Joseph Sold Into Slavery and the Greater Will of God

Reading Genesis 37 today, two things jumped out of the text. First, the deception of Jacob (Israel) by his sons, using Joseph's coat and a slaughtered goat, mirrors the way Jacob earlier deceived his own father, using one of Esau's best garments and the skins of young goats: Then Rebekah took the best garments of Esau … Continue reading Joseph Sold Into Slavery and the Greater Will of God

The Defiling of Dinah

Genesis 34 makes my blood boil as the father of a little girl... This is a tragic, tragic story. The first thing I noticed is that there is not one reference to God in Genesis 34. Jacob's awesome face-to-face encounter with the Lord in the previous chapter is followed by this Godless incident that threatens the … Continue reading The Defiling of Dinah

God Fights

In Genesis 32-33, Jacob the schemer, the manipulator and the deceiver finally learns that he must contend with God, not with man.In the 20 years since he last saw Esau, Jacob has learned the importance of being reconciled to his brother. Jesus taught this as well. (Matthew 5:23-24) Now, on his way to reconcile with Esau … Continue reading God Fights

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