Summary: Rachel, feeling jealous of Leah's ability to bear children, offers her maidservant, Bilhah, to Jacob, resulting in the birth of two sons. In response, Leah gives her maidservant, Zilpah, to Jacob, who also gives birth to two sons. As a further arrangement, Leah agrees to let Jacob sleep with her in exchange for mandrakes, which leads to the birth of two additional sons. Finally, Rachel herself conceives and gives birth to a son named Joseph. Later, Jacob expresses his… Read more.
A Journey Through God's Word
Month: June 2023
Summary: Jacob arrives in Paddan Aram and discovers a well. He engages in conversation with some men, and then Rachel, Laban's daughter, appears. Jacob falls deeply in love with her. He stays in Laban's house for a period of time and eventually begins working for him. The agreement is that Jacob would marry Rachel after working for Laban for seven years. However, Laban deceives Jacob by giving him Leah, the older sister who is considered less attractive. Consequently, Jacob is… Read more.
Summary: Isaac tells Jacob to find a wife from Rebekah's family in Paddan Aram, instead of marrying a Canaanite woman. Esau becomes aware of Isaac's disapproval of his Canaanite wife and decides to marry a descendant of Ishmael. During Jacob's journey to Paddan Aram, he has a dream of a stairway to heaven with angels descending and ascending. At the top of the stairway, God Himself stands and reaffirms the covenant promises to Jacob. Upon awakening, Jacob designates the place… Read more.
Summary: Isaac, who is now old and blind, tells his firstborn, Esau, to go and fetch some food for him so that he can bestow Esau with his blessing. However, Rebekah, Isaac's wife, who favored Jacob, overhears their conversation and advises Jacob to impersonate Esau in order to receive the blessing. Jacob successfully deceives Isaac and receives the blessing that was originally intended for Esau. Upon Esau's return, he is furious about losing the blessing and can only receive a… Read more.
Summary: In a time of famine, Isaac went to Abimelech (probably a descendant of the Abimelech Abraham dealt with). God told Isaac that he would continue his father's call to become a nation and not to go to Egypt. So Isaac stayed in Gerar. Isaac said his wife was his sister, causing problems for Abimelech, but Isaac was eventually found out, and Abimelech was like, "Why did you do that?" Isaac became very rich, and the Philistines got jealous and… Read more.
Summary: Abraham dies, not before having another wife Keturah, and a bunch of other sons. Abraham left everything he owned to Isaac, and was buried by his sons, Isaac and Ishmael, in the cave at Memre with his wife Sarah. Ishmael had a bunch of sons. Isaac's wife, Rebekah, was barren, but God opened her, and she had twins, which God said would become two nations. The twins were Jacob and Esau, and they fought a lot. Esau (firstborn) was… Read more.
Genesis Twenty-Four: Abraham is getting old, and asks his chief servant to go all the way back to Abraham's homeland and find a wife for Isaac there, rather than Isaac finding a Canaanite wife. When the chief servant gets to Abraham's homeland, he decides that the woman who is willing to give him water, and who offers to water his camels would be a suitable wife for Isaac. Rebekah does this. The chief servant stays at Rebekah's house for a… Read more.
Summary: Sarah dies, and the Hittites let Abraham bury her. Ephron the Hittite sells him a field with a cave at Machpelah near Hebron to bury his wife. Ephron doesn't want Abraham to pay, but he does anyway. Key verse: 20. The field and the cave that is in it were made over to Abraham as property for a burying place by the Hittites. My thoughts: Abraham wanted true ownership of this land, so he insisted on paying. This seemingly… Read more.
Summary: God tells Abraham to go up a hill and sacrifice his son, Isaac. Abraham sets off to do this, but when he is about to kill his son, God commands Abraham to stop. God provides a ram for Abraham to sacrifice instead of Isaac. God is pleased with Abraham because he was willing even to kill his son for the sake of God. God restates his promises to Abraham. Abraham goes back to live in Beersheba. Abraham finds out… Read more.
Summary: Isaac is born and circumcised when Abraham is 100, and Sarah is filled with laughter. Sarah makes Abraham send Hagar and Ishmael away. Abraham doesn't want to, but God says it's okay. God looks after Hagar and Ishmael in the desert, and Ishmael becomes an archer. Abraham makes a good-conduct treaty with Abimelech at Beersheba, and he plants a tree. Key verses: And she said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have… Read more.
Summary: Abraham moves around and eventually settles in the kingdom of Abimelech in Gerar. Fearing that the people might kill him to take his wife, Abraham once again claims that Sarah is his sister (which is technically true but still deceptive). Abimelech, unaware of Sarah's marital status, takes her into his household. However, God intervenes and warns Abimelech that he has taken a married woman. Abimelech promptly returns Sarah to Abraham, expressing frustration that Abraham did not disclose the truth… Read more.
Summary: The two angels from the previous chapter arrive in Sodom, and Lot insists that they stay with him. However, all the men of Sodom demand to engage in inappropriate acts with the angels. In response, Lot offers his own daughters instead (a rather questionable choice). Nevertheless, the men are dissatisfied and persist in their pursuit, until the angels intervene by blinding them. Displeased with their experience in Sodom, the angels arrange for its destruction along with Gomorrah. They urgently… Read more.
Summary: Three individuals, including two angels and the Lord in some form of human appearance, visit Abraham on their way to Sodom. Abraham warmly welcomes them, and God reveals to Abraham that Sarah will give birth to a child within the coming year. Sarah finds this announcement amusing, and God questions her laughter. God informs Abraham that He is headed to Sodom to investigate the reports of their sinful behavior and intends to destroy the city. However, Abraham persuades God… Read more.
Summary: At the age of 99, God appears to Abram once again, affirming that Abram will become the father of nations and that his descendants will inherit the land of Canaan (God's plan remains unchanged!). God then changes Abram's name to Abraham and instructs him to circumcise himself, his household, the foreigners living with them, and all future descendants as a sign of their covenant. Sarai is also renamed Sarah, and God declares that He will bless her with descendants… Read more.
Summary: Sarai, who is unable to conceive, suggests to Abram that he should have a child through her maidservant, Hagar, in the hope of building a family through her. Abram follows Sarai's advice, and Hagar becomes pregnant. However, conflicts arise between Hagar and Sarai, leading to a disagreement and causing Hagar to flee from Sarai's presence. At a spring, God's angel encounters Hagar, offering words of encouragement and instructing her to return to Sarai. The angel also assures Hagar that… Read more.
Summary: In a vision, God speaks to Abram, and Abram expresses his confusion, saying, "How can I become a great nation when I have no children?" God reassures Abram, saying, "Trust me!" Moved by faith, Abram places his trust in God. Subsequently, they engage in a peculiar ceremony involving the cutting of animals precisely in half, which serves as a confirmation of the covenant between them. God informs Abram about the forthcoming 400 years of his descendants' time in Egypt… Read more.
Summary: In a war between five kings, including Kedorlaomer, and four kings, including the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah, Kedorlaomer's side emerges as the more powerful and defeats Sodom. As a result, the people of Sodom, including Lot, are taken captive. Upon learning of this, Abram and his men take action, engaging in a battle to rescue Lot. They successfully recover him. Following the victory, Melchizedek, the priest of God Most High, blesses Abram, and in response, Abram offers him… Read more.
Genesis Chapter Thirteen: Abram and Lot leave Egypt and go to Negev. They both have lots of possessions. They then travel around ending up where Abram had built his altar between Bethel and Ai. Abram's men and Lot's men start quarreling, so Abram and Lot decide to part ways to stop the fighting. Abram goes west to Canaan, and Lot goes east to the Jordan, near Sodom and Gomorrah. God restates his promise that Abram's descendants will be many and… Read more.
Summary: God instructs Abram to go west and establishes four agreements with him. Abram, accompanied by his wife Sarai and nephew Lot, follows God's command and they eventually settle in Canaan. God promises to give the land to Abram's descendants, and in response, Abram builds an altar. However, a famine strikes Canaan, and Abram flees to Egypt. Due to fear for his own safety, Abram tells others that Sarai is his sister rather than his wife, hoping to protect her… Read more.
Summary: People had one language and decided to build a city to reach the heavens. However, God intervened by confusing their language and scattering them. The lineage from Shem to Abram is as follows: Shem, Arphaxad, Shelah, Eber, Peleg, Rau, Serug, Nahor, Terah, and Abram (along with his brothers Haran and Nahor). Haran had a son named Lot, but unfortunately, he passed away. Abram married Sarai, who was barren. Terah's family, including Abram, initially set out to live in Canaan… Read more.
Genesis Ten: Noah's three sons are Shem, Ham, Japheth. Japheth has Gomer and Javan and some others. Javan is the father of the maritime people. Ham has Cush and Canaan and some others. Canaan is the father of the nations of Canaan. Cush's son Nimrod was a great warrior/hunter, and he built a big kingdom. Shem has Elam and Arphaxad and some others. Arphaxad had Shelah who had Eber who had Peleg (Peleg means division and the world was divided when… Read more.
Summary: God blessed Noah and his sons, and allowed them to eat animals. He also made the rainbow as a sign of that covenant. However, Noah got drunk and naked, and his son Ham saw him. Ham then told his brothers about it, and they went to cover Noah's shame. As a consequence, Noah cursed Ham and blessed his other sons. Noah lived for 950 years before he passed away. Key verse: 13. I have set my bow in the cloud,… Read more.
Summary: The water levels start to recede until the tops of the mountains are visible, and the ark rests on the mountains of Ararat. Noah sends out a raven. Noah sends out a dove, which returns, then after 7 days, another dove which brings back and olive leaf. After 7 days he sent the dove out again, and it doesn't return. The ground is dry and they exit the ark and are instructed to multiply in numbers. Noah makes a… Read more.
Summary: God told Noah to put seven of each clean animal (and bird) and two of each unclean animal into the boat. Seven days later, it started raining and continued to rain for 40 days and nights, causing the water levels to rise and cover the mountains by 20 feet. Everything outside the boat perished, and the flood covered the earth for a hundred and fifty days. Key verse: 5. And Noah did all that the LORD had commanded him My… Read more.
Summary:People's lives are limited to 120 years. The Lord decides to wipe out His creation because it has become too sinful. God commands Noah to create a boat and put animals and food in it along with his family. Key verse:18. But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. My thoughts:God's plan to destroy the world can be seen as quite harsh, but… Read more.
Summary: Adam’s line was: Seth, Enosh, Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech and Noah. Noah’s sons were Shem, Ham and Japheth. Key Verses: 1-2 This is the book of the generations of Adam. When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them Man when they were created. My thoughts: The seventh in line from Adam through Cain was Lamech, an arrogant and polygamous man.… Read more.
Summary: Cain and Abel were born to Adam and Eve, with Cain being the firstborn. Abel offers a better sacrifice to God than Cain, which makes Cain jealous. In his jealousy, Cain kills Abel. God discovers the crime and curses Cain, condemning him to be a restless wanderer. However, God also promises that no one will harm him. Cain then settles in Nod, east of Eden. Lamech, a descendant of Cain, becomes the seventh generation from Adam. He becomes the… Read more.
Summary: Serpent convinces Adam and Eve to eat from the tree. They suddenly realize their nakedness. God finds out about it all. He curses the serpent, woman, and man. He makes clothing for them, and kicks them out of the garden, so that they don't eat the fruit which would give them eternal life, now that they know good and evil. Key Verses: And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because… Read more.
Summary: Day 7: God rested, made day holy. Second creation account. God made man out of dust. God makes garden of Eden. Man in charge of whole garden, but cannot eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the middle of the garden. Adam names all the animals. Eve is made from the side of Adam while he is in a deep sleep. They are naked but unashamed Key Verses: 2-3. And on the seventh day God… Read more.
Summary: God created the heavens, the earth and everything that lives. He made humankind in his image, and gave them charge over the earth. Day 1: Light, Day, Night Day 2: Sky Day 3: Land and vegetation Day 4: Sun, Moon, stars Day 5: Birds and sea animals Day 6: Land animals and man Key Verse: 1. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. My thoughts: I appreciate the way the Bible starts from the very beginning… Read more.