Genesis 17

Brian Brookins Bible Commentary

Some Chronological Help When we read Genesis 12-22 and as the events unfold in Abraham’s life it may appear that God is speaking audibly to Abraham on a weekly basis.  But the text gives us some clues to let us know that these events transpire over decades. In chapter 12 the promises are initially given to Abraham when he is …

Genesis 16

Brian Brookins Bible Commentary

The Patriarchs We are solidly into the second major section of Old Testament history, the Age of the Patriarchs.  In these chapters following all the way through the remainder of Genesis we read of the ups and downs of the lives of the fathers of the faith.  The promises given initially to Abraham are repeated to Isaac and Jacob.  Jacob …

Genesis 15

Brian Brookins Bible Commentary

And He Believed the Lord Genesis 15:6 is an important verse; Paul references it both in Romans 4:9 and Galatians 3:6, teaching that faith has always been the only way for sinful man to relate to God. This is important to grasp.  Old Testament believers may have had less revelation than New Testament believers, but they still related to God …

Genesis 12

Brian Brookins Bible Commentary

The Gospel Preached to Abraham Here we begin the second major period of OT History. Period II – The Age of the Patriarchs Genesis 12-50 People: Abraham Isaac Jacob Joseph The context is set: God created and man rebelled against God.  The penalty is death.  What will God do?  Here in what appears to be the darkest possible moment, God …

Genesis 11

Brian Brookins Bible Commentary

Babel Genesis 11 closes out our first major section of the 10 OT periods.  Let’s review: Period I – Age of Beginnings Genesis 1-11 Themes: Creation The Fall The Spread of Sin We see here in chapter 11 the culmination of this last theme.  Even after the flood we see that man’s heart sought glory (11:4) apart from God.  The …

Genesis 9

Brian Brookins Bible Commentary

Noah… became Drunk Genesis 6-10 tells us of the life of Noah.  Of course, most of this is the account of the flood.  Consider two observations. First, the flood teaches us that God hates sin and that its penalty is death.  We are tempted to comfort ourselves in the fact that “everyone is doing it.”  But scripture warns against seeking …