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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 my kinsman, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me,… Continue reading genesis 29: unloved but loved

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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 longer walks in the garden with us. That ladder had a… Continue reading genesis 28: the ladder

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genesis 27: already yours

Birthright designated who would assume leadership of the family, and who would get the largest portion of the inheritance. The birthright belonged to the firstborn son. But the blessing was different. With the blessing, the father could designate whichever child he wanted to receive the bulk of the inheritance, and could give him power and… Continue reading genesis 27: already yours

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genesis 26: famine

"Now there was a famine in the land, besides the former famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Gerar to Abimelech king of the Philistines." "And the Lord appeared to him and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; dwell in the land of which I shall tell you. Sojourn in this land, and I will be with… Continue reading genesis 26: famine

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genesis 25: story

I put myself into the first part of this chapter, just for a few minutes, to stand at a funeral. I felt the sadness over Abraham’s death, and so tender to see him buried with Sarah. Standing at a distance watching Isaac & Ishmael bury their father was so touching and felt like such a… Continue reading genesis 25: story

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genesis 24: what matters

As he neared the end of his life, there were two things that Abraham knew for sure:  First, Isaac could not go back. The faithfulness of God would move Isaac forward to the promised land, not back to a former homeland. {The faithfulness of God will move you forward, toward promised land, not back to… Continue reading genesis 24: what matters

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genesis 23: cost

The negotiations between Ephron and Abraham, and Abraham’s insistence on paying for the burial site reminded me of something King David said in 2 Samuel 24:24: “No, I insist on buying it from you for a price, for I will not offer to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” It was… Continue reading genesis 23: cost