Category Archives: Genesis

The Resurrection of Abraham, Sarah and Isaac

God telling Abraham to sacrifice Isaac is a tough story. It brings up a lot of questions about God and a lot of questions about Abraham. We don’t get all of the answers but one of the answers we do get is found in Hebrews 11:17-19 in regard to what was going through Abraham’s mind when he bound his son and raised the knife,

By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.

What struck me about this is the faith of Abraham. I reasoned that he had never seen anyone resurrected before. He didn’t have a Bible in his hand to have any idea resurrection could even happen. This was a tremendous act of faith. Of course that is correct…this was a tremendous act of faith. Still there was something that I had missed in my reasoning. In a way Abraham had prior knowledge of life from the dead. Look back a few verses earlier in Hebrews 11,

And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise. And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.

Abraham was “as good as dead” and yet God gave him a son. What is more, Sarah was barren and yet God brought life out of her womb. In a very real sense, Abraham knew of life out of death. He just hadn’t seen it in the form of a dead body raised back to life again. This doesn’t diminish his faith. Quite the opposite. We recognize that Abraham’s faith was not boiled down to this one moment but also his acceptance and trust that God would give him a son even when both he and his wife were “as good as dead.” That is faith!

Noah: The First Second Adam?

In Romans 5:12-21 Paul talks about Jesus being the second Adam calling Adam “the pattern of the one to come.” Adam brought death and condemnation. Jesus brought grace and justification. In Adam, death reigned. In Christ, life reigns. Jesus truly is the second Adam…the one who came and this time “got it right” through hisContinue Reading

The Flood: Forming and Deforming, Creating and Un-creating

There are is a word and a phrase tucked away into the flood story in Genesis 6 that escaped my attention until this morning. Here it is, “The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart wasContinue Reading

Three Gardens

The opening scene of humanity is set in a garden..the perfect place. All is provided. Man and woman in perfect harmony. Naked and unashamed. God walking with man and woman…unhindered. Enter serpent, temptation, the desire to be like God…tranquility broken…unashamed no more. Sin had entered into the world starting in a garden and so…like allContinue Reading

The First Eight Greek Words in the Gospel of Matthew

I am fascinated by the opening line of the Gospel of Matthew, Βίβλος γενέσεως Ἰησοῦ χριστοῦ υἱοῦ Δαυὶδ υἱοῦ Ἀβραάμ. Biblos geneseos Jesus Christ son [of] David son [of] Abraham Matthew starts kicks off the New Testament with an echo of Genesis 1…that this is the Genesis of the story of Jesus who is ofContinue Reading

One Thing More Fearful Than Our Fear of Death

Genesis 3:1-7, Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, butContinue Reading

God Walked Through the Pieces

God made two big promises to Abraham in Genesis 12. God promised Abraham the promised land and descendents. Promise of the land Ever since God promised the land, the land has offered nothing but opposition to Abraham. In just three short chapters the opposition comes one after the other…First, a famine comes in the landContinue Reading

Vegetarians Before the Flood?

This from John Goldingay’s book “Genesis for Everyone (Part 1), Genesis was concerned about plants and trees as sources of food. God now gives the plants and the fruit trees to humanity to eat and also give to the rest of the animal world all the other plants, the ones human beings don’t eat. TheContinue Reading

For Everyone Series Goes OT

Just noticed on Amazon that the For Everyone Series made popular by N.T. Wright’s series on the New Testament is starting on the Old Testament. I have no idea how I missed this as it looks like Genesis came out in 2010. John Goldingay is authoring this series. Here is what they have out soContinue Reading

Sodom and Gomorrah Excavated?

A very interesting read over at The Sacred Page about a recent presentation at the Society of Biblical Literature. The archaeologists believe they have discovered the biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and hint at what they believe the archaeological evidence their shows happened to those cities. Sodom and Gomorrah excavated

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