Timing Is the Hard Part

Genesis 30:2 “Am I in the place of God, who has kept you from having children?” (NIV). Observation: Jacob had set off on the task of siring twelve sons, each of whom would become head of one of the tribes of Israel. Although Rachel was the favored wife, it was through...

Substitution

Genesis 27:13 “His mother said to him, ‘My son, let the curse fall on me. Just do what I say’” (NIV). Observation: Isaac had grown old, feeble, and blind. Knowing death was near, he told his oldest son Esau that he would grant him the traditional eldest’s blessing as...

Lessons of a Low-Wattage Bulb

Genesis 39:5 “From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph” (NIV). Observation: Joseph had been sold into slavery by jealous brothers, beginning a journey that brought...

The Shucked Covering

Genesis 25:34 “So Esau despised his birthright” (NIV). Observation: Esau and his brother Jacob were the twin sons of Isaac and Rebekah. As the first-born, Esau had a natural birthright to receive Isaac’s estate, but Esau one day returned home famished and agreed to...

Oil for Food?

Genesis 24:12: “ Then he prayed, ‘O LORD, God of my master Abraham, give me success today, and show kindness to my master Abraham.’” Observation: Sarah had died, and Abraham was nearing the end of his life. The one thing he had yet to do was to secure a wife for his...