham 2:9-11, Genesis 12:1-3, Genesis 13:14-17, Genesis 15:1-6, Genesis 17:1-8.)

Abraham also received the priesthood under the hand of Melchizedek. (See Genesis 14:18-20, Joseph Smith Translation: Genesis 14:25-40, Doctrine and Covenants 84:14.)

In Abraham’s experience, we see the generosity of God. Several times in the narrative, Abraham was willing to settle for lesser blessings, because the full blessings appeared to be unrealistic. Each time, God reaffirmed that Abraham and his wife Sarah would receive everything they had been promised. (See Genesis 15:2-6, Genesis 17:18-21.)

Here are some lessons I’ve learned from these chapters, with relevant blog posts:

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