Through the Bible, October 4

Reading: Romans 4 Summary: Of course, those who struggled greatly with Paul’s message were Jewish Christians. They had long been taught that their justification rested upon their genealogy as Abraham’s descendants and keepers of God’s Law. Paul sets out to show that Abraham’s justification was by faith as a demonstration …

Through the Bible, January 21

Read: Catch up if needed. Today is the scheduled “catch up” day for the third week of January (15-21), so no reading is scheduled. Reflection and Thought: Here are some things to think about based on this past week’s reading. Abraham had his failures. He misrepresented (lied?) about his relationship …

Through the Bible, January 20

Read: Genesis 23-25 Summary: Sarah dies, Abraham remarries and Isaac finds a wife.  Abraham dies.  Isaac and Rebekah’s twin sons, Jacob and Esau, are born. Even for great Patriarchs, life goes on. Devotional Thought: Angels at Work I’m glad I wasn’t Abraham’s servant.   Imagine being given the job of traveling …

Through the Bible, January 19

Read: Romans 4; Galatians 3 Summary: When Christians need to know the foundational truth that our justification is by faith, not by works of the Law, the Bible appeals to Abraham as an example of that kind of faith.  Particularly Abraham’s experiences in regard to Isaac, the promised child. Yes, …

Through the Bible, January 18

Read: Genesis 20-22 Summary: The child of promise finally arrives.  God then asks Abraham to do the unthinkable and Abraham obeys. Devotional Thought: God Promised Simplicity can mask profundity.  Such is the statement, “the Lord did to Sarah as he had promised” (Gen. 21:1). The long promised child finally arrived. …

Through the Bible, January 16

Read: Genesis 15-17 Summary: God formalizes the covenant with Abraham, while also telling him of the bondage his descendants would experience in Egypt many years later. Sarah and Abraham both attempt to bring fulfillment to the promise for a child.   That, of course, ends up in the consequent problems with …

Through the Bible, January 15

Read: Genesis 12-14 Summary: God calls Abram (soon to be known as Abraham) and gives to him remarkable promises.  Nearly immediately Abraham faces some challenges to his faith and trust in God. Devotional Thought: Abraham and Me The first thing Abraham did after arriving in the land to which God …

Through the Bible, January Week 3

Week 3: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob January 15-21 The stage having been set in Genesis 1-11, Moses now turns his attention to introducing Abraham.  Not only is he the man from whom the Israelites trace their origins, he is also the man known as the “father of the faithful.”  He …