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…

Depravity and Intercession

In today’s Bible reading, we read about the depths of depravity of the citizens of Sodom, Lot, and Lot’s daughters. At the same time, we see Abraham’s intercession on behalf of the citizens of Sodom. Much has been said about the sin of the people of Sodom. But as you read the story, you see…

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, covenant-breaker would suffer the fate of…

Abram Follows God’s Call

In today’s Bible reading, Abram follows God’s call to leave his home in modern-day Southern Iraq, up the Fertile Crescent into modern-day Syria and down through modern-day Lebanon, Israel, across to Egypt, and back up into Israel, settling in Hebron. The trip was over 3200 miles. On foot. And Abram had a lot of stuff…

Don’t Pit the Bible Against Science

Today’s Bible reading reminds us that it’s important to not pit the Bible against Science. Did you know that today’s reading talks about “Continental Drift” (aka plate tectonics)? Today’s reading also addresses the issue of the division by languages of people on our planet. Genesis 10:25 tells us about a man named Peleg. Moses (who…