Genesis

Genesis 33:1−20

November 7th, 2016| Topic: aBeLOG, Genesis | 0

Genesis 33:1−20

Faith in God is marked by seeking and extending forgiveness, thus restoring relationships with others, and also with God.

The previous pericope depicted Jacob finally receiving God’s blessing. That would have been a blissful ending to the turbulent story of the patriarch. However, one more thing needed to be accomplished: reconciliation with Esau.

And so, as younger brother comes before his older sibling, Jacob prostrates himself seven times (33:3)—a mark of great respect…   Read more →

Genesis 32:1−32

October 4th, 2016| Topic: aBeLOG, Genesis | 4

Genesis 32:1−32

Remembering that God fights for him/her, the child of God lives life with confidence and fearlessness.

Jacob’s encounter with the angels of God and the “camp of God” (Gen 32:1–2) reminds him (and the readers) of the continued presence of God and the protection of God, as he moves with his caravan closer to a rendezvous with Esau, who, when we last heard of him, had been harboring homicidal inclinations towards his heel-grabbing younger brother (27:41). Jacob, no…   Read more →

Genesis 31:17−55

September 6th, 2016| Topic: aBeLOG, Genesis | 0

Genesis 31:17−55

Remaining in the will of God ensures protection from potential consequences of sin even in one’s own camp.

Jacob had been asked by God to “arise,” “leave,” and “return” to his homeland (31:13); and here he begins the long act of obedience (31:17–18). In the statement about “all the property he had gathered,” there is an echo of his grandfather’s migration from Haran to Canaan: he too collected “all the property he had gathered” (12:5), as he set…   Read more →

Genesis 30:25−31:16

July 5th, 2016| Topic: aBeLOG, Genesis | 2

Genesis 30:25−31:16

God sovereignly works to bless his children, as they work responsibly, even in adverse conditions.

A change of mind for Jacob comes with the birth of Joseph (30:25); he desires to return to his homeland. It was probably the entire sequence of events—especially the futile machinations of the female “Jacob,” Rachel, until she surrendered and then was remembered by God—that brought Jacob to his senses. It was time to make some amends; it was time to go home. Later,…   Read more →

Genesis 29:31−30:24

June 2nd, 2016| Topic: aBeLOG, Genesis | 0

Genesis 29:31−30:24

Highhandedness precludes God’s blessing, but faithful submission to God brings it about.

Jacob now has two wives, Leah, the unloved, and Rachel, the loved (29:31). Though unloved, Leah is the one producing children, one in almost every verse in 29:31–35. The naming of each son is poignant, as she hopes against hope that her husband’s unloving attitude to her will change. But what is significant is that Leah then stopped bearing (29:35; also 30:9). We have to wait…   Read more →

Genesis 29:1−30

May 3rd, 2016| Topic: aBeLOG, Genesis | 0

Genesis 29:1−30

God’s blessings do not preclude the possibility of appropriate discipline for misdeeds.

Jacob is fleeing from his brother, Esau, whom he had deceived. We find him here in Haran, the land of his uncle. He happens to arrive at the well where shepherds from Haran congregate. Which also happens to be the place where Rachel, Laban’s daughter, waters her flock. And it also happens that she arrives at that opportune moment. And it happens that Jacob finds the strength to move…   Read more →

Genesis 28:10−22

April 4th, 2016| Topic: aBeLOG, Genesis | 0

Genesis 28:10−22

God’s guaranteed promises call for a response of trusting worship.

Jacob is on the run from his brother who has developed homicidal tendencies after being cheated of his blessing. The deceiver is headed to his uncle’s house. Jacob’s arrival at the “place” is apparently no accident: the verb indicates that Jacob “encountered/struck” the place (28:11). The narrator records what Jacob’s eyes see, with a threefold repeat of “behold!” (28:12, 13, 15), escalating…   Read more →

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