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The servant told Isaac all the things that he had done.

Genesis 24:66 When I read this, after reading the rest of the chapter before it, I feel that I know exactly the words that Abraham’s servant used. How do I know this? Because he already told his story once, as he repeated everything to Laban. I’ve noticed this several times in the Genesis record. When … Continue reading

Where’s the Lamb?

Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” And he said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” Genesis 22:7 2 weeks ago, the students of Word of God Bible College were each assigned a story from … Continue reading

Behold, you are a dead man

But God came to Abimelech in a dream of the night, and said to him, “Behold, you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is married.” Genesis 20:3 What a dream. Can you imagine the God of the Universe telling you in a dream “You are a dead … Continue reading

До Свидания, Бабушка

I know 4 ways to say “goodbye” in Russian. None of them have the tone of finality that I feel in the English “goodbye”. All of them have the expectation of something in the future. There is the most formal До Свидания which means “until we meet again” There is the very common Пока which … Continue reading

Noah was five hundred years old, and Noah became the father of Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

It is good to read the text. It is better to read the text carefully. But even then, there will always be times when something will escape your notice, until someone else points it out to you. Have you read Genesis 6-9 lately? If not, you may need to refresh your memory. How old was … Continue reading

Then Cain Went Out From the Presence of the Lord

Genesis 4:16. In our course on Theology Proper, we discussed today the omnipresence of God, how He is in all places at all times. The idea of trying to run away from a Being who is everywhere is remarkable. For those who grew up with Sunday School stories or for those who have read their … Continue reading

Then the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?”

אַיֶּֽכָּה I have no idea how well the Hebrew text will show up here. “Ayyeka!” God called to the man. This is the only time God asks this specific question in the Bible, with a second person masculine singular object. The next time this word is used, God is asking “Where is Abel your brother?” … Continue reading

Then God Said, Let There Be Snow

And there was snow. Monday morning, I woke up early (8 AM) and went out into the freezing rain to go get a haircut. I was already on the metro when Nazar called me to say that my appointment was cancelled, and that I had to turn around. I was almost home when the rain … Continue reading