genesis 18: impossible

{Side note: Sarah laughed to herself. And yet, her laugh was heard. We should bear in mind that God hears what we keep others from hearing. He hears our unbelief even when we don’t speak it out loud.} To Sarah, God’s promise had been delayed so long, it was no longer possible. However, where no … Continue reading genesis 18: impossible

genesis 17: promise

When Abram was 75 years old, God promised him children. Twenty-four years passed since that conversation, and then God appeared. “I am God Almighty..." And what would a man do but fall on his face? God wants Abram to know that He hasn't forgotten His promise and, in fact, is now going to require him … Continue reading genesis 17: promise

genesis 16: return

Interesting, hard chapter in the story. So many emotions and dynamics going on. Sarai's desperation for a child. The injustice against Hagar. Abram's unwillingness to mediate, with his "do what you want with her" attitude. Hagar's contempt for a woman who would have her bear a child she would then have to hand over. Sarai's … Continue reading genesis 16: return

genesis 13: strife

“Let there be no strife between you and me, and between your herdsmen and my herdsmen, for we are kinsmen." Strife: Contention. Struggle. Fight. Discord. Abraham was unwilling to allow there to be strife, because they were family. But then he goes further. Aaagh. So much we could learn from Abraham. He was so peace-minded that … Continue reading genesis 13: strife