Covenant Father 16: Marrying Isaac - Genesis 24

The death of Sarah left some gaping holes in the life of the Covenant family – no wife for Abraham, no mother for Isaac, no matriarch to lead the Covenant household. And at this point, since Abraham is quite old, he sees that the time has come to transfer leadership to his son Isaac. And this means that Isaac needs a wife. The covenant cannot move forward without a marriage. But while this chapter is all about marriage, it’s not about your marriage and your family, although you can learn a great deal about that. The main point is keeping covenant;God…

Posted on Tuesday, August 08, 2017 by CJ Bowen

Covenant Father 15: Burying Sarah - Genesis 23

The God who made heaven and earth wants you to hear the record of a business transaction between an ancient sojourning prince and a tribe of Hittites. Why is that in the Bible? God’s goal isn’t to equip you to make deals with the Hittites in your life. What makes this transaction important is what it means for the fulfillment of God’s covenant, and what it reveals about Abraham’s future hope.The end of Genesis 22 and the opening verses of chapter 23 set up a stark contrast between the abundant fruitfulness of Abraham’s brother Nahor and his wife and the…

Posted on Wednesday, August 02, 2017 by CJ Bowen

Covenant Father 14: Offering Isaac - Genesis 22

When Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden, God guarded the way to the tree of life with a flaming sword. In order to get back to the blessed life with God, you need to pass under the knife and through the fire. But God promised that the Serpent’s work would be undone by the seed of the woman, and He chose Abraham to be the father of that seed. And so God made a covenant with Abraham, and instead of slaughtering Abraham, a heifer, a female goat, and a ram passed under the knife, and God’s fireMaybe…

Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 by CJ Bowen