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September 24, Genesis 40. Interpreting dreams
Sunday, September 24, 2017      0 comments

I very seldom remember any dreams, typically the ones I do remember are really weird or disturbing in some way. I know there is a culture of people who believe there is some special significance to dreams. I feel it's just the brain re-organizin... Read more
September 23, Genesis 39. Joseph and Potiphar
Saturday, September 23, 2017      2 comments

There is much in this text that I take issue with, not necessarily with the text but with the perceptions and implications. Let's start with verse 2, The Lord was with Joseph and he became successful. So does that mean that The Lord is with ever... Read more
September 22, Genesis 38:12-30 Morality is not subjective
Friday, September 22, 2017      0 comments

Just because a story appears in scripture does not mean God approves, most of the bible is history and it's un-edited, which is as history should be. Judah goes looking for a prostitute and then when Tamar becomes pregnant becomes self righteous... Read more
September 21, Genesis 38:1-11 I am so thankful for grace
Thursday, September 21, 2017      2 comments

This section could be considered for mature audiences, there's a lot of sex and death involved. Some things that I wonder about though. Judah took a Canaanite woman as a wife, that was wrong yet he did so and lived. Judah's firstborn son Er was ... Read more
September 20, Genesis 37 A series of unfortunate events
Wednesday, September 20, 2017      0 comments

I remember the movie from some years ago, fairly strange as I recall. So much of life can be caused by series of small events, change any one and the outcome is vastly different. Here we have different people or groups doing things that lead to ... Read more
September 19, Genesis 36 The family of Esau
Tuesday, September 19, 2017      1 comments

Lots of names and most are difficult to pronounce, but they are here for a reason. It is important to trace the history of people to see where they remain faithful and where they stray. While this section just gives us the names, when it is comb... Read more
September 18, Genesis 35:16-29 Rachael dies, Benjamin is born, Reuben challenges his father
Monday, September 18, 2017      2 comments

Three items of significance to look at here. Rachael calls her son Ben-oni which means child of affliction, probably because of her hard labor. But Jacob called him Benjamin, child or son of my right had, or most beloved son. And so it was, for ... Read more
September 17, Genesis 35:1-15 Jacob, it's time to move again
Sunday, September 17, 2017      2 comments

Assuming that the time line follows from the last chapter, it would not be a good idea for Jacob and his family to stay in that area. His sons just deceived a town and slaughtered all of the men there. Of note is that there is idolatry i the cam... Read more
September 16, Genesis 34 Rape and vengeance, and no it's not right
Saturday, September 16, 2017      0 comments

It seems to me that Jacob has become a bit of a pacifist, his own daughter is raped and he takes no action. I wonder if it's because she was Leah's daughter, perhaps it would be different if it were Rachael's. In some cultures rape is a capital ... Read more
September 15, Genesis 33 Jacob's character has changed
Friday, September 15, 2017      2 comments

It's a bit subtle but there is a definite change in Jacob. Where before he was focused on self, now he's more focused on someone else. He's divided his people in small groups and those who he values or cherishes the most are at the end, best pro... Read more
September 14, Genesis 32:22-32 The day of reckoning has come
Thursday, September 14, 2017      1 comments

I don't think it happens in a grand manner in everyone's life, but at some point we come face to face with God and we can wrestle or submit. God came to Jacob when he was trying to manipulate and scheme before confronting his brother. Jacob beli... Read more
September 13, Genesis 32:1-21 The day of reckoning is coming
Wednesday, September 13, 2017      1 comments

Jacob now finds himself in a hard place. He can't go back and Esau is ahead of him. He's trying to have faith but still not sure so he decides to hedge his bets a little. This is a man who for nearly all of his life has been able to scheme... Read more
September 12, Genesis 31:33-55 A treaty between Jacob and Laban
Tuesday, September 12, 2017      0 comments

After Laban makes his accusations and the idols can't be found, Jacob rises with righteous indignation. I can certainly understand his anger. The text here says that Jacob served for 20 years, other sources indicate that he served for 41. I supp... Read more
September 11 A little light in the darkness
Monday, September 11, 2017      1 comments

I'll guess that this observation has been made more than once but I'll do it again anyway. We weathered the hurricane last night with no power, lost that around 7pm Sunday. I fell asleep in the living room in a recliner. Slept fairly well most o... Read more
September 10. It's a storm, not judgment from God
Sunday, September 10, 2017      2 comments

Taking another little detour today, again because of the recent past and impending storm. There are a lot of people who actually believe these weather disasters are God punishing us for our sins. That's certainly not biblical on several levels. ... Read more

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