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Abram – God Starts All Over Again - Gen 11:27-12:7
Written by John Tsang   
Thursday, 22 June 2017 08:28

 

We have reached a pivotal moment in our study of Genesis. Chapter 1-11 is the primeval history of the human race. Chapter 12-50 is the story of Israel; beginning with the calling of Abram in Chapter 12. Here is a short clip from The Bible Project that gives a very creative way to understand Gen 1-11, Genesis Ch. 1-11.

 

At the end of Gen 10 and 11, we see the list of nations and humanity’s attempt to make their name great by building a tower. Gen 12 opens with these promises to Abram:

“I will make you into a great nation,

and I will bless you;

I will make your name great,

and you will be a blessing.

3 I will bless those who bless you,

and whoever curses you I will curse;

and all peoples on earth

will be blessed through you.”

 

The calling of Abraham is God’s answer to the problem of spiralling sin in humanity. God will establish a special relationship (covenant) with Abraham and his descendants, bless them by giving them instruction and the law; and through them, God will bless all peoples on earth. This becomes the overriding plot of the Old Testament, the principles of which, extend to the New Testament.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 December 2017 10:13
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Table of Nations and the Tower of Babel - Gen 10-11
Written by John Tsang   
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 09:53

 

In the middle of the genealogies that we find in Genesis, we come across this well-known story of the Tower of Babel. This past week, Thomas helped us to make sense of these ancient stories and see the timeless truths in them.

 

Genealogies were important to the ancients. Having children was a key way of survival and one particular question was, “Which one of the offspring will receive the family blessing?” We could say that one of the major threads that hold Genesis together is the genealogical accounts. Who will be the seed of the woman that will crush the head of the serpent? (Gen 3:15) Genealogies also remind us that we are part of a long lineage of the people of God.

 

The person who does not know their history is not a human being, but a naked ape, floating through the vacuum of space.

Novelist Jostein Gaader

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 December 2017 10:14
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Sin Gone Viral but Grace Abounds – Gen 6:5-8, 9:8-17
Written by John Tsang   
Thursday, 08 June 2017 12:17

 

Gen 6 to 9 is commonly known as the story of Noah, the animals (two by two), the ark, and the rainbow. Behind all the cute images of Noah and the animals stands a serious story about the depravity of humanity, God’s grief over all of creation, and the demonstration of His grace revealed through a covenant.

 

Since the story of Cain and Abel in Gen 4, a significant number of years have passed (over 1600) and we find that things have gotten really bad. The world was in disarray, chaos has ensued, sin has gone viral, and wickedness and evil was everywhere.

 

The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. (Gen 6:5)

 

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