The End of the Uncle Laban Saga

We've got to get Jacob back to Canaan. But first, Jacob is going to have more kids and more Uncle Laban drama to deal with. Read Genesis 30-31. Think about how Jacob got where he is now. He and his two wives (he only wanted one of them) live with his uncle in a foreign country. … Continue reading The End of the Uncle Laban Saga

Jacob Meets His Match in Laban

Jacob arrives at Uncle Laban's in Genesis 29. When he arrives, he meets Laban's two daughters, Leah and Rachel. Now Laban had two daughters. The name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. Leah's eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful in form and appearance. Jacob loved Rachel. And he said, … Continue reading Jacob Meets His Match in Laban

God Comes Down to Jacob in a Dream

In Genesis 28:10-22, Jacob is leaving home for the first time because his brother Esau wants to kill him for stealing his birthright and blessing. Jacob stops for the night, uses a rock for a pillow, goes to sleep and has a dream. Now, not all dreams are from God, but God can and does sometimes speak … Continue reading God Comes Down to Jacob in a Dream

Meet Jacob, the Deceiver

First, a few thoughts on Jacob and Rebekah's deception of Isaac in Genesis 27: If you remember, Jacob has already tricked Esau out of his birthright (Genesis 25:29-34). So, Jacob should now be entitled to Isaac's blessing anyway, right? (The blessing went to the firstborn son.) Here, you can see how widespread deception has become among … Continue reading Meet Jacob, the Deceiver

One Man’s Legacy

Every man is a legacy OF other people (good and bad) and TO other people (good and bad). Our wise and sinful patterns of behavior are passed down generationally. This is very clear in the lives of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. As Genesis 26 opens there is "a famine in the land." (Genesis 26:1, 12:10) Think of … Continue reading One Man’s Legacy

The Older Shall Serve the Younger

“Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you shall be divided; the one shall be stronger than the other, the older shall serve the younger.” (Genesis 25:23) Now, this doesn't translate well into our culture, but would have been extremely significant in the ancient near east 4,000 years ago. At that … Continue reading The Older Shall Serve the Younger

Abraham Gathered to His People

After Sarah died, Abraham took another wife (common practice in the ancient near east) and had other children by her. But he always considered Isaac (his son by Sarah and the son promised by God to carry on his lineage) his one "true" son. While he gave gifts to his other children while he was … Continue reading Abraham Gathered to His People

What if God said, “I want what is most precious to you.”?

That is what happened in Genesis 22. God approached Abraham and asked him to give him the child of the promise -  the promise that went unfulfilled for 25 years, before God finally made it happen. God dared to ask, "give me back your miracle baby. Sacrifice to me the child who I promised would … Continue reading What if God said, “I want what is most precious to you.”?

God Hears and God Acts

As I read Genesis 21:1-21, a couple of things jumped out at me: God keeps his promises. (verses 1-2) The Bible is a covenant agreement between God and His people. Although we are often faithless, as we have seen in Abraham's life over and over, God never drops his end of the deal. (Romans 3:3-4, 2 Timothy … Continue reading God Hears and God Acts

God’s Sovereignty and Mercy in the Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah

Read Genesis 18:16-19:38. This is a difficult text, but an important one. This is a text about God's judgment and God's sovereignty, two topics that upset a lot of people. God's judgment is always just, because He is completely holy and sinless and no one else is. We all deserve God's wrath. That was reinforced for me … Continue reading God’s Sovereignty and Mercy in the Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah