Genesis 46-47

While these chapters come on the heels of faithfulness and joy in the covenant family, there is yet a formidable obstacle to be overcome. Within the narrative of Genesis it is hard to overstate the significance of the land of Canaan for the patriarch family. Consider that Abraham was staunchly … Continue reading

Genesis 42-45

Joseph’s vocation as second-in-command over all of Egypt provides us with an opportunity for reflection on spirituality in one’s place of work. Joseph had a position of influence in Egypt because of his dreams and the severe famine that had come upon the land. The famine was not bound to … Continue reading

Genesis 37-41

Genesis is a story of generations, especially the lives of Abraham’s lineage. The first book of the Bible colorfully recounts the endurance of the covenant-heirs. To this point in the narrative they have survived threats from within and without, and at each step God’s redemptive plan had worked through both … Continue reading

Genesis 34-36

From Genesis 12 to this point, the narrative has displayed the endurance of the lineage promise of the Abrahamic covenant; these chapters answer the question, “How will the covenant-heirs persist in the land of promise—currently inhabited by pagans?” While Jacob and his sons attempted to establish themselves in the land … Continue reading

Genesis 30-33

The previous chapters of Genesis further illuminate God’s faithfulness to the Abrahamic covenant, and these follow in the same vein. Specifically, Genesis 30-33 seeks to explain some of the initial fulfillment of the ‘lineage’ promise in the Abrahamic covenant (Gen 12.1-3; 15.1-6)—despite continued threats against the covenant family. Jacob’s place … Continue reading

Genesis 27-29

Jacob and Esau struggled to live in covenant faithfulness just as their father Isaac (Gen 26.7-11), and grandfather Abraham (Gen 12.10-20; 20.1-18). However, God’s redemptive plan was never stifled. Genesis 27-29 is framed by a literary inclusio: Jacob, at the prompting of his mother, played the role of trickster and … Continue reading

Genesis 23-26; Proverbs 2

These chapters portray the covenant family in transition. Ever since the promises were given to Abraham in Gen 12.1-3, obstacles had arisen and threatened the fulfillment of God’s word. Although at each occasion God had superintended to prevent His plans from being thwarted, the difficulty of death in the patriarchal … Continue reading

Genesis 22; Psalms 15, 24 and Proverbs 3

Abraham’s courageous trust in Genesis 22 overshadows his recent bouts of unfaithfulness and leaves the reader rejoicing in the victory of faith. While the episode here is remarkable on the familial level—any worthy father breaks out in a cold sweat when placing himself in Abraham’s place—this text has further implications, … Continue reading

Genesis 18-21

Throughout Genesis—and the entire Scripture for that matter—the God of promise is portrayed as stronger than the obstacles that arise as a result of the unfaithful actions of His people. These chapters of Genesis contribute significantly to a theology affirming the sovereignty of God over our periods of unfaithfulness; here … Continue reading

Genesis 15-17; Psalm 32

For one desiring to understand the storyline of Scripture, they dare not blink at this point in the journey. Genesis 15-17 records not only the full expression of the Abrahamic covenant, but also the pattern of faithful, daily spirituality in all richness and honesty. The apostle Paul employed the real-life … Continue reading

Genesis 12-14

The book of Genesis is often called the book of genealogies, the study of the earliest generations. In chs 12-25 the patriarch Abraham takes center stage. The end of ch 11 provides the very significant geographical background for Abraham—a point that will serve as the fulcrum for his walk of … Continue reading

Genesis 9-11

The book of Genesis is the book of generations, and covenants. While the Abrahamic covenant is arguably the most foundational covenant of the Bible, Noah was the first to receive the offer of a covenant relationship with God (Gen 6.18). This covenant was God’s promise to deliver Noah and his … Continue reading

Genesis 6-8; Psalms 1, 29

The story of the flood—like so many scenes in Genesis—establishes principles that will be reaffirmed throughout the Bible. Here three ideas stand out: Sin’s dominion of humanity knows no bounds. Genesis 6 records that, “man’s wickedness was widespread on the earth and that every scheme his mind thought of was … Continue reading

Genesis 4-5; Proverbs 1

From Genesis 3 onward, sin’s destructive power upon interpersonal relationships becomes a theme of the storyline of Scripture. It may be that sin naturally employs jealousy as a means of causing division in the human family. In fact Cain’s jealousy of Abel is the first in a pattern of jealousy-laden … Continue reading