Scripture Readings for Sunday, October 15, 2017
Now the Lord said to Abram,
“Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house
to the land that I will show you.
I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you,
and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
and the one who curses you I will curse;
and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him.
Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.
Abram took his wife Sarai and his brother’s son Lot,
and all the possessions that they had gathered,
and the persons whom they had acquired in Haran;
and they set forth to go to the land of Canaan.
When they had come to the land of Canaan,
Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem,
to the oak of Moreh.
At that time the Canaanites were in the land.
Then the Lord appeared to Abram, and said,
“To your offspring I will give this land.”
So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him.
From there he moved on to the hill country on the east of Bethel,
and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east;
and there he built an altar to the Lord
and invoked the name of the Lord.
And Abram journeyed on by stages toward the Negeb.
Just as Abraham ‘believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness’, so, you see, those who believe are the descendants of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, declared the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, ‘All the Gentiles shall be blessed in you.’ For this reason, those who believe are blessed with Abraham who believed.