Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Summary: Genesis 20-21

We are reading a story of creation, but the story of creation is also a story of separation / cutting: Adam and Eve from God, Abraham from his family, Abraham and Ishmael, Abraham and Isaac.

The "good" separations involve covenant; the others do not.

The creation of the world will result in life between separated beings; it will result in covenant because covenant brings separated beings together without annihilating one of its parties.
  • Covenant is a response in which one gives voice to the person with whom one is covenanting.
  • Covenant is a response to pre-existing graciousness.
  • Covenant is an affirmation of the concerns of the other.


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