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.  It makes for interestingContinue reading “The Lion of Judah – Genesis 29”

God Appears to Jacob a third time – 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 “God Appears to Jacob a third time – Genesis 35”

God Appears to Jacob a second time – Genesis 31-32

 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 to Jacob, “Return to the land of yourContinue reading “God Appears to Jacob a second time – Genesis 31-32”

God appears to Jacob – Genesis 27-28

The Lord was with Jacob as he fled north to escape the wrath of his twin brother, Esau, whom he had tricked 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 there that night, becauseContinue reading “God appears to Jacob – Genesis 27-28”

Jacob and Esau – Genesis 25

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 reveal his plan for the genealogy ofContinue 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”

The Testing of Abraham – Genesis 22

Faith in God is not always easy, even in the best of life’s circumstances.  Sometimes we face trials or hardships that challenge us to the point of requiring more than basic faith to get by.  At other times, God may ask us to do something troublesome or difficult that we do not understand the reasonContinue reading “The Testing of Abraham – Genesis 22”

God’s Second Chance – Genesis 15

In calling and reaching out to Abraham, God was also reaching out to us, to humanity, for a second time.  The first time, before the judgement of Noah’s flood, man chose to ignore the call and existence of God and to disregard Him and His words.  The result of this choice was global misbehavior, includingContinue reading “God’s Second Chance – Genesis 15”