Genesis 38

“Judah recognized them and said, ‘She is more righteous than I, since I wouldn’t give her to my son Shelah.’ And he did not sleep with her again.” Genesis 38:26 Out of all of Jacob’s children, who would you pick to be the forefather of Jesus Christ? Joseph, the favorite,...

Genesis 37

Then he dreamed another dream and told it to his brothers and said, “Behold, I have dreamed another dream.  Behold, the sun, the moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” Genesis 37:9 Joseph had two dreams from God in this chapter. These dreams displayed how he, the youngest...

Genesis 36

“Their possessions were too great for them to remain together; the land where they were staying could not support them both because of their livestock. So Esau (that is, Edom) settled in the hill country of Seir.”  Genesis 36:7-8 Reading through a list of genealogies may not be the most...

Genesis 35

“Then God said to Jacob, ‘Go up to Bethel and settle there, and build an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you were fleeing from your brother Esau.’”  Genesis 35:1 Bethel was the place where the Lord met with Jacob in chapter 28. At that place, the...

Genesis 34

“Three days later, while all of them were still in pain, two of Jacob’s sons, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brothers, took their swords and attacked the unsuspecting city, killing every male.”  Genesis 34:25 Today we see how God continues to be with His people despite imperfections and screw-ups. Jacob’s sons...

Genesis 33

But Esau ran to meet him and embraced him and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.  Genesis 33:4 The power of God can change the human heart. When Esau and Jacob were last together, Esau wanted to murder Jacob! These brothers were separated from one another...

Genesis 32

“Then the man said, ‘Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.’” Genesis 32:28 If you recall, this is similar to when Abraham’s name was changed from Abram. God is consistent in His plan and purpose as...

Genesis 31

So he searched but did not find the household gods.  Genesis 31:35b Laban heads home without his household gods. Do you wonder how Laban could even have false, not living gods when he knew full well Jacob’s God was real -- alive and talking to Jacob, telling him to watch...

Genesis 30

Jacob’s anger was kindled against Rachel, and he said, “Am I in the place of God, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?” Genesis 30:2 Matthew Henry says this in his commentary on this passage:  “Whatever we want, it is God that withholds it, a sovereign Lord,...

Genesis 29

As soon as Laban heard the news about Jacob, his sister’s son, he ran to meet him and embraced him and kissed him and brought him to his house. Jacob told Laban all these things.  Genesis 29:13 Out in the open land, Jacob heads over to shepherds and asks them...