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Category: Patriarch Era

The Question That Everyone Asks and Answers

Boom! There it is! The central theme of the book of Job. All of the verbal sparring between Job and his frenemies, from chapter four until Bildad asks his question in chapter twenty-five, finally drives at least one of them to ask the right question,   "How can a man be righteous before God?" (Job 25:4).  Up until this point Job's frenemies, and even Job himself, attempt to answer the question, "Why is Jo... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Saturday, January 25, 2020

Times of Waiting Reveal Our Faith

Waiting is difficult. Genesis 40:1-23 No one enjoys waiting. The last thing anyone wants to hear after completing a medical exam is, "We will have your results in a week." How often do we ask the Lord for direction about a major life decision, and His answer is to wait? Waiting is difficult. However, God is interested in us learning to wait. We see this in Joseph's story, and we experience it in our own stories.  God often makes His servants endure a passage of... Read More
Posted by Joel Strahan at Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Genealogies Tell A Story

Genealogies track people and nations and tell a story. They include important details about people (both good and bad) who will show up later in the story. The genealogies of the Bible reveal a God keeps track of history (as should we—that we may marvel at God's righteousness assessment, redemption and judgment of humanity). Esau's genealogy (Genesis 36) demonstrates the reality of God's covenant that He made with Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3) and i... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Monday, January 13, 2020

Moses Records No Random or Insignificant Details

When Moses records these events in Abraham's life, it is with deliberation—no insignificant or random detail is included. These stories would inform the theology and sociology of the newly-liberated Hebrews. Today's reading begins with Abraham's "haste" in chapter 18 when the three guest show up. He "ran" to meet them. (It has been years since God had spoken to him.) He hastened to inform Sarah to prepare a meal for them, "Make ready quickly …... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Monday, January 6, 2020

The Perspective Gained From a Backward Look

What God does for Joseph He does for all those whom He grafts into His Story. Paul describes the value of looking back—looking back at God’s method of operation in the past—and the value it brings in producing hope in the present, “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4).  Psalm 105, 106, and 107 are historical psalms—they chronicle... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Sunday, July 14, 2019

God's Promises Obligate His Activity

When God calls Abraham into His story He promises to bless him and make his descendants a blessing to the nations, “I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Genesis 12:2-3). To whom God makes a promise He obligates His activity.  Abraham believes God and to him and his barren wife, Go... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Suffering and Hope

God’s promise to Abraham in Genesis 15:13-14 provides the context for the trajectory of Joseph’s suffering, “Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them for four hundred years. And also the nation whom they serve I will judge; afterward they shall come out with great possessions.” The rest of the story answers the question, “How will that promise come to pass?” God work... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Wednesday, January 23, 2019

God Relates to Man Outside of Eden

God walks with Adam and Eve in the “cool of the day” in Eden. He gives them an instruction to follow which requires faith in Him. After they eat the forbidden fruit He comes to the couple, confronts them regarding their insurrection, slays an animal to cover their nakedness, and promises redemption. His presence in Eden is conspicuous. His presence outside of Eden, however, is less conspicuous (though quite real) and appropriated by faith.  Though the sun lights the day and ... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Saturday, January 19, 2019

Brokenness and Providence

God’s activity during the six days of creation differs from His divine providence or under the radar work outside of Eden. Nahum M. Sarna wrote, “One of the most characteristic qualities of biblical man was a profound and pervasive conviction about the role of divine providence in human affairs.” God is always active outside of Eden, even if His working is unseen—and that’s a good thing, since life outside of Eden is populated with spiritually blind and broken pe... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Saturday, January 12, 2019