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Genesis 26 (50 Days – Day Twenty Six)

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The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. That’s a bit of a joke we tell whenever someone’s kids do something that reminds us of our parents. Typically this is more along the lines of some idiosyncratic behavior if mentioned out loud, but it is a phrase also used under one’s breath when a particular vice seems to have been …

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Genesis 25 (50 Days – Day Twenty Five)

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A theme that has been creeping up as we continue through the book of Genesis is that of God’s providence. In today’s doctrinal circles, this can be somewhat of a point of contention. If God is sovereign, then how much free choice can we really have? Wouldn’t any of us having any free will limit the total sovereignty of God …

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Genesis 24 (50 Days – Day Twenty Four)

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I have meditated on the story of Isaac and Rebekah for a while and find myself no closer to picking a theme to write about. I’m simply torn between two ideas. A part of me wants to remain in the themes that I’ve written about elsewhere in this book and the other part is thinking just as a father. On …

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Genesis 23 (50 Days – Day Twenty Three)

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Our lives our filled with journeys. Some are short and some are long, but all of them eventually come to an end. The memories I have about the journeys I’ve traveled are not so much about the places that I went, but rather the people that went with me. I have considered myself fortunate to have had so many great companions …

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Genesis 22 (50 Days – Day Twenty Two)

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It is obvious that there is one theme that runs throughout Abraham’s life. Faith. He is not always found faithful, but God is constantly challenging him and his faith can be seen growing with each victory that exists among the failures. Here though, God presents him with his greatest challenge. First, note that Abraham might have had feet of clay …

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Genesis 21 (50 Days – Day Twenty One)

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If there is a theme in Abraham’s life that keeps coming up it is submission. Submitting to others is something that he seemed to have no problem with, and it seems to have brought him favor his whole life. He was in submission to God. Only a couple of chapters before God made a covenant with Abraham and that covenant …

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Genesis 20 (50 Days – Day Twenty)

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The great theologian John Gill, in an exposition of this passage wrote… Good men not only fall into sin, but have their relapses. It is more than interesting to see how God uses our mistakes and misfortunes to achieve his divine purposes. What his purposes might have been in this story I doubt we can ever say for sure, as …

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Genesis 19 (50 Days – Day Nineteen)

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Genesis 19 recounts one of the more sensational stories in the Bible. It’s about one righteous man’s life and a defining moment for him in the midst of a city full of wickedly evil people. True to the promise that he made with Abraham, God looks but does not find 10 righteous people in the city. However, he does protect …

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Genesis 18 (50 Days – Day Eighteen)

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This chapter perhaps presents more questions than answers and therefore can be tough to gain any perspective from. First, we open with the fact that the Lord came to visit Abraham. He looked up, and saw three men standing nearby. This is interesting because we are not told who these men are. First of all, are these men in addition …

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Genesis 17 (50 Days – Day Seventeen)

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What do we do when we are broken from our failures? When the weight of our sin has driven us to depression. When things are crumbling around us and we know it is our fault? I, unfortunately, know too well the pain of Abram. I have sinned in ways that have hurt my family. I have failed in ways that …

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Genesis 16 (50 Days – Day Sixteen)

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The low-hanging fruit that is the moral of the story of Abram having a child with Haggar is obviously that the end does not justify the means. It’s easy to see this in light of a clear-cut abandoning of the covenant of marriage that he has with Sarai. However, what if the situation wasn’t so clear and was more nuanced? …

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Genesis 15 (50 Days – Day Fifteen)

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As I read through Genesis 15, I am reminded that the heroes of our faith really lived out their faith when put to the test. This particular story reminds me of Solomon. I have always felt that the story of Solomon was unique. Solomon was the found to be so righteous that Lord wanted to reward. He could have asked …

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Genesis 14 (50 Days – Day Fourteen)

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There is so much that could be said about this chapter, mostly centered around the person of Melchizedek. He is a mysterious figure that is spoken of in both the Old and New Testament and deserves our attention, but let me be clear that much about him is unknown and susceptible to speculation. The point I want to impress upon …

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Genesis 13 (50 Days – Day Thirteen)

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Abram’s journey has seen many miles, many locations, and many altars. He he has gotten off track, circumstances in the family have caused him to wait when he wanted to go, he has been told “not yet” and been taken on detours, and now he is faced with probably his toughest decision. The land will not sustain both he and …

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Genesis 12 (50 Days – Day Twelve)

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It is so important that we see God in every step of our lives. Sometimes we start out on a path so convicted of the direction God has called us to that we miss the journey. Sometimes we the path that God calls us to has many detours and if we focus so much on the destination then we just get confused …

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Genesis 11 (50 Days – Day Eleven)

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Here’s a truth that I have learned over years of following Jesus – He actually does have plans for us and while he sometimes appears to leave the details up to us, He will take action to get us back on the right track if we veer off of it. In chapter 11 we find this happening twice, and the …

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Genesis 10 (50 Days – Day Ten)

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This is the second chapter in the Bible’s first 10 that functions simply as a family tree or ancestral document. It’s awfully difficult to get that for your daily reading and expect to walk away feeling filled. I admit, I struggled with it myself, and began searching everywhere for answers. I looked at specific words in the original languages, read …

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Genesis 9 (50 Days – Day Nine)

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When we are purchased by God, our lives ransomed with the life of His Son, we are eternally set free from the penalty that we deserve as a result of our sin. Furthermore, God is forgiving and the things which we have ruined here on earth can also be restored. For example, if we hurt people in relationships as a …

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Genesis 8 (50 Days – Day Eight)

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Have you ever listened to someone’s story of faith and wondered “why doesn’t God work like that in my life?” More specifically, have you ever heard one of these faith giants recall a time when God “spoke” to them and wondered “why don’t I hear from God like that? If God speaks to people like that and I’m not hearing …

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Genesis 7 (50 Days – Day Seven)

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You would think that when you’re trying to stuff just enough animals on one boat to ensure their future procreation that God would appreciate a pragmatist. After all, this is no time to get our feathers ruffled if we forget a few traditions for a few months. What we find instead is that God did not just include enough animals …

Genesis 6 (50 Days – Day Six)

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Sometimes I read a verse that just challenges me. Typically when this happens, I am forced to blind of the forest on account of all the trees, or rather I miss the larger point of a passage because of my inability to get over one line. Genesis 6 provides just such a verse. And the Lord regretted that he had …

Genesis 5 (50 Days – Day Five)

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While this is the first chapter in the Bible devoted entirely to genealogy, it will not be the last. The question is, if we’re doing a chapter-per-day devotional, what can we really glean from this passage? At first glance, perhaps not much. However, if we reflect on both what happened before as well as after, we can arrive at least …

Genesis 4 (50 Days – Day Four)

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As you read the tragic story of Cain and Abel (and more notably that of Cain) you might be struck with the question of “where were their parents during all of this?” Perhaps to be fair, we must remember that Adam and Eve had no parents themselves to teach them how to raise children, but on a more serious note, …

Genesis 3 (50 Days – Day Three)

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God detests sin. Why? It destroys what is good. He created us so that He could enjoy us forever, but He made us in His likeness. This means that we understand that there is a difference between good and bad, and that line is not blurry. What we have here is the forces of evil trying to destroy what God …

Genesis 2 (50 Days – Day Two)

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If we’ve already established that everything was made for man and that he is the crown jewel of creation, we now arrive at chapter 2, where after a brief description of how all life was formed from the ground up, God gives man purpose on earth. This is the kind of stuff that should fascinate us about God’s Word. In …