Faith is a vital ingredient in everything we do. Sometimes we don’t realize all the everyday items in which we place our faith. We have faith that when we press an “on” button that something will happen – why else would we press it if we didn’t have faith that it would do what it is designed to do?
The writer of the letter to the Hebrews described faith this way: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1 NET). That is a good description of faith – we are convinced of something we don’t see, we are sure that what we expect is true and will happen. Continue reading “The importance of faith”
While the Bible is a lengthy book, God was spare in the details and provided only what we needed to know because everything had a purpose.
So often we find themes that run throughout Scripture and they provide pause for deeper contemplation. Light and darkness are common themes and we find them in the story of Abraham, Lot, Sodom and Gomorrah. Continue reading “Interesting contrasts between Abraham and Lot”
Abraham is one of the great characters in the Bible.
Living in Ur of the Chaldees, one of the modern cities of his day, God called him to leave to go some place else – God would show him where. And Abraham left, along with his wife, nephew and father. Other siblings and their family joined them in Haran and there Terah, his father, died. Continue reading “The father of us all”
Chapter 34 of Genesis is undoubtedly one of the uncomfortable chapters in the first book of the Bible. As we do not include this in Sunday School material for our children, even most adults are not familiar with the dreadful deeds that took place. Continue reading “Preserving the Messianic line”
One of the most difficult passages for some people to comprehend in the Bible is when God asked Abraham to offer his son Isaac as a burnt offering. I can remember studying with various people over the years and this incident be brought up to try and show that there is something wrong with a God who would ask that you sacrifice your only son. I would suggest that if this is all we take from this scripture, that we have missed what is going on. Continue reading “Faith and works”
From the time they had entered Canaan, God had promised Abraham and Sarah that their descendants would be given the land they were now in (see Genesis 12:7). The problem was that both Abraham and Sarah were well on in years and weren’t getting any younger. When Abraham first received this promise he was 75 years old (Genesis 12:4), and Sarah was ten years younger. Continue reading “Trying to help God”
In our article last week we looked at the genealogies in Genesis 5. I believe it to be worthwhile to also look at the next set of genealogies in Genesis 11. Just as the genealogies in chapter 5 were a bridge to get from Adam to Noah, the genealogies in chapter 11 are the bridge to get from Noah’s son, Shem, to the one we know as Abraham. Continue reading “What happened after the Flood?”