God Afflicted Job

Job teaches us an important lesson in today’s Bible reading.* If you remember from our first day of reading this book, Satan approached God and obtained permission to afflict Job. But Job says in 19:21b that God has afflicted him. So who was it? Was it Satan or was it God? Why would Job even…

Abraham Offers His Only Son — His “Only” Son?

Abraham offers his only son in today’s Bible reading*. Yes, you read that correctly: “his only son”. But didn’t Abraham have a son by Sarah’s servant Hagar? Yes, he did. Ishmael was born fourteen years before Isaac. So why does Moses refer to Isaac as Abraham’s “only” son? Elsewhere we’re told that Isaac was Abraham’s…

God Cut a Covenant with Abram

In today’s Bible reading*, we read that God cut a covenant with Abram. In the Old Testament days, when two people made an agreement, they would slaughter an animal, cut the animal in two pieces and walk together between the two pieces agreeing that if either broke the covenant, the covenant-breaker would suffer the fate…

Abram Follows God’s Call

In today’s Bible reading*, Abram follows God’s call to leave his home in Haran, at the border of modern-day Syria and Turkey. He went and down through modern-day Lebanon, Israel, across to Egypt, and back up into Israel, settling in Hebron. The trip from Haran to Canaan was about 400 miles. On foot. And Abram…