THREE STRIKES AND YOU’RE OUT
2 This is the account of Jacob and his family. When Joseph was seventeen years old, he often tended his father’s flocks. He worked for his half brothers, the sons of his father’s wives Bilhah and Zilpah. But Joseph reported to his father some of the bad things his brothers were doing.
3 Jacob loved Joseph more than any of his other children because Joseph had been born to him in his old age. So one day Jacob had a special gift made for Joseph—a beautiful robe. 4 But his brothers hated Joseph because their father loved him more than the rest of them. They couldn’t say a kind word to him. Continue reading “JOSEPH – MONDAY – WK 4”
Jacob stayed where he was for the night. Then he selected these gifts from his possessions to present to his brother, Esau:
14 200 female goats, 20 male goats, 200 ewes, 20 rams, 15 30 female camels with their young, 40 cows, 10 bulls, 20 female donkeys, and 10 male donkeys. 16 He divided these animals into herds and assigned each to different servants. Then he told his servants, “Go ahead of me with the animals, but keep some distance between the herds.” Continue reading “JACOB – FRIDAY – WEEK 3”
Jacob stays in Laban’s household for 20 years. And Laban proves to be even more of a deceiver and manipulator than Jacob. Not just with tricking Jacob into marrying Leah, but he uses Jacob to make himself wealthy. Jacob has been given a taste of his own medicine. He is able to see how greatly he hurt his brother Esau with his deception. Maybe this is a lesson that Jacob needed to learn before he would be able to return home… Continue reading “JACOB – THURSDAY – WK 3”
MORE FAMILY FEUD
As soon as Laban heard that his nephew Jacob had arrived, he ran out to meet him. He embraced and kissed him and brought him home. When Jacob had told him his story, 14 Laban exclaimed, “You really are my own flesh and blood!”
After Jacob had stayed with Laban for about a month, 15 Laban said to him, “You shouldn’t work for me without pay just because we are relatives. Tell me how much your wages should be.” Continue reading “JACOB – WEDNESDAY – WK 3”
THE ORIGINAL STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN
The negative consequence of Jacob stealing the blessing was that he had to leave his family and run for his life. So he flees to Paddan Aram, hoping to stay with his Uncle Laban, his mother’s brother. As he’s on his journey, he is probably overwhelmed with feelings of loneliness and despair. But then one night, he has a strange dream… Continue reading “JACOB – TUESDAY – WK 3”
PROPHECY, DECEPTION, AND A STOLEN BLESSING
Jacob is the son of Isaac and the grandson of Abraham. Before he is even born, God prophesies that Jacob, rather than his twin brother Esau, will be the chosen son of the covenant.
Isaac pleaded with the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was unable to have children. The Lord answered Isaac’s prayer, and Rebekah became pregnant with twins. Continue reading “JACOB – MONDAY – WK 3”
THE FAITH-FULL MAN
This last story is the most remarkable. It is a story that you are probably very familiar with, but I want to encourage you to really enter into it as you read. What thoughts raced through Abraham’s head as he heard God’s command? What was the journey up the mountain with his son like?
Try to put yourself in Abraham’s sandals, and imagine what he was going through as you read. Continue reading “ABRAHAM – FRIDAY – WK 2”
THE FAMILY MAN, PART TWO
In this story, Abraham is back in business trying to save his nephew Lot. God has a conversation with Abraham that is incredibly lengthy and interesting. You can get an idea of how God feels about Abraham from their conversation.
Then the men got up from their meal and looked out toward Sodom. As they left, Abraham went with them to send them on their way.
17 “Should I hide my plan from Abraham?” the Lord asked. Continue reading “ABRAHAM – THURSDAY – WK 2”
THE FAILING MAN
Abraham is best known for being a man of faith. He is known for his strong acts of faith – doing big, risky, scary things because God told him to.
But he didn’t always act with faith; sometimes he was a coward or took matters into his own hands. Today, we’ll look at a couple of stories that remind us just how human Abraham was. Continue reading “ABRAHAM – WEDNESDAY – WK 2”
THE FAMILY MAN
Today, we’ll look at two passages that show what kind of man Abraham was. We saw yesterday that he was a man whose faith was in God, and a man who was obedient to God. Today we’ll get an idea of how he treated other people… specifically, his family.
In Abraham’s back story (Genesis 11:27-32) we see how he came to look after his nephew Lot as his own son. At the time, he and Sarah did not have any children, and it seems that they adopted Lot and his family as their own. Continue reading “ABRAHAM – TUESDAY – WK 2”