Tag Archive: Genesis

May 05

When you try to buy something that God wants to give you it usually doesn’t work out well: The king of Moab, Balaam, Abraham, and God’s blessing

I heard something I hadn’t noticed before As part of my goal to listen to the Bible each year I was recently listening to the book of Numbers.  I noticed for the first time that a verse in Numbers is very similar to a verse in Genesis.  That didn’t seem right. Genesis In Genesis 12:1-3 …

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Mar 16

If you have privilege, there are two ways to use it… one is not helpful

The reality of privilege Before Jacob died he called his sons together and gave them his blessings and spoke about their futures. Ruben was the first born.  He slept with his father’s concubine and lost preeminence. He would not lead. Simeon and Levi were the next oldest. They had deceptively killed a Canaanite town in …

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Jan 16

Do you interrupt your schedule and move quickly to serve someone else or to obey God… like Abraham did?

Usually we move at our own pace People who have rank or are in authority usually get to set their own pace. Most of us have some time each day when we are free to organize and plan our lives. Abraham moved quickly to serve It was in the afternoon, a hot afternoon, and Abraham …

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Sep 30

What were the two reasons for the Jewish Sabbath and what can we learn from them?

Wherever there is Law there is Talmud A principle that I have often seen in life is that “wherever there is Law there is Talmud.” When you have principles people look to find the exceptions and the borders. How much can I do and still be in bounds? I live in Naples Florida and in …

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Sep 11

Can there be reconciliation after decades of deceit, separation and hated?

God called Abraham and promised to make a great nation from his descendants. In the first century after that call the line of promise grew very slowly from Abraham to Isaac to Jacob. Isaac and Ishmael We do not know many details of the relationship between Isaac and and his half-brother, Ishmael.  Ishmael and his …

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May 24

The most expensive verse in the Bible

We often think that if we could just start all over again everything would change. Sometimes we do get a new beginning in an area of our lives but usually we find that we are the same person with the same strengths and weaknesses and everything doesn’t change. The downward path After creation there was …

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May 09

How big is your God?

Some of the events recorded in the Bible seem strangely quaint. People believed in localized or oddly restricted deities. Naaman, Syrian general, followed the advice of his captured Jewish slave girl and sought healing for his leprosy through the Jewish prophet Elisha. He was told to wash in the Jordan River but wanted to wash …

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Apr 28

What is the Bible all about?

Bookends Occasionally authors give us bookends to let us know what a book is about. Bookends are passages at the beginning and end of a book that state and restate the central theme of the book and give meaning to what lies between. I have written about the bookends of Matthew’s gospel. Does the Bible …

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Jan 13

What does it mean when you call yourself a Christian?

Usually we get our names from our parents. Some of us are named after our parents. Some are named after relatives or famous people. Some are named after our parent’s favorite food, etc. Some of us like our names and some of us don’t. Some take a bold step and change their names. C. S. …

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Jan 08

Christians and the Gates of Hell…What did Jesus Promise?

Jesus’ Promise After Peter’s confession that Jesus was the Christ, Jesus promised that the Gates of Hell would not prevail against his Church. (Matthew 16:18) My Doubts As long as I can remember, at least 30 years, I have had doubts about the consensus interpretation of this well-known passage. What are the Gates of Hell? …

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