Bible: John 4:19-26; 14-17
4:19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I see 1 that you are a prophet. 4:20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, 2 and you people 3 say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.” 4 4:21 Jesus said to her, “Believe me, woman, 5 a time 6 is coming when you will worship 7 the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 4:22 You people 8 worship what you do not know. We worship what we know, because salvation is from the Jews. 9 4:23 But a time 10 is coming – and now is here 11 – when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks 12 such people to be 13 his worshipers. 14 4:24 God is spirit, 15 and the people who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” 4:25 The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (the one called Christ); 16 “whenever he 17 comes, he will tell 18 us everything.” 19 4:26 Jesus said to her, “I, the one speaking to you, am he.”
The Blessing of Victory for God’s People
14:1 At that time 1 Amraphel king of Shinar, 2 Arioch king of Ellasar, Kedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of nations 3 14:2 went to war 4 against Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar). 5 14:3 These last five kings 6 joined forces 7 in the Valley of Siddim (that is, the Salt Sea). 8 14:4 For twelve years 9 they had served Kedorlaomer, but in the thirteenth year 10 they rebelled. 11 14:5 In the fourteenth year, Kedorlaomer and the kings who were his allies came and defeated 12 the Rephaites in Ashteroth Karnaim, the Zuzites in Ham, the Emites in Shaveh Kiriathaim, 14:6 and the Horites in their hill country of Seir, as far as El Paran, which is near the desert. 13 14:7 Then they attacked En Mishpat (that is, Kadesh) again, 14 and they conquered all the territory of the Amalekites, as well as the Amorites who were living in Hazazon Tamar.
14:8 Then the king of Sodom, the king of Gomorrah, the king of Admah, the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar) went out and prepared for battle. In the Valley of Siddim they met 15 14:9 Kedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal king of nations, 16 Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar. Four kings fought against 17 five. 14:10 Now the Valley of Siddim was full of tar pits. 18 When the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, they fell into them, 19 but some survivors 20 fled to the hills. 21 14:11 The four victorious kings 22 took all the possessions and food of Sodom and Gomorrah and left. 14:12 They also took Abram’s nephew 23 Lot and his possessions when 24 they left, for Lot 25 was living in Sodom. 26
14:13 A fugitive 27 came and told Abram the Hebrew. 28 Now Abram was living by the oaks 29 of Mamre the Amorite, the brother 30 of Eshcol and Aner. (All these were allied by treaty 31 with Abram.) 32 14:14 When Abram heard that his nephew 33 had been taken captive, he mobilized 34 his 318 trained men who had been born in his household, and he pursued the invaders 35 as far as Dan. 36 14:15 Then, during the night, 37 Abram 38 divided his forces 39 against them and defeated them. He chased them as far as Hobah, which is north 40 of Damascus. 14:16 He retrieved all the stolen property. 41 He also brought back his nephew Lot and his possessions, as well as the women and the rest of 42 the people.
14:17 After Abram 43 returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet Abram 44 in the Valley of Shaveh (known as the King’s Valley). 45 14:18 Melchizedek king of Salem 46 brought out bread and wine. (Now he was the priest of the Most High God.) 47 14:19 He blessed Abram, saying,
“Blessed be Abram by 48 the Most High God,
14:20 Worthy of praise is 51 the Most High God,
who delivered 52 your enemies into your hand.”
Abram gave Melchizedek 53 a tenth of everything.
14:21 Then the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the people and take the possessions for yourself.” 14:22 But Abram replied to the king of Sodom, “I raise my hand 54 to the
The Cutting of the Covenant
15:2 But Abram said, “O sovereign
15:4 But look, 71 the word of the
15:12 When the sun went down, Abram fell sound asleep, 94 and great terror overwhelmed him. 95 15:13 Then the
15:17 When the sun had gone down and it was dark, a smoking firepot with a flaming torch 107 passed between the animal parts. 108 15:18 That day the
The Birth of Ishmael
16:1 Now Sarai, 114 Abram’s wife, had not given birth to any children, 115 but she had an Egyptian servant 116 named Hagar. 117 16:2 So Sarai said to Abram, “Since 118 the
16:3 So after Abram had lived 122 in Canaan for ten years, Sarai, Abram’s wife, gave Hagar, her Egyptian servant, 123 to her husband to be his wife. 124 16:4 He had sexual relations with 125 Hagar, and she became pregnant. 126 Once Hagar realized she was pregnant, she despised Sarai. 127 16:5 Then Sarai said to Abram, “You have brought this wrong on me! 128 I allowed my servant to have sexual relations with you, 129 but when she realized 130 that she was pregnant, she despised me. 131 May the
16:9 Then the
“You are now 145 pregnant
and are about to give birth 146 to a son.
You are to name him Ishmael, 147
16:12 He will be a wild donkey 149 of a man.
He will be hostile to everyone, 150
and everyone will be hostile to him. 151
He will live away from 152 his brothers.”
16:13 So Hagar named the
The Sign of the Covenant
17:1 When Abram was 99 years old, 162 the
17:3 Abram bowed down with his face to the ground, 170 and God said to him, 171 17:4 “As for me, 172 this 173 is my covenant with you: You will be the father of a multitude of nations. 17:5 No longer will your name be 174 Abram. Instead, your name will be Abraham 175 because I will make you 176 the father of a multitude of nations. 17:6 I will make you 177 extremely 178 fruitful. I will make nations of you, and kings will descend from you. 179 17:7 I will confirm 180 my covenant as a perpetual 181 covenant between me and you. It will extend to your descendants after you throughout their generations. I will be your God and the God of your descendants after you. 182 17:8 I will give the whole land of Canaan – the land where you are now residing 183 – to you and your descendants after you as a permanent 184 possession. I will be their God.”
17:9 Then God said to Abraham, “As for you, you must keep 185 the covenantal requirement 186 I am imposing on you and your descendants after you throughout their generations. 17:10 This is my requirement that you and your descendants after you must keep: 187 Every male among you must be circumcised. 188 17:11 You must circumcise the flesh of your foreskins. This will be a reminder 189 of the covenant between me and you. 17:12 Throughout your generations every male among you who is eight days old 190 must be circumcised, whether born in your house or bought with money from any foreigner who is not one of your descendants. 17:13 They must indeed be circumcised, 191 whether born in your house or bought with money. The sign of my covenant 192 will be visible in your flesh as a permanent 193 reminder. 17:14 Any uncircumcised male 194 who has not been circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin will be cut off 195 from his people – he has failed to carry out my requirement.” 196
17:15 Then God said to Abraham, “As for your wife, you must no longer call her Sarai; 197 Sarah 198 will be her name. 17:16 I will bless her and will give you a son through her. I will bless her and she will become a mother of nations. 199 Kings of countries 200 will come from her!”
17:17 Then Abraham bowed down with his face to the ground and laughed 201 as he said to himself, 202 “Can 203 a son be born to a man who is a hundred years old? 204 Can Sarah 205 bear a child at the age of ninety?” 206 17:18 Abraham said to God, “O that 207 Ishmael might live before you!” 208
17:19 God said, “No, Sarah your wife is going to bear you a son, and you will name him Isaac. 209 I will confirm my covenant with him as a perpetual 210 covenant for his descendants after him. 17:20 As for Ishmael, I have heard you. 211 I will indeed bless him, make him fruitful, and give him a multitude of descendants. 212 He will become the father of twelve princes; 213 I will make him into a great nation. 17:21 But I will establish my covenant with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you at this set time next year.” 17:22 When he finished speaking with Abraham, God went up from him. 214
17:23 Abraham took his son Ishmael and every male in his household (whether born in his house or bought with money) 215 and circumcised them 216 on that very same day, just as God had told him to do. 17:24 Now Abraham was 99 years old 217 when he was circumcised; 218 17:25 his son Ishmael was thirteen years old 219 when he was circumcised. 17:26 Abraham and his son Ishmael were circumcised on the very same day. 17:27 All the men of his household, whether born in his household or bought with money from a foreigner, were circumcised with him.