God Inexhaustible!

When the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob said to Moses, “So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt,”[1] Moses-the-Rescuer jumped for joy at the realization that his rescuing skills were going to be …

Fear & Obey God Over Humans!

This morning completes our time with Joseph. Approximately five months ago, we began by considering his life from the time he was but a boy of seventeen years;[1] this morning takes us to the time of his death ninety-three years later at the age of 110. As one commentator observes, …

Groaning in Hope

Once Jacob died, Joseph’s brothers conferred with one another over a nagging concern they shared. For despite the peaceful relations they had had with Joseph over the almost twenty years since they had learned that he was not only alive but serving as governor over Egypt, they nonetheless wondered what …

On Blessings and Benedictions

As stated in verse 1 of Genesis 49, the blessings that Jacob—or Israel—pronounced upon his sons were a snapshot of “what [would] happen to [them] in days to come.” Specifically they’re snapshots of what will happen to the descendants of each of his son’s tribes who, collectively, will become the …

The Most Important Story

As the book of Genesis begins to draw to a close, so too does the life of Jacob. Dear Jacob who, at the age of 130 upon meeting Pharaoh told him that his years on earth had been “few and difficult” and “not equal” to “the years of the pilgrimage” …