Monthly Archives: January 2013

Facing Reality

In Genesis 32-36, we discover that after 20 years, now Jacob has to face his brother, Esau. Remember that he had deceived Esau, and when Esau plotted to kill Jacob, Jacob fled (with his mother’s help and his father’s blessing). … Continue reading

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What goes around…

In Genesis 28-31 we see that Jacob leaving the promised land. And we see the dissension caused by Isaac and Rebekah loving one child more than another. Isaac loved Esau … but Rebekah loved Jacob. (25:28) Devotional Thoughts Because Jacob … Continue reading

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Managing circumstances, fixing people

Devotional Thoughts Genesis 24–27: With this section we read about the promise to Abraham passing to Isaac. Of the three patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob), the least is written about Isaac. What looks to be a promising start, however, for him … Continue reading

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Thrill and Agony of Promises

Genesis 21-23 After many years God fulfills the promise to Abraham and Sarah. The excitement, the surprise, and the joy—for parents who are 100 and 90 years old. No wonder they laughed, no wonder they named him Isaac, “he laughs”! … Continue reading

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Law and Gospel—in Genesis

Have you ever noticed that after a spiritual high, that a low period follows? Such is the case as we continue reading from Genesis 17 (high) to Genesis 18-19 (low) with the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. But even there … Continue reading

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Firm Foundation, Name, and Sign: Gen. 15-17

Genesis 15 and 17 continue what began in Genesis 12. The general promise of blessing is now given detail, affirmation, and hope for the future. Devotional Thoughts In Genesis 15 we have the first full description of God’s covenant with … Continue reading

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Framework of OT: Genesis 12-14

From the broad history of Genesis 1-11, God narrows down His saving work to one person, Abram. Two chapters (Genesis 12 and 15) form mountain peaks for the rest of the Genesis narrative, in fact, the entire Old Testament narrative. … Continue reading

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New Beginning But…

Genesis 9-11 The destruction of the flood gives way to a new beginning. Thus, while many sinful people died (all but 8), the effects of sin remain even in “righteous” Noah. Almost like we live today. The Latin phrase is … Continue reading

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Genesis 6-8 Devotion

Devotional Thoughts Genesis 6 is probably one of the saddest chapters in the entire Bible. Who would have thought that the question of Genesis 3 (“Did God really say?”) would end in this debacle? From disobedience and banishment (ch. 3) … Continue reading

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Slight Change in devotional postings

It has become obvious that this devotional reading and posting is tracking in two ways: 1) for those who want devotional thoughts about the text itself; 2) those who want an evaluation of the HCSB. Thus, from now on I … Continue reading

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