The Calling of a People—Genesis 12

Here is the fifth in a series of Bible studies that present the Bible as being in the side of pacifism. In this essay, “The Calling of a People—Genesis 12,” I look at how God purposes in the story to approach the task of healing creation not by coercive force but by persevering love. In Genesis 12, we read of the establishment of God’s “chosen people” in the calling of Abraham and Sarah to be parents of a great people that will “bless all the families of the earth.” This initial story emphasizes that the events that follow in the biblical story are an outworking of God’s healing strategy that is centered on the calling together of a people to know God’s peace and to witness to that peace throughout the world in order to bless all the families of the earth. 


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