I Chronicles 5-9: Genealogies of the sons of Jacob.

September 8, 2015. Daily Reading: I Chronicles 5-9. Background: I Chronicles 1-4. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 5 Descendants of Ruben, Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh: Chapter five begins the series of lineages of each of the patriarchs of Israel, the sons of Jacob, starting with Ruben, Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh. These genealogies…

Genesis 48-50: Blessings.

March 30, 2015. Daily Reading: Genesis 48-50. Background: Genesis 44-47. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 48 The blessing of Ephraim and Manasseh: As Jacob nears the end of his life and becomes ill, Joseph takes his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, to his father so that he can bless his grandsons. Typically, the greater blessing would be…

Genesis 36-39: The early life of Joseph and his brothers.

March 9, 2015. Daily Reading: Genesis 36-39. Background: Genesis 32-35. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 36 Esau’s (Edom) descendants: The lineage of Esau is full of many names that likely sound unfamiliar and do not have detailed stories about the lives of those named, as the plan of God was to be fulfilled through Jacob and…

Genesis 32-35: Jacob’s return home.

March 2, 2015. Daily Reading: Genesis 32-35. Background: Genesis 28-31. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 32 Facing fear: We saw in the previous chapter how the angel of the Lord had come to him in a dream and reminded him that God and been with him and it was time to rise and return to the land of…

Genesis 28-31: Jacob and his wives.

February 23, 2015. Daily Reading: Genesis 28-31. Background: Genesis 24-27. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 28 1. Reaffirming the promise: Twice in this chapter is the promise that was given to Abraham and subsequently to Isaac reaffirmed through Jacob, once by his father and once in a dream from the Almighty. We can see the distinct lineage…

Genesis 24-27: The life of Isaac.

February 16, 2014. Daily Reading: Genesis 24-27. Background: Genesis 20-23. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 24 1. Choosing the right person to marry: As we come to this chapter in Genesis, we read a detailed story about how Rebekah is chosen as a wife for Isaac, the son of promise in Abraham’s old age. Abraham had been…

What’s in a name?

June 18, 2014. What’s in a name? Last night we talked about Abigail in I Samuel and the courage she had to go to David and convince him not to destroy the house of Nabal for his foolish decision. There is something interesting in this story and throughout the bible for that matter. The importance…