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1/28/2018 – Genesis Chapters 46-47

I always marvel at the reality that the Lord is not limited as we are by the concept of “time.”   We see this in Genesis 46:3-4 in the promise the Lord makes to Jacob. 3 “I am God, the God of your father,” he said. “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I

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1/27/2018 — Genesis Chapters 43-45

I see two marvelous examples for us in Chapter 45 — first, forgiveness and second, a recognition of God’s will and His plan. In verses 4-5  we see Joseph forgive his brothers & a statement of Joseph’s recognition of God’s will in all of their lives: Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to

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1/26/2018 – Genesis Chapters 41-42

Now, admit it — you really enjoy a good story full of irony.  Like Les Miserable where the “thief” becomes the moral compass of the nation?  Or Helen Keller where the most severely challenged person becomes a leader of a movement?  Or of course Super Bowl XXXVI (2002) where the underdog Patriots beat the heavily

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1/25/2018 Genesis Chapters 38-40

So, in the midst of the history of Joseph we have a bit of an “interlude,” the  life of Judah in Canaan.  But this interlude provides an additional insight into the immorality present during this time & another example of the faithfulness of the Lord to His people. After Joseph is sold into slavery we

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1/24/2018 Genesis Chapters 35-37

I must admit that often when I read genealogies I kinda “skip” their meaning.  But they would not be written in the inspired word of God if they were not important to our understanding of God’s plan.  For example Genesis 35:22-26 lists Jacobs sons: Jacob had twelve sons:23 The sons of Leah: Reuben the firstborn of

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1/23/2018 Genesis Chapters 32-34

How often do we make plans for “the worst” only to find out that we are truly blessed if we remain within God’s will?  This thought came to my mind as I read Genesis Chapter 32 & 33 as Jacob prepared for and met his brother Esau. I can only envision the effort that it

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1/22/18 Genesis Chapters 30-31

As we read these passages we see an example of one of our greatest challenges — envy.  In Chapter 30 we see that Rachel envied her sister Leah for the children she bore to Jacob while Rachel had none.   And, instead of loving her sister’s children we see Rachel take drastic actions to try to

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1/21/2018 Genesis Chapters 27-29

I think we are all familiar with “Jacob’s Ladder” from the old Negro spiritual we often sang as children.   But do we reflect on when Jacob’s ladder appeared? Reading back in Chapter 27:42-43 we see that Jacob was on his journey not to “sight-see” but to escape from the murderous plot of his brother, Esau. 

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1/20/2018 Genesis Chapters 25-26

As we read these passages do you see a “lesson learned” by Isaac from his father, Abraham? (& not necessarily a good lesson.) Yes, in Chapter 26:7-9 we see Isaac tell Abimelek, king of the Philistines, that Isaac’s wife, Rebekah, is his sister.  This is just like what Abram did twice with Sara.  And, yet

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1/19/2018 Genesis Chapters 22-24

What a full range of emotions these chapters deliver.  Abraham’s devastation and then elation at the planned sacrifice of and subsequent salvation of Isaac; Abraham’s sorrow at the death of Sarah (Chapter 23:2😉 the love of Isaac for Rebekah & the comfort Rebekah brings Isaac after the death of Sarah (Chapter 24:67). And among all

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1/18/2018 Chapters Genesis 19-21

Wow — in these passages so much to consider — the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Abimilek & Sarah, the birth of Isaac.  Once again I would like to focus on an event that eventually caused the entire nation of Israel to suffer. In Genesis 19:33-38 we see Lot’s daughters sinister plot that resulted in

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1/17/2018 Genesis Chapter 16-18

It is certainly proper to focus on Abram and his covenant with God as the father of the Israelites.  However, as I read this time I was taken also be the prophecy regarding Ishmael.  First – note that the Lord did not establish a covenant but offered a prophecy and made a promise.  In Genesis

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1/16/2018 Genesis Chapters 12-15

So, our chronological reading shifts from the events of Job back to the patriarchs.  All scripture is inspired and important for study.  But I do enjoy reading the more “historical-event” books as they read like a non-fiction novel. As we go through the events of the Patriarchs there will be many verses we can comment

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1/15/2018 Job Chapters 40-42

If you are like me and feel a bit like you have had to “plug” through the first 37 chapters the final five  (38-42) are certainly worth the effort!  And what an encouragement these final chapters are. In Job 40:4-5 I think Job is feeling “Wow, I am glad this questioning is over.”  But then

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1/14/2018 Job 38-39

All I can ever do when I read these verses is to just be filled with awe at the power and magnificence of the Lord.  Every verse is wonderfully crafted and inspirational.  I can envision Job just standing with his mouth open in silence and listening.  Of all of these verses one verse intrigues me

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1/13/2018 Job Chapters 35-37

In these chapters I find a foreshadowing of the Lords message spoken directly to Job that we will read in Chapters 38-41.  Elihu certainly recognizes & describes the omnipotence and power of God. He also offers us an important lesson in just a few verses when in verses 35:9-11 he states: 9 “People cry out under

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1/12/2018 Job Chapter 32-34

Well, in Chapter 32 we see the entry of the “young whipper-snapper” on the scene, Elihu.  Like Jpb’s other friends his “theology” is wrong in saying that Job is being punished for being sinful. But he does state soundly a warning that I think I need to hear in Chapter 32:9 “It is not only

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1/11/2018 Job Chapters 29-31

In these three chapters I see three major themes.  In Job 29 he longs for the “good ol’ days.”   In Job 30 he states the condition he is in now.  In Job 31 he reflects on examples of the righteous life he has lead. My application — we cannot expect to live in the past

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1/10/2018 Job Chapters 24-28

I find these chapters an interesting continuation of the debate & discussion between Job and his friends. Interestingly, in Chapter 25 Bidad refers to the feebleness of mankind.  Then throughout Chapters 26-28 Job maintains his faith and refers to the awesome power of God.  In Chapter 28 Job ends with a discussion of “wisdom” and

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1/9/2018 Job Chapters 21-23

To me these passages contain a very subdued recognition by Job on God’s power and grace.  In Job 23:21 he writes: 8 “But if I go to the east, he is not there;     if I go to the west, I do not find him. 9 When he is at work in the north, I do not see

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