Category: Studies

genesis 34: the lost victims – then and now

Dinah was a young girl that historians say was around 15. Her father was Jacob, son of Isaac, son of Abraham, father of the Israelites. Schechem was a prince, son of King Hamor. Gentiles. Schechem raped Dinah, Jacob’s daughter, and in her culture, it… Continue Reading “genesis 34: the lost victims – then and now”

genesis 33: restoration

Jacob was about to see his brother, Esau, for the first time since the “great deception” that cheated Esau out of his birthright and stole his blessing. Jacob was scared and divided up his wives and children to hopefully save some of them if… Continue Reading “genesis 33: restoration”

genesis 32: the contingency plan

“Save me, I pray, from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraid he will come and attack me, and also the mothers with their children.  But you have said, ‘I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand of the… Continue Reading “genesis 32: the contingency plan”

genesis 31: all that is ours

Then the Lord said to Jacob, “Go back to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you.” Isaac told his son not to marry a Canaanite woman, but to take a wife from his mother’s family. So Jacob left to… Continue Reading “genesis 31: all that is ours”

genesis 30: comparison

They were sisters. Family. And now, this thing between Leah and Rachel has become almost too hard to watch. And let’s be clear about what it is we are watching. Two women hurting each other because of a desire to have what the other… Continue Reading “genesis 30: comparison”

genesis 29: unloved but loved

Such an intriguing chapter. It’s a love story, payback story and kindness of God story all rolled into one. Jacob met the love of his life in Rachel, and paid a steep price to marry her. “Then Laban said to Jacob, “Because you are… Continue Reading “genesis 29: unloved but loved”

genesis 28: the ladder

“And he dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it!” That ladder. Connecting heaven with earth. Because sin happened and God no… Continue Reading “genesis 28: the ladder”

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