Tag Archives: Genesis

Weekly Introduction to the Readings of the Revised Common Lectionary (Proper 14C / Ordinary 19C)

Genesis 15:1-6 In our Hebrew Bible reading Abram’s (later Abraham’s) patience is waning.  Previously Abram had received great promises from God (land, descendants, a great nation) but the completion of those promises lacked one key element–Abram and Sarai (Abram’s wife) … Continue reading

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Weekly Introduction to the Readings of the Revised Common Lectionary (Proper 12C / Ordinary 17C)

Hebrew Bible Reading (Genesis 18:20-32) Our Hebrew Bible reading contains the story of Abraham negotiating with God over the fate of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.  Sodom and Gomorrah were populated by sinful people who lived in great wickedness. … Continue reading

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Weekly Introduction to the Readings of the Revised Common Lectionary (Lent 2C)

Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 In our Hebrew Bible text God makes a covenant with Abraham.  The ritual scene surrounding the making of the covenant sounds strange to our modern ears.  Abraham cuts animals in half (interestingly the word to “make” a … Continue reading

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Violence and the Flood

Have you ever seen violence?  I mean real violence. The kind that disturbs.  The kind that stays with you tacked securely onto the bulletin board of infamy in the hall of your memory. I am thankful that in my life … Continue reading

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Weekly Lectionary Commentary Lent 2b

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 The Hebrew Bible lection this week records  the covenant God made with Abram in Genesis 17.  The covenant occasioned the changing of Abram’s name to Abraham and Sarai’s name to Sarah.  The former means “ancestor of multitudes” … Continue reading

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Weekly Lectionary Commentary Lent 1b

Please note that this Sunday is the first Sunday in the Christian season of Lent.  In lent the lectionary explores the themes of sin, penance, and redemption.  The lenten journey is a time for deep reflection on our brokenness and … Continue reading

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Leave Them Up Or Take Them Down

Despite what you might think, God creating Ex Nihilo (that’s a fancy Latin phrase meaning ‘out of nothing’) is not part of the creation account in Genesis 1.  A close reading of the text shows there was a whole glut … Continue reading

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