Genesis 9:8-17 The flood that eliminated all the visible world, that would save Noah, his family and selected animals is over; it is time, to populate the earth The priestly writer transmits God’s covenant that never again will life be summarily extinguished. And this promise of God applies not only to Israel, but to all nations that
Second Kings 2: 1-12 As in much of the Books of Kings, this is a story of succession, prophetic succession followed by royal succession. Told in a story of a journey, prophetic leadership in the northern Kingdom of Israel is here passed on from Elijah to Elisha. The journey narrative seems to reflect the opposite of the
Judges 4: 1-7 The book of Judges follows that of Joshua and details the stories and legends of some 200 years of Israel’s life in the conquest of land in Palestine. A judge in those days was a warlord, not a legal decider. The book asks “How did Israel live without a great leader?” The answer: It lived,
Genesis 32:22-31 The night before his brother, Esau, is to arrive at Jacob’s camp with a force of 400 men, Jacob safeguards his family and livestock by sending them across the river Jabbok. It has been twenty years since they have seen each other, but Esau still remembers Jacob’s trickery in taking his birthright. Left alone by
Acts of the apostles 2:14a, 22-32 Luke, in the very early days of what became the church, presents a condensed sermon attributed to the Apostle Peter where he proclaims a confession, a confession of those leaders of Israel who put Jesus to the cross of shame. It was you, he says, who crucified this Jesus.
Acts of the Apostles 10: 34-43 Peter, in a vision, is called to Caesarea to the home of a leading gentile, Cornelius, to explain this mysterious prophet who is Jesus. Peter does his job, telling the gentile community of Cornelius who Jesus was and what he came to earth to do. In so doing, Peter
Genesis 12: 1-4a Some 1900 years before Christ the book of Genesis gives us the story of a 75 year old Mesopotamian who lives in Ur, a prosperous town on the Euphrates River near the Persian Gulf. His name was Abram and he was called to leave his town, his people , his country and