Leaving a Legacy

“For there is no eternal remembrance for the wise along with the foolish. With the days that have already come, are all forgotten and how the wise dies along with the foolish.” (Ecclesiastes 2:16) Do you see what Solomon is saying? As we have pointed out before, he is not falling into nihilism or fatalism… Read More

Prelude to Abraham… Shem

“These are the descendants of Shem: when Shem was a son of one-hundred years, he begat Arpakshad — two years after the deluge. And Shem lived, after he begat Arpakshad, five hundred years and he begat sons and daughters.” (Genesis 11:10-11)   Essentially, this list of genealogies picks up where the genealogies in Genesis 5… Read More

The Children of Keturah

“And she bore to him: Zimran, Yoqshan, Medan, Midyan, Yishbaq, and Shuach.”   And here the children of Abraham and Keturah are remembered by name. Zimran: Likely derived from the Hebrew word rAmÎz (zamar), which refers to the playing of an instrument or the singing of praise to God. Children are indeed a blessing and… Read More

For What Will You Be Remembered?

“And God was with the lad and he was mighty; he dwelt in the wilderness and became a great archer. He dwelt in the wilderness of Paran and his mother took for him a wife from the land of Egypt.” (Genesis 21:20-21)   And so, Hagar and Ishmael separate from the presence of Abraham and… Read More