Covenant Father 17: Dying In Faith - Genesis 25:1-11

Genesis 25 makes it clear that Abraham died without receiving the promises, but Hebrews 11 makes it just as clear that this does not mean that God’s promises failed or that Abraham’s faith was in vain. The last and final lesson of Abraham’s life is his testimony that he desired a better country than even a Promised Land filled with his children. What Genesis 25 teaches is that not only are you called to imitate Abraham’s life of faith, but you also need to be prepared to die in faith without having received all the blessings that God promises.The reason…

Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by CJ Bowen

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