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Yesterday we considered the first half of Genesis 15.   We thought about God overwhelming the fears of Abraham with even greater promises.  Today we’ll think about the climax of that process. Abraham has trusted the LORD Christ and been pronounced “righteous” in God’s sight (v6).  It’s wonderful news but Abraham asks “How can I […]

Sweat of your brow

Ok, the Authorized Version can’t take credit for this one.  It translates Genesis 3:19 as “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread” If they were even more literal they might have said “In the sweat of thy nostrils…”! But, unsurprisingly, it’s the more idiomatic translation “By the sweat of your brow” that […]

Fig leaves

In popular usage the phrase “fig leaf” refers to a hasty and inadequate cover-up for something shameful.  And that’s precisely how fig leaves function in Genesis 3. An hour earlier, Adam and Eve were walking around paradise as king and queen.  They were naked and unashamed. But the minute they eat the forbidden fruit, sin […]

They were naked and were not ashamed

Genesis chapter 2 is a very common wedding text.  And then at the rehearsal the minister has to coach a blushing bridesmaid through the final verse of the reading.  Gulping, they exclaim, “Is this really in the bible?!” “They were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.”  (Genesis 2:24) It just […]