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

genesis 26: famine

"Now there was a famine in the land, besides the former famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Gerar to Abimelech king of the Philistines." "And the Lord appeared to him and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; dwell in the land of which I shall tell you. Sojourn in this land, and I will be with … Continue reading genesis 26: famine

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 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