Faith of Our Fathers

“And it came to pass that Isaac and Ishmael, his sons, buried him in the cave of Makpelah — the one in the field of Ephron the son of Tsohar the Hittite  which is in the direction of Mamre — the field which Abraham bought from the sons of the Hittites. There Abraham was buried… Read More

He died with Good Grey Hair

“These are the days of the years of Abraham’s life which he lived: one-hundred and seventy-five years. Abraham perished and died with good grey hair, an old man and fulfilled. And he was gathered to his people.” (Genesis 25:8)   These are the final words recorded in the narrative of the life of Abraham. What… Read More

The Marriage

“And Rebekah lifted her eyes and saw Isaac; she fell from her camel and said to the servant, ‘Who is this man walking in the field to summon us?’ And the servant said, ‘He is my lord.’ Thus she took her veil and covered herself. So the servant recounted to Isaac all of the things… Read More

Walking at Sunset

“And it came to pass that Isaac had returned from going to Beer-Lachay-Roiy — he had been dwelling in the land of Negeb. So Isaac went out to walk contemplatively in the field toward the turn of sunset. And he lifted up his eyes and looked — Behold! — camels were coming!” (Genesis 24:62-63)  … Read More

The Seed and the God of the Millennia

“And they blessed Rebekah, and said to her, ‘Our sister, you shall become like countless thousands and may your seed inhabit the gates of those who hate him.’” (Genesis 24:60)   “I will surely bless you and your seed will surely be great as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is… Read More

Rebekah’s Mother’s House

“The girl ran and she told these things to her mother’s household.” (Genesis 24:28)   As simple as this verse is on the surface, it is once again a reminder to us of the humanity of all the people involved in this account. This is no fable; it is history. Yet, how often it is… Read More

The Ram in the Thicket

“And Abraham lifted up his eyes and he looked and beheld a ram behind him caught fast in a thicket by its horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and went up to make a whole burnt offering of it instead of his son.” (Genesis 22:13)   Substitution is perhaps the word for the… Read More

The Active and Passive Obedience of Isaac – A Shadow of Christ

“In this way they came to the place which God had told him and there Abraham built the altar and arranged the wood on it. He bound Isaac, his son, and set him on the altar on top of the wood. Then Abraham stretched forth his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son.”… Read More

The Lamb of God

“And Abraham said, ‘God will himself see to the Lamb for the whole burnt offering my son.’ And the two went on together.” (Genesis 22:8)   Often when we read this passage we see this statement of Abraham’s as a means of placating his son and keeping him somewhat in the dark and in doing… Read More

Trusting God in Spite of the Things that May Seem Evil to Us

“And the words were very evil in the eyes of Abraham on account of his son.” (Genesis 21:11)   In the context, Sarah has seen the ridicule that is coming from Hagar and Ishmael and asks Abraham to cast out both from his household. Ultimately, the promise is to be through Isaac, not Ishmael, and… Read More

The Laughter of the Saints

“And Sarah said, ‘Laughter, God brings to me; all the ones who hear will laugh with me.’” (Genesis 21:6)   The emphasis that is placed here is on the laughter. Usually, this word refers to the way we might mock someone by laughing and jeering at him, but in this context a very different sentiment… Read More