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Creation, by Melissa Gibbs...Wow. Creation and the fall of man, all in one day. That's alot of ground to cover, but some really important topics that deserve attention. Obviously, these two major tenets of the faith have been debated...
Cain, Abel, and Noah, by Melissa GibbsOk, so we left off with Adam and Eve being expelled from paradise and from a perfect relationship with God the Father. Like us today, their sin was in placing higher value on things other than God. The intrigue of the fruit was...
The Flood, by Melissa GibbsWe've all read stories to our kids about Noah's ark. The little tug boat in the illustrations with the long giraffe neck sticking out the top seems fanciful at best. Given the way my mind works, I love to find ...
Babel and Abram, by Melissa Gibbs...A recent discovery of a Sumerian tablet is the first extra-Biblical source to corroborate that there was a time in antiquity when all the people of the world spoke one language. And the tower itself, seems likely to have been a ziggurat, which was common in the Mesopotamian region at that time. A ziggurat is a stepped pyramid, whose very top level represented "heaven" to the...
Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar, by Melissa GibbsThere is so much more to this story than it's face value. Let me start by saying that God did not approve of the solution that Abraham and Sarah contrived to "help" God fulfill His promise. Throughout the Old Testament, God's word makes clear...
Sodom and Gomorrah and the Angel of the Lord, by Melissa Giibbs...The verb has such force that it indicates Ham was delighted to find his father in such a state; even to the point of reveling in it...
Isaac and Rebekah, by Melissa Gibbs...This is the same guy Abraham deceived one chapter back by lying about his marital relationship with Sarah. Abraham has become a prosperous man and must have acquired enough wealth, servants, and land to be deemed worthy of a treaty with a king...
Jacob and Esau, by Melissa Gibbs...Isaac and Rebekah now have twin boys, Jacob and Esau. Another set of brothers where the older is prophesied to serve the younger. In this instance, it is not their parentage that differentiates the two, so why does God choose Jacob over Esau?...
Jacob, Rachel, and Leah, by Melissa GibbsAre you beginning to see some familial patterns here?!!! Just as Jacob deceived his father and brother to get what he wanted, Laban resorts to the same methodology in his dealings with his future son-in-law. The saying "what goes around comes around" seems to apply. Jacob is tricked ...
Jacob and Laban, by Melissa GibbsThe dysfunction between Jacob and Laban which has festered over 20 years, finally comes to a head in this chapter. Jacob receives the first direct revelation he has had from God in those twenty years, and he is told to go back home. This fits perfectly with what Jacob...
Jacob Wrestles with God, by Melissa GibbsJacob moves on from his treaty with Laban seeking the same with his brother Esau. He is now sandwiched between the two people he has been most deceitful with, and is filled with fear and anxiety...
Esau's Descendants, by Melissa GibbsAfter such a heart-warming reconciliation between Jacob and Esau, why does Jacob again deceive his brother? Jacob says that he will follow Esau to his home in Seir but heads in another direction instead. It could have been that Jacob was still afraid of his brother, but I think a better answer is that...
Joseph; Judah and Tamar, by Melissa GibbsThe story of Tamar... Remembering the lengths to which Lot's daughters were willing to go in order to have children, sheds some light on Tamar's situation. In this ancient patriarchal society, a woman's highest aspiration was having children. Inheritances and land were...
Joseph Interprets Dreams, by Melissa GibbsThe amazing thing about Joseph is not that God empowered him to interpret dreams, but that he expected God to empower him to interpret dreams! When the cup-bearer and baker shared their dreams with him, seeking interpretation, Joseph,,,
Joseph Reunited with His Brothers, by Melissa GibbsGreat story! This entire negotiation between Joseph and his brothers was a test designed to see if they had changed; whether or not true repentance and remorse had occurred for their crime against Joseph. Joseph knows Benjamin is his...
Jacob's Family Moves to Egypt, by Melissa GibbsFor today, we read the story of Joseph bringing his father's entire family to Egypt. The number 70 reflects only the blood line through the males. Daughters, daughters-in-law, and grand-daughters were not factored in, nor were servants or concubines. So the actual number of Israelites...
Jacob Blesses His Sons, by Melissa Gibbs...But before he dies, Jacob blesses his sons, which equates to prophesying over each of the 12 tribes of Israel. While Jacob had twelve sons, the tribes of Israel are slightly different. Because of the honor bestowed upon Joseph, either for being his father's favorite or for his role in preserving the family/nation, he is given the "double portion" of the inheritance that was customarily given...
Introduction to Job, by Melissa Gibbs...It is estimated by scholars, that Job lived at around the same time as the patriarchs; Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Many factors point to this assumption, one of which is the fact that Job lived 140 years after his children were grown. This makes his life-span roughly equivalent to Abraham's, which is notable as each generation after...
The "Wisdom" of Job's Friends, by Melissa GibbsJob's friends finally begin to offer their opinions as to why all of this suffering has befallen him. Eliphaz's offers a commonly held theory that one's own sin is responsible for suffering... that when bad things happen it is because it was deserved due to...
Job's Pity Party, by Melissa Gibbs...These are great spiritual truths. But Job is too busy feeling sorry for himself, and frankly I don't blame him, to process any of what they say. God seems remote and arbitrary to Job, and Job feels powerless and unmotivated to approach God. But in the middle of his long-winded...
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