More Heroes with Warts

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Genesis 26-27 Can you believe it! Abraham told a lie concerning his wife because he didn’t have the faith to believe that God could take care of him. Then he does the same thing again. And now his son does the very same thing. Again the results are tragic. Will we never learn? But when it comes to conflict with the neighbors, Isaac takes the high road. Instead of fighting, he moves elsewhere to try again. And in …

Family Life

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Genesis 24-25 If the Christian faith is to be passed on to the next generation, strong family life must be developed. This can only occur when both husband and wife are believers. Likewise, Abraham in his day was rightly concerned that his son should marry someone who believed in the one true God. He therefore took steps to do what he could to cause this to happen. What an important lesson for us. The servant Abraham sends to …

Faith Tested

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Genesis 20-23 Again Abraham is brought into a situation where he is tempted to tell a half-truth (which is a lie). We are all so slow in learning a lesson. Again, the result of sin is tragedy. Yet in spite of sin, God graciously fulfills his promise and finally the long-awaited son is born to Sarah. And again the consequences of a lack of faith bear their bitter fruit. Tension in the home results from the mistake of …

Sodom and Gomorrah

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Genesis 17-19 Here is the first use of a very important biblical word: covenant. God makes a covenant, a contract, between himself and Abraham in which he makes certain promises to Abraham and commands faithful obedience on Abraham’s part. The Old Testament is the story of the old covenant that God made with Abraham and his descendants. The New Testament is the story of the new covenant that God made with the church of Christ. Names have great …

The Plan of God Unfolds

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Genesis 12-16 Here we have a very important turning point. Out of sinful humanity, God chooses Abraham to begin to build a special people. Abraham is called to leave the comforts of home and move out into an unknown future as God leads him. Although Abraham is a man of faith, he too falls short. To protect himself he commanded his wife to tell a half-truth, lest the Egyptians slay him to obtain her. A characteristic of the …

More Results of Sin

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Genesis 8-11 One can imagine that life aboard the ark became less and less pleasant as the weeks rolled on. Yet how much better than the only alternative—drowning. The ark is sometimes used as a symbol of the church. Sometimes life in the church is far from ideal, but again, how much better to fellowship with God’s people than to be living in a doomed world. Note that the first thing Noah does when he emerges from the …