Genesis 30:25 - 31:55, God Thwarts Laban’s Treachery; The Kingdom of God Does Not Follow Earthly Rules

January 16, 2019

In this podcast episode, we read Genesis 30:25 to 31:55 from the Good News Translation, Today's English Version.  In this story, Laban tries to control Jacob through divination and deceit.  Jacob is delivered when he has faith in God's promise to him.  When fleeing from Laban, Rachel does something that could symbolize an important truth.

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Genesis 29:31 - Genesis 30:24, The Children of Leah and Rachel; When Motherhood and Housekeeping are Wrongly Portrayed as God’s Will for All Women

December 30, 2018

In this podcast episode, we read Genesis 29:31 - Genesis 30:24 from the Good News Translation, Today's English Version.  This story tells us how two sisters sought love or social standing by giving birth to male children.  Sadly, some movements claiming to be "Christian" have twisted passages from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible in an attempt to portray marriage, motherhood and housekeeping as "God's will" for all women.

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Genesis 29:1-30, What the Bible Really Says About Leah; and The Importance of Distinguishing God’s Will from the Customs of a Fallen World

December 7, 2018

In this podcast episode, we read Genesis 29:1-30 from the Good News Translation, Today’s English Version. Many English translations of this passage do not accurately reflect what ancient Hebrew and Aramaic manuscripts say about Leah. Also, though this passage contains historical examples of polygamy, slavery and patriarchy; none of these ancient customs are depicted as “God’s will.”

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Genesis 28, When Racial Prejudice Masquerades as God’s Will

November 10, 2018

In this podcast episode, we read Genesis chapter 28 from the Common English Bible.  A thorough investigation of the Bible's language and context reveals that God stands opposed to racism and sexism, as well as the violence that often results from prejudice.

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Genesis 27:1-45, The Story of Jacob and Esau: Masculinity is Not a Prerequisite for Leadership

October 28, 2018

In this podcast episode, we read Genesis 27:1-45 from the International Standard Version of the Bible.  In this story, Jacob receives a blessing intended for his older brother Esau.  We also examine the ancient cultural viewpoint that hairiness and "manliness" are prerequisites for leadership.

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Genesis 26:1-11, How False Assumptions Have Harmed Indigenous Peoples and Women

October 12, 2018

In this podcast episode, we read Genesis 26:1-11 from the International Standard Version of the Bible.  In this story, Isaac fails to learn from his father Abraham's mistakes.  Acting on fear and false assumptions, he relates to Abimelech and the Philistines in a manner that causes strife and distrust.  Similarly, throughout church history, fear and false assumptions have led to the oppressive treatment of women and indigenous peoples.

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Genesis 25:23, A Prophecy About the Nation of Edom; Confronting John Calvin’s Views on Women and Predestination

September 29, 2018

In this podcast episode, we examine a common misinterpretation of God's prophecy to Rebekah, found in Genesis 25:23.  We also confront John Calvin's view of women, and his belief that God arbitrarily chooses some people for heaven and others for hell.

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Genesis 25:27-34, Esau’s Birthright: Patriarchal Customs are Not to be Mistaken for the Will of God

September 12, 2018

In this podcast episode, we read Genesis 25:27-34 from the Common English Bible.  In this story, Esau sells his birthright to his younger brother Jacob.  Were patriarchal customs like the inheritance rights of first born sons "God-ordained," or are they an example of fallen human culture?

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Genesis 25:19-26: Rebekah Goes Directly to God; A Husband is Not the Prophet, Priest and King of his Household

September 2, 2018

In today's podcast episode, we read Genesis 25:19-26 from the Common English Bible.  Isaac's wife Rebekah goes directly to God with concerns about her pregnancy.  God answers her directly, and gives her a prophetic message about the future relationship between the descendants of her two sons.  This passage, and many others found in the New Testament, directly contradict the false teaching that men are the prophets, priests and kings of their households.

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Genesis 24, A Bride is Chosen for Isaac, and Challenging Patriarchal Traditions Related to Bridal Veils and Head Coverings

August 17, 2018

In this podcast episode, we read Genesis chapter 24 from the New English Translation of the Bible.  In this passage, Rebekah is chosen to be Isaac's wife.  We also challenge patriarchal traditions related to bridal veils and head coverings.

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