Friday, August 20, 2021

Abram and Lot

Abram and Lot - Coloring Through Genesis


In my Coloring Through the Bible Series (using my Beautiful Word Coloring Bible), we are now brought to Genesis 13.   At the end of Genesis 12, we read that Abram had lied about his relationship with Sarai so the Pharaoh had taken her as his own wife.  This disaster resulted in famine in the land of Egypt.  When the Pharaoh learned about Abram's deception, he sent them away.  In fact, Pharaoh's words were "Now then, here is your wife.  Take her and go!"  

Abram and Lot

Now in Genesis 13, Abram traveled from Egypt up to the Negev.  He took his wife and all his possessions.  Abram's nephew, Lot, was also with him.  We learn that Abram had become very wealthy.  Abram went back to the place where he had been earlier, the place where he had first built an alter.

Abram called on the name of the Lord. (Genesis 13:3)

Lot had is own possessions but the land where they settled could not support Abram, Sarai, and all their possessions and also support Lot and all of his possessions.  

Abram and Lot had a lot of stuff!

Eventually, Abram's herders and Lot's herders began to argue with each other but Abram didn't want he and his nephew to argue.  He didn't want their herders to argue either.  Abram told Lot that there was plenty of land so if Lot would take his possessions to the right, Abram would take his to the left or if Lot wanted to take his possessions to the left, Abram would take his to the right.  So they separated.

Lot chose the whole plain of the Jordan toward the East which was great land but it was not far from the city of Sodom where the people were evil and were sinning greatly against God.  Abram settled in the land of Canaan. 

After Lot left Abram, God said to Abram:

"Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west.  All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever.  I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted.  Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land for I am going it to you."

So, Abram went to live near the trees of Mamre at Hebron.  There, he built an alter to the Lord.

Do you see a pattern with Abram?  Abram was always faithfully calling on the name of the Lord and wherever he lived, he built an alter to the Lord.  Abram was faithful to his God.

Here is a short lesson for adults about how this story of Abram and Lot relates to selfishness. 


Let's go back to Lot for a minute or two.  Remember that Lot had settled near the city of Sodom where the people were wicked and sinful.  In the beginning of Genesis 14, we learn the there had been a 13 year war in the area.  The region had been subject to King Kedorlaomer for 12 years.  In the 13th year, some of the kings rebelled.  In the 14th year, King Kedorlaomer and those allied with him defeated the Rephaites in Ashteroth Karnaim, the Zuzites in Ham, the Emites in Shaveh Kiriathaim, and the Horites in Seir.  Then they turned back and went to Kadesh and conquered the whole area of the Amalekites as well as the Amorites in Hazezon Tamar.  Then the king of Sodom, the king of Gomorrah, and the king of Admah, the king of Zeboyim, and the king of Bela marched and drew battle lines in the valley of Siddim against King Kedorlaomer, King Tidal, King Amraphel, and King Arioch (4 kings against 5).

One Side:

King Amraphel of Shinar

King Arioch of Ellasar

King Kedorlaomer of Elam

King Tidal of Goyim

Other Side:

These forces had been subject to King Kedorlaomer but in the thirteenth year, they rebelled.

King Bera of Sodom

King Birsha of Gomorrah

King Shinab of Admah

King Shemeber of Zeboyim

King Zoar of Bela

The kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled.  As they did so, some of their men fell into tar pits which were plentiful in the valley of Siddim.  The rest of their men fled to the hills.  The four kings allied with King Kedorlaomer seized all goods in Sodom and Gomorrah.  

They also carried off Abram's nephew, Lot, and all of Lot's possessions.  Remember that Lot was living near Sodom.

At least one man escaped who ran to tell Abram about Lot's predicament.  Abram gathered 318 trained men who had been born in his household.  They traveled as far as Dan.  During the night, Abram divided his men and prepared to attack the kings who had taken Lot.  Abram and his men followed the kings and their men as far as Hobah which was located north of Damascus. 

Abram defeated the kings, received all the goods, and rescued his nephew, Lot, and his household. 

After Abram had defeated the kings allied with King Kedorlaomer, the king of Sodom went to meet Abram.  Then the king of Salem and a priest of God, King Melchizedek, brought our bread and wine and blessed Abram saying:

"Blessed be Abram by God Most High

Creator of Heaven and Earth

And praise be to God Most High

Who delivered your enemies into your hand."

Then Abram gave King Melchizedek a tenth of everything.

The king of Sodom wanted Abram to give him the people and for Abram to keep the goods but Abram responded:

"With raised hand I have sworn an oath to the Lord, God Most High, Creator of Heaven and Earth, that I will accept nothing belonging to you, not even a thread or the strap of a sandal, so that you will never be able to say, 'I made Abram rich.'  I will accept nothing but what my men have eaten and the share that belongs to the men who went with me - Aner, Eshkol, and Mamre.  Let then have their share."

It is after this that God makes a covenant with Abram.  God tells Abram:

"Do not be afraid, Abram.

I am your shield,

Your very great reward."

At the time, Abram had no children so his only heir was one of his servants, Eliezer of Damascus.  But God told Abram:

'This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.  He took him outside and said, 'Look up at the sky and count the stars - if indeed you can count them.'  Then God said to Abram, 'So shall your offspring be."

Abram believed the Lord and he credited it to Him as righteousness.

In the rest of Genesis 15, God tells Abram that for four hundred years, his descendants will be strangers in a county not their own.  In that land, they would be enslaved and mistreated.  But God assures Abram that He will punish the nation that enslaves his descendants and that eventually they would come out with great possessions.  God promises Abram that he will go to his ancestors in peace and die at a good old age.  God promised Abram that He would give his descendants the land from the Wadi of Egypt to the great Euphrates river - the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites, and Jebusites.

Teach the Kids!

Here is a short lesson for kids about how the story of Abram and Lot relates to selfishness.


Do your kids love to color?  You'll find free Abram and Lot coloring pages here at Coloring.WS, a DLTK site for kids.






Here is a short video lesson about how Abram rescues Lot.


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Saturday, July 17, 2021

Can You Get Your Kids To Love Learning?

 
Can You Get Your Kids To Love Learning?


Not all kids love learning, however there is a difference between a kid that doesn’t like to learn, and a kid that isn’t interested at the moment. Sometimes the way things are being portrayed just aren’t getting through to the kids, and sometimes, they don’t feel as though anyone cares enough about their education, so why should they? In this article, we’re going to be taking a look at how you can get your kids to love learning.


Can You Get Your Kids To Love Learning?
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Can You Get Your Kids To Love Learning?

Make It Fun


The first piece of advice that we have for you is to make it fun.  When something is fun, you are much more likely to want to do it, right? The same goes for your kids, so you need to think of fun and creative ways to get them to learn.  If you make learning fun as often as possible, your kids are far more likely to engage with the activities. For example, if you use things like play-doh when it comes to math or making milkshakes when learning about ratios and so on.  Now, not every lesson is always going to be fun.  Sometimes "old fashioned" methods work best but these are two good ideas that can help visualize what you are saying which is sometimes the key to understanding.


Engage With Their Work

Can You Get Your Kids To Love Learning?
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One problem that some kids have is that they feel as though nobody actually cares about their learning, so why should they? To avoid this, you need to be actively engaging in your kids learning as much as you can. Ask them about school, ask them about classes, talk to them through their homework, encourage them to find out more about certain topics and so on. Engage as much as you can without becoming overbearing and smothering, and they are going to thank you for it.

Remember that if your kids have someone to tell them that they are proud of them, they are more likely to push to achieve these things.

Help Them Find Their Point Of Interest


The final thing that we are going to mention is the fact that you should help them find their point of interest. This could be art, it could be reading, or anything else. Try looking into classic books for teens if you have a reader, and encourage them in their interest. Let them love what they love, and be there every step of the way so that they know you support them. This is important for their growth as well as their path to loving learning in one way or another.


We hope that you have found this article helpful, and now see some of the things that you can try to get your kids to love learning.  Not all of these suggestions are going to work for everyone.  Perhaps you have other suggestions.  If so, leave them in the comments section below so that we can all learn from one another's suggestions.

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Sunday, July 11, 2021

The Thompson Chain Reference Bible: A Review


The Thompson Chain Reference Bible: A Review
The Thompson Chain Reference Bible: A Review


Disclosure Statement:  I received the Thompson Chain Reference Bible from Zondervan via the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid Program in exchange for my honest review.  Neither Zondervan nor Bible Gateway influenced my opinion in any way.  My review is totally my own and in my own words.

The Thompson Chain Reference Bible


I own several types of Bibles but I've never owned a chain reference Bible so I was interested in finding out what makes the Thompson Chain Reference Bible different from any of my other study Bibles.  This Bible has a concordance in the back like most study Bibles have but it offers way more than that.  This Bible is packed with resources to help make the most of your Bible study time.

The Thompson Chain Reference Bible Makes a Great Gift

The Thompson Chain Reference Bible Makes a Great Gift
The Thompson Chain Reference Bible makes a great gift.


If you are considering offering a Bible to someone as a gift, this one makes a great gift.  There is a page in the front of the Bible where you can write a presentation message and a date.  There is plenty of room for you to write your name and a special message for the gift recipient.  This Bible is one that will most likely be kept and used for many, many years.

The Thompson Chain Reference Bible offers a complete system of Bible Study


The Thompson Chain Reference Bible: A Review
The Thompson Chain Reference Bible offers a complete system of Bible study.

This particular Thompson Chain Reference Bible is written in the New America Standard translation, featuring the 1977 text in both the old and new testaments.  You'll enjoy a complete numerical system of chain references, analyses of books, outline studies of characters, unique charts, pectoral maps, and archaeological discoveries as you can see from the photo above.  

Who is Dr. Frank Charles Thompson?  

Dr. Frank Charles Thompson was a young preacher in the late 1800s when he became disappointed with the reference Bibles being used by preachers. Dr. Thompson believed Bible study tools should be presented in a simple but scholarly way. He saw the need for a well-organized reference Bible that would be of practical use to the lay reader as well as to preachers. In 1890, Dr. Thompson began the work he would continue for the rest of his life. He completed a series of "thought suggestions" opposite key verses throughout the Bible. These are what became the "chain links" that comprise the heart of the Thompson system. Continue reading more about Dr. Thomspon here.

The Thompson Chain Reference Bible Table of Contents 

The Thompson Chain Reference Bible: A Review
The Thompson Chain Reference Bible Table of Contents

Here is a peak at this Bible's table of contents.  The first section tells you where to find specific helps.  This table of contents looks much like one you will see in other Bibles, but there are a few extra helps such as analytic and synthetic systems of Bible study and practical advantages of using this particular study Bible.

Comprehensive Bible Study Helps

The Thompson Chain Reference Bible: A Review
The Thompson Chain Reference Bible Comprehensive Bible Helps

The comprehensive helps section is packed with reference materials covering principles of Bible study, Bible character studies, and Bible harmonies and illustrated studies.  Learn more about your favorite Bible characters such as John, Paul, Peter, and so many more.

Tips on How to Use the Chain Reference Feature


The Thompson Chain Reference Bible:  A Review
The Thompson Chain Reference Bible:  A Review

If you look at the left margin on the first page of the book of Genesis above, you'll see key words with numbers beside them.  For example, if you look at the word "Day," you see the number 920 just to the left of the word.  To follow the chain references for the word "day," turn to the Index of Chain Topics and find the number 920.

The Thompson Chain Reference Bible:  A Review
The Thompson Chain Reference Index of Chain Topics

The Thompson Chain Reference Bible:  A Review
The Thompson Chain Reference Bible System

Once you find the number you are looking for in the Index of Chain Topics, you'll find other references for that key word.  In the photo above, you'll see that for the word "day," number 920, the general references for the word "day" are listed as Genesis 1:5, Genesis 8:22, Psalm 74:16, and Jeremiah 33:20.

The Hebrew Calendar

The Thompson Chain Reference Bible:  A Review
The Hebrew Calendar

Other than the Chain Reference System as pointed out in the above brief explanations, the Thompson Chain Reference Bible offers other helpful Bible study tools as well, such as the Hebrew Calendar as outlined in the above photo.  In addition, you'll enjoy using this Bible's general index which is much like the one you are likely accustomed to using.  You'll find the character studies section helpful and interesting.  Further toward the back, you'll find a section about prominent characters of the Bible classified with the meanings of their names.  There is a section for men and a section for women characters. There is a history of the apostles outline, Isaiah's portraits of Christ, and synoptic portraits of Christ.  

Other sections include portraits of Christ, The Gospel of John as a Picture Gallery . . . and so much more.  If you are looking for a good study Bible, this is one you will want to add to your Bible study library.

The following page shows us places of religious worship during Bible times.

The Thompson Chain Reference Bible:  A Review
Places of Religious Worship

The following page shows us an aerial view of the portion of the mound of ancient Sushan, the city of Queen Esther and King Ahasuerus.

The Thompson Chain Reference Bible:  A Review

The Thompson Chain Reference Bible Back Cover

The Thompson Chain Reference Bible:  A Review
The Thompson Chain Reference Bible Back Cover

The back cover gives us another brief overview of what the Thompson Chain Reference Bible offers.  As the cover states at the top, this study Bible is an easy to learn, easy to use tool for in-depth Bible study.  It will make a great addition to your Bible study library.

You can read more about the Thompson Chain Reference Bible on the Bible Gateway blog here.

You can purchase your own copy of the Thompson Chain Reference Bible here in the FaithGateway online store or on Amazon here.

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