Through the Bible, January 28

Read: Catch up day Thought and Reflection: Today is the scheduled “catch up” day for the fourth week of January (22-28), so no reading is scheduled.  But here are some thoughts to consider. As Jacob traveled to the family of his mother where he was to find a wife, God …

Through the Bible, January 27

Read: Genesis 46-47; 49:28-50:26 Summary: With God’s encouragement Jacob accepts Joseph’s invitation to move the entire family to Egypt.  There, provided with exceptional favor, they settle to live in the region of Goshen.  Jacob dies in Egypt, but according to his wishes, is returned to be buried at home in …

Through the Bible, January 24

Read: Genesis 32-33; 35 Summary: Jacob’s return home means an encounter with Esau, whom he still fears greatly.  It also proves rather momentous in that God blesses him and reaffirms the covenant with him.  This series of events also includes Jacob’s mysterious wrestling match with an angel. Devotional Thought: The …

Through the Bible, January 23

Read: Genesis 29-31 Summary: Jacob’s search for a wife lands him two, sisters Rachel and Leah.  His experiences with their father, Laban, teach him valuable lessons that help temper his youthful, self-serving attitudes.  Finally, after 20 years, he decides it’s time to return home, now with a family including eleven …

Through the Bible, January 22

Read: Genesis 26-28 Summary: Isaac, like his father Abraham, lies about his relationship with his wife Rebekah.  Rebekah and Jacob work to deceive Isaac to secure the blessing that rightfully belongs to Esau.  Esau’s anger (and poor choice of wives) prompts Isaac and Rebekah to send Jacob to his mother’s …

Through the Bible, January Week 4

Week 4: Jacob and Joseph January 22-28 Jesus depicts the eternal kingdom as to “recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob” (Matt. 8:11).  Is it even possible to overemphasize the role of the Patriarchs in God’s eternal plan? This week’s reading picks up with the conflict between Isaac’s twin …

Through the Bible, January 21

Read: Catch up if needed. Today is the scheduled “catch up” day for the third week of January (15-21), so no reading is scheduled. Reflection and Thought: Here are some things to think about based on this past week’s reading. Abraham had his failures. He misrepresented (lied?) about his relationship …

Through the Bible, January 20

Read: Genesis 23-25 Summary: Sarah dies, Abraham remarries and Isaac finds a wife.  Abraham dies.  Isaac and Rebekah’s twin sons, Jacob and Esau, are born. Even for great Patriarchs, life goes on. Devotional Thought: Angels at Work I’m glad I wasn’t Abraham’s servant.   Imagine being given the job of traveling …

Through the Bible, January Week 3

Week 3: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob January 15-21 The stage having been set in Genesis 1-11, Moses now turns his attention to introducing Abraham.  Not only is he the man from whom the Israelites trace their origins, he is also the man known as the “father of the faithful.”  He …