Covenant Father 9: Fire From Heaven - Genesis 18:16-19:38

While Abraham and Sarah celebrate the impending fulfillment of the covenant promises, Sodom and Gomorrah are a reminder of God’s covenant purposes. The destruction of these wicked cities reminds us why we need God’s covenant in the first place: because sin has made us all liable to the judgment of God, and apart from God’s covenant, we will all be destroyed like they were. But through covenant intercession, the righteous will be spared.This passage can be divided into three parts: Abraham’s intercession, Lot’s rescue, and Sodom’s destruction, with a brief epilogue that completes Lot’s story.Abraham’s Intercession – [18:16-33]…

Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2017 by CJ Bowen

Covenant Father 8: Son of Laughter - Genesis 17:15-18:15

Laughter is our response to unexpected joy. It’s built on the sudden reversal of expectations. And even though God is never surprised the way we are, He enters in to our surprise and enjoys turning the tables on the devil. In Psalm 2, we read that when the heathen rage and scheme against God, God laughs and begets a son and gives him the nations to inherit. Does that sound familiar? God laughs when He fulfills the covenant. That’s what we see in Isaac. Isaac’s name means laughter, and the story of his conception is bookended by the laughter of hisGod’s…

Posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by CJ Bowen

Covenant Father 7: Cutting Off the Flesh - Genesis 17:1-14

Abram tried to fulfill the covenant by means of the flesh, and Ishmael was the result. Here in chapter 17, we see God act to clarify and renew the covenant in order to remove all confidence in the flesh. God uses the most intimate and to-the-point object lesson imaginable to establish the central lesson of the covenant of circumcision: cut off the flesh and rely completely on faith.The first 14 verses of Genesis 17 divide into two parts: vv. 1-8, and vv. 9-14. The first part contains the covenant prologue promises (God’s part) and vv. 9-14 contain the covenant conditions…

Posted on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by CJ Bowen