Background on Genesis

Author Since Genesis is the first book of the Pentateuch, or Torah, Jews and Christians throughout history have upheld Moses as the author. In recent years, many scholars have questioned the idea of one single author composing all of the first five books of the Bible; thus, the documentary hypothesis was born. Documentary hypothesists believe …

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Jacob & Esau | Genesis 25

This sermon was preached in 2016. In this text, we read the beginning of God’s plan for Jacob. Before Jacob is born, God chooses him to usurp his older brother, Esau, as the inheritor of God’s covenantal blessing from his father, Isaac. The chapter ends with Jacob’s first step in securing the inheritance of the …

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What Jacob Taught Me

About a month ago, I finished preaching through the third of four planned sermon series through the book of Genesis. The series covered Genesis 25-36, which is primarily the life of Jacob, Abraham’s grandson. Last summer, as I finished preaching through Abraham’s life, I wrote a post about what Abraham’s life taught me. I planned …

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Jacob & Esau: Two Roads | Genesis 35-36

SUGGESTED VERSES FOR MEMORIZATION & MEDITATION God said to Jacob, “Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there. Make an altar there to the God who appeared to you when you fled from your brother Esau.” (Genesis 35:1) God appeared to Jacob again, when he came from Paddan-aram, and blessed him. And God said to …

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Dinah & Shechem | Genesis 34

SUGGESTED VERSES FOR MEMORIZATION & MEDITATION Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You have brought trouble on me by making me stink to the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites and the Perizzites. My numbers are few, and if they gather themselves against me and attack me, I shall be destroyed, both I and …

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Jacob & Esau Reunite | Genesis 33

SUGGESTED VERSES FOR MEMORIZATION & MEDITATION  Please accept my blessing that is brought to you, because God has dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough. (Genesis 33:11) And from the sons of Hamor, Shechem’s father, he bought for a hundred pieces of money the piece of land on which he had pitched his …

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Like Jacob

And Jacob said, “O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O LORD who said to me, ‘Return to your country and to your kindred, that I may do you good,’ I am not worthy of the least of all the deeds of steadfast love and all the faithfulness that you …

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Jacob Wrestles with God | Genesis 32

SUGGESTED VERSES FOR MEMORIZATION & MEDITATION Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.” Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed …

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Jacob & Laban | Genesis 30:25-31:55

SUGGESTED VERSES FOR MEMORIZATION & MEDITATION  Then the LORD said to Jacob, “Return to the land of your fathers and to your kindred, and I will be with you. (Genesis 31:3) If the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had not been on my side, surely now you …

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Leah & Rachel | Genesis 29:31-30:24

SUGGESTED VERSES FOR MEMORIZATION & MEDITATION  When the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren. (Genesis 29:31) And she called his name Joseph, saying, “May the LORD add to me another son!” (Genesis 30:24) Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in …

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