Judah and Tamar – Genesis 38

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 hand be upon him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.” And his brothers listened to him.  Genesis 37:26-27 ESV Judah spared theContinue reading “Judah and Tamar – Genesis 38”

God and Dreams – Genesis 37

By grace, God chose Jacob’s son, Judah, to be the ancestor of Jesus Christ, but He chose younger brother Joseph to have a much bigger impact on the development and growth of the Jewish nation until the time of King David.  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.  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”