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15
Jan

Genesis 43-45

Daily Reading Genesis 43-45 Daily Thought Jacob, knew the sting of favoritism, “Isaac loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob” (Genesis 25:28). His father had preferred his brother. Favoritism produced pain and division, yet, Jacob, in turn, chose a son to love, as well. “Now Israel [Jacob] loved Joseph more than any other of his sons, […]

14
Jan

Genesis 41-42

Daily Reading Genesis 41-42 Daily Thought Remember the two dreams Joseph had when he was 17–sheaves of wheat in one, the sun, moon, and stars in the other, and they all bowed down to Joseph. Those dreams spoke of great promise for Joseph someday, but so far, they had been nothing but trouble. Joseph, the […]

13
Jan

Genesis 38-40

Daily Reading Genesis 38-40 Daily Thought Sin was introduced with the serpent, who questioned God’s goodness when he asked Eve, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” (Genesis 3:1). This is the heart of temptation, that good may be found outside God, that God may be keeping something […]

12
Jan

Genesis 35-37

Daily Reading Genesis 35-37 Daily Thought Jacob knew that his son, his favorite son, Joseph, was gone, apparently dead. The sons of Jacob knew more. They knew Joseph was not dead. He was, however, as good as dead. They had sold him into slavery. But nobody knew about ‘meanwhile.’ Meanwhile happens at the same time, […]

11
Jan

Genesis 32-34

Daily Reading Genesis 32-34 Daily Thought It had been quite a night, wrestling in his sleep with what at first Jacob thought was a man, but could only have been God. Jacob lasted the fight and won a blessing. But before the blessing, God gave Jacob a new name to remind him of the curse–the […]

10
Jan

Genesis 30-31

Daily Reading Genesis 30-31 Daily Thought Israel, the great nation of God, would come through the line of Jacob. Jacob had 12 sons and a daughter by 4 women. Two were wives, two weren’t. God will use this convoluted, sin-filled line to bring forth his people. We are sinners, simple as that. When God uses us to […]

09
Jan

Genesis 27-29

Daily Reading Genesis 27-29 Daily Thought Jacob was a conniving son of his mother, and she taught him to deceive. He stole his brother’s birthright, then his blessing, and now on the run because big brother Esau was mad, Jacob was alone. He “left Beersheba and went toward Haran, and he came to a certain place and […]

08
Jan

Genesis 25-26

Daily Reading Genesis 25-26 Daily Thought When I meet with a bride and groom to go over plans before a wedding, one of the most important questions I ask is, “What can I expect from your families? Is there bad blood? Are there in-laws and outlaws and ex’s and anything else I need to be aware of? What […]

07
Jan

Genesis 22-24

Daily Reading Genesis 22-24 Daily Thought God’s command of Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac is one of the most troubling in Scripture. Yes, God creates life, so it is his for the asking, but children are sacrificed only to phony foreign gods. Right? Perhaps God was dramatically displaying that he is not like these […]

06
Jan

Genesis 19-21

Daily Reading Genesis 19-21 Daily Thought Genesis 19 – what a chapter! The depraved men of Sodom clamor for sex with two men/angels staying in Lot’s home. Lot offers his daughters instead. Sodom and Gomorrah are a carnival of perversity, but their time is up. God’s mercy drained, he destroys the cities. Lot’s unrepentant daughters get their dad drunk and take turns […]

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