Covenant Father 4: Saving Lot - Genesis 14

Genesis 14 gives the account of Abram’s rescue mission of his nephew Lot, a mission that brought him into conflict with the kings of the nations and established his name as one of the great ones in the land. By giving him this military victory, God shows the nations that His blessing rests on Abram.The Background (vv.1-12): In the first 12 verses, we’re introduced to a bunch of local kings, rulers of city-states who have banded together to form rival alliances. In Genesis 14:4-7, we see that the Canaanite kings who have been serving Chederlaomer the Elamite king rebel against…

Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by CJ Bowen

Covenant Father 3: Strife and Separation - Genesis 13

As Abram and Sarai leave Egypt and head back into the desert region of the Negeb with Lot, Abram faces a new sort of problem: up until now, he’s faced problems of not enough, but now he faces the problem of too much. God made Abram rich with livestock, silver, and gold, and now he’ll have to learn to be a waystation for such blessings, not the end of the line. God promised to bless him so that he could bless others, and so this is a test of Abram’s faith: will he grasp God’s blessing in a clenched fist, orAs…

Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by CJ Bowen

Covenant Father 2: Abram's Exodus - Genesis 12:10-20

Maybe you remember that Bible story about the famine that drove God’s people into Egypt. Maybe you remember they ended up as captives, stuck in a “kill the boys; let the girls live” situation. Maybe you remember how God sent plagues to punish Pharaoh, so that His people could be sent away with much spoil. Maybe you remembered that story being about Moses, but as you see in Genesis 12:10-20, this was Abram’s story hundreds of years earlier.As we look at this Exodus, we see that Abram leaves Canaan because the land is barren. While it isn’t faithless to run…

Posted on Thursday, March 16, 2017 by CJ Bowen