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genesis 27: already yours

Birthright designated who would assume leadership of the family, and who would get the largest portion of the inheritance. The birthright belonged to the firstborn son. But the blessing was different. With the blessing, the father could designate whichever child he wanted to receive the bulk of the inheritance, and could give him power and… Continue reading genesis 27: already yours

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genesis 25: story

I put myself into the first part of this chapter, just for a few minutes, to stand at a funeral. I felt the sadness over Abraham’s death, and so tender to see him buried with Sarah. Standing at a distance watching Isaac & Ishmael bury their father was so touching and felt like such a… Continue reading genesis 25: story

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genesis 24: what matters

As he neared the end of his life, there were two things that Abraham knew for sure:  First, Isaac could not go back. The faithfulness of God would move Isaac forward to the promised land, not back to a former homeland. {The faithfulness of God will move you forward, toward promised land, not back to… Continue reading genesis 24: what matters

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genesis 23: cost

The negotiations between Ephron and Abraham, and Abraham’s insistence on paying for the burial site reminded me of something King David said in 2 Samuel 24:24: “No, I insist on buying it from you for a price, for I will not offer to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” It was… Continue reading genesis 23: cost

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genesis 22: tested (and Eva Love)

"After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” The proving grounds… Continue reading genesis 22: tested (and Eva Love)

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genesis 21: flesh or promise

From promise given to promise fulfilled: 25 years. Had they stopped waiting? Were they satisfied with their version of the promise they named Ishmael? Didn't they know that a God-promise is not fueled by human power? So the son of promise is here, being birthed in the place where the son of flesh (Ishmael) is… Continue reading genesis 21: flesh or promise

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genesis 20: fear

Big picture:  God called Abraham to become the father of many nations, to be a prophet and a patriarch, and to father the line that would bring forth the Messiah.  Within the scenes that make up that big picture, we see Abraham’s humanity, particularly his fear of man.  Abraham’s trust and faith in God to… Continue reading genesis 20: fear