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 13: 8-13…..Choosing wisely.

Then Abram said to Lot, “Let there be no strife between you and me, and between your herdsmen and my herdsmen, for we are kinsmen. Is not the whole land before you? Separate yourself from me. If you take the left hand, then I will go to the right, or if you take the rightContinue reading “Genesis 13: 8-13…..Choosing wisely.”

Genesis 13: 1-7…..Not enough grass.

So Abram went up from Egypt, he and his wife and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the Negeb.Now Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold. And he journeyed on from the Negeb as far as Bethel to the place where his tent had been at the beginning,Continue reading “Genesis 13: 1-7…..Not enough grass.”

Psalm 39: 1-6….What do you make of this?

I said, “I will guard my ways,that I may not sin with my tongue;I will guard my mouth with a muzzle,so long as the wicked are in my presence.”I was mute and silent;I held my peace to no avail,and my distress grew worse.My heart became hot within me.As I mused, the fire burned;then I spokeContinue reading “Psalm 39: 1-6….What do you make of this?”

Genesis 9: 18-25…..Man’s weakness

The sons of Noah who went forth from the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (Ham was the father of Canaan.) These three were the sons of Noah, and from these the people of the whole earth were dispersed.Noah began to be a man of the soil, and he planted a vineyard. He drank ofContinue reading “Genesis 9: 18-25…..Man’s weakness”

Philemon 10-18……What will a father do for his son?

I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I became in my imprisonment. (Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.) I am sending him back to you, sending my very heart. I would have been glad to keep him with me, in orderContinue reading “Philemon 10-18……What will a father do for his son?”

Psalm 31: 6-10….What is going on?

I hate those who pay regard to worthless idols,but I trust in the LORD.I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love,because you have seen my affliction;you have known the distress of my soul,and you have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy;you have set my feet in a broad place.Be graciousContinue reading “Psalm 31: 6-10….What is going on?”

Mark 15: 1-5…. The Roman trial begins,

And as soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. And they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate. And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.”Continue reading “Mark 15: 1-5…. The Roman trial begins,”

Mark 14: 51-56…..Having fled, some followed….

And they all left him and fled.And a young man followed him, with nothing but a linen cloth about his body. And they seized him, but he left the linen cloth and ran away naked.And they led Jesus to the high priest. And all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes came together.Continue reading “Mark 14: 51-56…..Having fled, some followed….”

Micah 3: 9-12……A plain and damning declaration.

Hear this, you heads of the house of Jacoband rulers of the house of Israel,who detest justiceand make crooked all that is straight,who build Zion with bloodand Jerusalem with iniquity.Its heads give judgment for a bribe;its priests teach for a price;its prophets practice divination for money;yet they lean on the LORD and say,“Is not theContinue reading “Micah 3: 9-12……A plain and damning declaration.”