For the first time in the stories in the Bible, we have two persons we have gotten to know—Abraham and Sarah. All the others before them such as Adam, Eve and Noah, really don’t have personalities. What’s more important for them are the simple facts of disobedience in Adam and Eve contrasting the obedience of Noah.
With Abraham and Sarah, it’s different. We remember Sarah’s laugh, saying, in effect, “You’ve got to be kidding!” when she was told that Isaac would be born from her in her old age. With the story of the passing of Sarah, we feel compassion for Abraham. We got to know this special couple.
The stage is set for the story of the next couple, Isaac and On and on, the story of God’s salvation unfolds, as each of the players, with good and not so good qualities, adds their lives to God’s plan: for us to live in joy and love in the presence of God who loves us so much.
The Saturday passages follow the reading list that Jewish people use in their synagogue worship throughout the world. They are taken from
“The Torah,” the first five books of the Bible from Genesis to Deuteronomy that are read each year beginning with autumn.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand of these introductions with you on your phone or table! Check the menu options at the site for more information.