Genesis 27: 9-17…..A meal – planned and prepared.

Go to the flock and bring me two good young goats, so that I may prepare from them delicious food for your father, such as he loves. And you shall bring it to your father to eat, so that he may bless you before he dies.” But Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, “Behold, myContinue reading “Genesis 27: 9-17…..A meal – planned and prepared.”

Genesis 26:34 -27:9….Bad blood and sneaky!

When Esau was forty years old, he took Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite to be his wife, and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite, and they made life bitter for Isaac and Rebekah.When Isaac was old and his eyes were dim so that he could not see, he called Esau his olderContinue reading “Genesis 26:34 -27:9….Bad blood and sneaky!”

Genesis 26: 12-18….Jealousy and a shift necessary.

And Isaac sowed in that land and reaped in the same year a hundredfold. The LORD blessed him, and the man became rich, and gained more and more until he became very wealthy. He had possessions of flocks and herds and many servants, so that the Philistines envied him. (Now the Philistines had stopped andContinue reading “Genesis 26: 12-18….Jealousy and a shift necessary.”

Genesis 26: 6-11…Like father, like son.

So Isaac settled in Gerar. When the men of the place asked him about his wife, he said, “She is my sister,” for he feared to say, “My wife,” thinking, “lest the men of the place should kill me because of Rebekah,” because she was attractive in appearance. When he had been there a longContinue reading “Genesis 26: 6-11…Like father, like son.”

Genesis 25: 27-34….A cameo of the family.

When the boys grew up, Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field, while Jacob was a quiet man, dwelling in tents. Isaac loved Esau because he ate of his game, but Rebekah loved Jacob.Once when Jacob was cooking stew, Esau came in from the field, and he was exhausted. And Esau saidContinue reading “Genesis 25: 27-34….A cameo of the family.”

Acts 17: 1-9….Tolerance.

Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and toContinue reading “Acts 17: 1-9….Tolerance.”

Acts 16: 35-40….I wonder what was said behind closed doors?

But when it was day, the magistrates sent the police, saying, “Let those men go.” And the jailer reported these words to Paul, saying, “The magistrates have sent to let you go. Therefore come out now and go in peace.” But Paul said to them, “They have beaten us publicly, uncondemned, men who are RomanContinue reading “Acts 16: 35-40….I wonder what was said behind closed doors?”

Acts 15: 37 -16:5 Get on with the business!

Now Barnabas wanted to take with them John called Mark. But Paul thought best not to take with them one who had withdrawn from them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work. And there arose a sharp disagreement, so that they separated from each other. Barnabas took Mark with him andContinue reading “Acts 15: 37 -16:5 Get on with the business!”

Genesis 21: 22-33….Life is very complex – then and now…

At that time Abimelech and Phicol the commander of his army said to Abraham, “God is with you in all that you do. Now therefore swear to me here by God that you will not deal falsely with me or with my descendants or with my posterity, but as I have dealt kindly with you,Continue reading “Genesis 21: 22-33….Life is very complex – then and now…”

Genesis 21: 1-10….Delivered but not from jealousy

The LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did to Sarah as he had promised. And Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the time of which God had spoken to him. Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah boreContinue reading “Genesis 21: 1-10….Delivered but not from jealousy”