Monthly Archives: November 2009

Genesis 13 – 15

The faith that Abram has is ‘taking God at his word and acting upon it.’  When God speaks and commands him to act the text shows no delay in Abram’s compliance.  We would like to have God give us direct instruction … Continue reading

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Genesis 11:27 – 12:20

Abram comes from Ur.  It probably isn’t the Ur that the archaeologists have found in southern Mesopotamia.  It’s probably one in north-central Mesopotamia, but that does not make Abram’s journey any less remarkable.  He left his people;  He left his family; … Continue reading

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Genesis 10:1 – 11:26

What was the deal with the Tower of Babel?  In Chicago they have tonnes of skyscrapers and God hasn’t come down and destroyed the economy here because of pride, greed, or corruption.  No, wait …Actually it is quite different.  The … Continue reading

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Genesis 9: 1-29

As I was growing up I wrestled with the death penalty.  I thought that it was barbaric and that no Chriistian could rightly support it.  I thought that there is really no redemption through killing a person who has killed … Continue reading

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The story of Noah is one of the most abused stories in Toyland.  We have reinvented it so that it is a story of a floating zoo.  If you read the account it is no children’s story.  The wickedness that … Continue reading

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Genesis 6: 1-4

Who on earth were the Nephilim?  When I read of them I think of the Titans in Greek mythology.  They seem like demigods who perform heroic deeds and smile a pearly-white smile.  They have intrigued me since I was a … Continue reading

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Genesis 4:17 – 5:32

I sometimes get a fish tank full of clear water at a camp and put it up in front of the campers.  I take a little ink and drop it into the clear water.  The campers can then see how … Continue reading

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Genesis 4: 1-16

Sin keeps spreading.  One act of disobedience in the garden affects the whole family.  Now two brothers are in conflict.  One brother is envious.  He doesn’t deal with the envy and the envy leads him to kill.  He could have … Continue reading

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Genesis 3: 8-24

It is such a relief that sin no longer exists.  At least it doesn’t exist for the majority.  Every now and then sin will rear its head on a dessert menu, but that is about all.  Evil also is a religious … Continue reading

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Genesis 3: 1-7

Satan is a fascinating character.  the word ‘crafty’ that describes him in this passage is shrewd and wily.  He knows just what to say, just what to do.  He has Eve recount the words that God has said, but she … Continue reading

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