Abraham’s Lament

“And Sarah died at Kiryath-Arba (this is Hebron) in the land of Canaan. And Abraham entered to lament for Sarah and to weep for her.” (Genesis 23:2)   Grief for someone lost to us is an experience common to mankind in this fallen world, yet while common, radically is different from person to person. We… Read More

God’s Promises

“And she said, ‘Who would have repeatedly announced to Abraham that Sarah would be made to suckle children? Yet I have borne a son in his old age.’” (Genesis 21:7)   This is one of those spots where our English translations are not helpful in assisting us to understand the depth of the statement that… 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

Abraham’s Prayer and Abimelek’s Household: Genesis 20:18

“And Abraham prayed to God and God healed Abimelek and his wives and his handmaidens and they bore children because Yahweh had completely worked restraint throughout all the wombs in the house of Abimelek over this thing of Sarah, the wife of Abraham.” (Genesis 20:18)   As we discussed in the passages above, God protects… Read More

The Great Nation of Ishmael

“And unto Ishmael, I have heard you, so behold, I will bless him and will cause him to bear fruit and I will make him exceedingly great. He will bear twelve princes and I will give to him a great nation.” (Genesis 17:20) Because of God’s promise to Abraham, God blesses Abraham’s firstborn and allows… Read More