What are the ways that God promises to bless Abram in Genesis 12:1-3?

What is a Covenant?  How do God’s covenants operate in Scripture?

What is the Abrahamic Covenant?  How would you explain it to someone who has never heard of it?

What does God mean when he says that he will make Abram into a great nation?

What does God mean when he says that all the families of the earth shall be blessed through Abram?

What is ironic about God’s promise to make Abram’s name great (Gen. 12:2), in light of the sin at the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11:4? What are some other contrasts you see between the call of Abram and the Tower of Babel?

What is the significance of Genesis 15:6? What does it mean when the text says that God “counted it to [Abram] as righteousness”? (cf. Romans 4) How does this verse speak to the doctrine of justification by faith?

Why do a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch pass between the animals in Genesis 15:17? Why doesn’t Abram pass between the animals? (cf. Jer. 34:18–20) What does this imply about God’s commitment to keeping the terms of this covenant?

What is the significance of the sign of circumcision? Why do you think that God chose that particular rite as a sign?