Covenant Father 8: Son of Laughter - Genesis 17:15-18:15

Laughter is our response to unexpected joy. It’s built on the sudden reversal of expectations. And even though God is never surprised the way we are, He enters in to our surprise and enjoys turning the tables on the devil. In Psalm 2, we read that when the heathen rage and scheme against God, God laughs and begets a son and gives him the nations to inherit. Does that sound familiar? God laughs when He fulfills the covenant. That’s what we see in Isaac. Isaac’s name means laughter, and the story of his conception is bookended by the laughter of hisGod’s…

Posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by CJ Bowen

Covenant Father 7: Cutting Off the Flesh - Genesis 17:1-14

Abram tried to fulfill the covenant by means of the flesh, and Ishmael was the result. Here in chapter 17, we see God act to clarify and renew the covenant in order to remove all confidence in the flesh. God uses the most intimate and to-the-point object lesson imaginable to establish the central lesson of the covenant of circumcision: cut off the flesh and rely completely on faith.The first 14 verses of Genesis 17 divide into two parts: vv. 1-8, and vv. 9-14. The first part contains the covenant prologue promises (God’s part) and vv. 9-14 contain the covenant conditions…

Posted on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by CJ Bowen

Covenant Father 6: The Son of the Slave - Genesis 16

In Genesis 16, as Abram and Sarai wait for God’s promise of an heir and an inheritance to be fulfilled, they live through their own version of the story of Adam and Eve in the garden. In Genesis 3, Eve fails to trust, Adam fails to lead, they both refuse to submit to God, and they get a world of trouble as the result.We see that same story play out here: Sarai struggles to trust God and pursues fruitfulness her own way instead of waiting in faith. Abram listens to the voice of his wife and follows her into faithlessness…

Posted on Wednesday, May 03, 2017 by CJ Bowen