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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 sea, which cannot be counted.’” - vs. 11-12 Jacob gave himself… Continue reading genesis 32: the contingency plan

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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 one has. To be fair, we're not talking about a favorite… Continue reading genesis 30: comparison

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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 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 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

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genesis 17: promise

When Abram was 75 years old, God promised him children. Twenty-four years passed since that conversation, and then God appeared. “I am God Almighty..." And what would a man do but fall on his face? God wants Abram to know that He hasn't forgotten His promise and, in fact, is now going to require him… Continue reading genesis 17: promise