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August 19, Genesis 17:15-27 The blessings of Abraham and the covenant
Saturday, August 19, 2017      2 comments

These are two very separate things. God promised to bless Abraham and his offspring but the covenant is the promise of messiah. Abraham seems tired of waiting and his faith in having a son at 100 years old seems a bit weak. Why not accept Ish... Read more
August 18, Why do you hate?
Friday, August 18, 2017      3 comments

I'm taking a detour from my regular posts today because I think this is an issue that needs to be addressed. Today our country is more divided than at any other time in our history. It's not a simple division, we're fractured in a myriad of piec... Read more
August 17, Genesis 17:1-14 The covenant of circumcision
Thursday, August 17, 2017      0 comments

No-one knows exactly when or where the practice of circumcision began, some believe that it started with Abraham but that really doesn't matter. God chose this sign as a reminder of the covenant between Him and the family of Abraham. I've heard ... Read more
August 16, Genesis 16, The dumbest animal in the world
Wednesday, August 16, 2017      1 comments

I've said this before and it offended some people, probably will again but it's still true. The dumbest animal in the world is a man with an erection. Alarm bells should go off in Abram's head but they didn't. And it should be the same for any m... Read more
August 15, Genesis 15. God, can I have a written contract?
Tuesday, August 15, 2017      1 comments

That's essentially what this is. God gave Abram His word but time has passed and Abram wants something more. If your contractor gives you his word to do work on your house are you satisfied with that? Probably not. Abram is anxious and wants som... Read more
August 14, Genesis 14:17-24 Who is Melchizedek?
Monday, August 14, 2017      0 comments

Melchizedek only appears in scripture by this name one time, he also bears titles. King of Salem and priest of most high God. Salem was an earlier name for Jerusalem and the name means peace. Melchizedek is therefore called the king of peace. Th... Read more
August 13, Genesis 14:1-16 Abram was a bit of a bad ass
Sunday, August 13, 2017      3 comments

We have a war of four kings vs five kings and the confederation of the four kings beat the five. They've taken people and property from the different countries which happened to include Lot and his family. Unfortunately we don't know how big the... Read more
August 12, Genesis 13:14-18 God's promise to Abram's offspring
Saturday, August 12, 2017      3 comments

Abram is at least 75 year old and we would consider that he is beyond having children yet his father had Abram when he was 70 and lived to 205. So there is still some potential. I don't like moving around. I know that I will need to move at leas... Read more
August 11, Genesis 13:1-13 Making choices in life
Friday, August 11, 2017      2 comments

Abram and Lot were well both well off and the area just couldn't support them both. I see grace in Abram by giving Lot the first choice. I've heard a sermon on this, spiritualizing it that Lot was enticed by the world and chose the attractive li... Read more
August 10, Genesis 12:10-20 Journey to Egypt, our first glimpse of Abram's character
Thursday, August 10, 2017      1 comments

The circumstances and actions seem a bit peculiar to me, that Sarai would agree to cooperate. While it's not explicitly written, it is implied that Abram did this to save his own skin and he fully expected his wife to sleep with the Pharaoh. Cu... Read more
August 9, Genesis 12:1-9 God called Abram
Wednesday, August 09, 2017      2 comments

Note that the scripture doesn't tell us why God called Abram. At times we're told that a certain person was evil or walked upright but here there's nothing. We know little of the man before he's called but we will see a lot of him after and we'l... Read more
August 8, Genesis 11:10-32 The lineage of Abram
Tuesday, August 08, 2017      2 comments

More names that to gentiles really don't mean much. But of note is that there is a line from Adam to Abram and a continuing line from Abram to Jesus. The records existed then but today without outside help people are hard pressed to trace famili... Read more
August 7, Genesis 11:1-9 The tower of Babel and new linguistics
Monday, August 07, 2017      2 comments

The tower of Babel is famous but I doubt that many actually understand what was happening. I was taught that it was a primitive sky scraper, reaching the heavens. But English really isn't a concise language to translate into and where it says th... Read more
August 6, Genesis 10, Lots of names
Sunday, August 06, 2017      5 comments

There are a lot of names of people and places and unless one has an atlas and history of these names, they won't make much sense. Essentially the three sons of Noah populated the Middle East (Shem), Africa (Ham), and Europe and North Asia (Japet... Read more
August 5, Genesis 9:18-29 Noah curses Canaan
Saturday, August 05, 2017      1 comments

This section can be difficult to understand and there are a lot of different theories on what happened. From the text we only know so much. Noah got drunk, it may have been a single time or it may have been habitual. And at least once he laid na... Read more

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