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

genesis 10: origins

"These are the generations of the sons of Noah..." Just nine words. Words that no doubt most of us just skim past. But you and I are in those words. Generations. Sons of Noah. Japheth: Often referred to as the Father of Europeans. His descendants were French, German, Celtic, Russian, and Spanish, among others. Some … Continue reading genesis 10: origins

genesis 4: progression

Progression. That's what most caught my eye from this chapter. Cain's pride got hurt. That progressed to jealousy. Then anger, and finally, murder. In my younger years I dealt with anger that progressed to rage, and then went on to hatred. During the healing process of all that anger, I realized that I hadn't just … Continue reading genesis 4: progression