Circumcision in the Center

Genesis 17 contains another interesting and important chiasm surrounding the covenant circumcision, which was given to Abraham just before Isaac was born: – When Abram was ninety-nine years old (1) — the LORD appeared to Abram (1) — that I may make my covenant between me and you (2) —- Then Abram fell on his face (3) —– you shall […] […]

Focusing on Rememberance: A Second Chiasm in the Flood

It’s an open question whether this chiasm should be considered part of the first chiasm in the Flood narrative, or whether this is a separate overlapping chiasm in the same story — I’ve separated them here to make them easier to see and understand. The focus is the same as the first chiasm in the […] […]

Focusing on Remembrance: Chiasm in the Flood

We all know the story of the Flood, right? What is the focus of that story, though? What is it that God would have us remember about the Flood? Is it the death of all those people? The judgment of God? The miracle of Noah? The chiasm of the Flood gives us the answer to this […] […]

The Ground of Focus: Genesis 3:19

Eve has eaten from the fruit, and Adam has followed suit. They have hidden from God in the Garden, and finally admitted what they have done. Now comes the scene in Genesis 3 where God lines them up and gives three speeches, one to the serpent, one to Eve, and one to Adam. We normally […] […]

Genesis 3: The Consequences of Sin (Part 5)

There is one final component in the consequences of sin we need to understand before we can fully understand sin and it’s impact in our lives. While separation is the main theme in Genesis 3, there is another component we don’t often look at —what is it Adam and Eve gained when they gained “the […] […]

Genesis 3: The Consequences of Sin (Part 3)

I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” -Genesis 3:15 Just as Satan bound to the Earth, so Eve’s offspring will be separated from Satan’s offspring —because of the fall, there is continual strife between humans and the spiritual world, specifically […] […]

Genesis 3: The Consequences of Sin (Part 2)

In the last post on this topic, we discussed the first consequence of sin —hiding from God. The second consequence is on Satan: Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of […] […]

Genesis 3: The Consequences of Sin (Part 1)

You’ve probably seen it before —the comedian who stands on stage blaspheming God, challenging him to “strike me right now!” For some reason, we hold views of sin and its consequences that ultimately contradict one another. The first is that if sin doesn’t have an immediate impact we can see, touch, hear, or feel, sin has […] […]

The Tamar Incident

In the course of time the wife of Judah, Shua’s daughter, died. When Judah was comforted, he went up to Timnah to his sheepshearers, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite. And when Tamar was told, “Your father-in-law is going up to Timnah to shear his sheep,” she took off her widow’s garments and covered […] […]

Genesis 1:28: The Dominion of Man

Perhaps one of the most misunderstood and maligned passages in the Scriptures is Genesis 1:28. And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing […] […]