A Kingdom of Priests – Exodus 19

The Lord spoke to Moses regarding His people, the Israelites, after their exodus from Egypt: 5 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; 6 and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and aContinue reading “A Kingdom of Priests – Exodus 19”

The Call of Moses – Exodus 3

From Genesis 15: 12 As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell on Abram. And behold, dreadful and great darkness fell upon him. 13 Then the Lord said to Abram, “Know for certain that your offspring will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and will be servants there, and they will beContinue reading “The Call of Moses – Exodus 3”

Judah and Tamar – Genesis 38

When Joseph’s brothers wanted to kill him out of jealously for their father’s favoritism, it was Judah who spoke up to save him: 26 Then Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? 27 Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our handContinue reading “Judah and Tamar – Genesis 38”

God and Dreams – Genesis 37

By grace, the Lord chose Jacob’s fourth son, Judah, for the lineage of Jesus Christ and the kings of Judah, but God selected younger brother Joseph to have a critical role in preserving that lineage and the emerging nation of Israel.  The fascinating story of Joseph, his godly interpretation of dreams, and his critical riseContinue reading “God and Dreams – Genesis 37”

The Lion of Judah – Genesis 29

35 And she (Jacob’s wife Leah) conceived again and bore a son, and said, “This time I will praise the Lord.” Therefore she called his name Judah (meaning “Praise”).  Genesis 29:35 (ESV) Despite making a series of deceptions and questionable choices, Jacob was blessed by God with a large, though complicated, family.  Its history makes forContinue reading “The Lion of Judah – Genesis 29”

False gods – Genesis 35

35 God said to Jacob, “Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there. Make an altar there to the God who appeared to you when you fled from your brother Esau.”2 So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him “Put away the foreign gods that are among you and purifyContinue reading “False gods – Genesis 35”

Wrestling with God– Genesis 31-32

Reading from Genesis 31, English Standard Version:  31 Now Jacob heard that the sons of Laban were saying, “Jacob has taken all that was our father’s, and from what was our father’s he has gained all this wealth.” 2 And Jacob saw that Laban did not regard him with favor as before. 3 Then the Lord said toContinue reading “Wrestling with God– Genesis 31-32”

God appears to Jacob – Genesis 28

The Lord was with Jacob as he fled north to escape the wrath of his twin brother, Esau, whom he had enraged by tricking him out of the family blessing.  Along the way on his journey, the Lord appeared to Jacob in a dream:  11 And he (Jacob) came to a certain place and stayed thereContinue reading “God appears to Jacob – Genesis 28”

Jacob and Esau – Genesis 25

The New Testament begins this way: 1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.   Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers.  Matthew 1:1-2 (ESV) As we have seen, God began to revealContinue reading “Jacob and Esau – Genesis 25”

A Spouse for Isaac – Genesis 24

24 Now Abraham was old, well advanced in years. And the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things. 2 And Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his household, who had charge of all that he had…swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and God of the earth, that you will not takeContinue reading “A Spouse for Isaac – Genesis 24”