Let’s Follow the Angels!

Having been born and raised in Canaan, Jacob was forced to leave the only home he’d ever known[1] to take the same journey of over 500 miles[2]—the one requiring around three weeks that Abraham’s head servant had formerly taken[3]—in order return to the birthplace of his mother Rebekah and his …

Treasure God

Though it’ll be a few months before we arrive at the end of Joseph’s story, the powerful statement concerning God’s sovereignty that he made to his brothers who had sold him into slavery and left him for dead may be well-applied to the story of Esau and Jacob—not to mention …

Jacob Deceived—Isaac Had Faith

Birth. Birthright. Blessing. These are the first three things we’re told about Esau and Jacob, twin sons of Isaac and Rebekah, as the Scriptures selectively present us with some of the key events in their lives. As we’ve seen,[1] Genesis 25 related their birth and how even from their mother’s …

Like Father, Like Son

Though Ron and I never had the privilege of becoming parents, I imagine that one of the most sobering aspects of parenthood is realizing that children will emulate much of their parents’ character as well as their habits, mannerisms, values, and speech—the good, the bad, and the ugly. Part of …

God Knows before We Ask

Having been privy to God calling Abraham from Ur of the Chaldeans to Canaan,[1] we might tend to automatically consider Israel to be Abraham’s homeland. But Abraham didn’t. For as we’ve seen, throughout the time he was in Canaan he lived there as an immigrant, a foreigner and a stranger …

Faith that Works

Genesis 22:1–19/James 2:21–24 Faith that Works Laura Miguélez Quay Linebrook Church September 6, 2020 If having faith in God means that we believe in him—and trust him—and embrace what he has revealed about himself in his Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Old and New Testament Scriptures, how can we …

Freedom in Christ

Early on in our study of Genesis, we noted that since the time of the Fall two lines of humanity emerged: Those who follow in the ways of the LORD and those who follow in the ways of the devil, of Satan, that ancient serpent.[1] From the beginning God told …

Deliver Us from Evil—Part II

Why did God destroy Sodom and Gomorrah? Traditionally, the number one answer has been, “homosexuality.” More recently, some who believe there is nothing wrong with a gay lifestyle have answered, “hospitality.” In my study of this chapter and of the book of Genesis in general, I believe that both answers …