chronological day 6 :)

Please read Genesis 18, Genesis 19, Genesis 20, Genesis 21:1-7, and then come on back!  Here’s what I’m thinking about today:

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Big day! Lots happened in today’s reading! Isn’t it sad – before Isaac was conceived (and after Sarah had received the promise of a child), Sarah abused Hagar to a point where she ran away.  Her frustration and anger was so great, Hagar was abandoned when it was Sarai herself who had made the mistake.  Emotion is so easily displaced – fight the temptation to take out your disappointments on the people around you. Sarah did receive her promise, though she had to wait for it. Isaac was born in chapter 21!

With Sodom, God was so merciful – willing to save the entire city for the sake of a few, yet even a few could not be found.  It is important to notice what happened to Lot’s wife when they were leaving – turned into a pillar of salt (Genesis 19:26).  When God asks you to move on, please move on!

“Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised” (Genesis 21:8).  After all that!  We have the benefit of hindsight, we know the entire story.  Sarah lived, every day, with her uncertainty.  We had no doubt Isaac would be born!

God’s thoughts are higher for sure – it’s so important that we follow the Lord (and not try to come up with our own plans) even when we might not understand.

2 thoughts on “chronological day 6 :)

  1. Ralph Madrigal says:

    In Genesis 4:9 the lord questioned Cain about Abel’s whereabout but Cain lies to the lord, in today’s reading Genesis 18:15 Sarah lies to the lord and is called out on it. How we think what we do and think is hidden from the Lord.
    The Lord trusted Abraham enough to let him know his plans about Sodom, what a treasure that the Lord thinks highly of him/us.
    Then there’s the negotiation from 50 to 10 people that could have saved Sodom, a great relief to Abraham but short lived when the Lord already new the faith so he allowed Abraham to bring that number as low as possible knowing not even one person was worthy.
    Genesis 20 has me thinking why is Abraham committed to keep lying in fear of his life. With all the backing of the Lord he continues to deny marriage to his wife to avoid being killed. Great teaching today! Ingredients to a fulfilling meal……..

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  2. Larry W Ambrose says:

    That first paragraph is right on point. I remember hearing a long time ago that often when we criticize others we point out things that we struggle with ourselves. Lately I’ve noticed a corollary that you indicate here, and that is this: Often when we express anger towards someone, we’re really more upset with ourselves; for something we did, didn’t do, said, should have done/said, etc., that led to the situation that we are now taking out on someone else.

    That’s exactly what Sarai was doing regarding Hagar. She got impatient, and doubted God, so she used Hagar to appease her impatience and doubt. Then, when she realized she goofed up, she had enmity against – and took it out on – Hagar.

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