Posts tagged “Abraham

Sermo Dei: Trinity 1, 2017

Posted on June 18th, 2017

God built fatherhood into man’s nature. God made man and blessed him for fatherhood. “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it” (Gen. 1.28). Man was made for fatherhood. The man we call Abraham is—as you can see from today’s Old Testament reading (Gen. 15:1-6)—originally named Abram. Abram means “exalted father.” That refers to God, Our Father. Abram, named for the Father, wants to be a father himself. Abram wants a son. But he is old, and his wife is old. Some of you know how difficult it can be to conceive a child. And as the years go by, you feel worthless, and hopeless. That’s where Abram and his wife Sarai are. They didn’t have the many options that confront…

Sermo Dei: The Ascension of Our Lord

Posted on May 11th, 2013

Many ages ago, five kings joined forces together: the kings of Sodom, and Gomorrah, and Admah, and Zeboiim, and Bela; they rode out to the Valley of Siddim and clashed with the armies of four kings: the kings of Elam, and Goiim, and Shinar, and Ellasar. The armies of the five kings were routed; some fell into pits of tar, and others fled to the hills. And the four kings took captives – including Lot, the nephew of Abraham. Abraham, who himself was a man of great power, heard the news; and when he learned of Lot’s capture, Abraham went forth with 318 of his household warriors. They rode hard all day, and when night fell, near Damascus, they crept upon the conquering army…

[Sermo Dei] Judica—Lent 5, 2013 (Genesis 22:1-14)

Posted on March 17th, 2013

What is worse than the killing of a child? Our society rightly recoils when some children are murdered. You must understand that the Church’s opposition to abortion from the beginning had nothing to do with the oppression of women. The child conceived in the womb is a member of the human race, a creature endowed with unalienable rights by her Creator, and we are commanded by God not to murder our fellow brothers and sisters. We are all, collectively, guilty of this evil, and we must work to stop it. And for those of you who have special guilt and pangs of conscience because of abortion, cling to those words we heard in today’s Epistle, and find in the blood of Christ that which…

Newsweek’s Lisa Miller: Bible “worthless” for family life, GOP candidates with large families “smug” patriarchs

Posted on March 5th, 2012

The Washington Post’s “On Faith” column for March 2 features Lisa Miller of Newsweek (“Romney, Santorum and archaic ideas on fertility”). Her second paragraph begins, “There’s nothing wrong with big families, of course” – and then proceeds to tell us precisely what is wrong with them. She describes a “crusade” against birth control, which would be utterly laughable if the stakes here weren’t so high. That evil men are trying to deny women access to contraception is the meme that every establishment media outlet is parroting. One wonders if these people are truly so foolish to believe that; surely someone like Miller is intelligent enough to see that this is a lie, which makes me wonder how she sleeps at night. It’s likely made easier…

Before the LORD delivers, He destroys

Posted on February 16th, 2012

Luther on Abraham’s night terror in the concluding verses of Genesis 15: Moreover, it is also the purpose of this passage to teach us what God’s nature is. He is indeed the Deliverer and Liberator from death. But before He delivers, He destroys; before He makes alive, He plunges into death. For He is wont to act in this way “so that out of nothing He may make everything” (Heb. 11:3).

Abraham and Hagar: pro-choice paradigm

Posted on February 14th, 2012

In a previous post we looked at the pro-choice attitudes of Christians when it comes to children. Choice gone awry—demanding “yes” when God has said “no” or “not yet”—can be seen already in the account of Abraham and the imperiled Seed of promise. Abraham and his wife Sarah are barren. God had promised that He would make Abraham’s seed multiply, and in his Seed all the families of the earth would be blessed. Doubting God’s Word, they take matters into their own hands. The quest for a child at any cost leads them to disregard the marriage covenant, and Abraham has intercourse with Hagar. The pro-choice mindset is corrupt to the core because it sets aside the right of the Lord to choose where,…

Do not be like a lion in your home

Posted on January 19th, 2012

Luther on home life (commenting on Genesis 12:11-13 in AE 2): In this passage the Holy Spirit provides instruction about home life when he relates that Abraham spoke so amicably to Sarah. In the first place, he entreats her; in the second place, he adds those words about her beauty. Here you hear nothing tyrannical, nothing dictatorial; everything is affectionate and lovely, the way it ought to be among those who are well matched. As Solomon says (Ecclus. 4:30): “Do not be like a lion in your home.” Of course, the husband does have the rule over the wife. Nevertheless, as Plutarch learnedly advises, it should not be the kind of rule usually exercised over slaves but the kind that the soul has over…

A weak and stupid dominion

Posted on January 18th, 2012

Luther on Abram having to leave the promised land to go to Egypt on account of famine (Genesis 12:10): Let us, therefore, learn what sort of dominion our God exercises on earth—obviously a weak and stupid dominion if one follows the judgment of reason. -AE 2

A godly wife

Posted on January 6th, 2012

The other morning my wife remarked to me how nice it is to have Christian friends now as an adult, relating one friend (she didn’t share the name) who had confided in her that while she was uncertain that her husband’s decision on a certain matter was correct, nevertheless, “he is the head of the household” and she followed him. I had never thought of such a thing pertaining to the great matriarch Sarah until reading this in Luther’s Genesis lectures: But let us not overlook Sarah either, who so promptly imitates her husband’s godliness and herself leaves her native country and dear relatives as well as a household that was surely well established—all to follow an uncertain hope. There is no doubt, moreover,…

Not called without the ministry

Posted on January 5th, 2012

Luther’s very interesting opinion on how the call of Abraham (Gen. 12:1-3) took place: But here the question arises: How was Abraham called, and did he hear this voice from God Himself? I am convinced that he was not called directly by God without the ministry, as it is related below (Gen. 18:2) that God visited him, conversed with him, and was even the guest of Abraham; but I believe that this command was brought to him either by the patriarch Shem personally or by some others who had been sent by Shem. What grieved pious Shem was not only this, that Terah and his children were perishing in that fire of the Chaldeans, that is, in Nimrodic idolatry, but that through divine revelation,…