Genesis 16: 12-16… Who would want to be labelled a ‘wild donkey of a man’?

You may remember that the Angel of the Lord met with Hagar, expelled from Abram’s household and sitting near a pool of water. Ishmael was to become her son’s name. He shall be a wild donkey of a man,his hand against everyoneand everyone’s hand against him,and he shall dwell over against all his kinsmen.”So sheContinue reading “Genesis 16: 12-16… Who would want to be labelled a ‘wild donkey of a man’?”

Genesis 16: 7-12….Pregnant and on the street.

The angel of the LORD found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur. And he said, “Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going?” She said, “I am fleeing from my mistress Sarai.” The angel of the LORD said toContinue reading “Genesis 16: 7-12….Pregnant and on the street.”

Genesis 16: 3-6….Abram wasn’t the cause of infertility!

So, after Abram had lived ten years in the land of Canaan, Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar the Egyptian, her servant, and gave her to Abram her husband as a wife. And he went in to Hagar, and she conceived. And when she saw that she had conceived, she looked with contempt on her mistress.Continue reading “Genesis 16: 3-6….Abram wasn’t the cause of infertility!”

Genesis 15: 17-16v2…..A covenant and a decision.

When the sun had gone down and it was dark, behold, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces. On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your offspring I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates, the landContinue reading “Genesis 15: 17-16v2…..A covenant and a decision.”

Genesis 15: 12-16….Before your people get the Promised land.

As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell on Abram. And behold, dreadful and great darkness fell upon him. Then the LORD said to Abram, “Know for certain that your offspring will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and will be servants there, and they will be afflicted for fourContinue reading “Genesis 15: 12-16….Before your people get the Promised land.”

Genesis 15: 7-12…..Unusual!

And he said to him, “I am the LORD who brought you out from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to possess.” But he said, “O Lord GOD, how am I to know that I shall possess it?” He said to him, “Bring me a heifer three years old, a female goatContinue reading “Genesis 15: 7-12…..Unusual!”

Genesis 15: 1-6….The childless Abram promised the stars.

After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” But Abram said, “O Lord GOD, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said,Continue reading “Genesis 15: 1-6….The childless Abram promised the stars.”

Acts 10: 44-48…..God acts.

While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles. For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and extollingContinue reading “Acts 10: 44-48…..God acts.”

Acts 10: 39b-43…. the core of the gospel.

They put him to death by hanging him on a tree, but God raised him on the third day and made him to appear, not to all the people but to us who had been chosen by God as witnesses, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. And he commandedContinue reading “Acts 10: 39b-43…. the core of the gospel.”

Acts 10: 34-39…. Peter gives the background.

So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. As for the word that he sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace through Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all), youContinue reading “Acts 10: 34-39…. Peter gives the background.”