Genesis: It’s a boy!

Genesis 19:29–21:7

Three scenes today. What do they each have in common?

How about sexuality and child-bearing? Because if you haven’t noticed already, those are a REALLY BIG DEAL in the book of Genesis. Ever wonder why that is?

Scene I. Lot & his two daughters. Here’s a story you probably never saw on Vacation Bible School flannel graphs. It’s a graphic, redneck, soap-opera of a story. In the end, we see two babies born that we’re told will be the Moabites and Ammonites—two nations that will become enemies of Israel later in the biblical story.

Imagine hundreds of years later, little Buddy Israelite asks around the campfire, “Daddy, where do Moabites come from?”

And so then you reply, “Well, let me tell you about those drunk, in-bred cousins of ours.”

I wonder if it’s kinda like that.

Scene II. Abraham lies about Sarah being his sister, so the local king takes her to… well, you know. Haven’t we heard this story before? Still, after all these years with God, Abraham is still a con-man survivor.

Scene III. Isaac, the son of promise we’ve been waiting for all this time is born. And what does his name mean?


Old man Abraham and old woman Sarah now have laughter in their lives. Every time they’ll call him by name, they’ll be saying, “Hey, Laughter!” What if God is a god who brings laughter to our lives?

What about you? What do you see?


About peterjwhite

I am a pastor to college students in Tulsa, OK.
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