Ishmael and Isaac. The sons of Abraham. One the son of the flesh. The other the son of the promise. This chapter gives us the opportunity to examine one of the most confusion passages in Paul’s writings, as well as to examine ourselves. Are you a son of the flesh, or a son of faith. Both were seed of Abraham. Only one got the promise.
In Genesis 20 we usually get caught up in what Abraham did and the unfairness and immorality of it all. Under the surface though there is a portrait of God and the way that He interacts with people. This lesson on God’s character is one that we should not miss.
All too often we approach Genesis 19 in isolation and when we do so, we end up missing a large part of the story. We end up making rush judgments without all of the necessary information. What can we learn about Sodom and Gomorrah if we incorporate the rest of Scripture into our assessment of this story?
This episode is our first podcast exclusive holiday special. This is a rerecording of a teaching that I gave at a local Shavu’ot / Pentecost gathering in Greenville, SC. What is this holiday all about and how can we practice the principles of Shavu’ot in our lives?
We usually think of prophecy as foretelling the future, but that is not completely accurate. Prophecy is so much more than telling what is going to happen. This chapter contains a sequence that reveals, not only the truth of what prophecy is, but what our response to prophecy should be as well.