Second Best (Genesis 29:16 – 35:19)

Poor Leah, it seemed she was always second best. She was the oldest daughter and yet we can assume no eligible suitors had claimed her hand in marriage for the last seven years. Have you ever thought of yourself as second best? Maybe you had a beautiful younger sister who attracted everyone's attention, like Leah. … Continue reading Second Best (Genesis 29:16 – 35:19)

Love Story (Genesis 24:28-66; Part 2 of 2)

Abraham’s unnamed servant has gone to find a bride for his son, Isaac, as reported in Genesis 24:1-27 (see previous article entitled Love Story). Let’s pick up the story in verse 28. After answering the servant’s question about housing for the night, Rebekah was running again. This time to town to tell her father’s household … Continue reading Love Story (Genesis 24:28-66; Part 2 of 2)

Love Story (Genesis 24:1-27; Part 1 of 2)

“It was evening and time for the women to come to the well for water. A strikingly beautiful young woman was there with her large clay pitcher, ready to lower it into the well, when she heard the clop-clop of camels slowing under the shouts of their drivers. A small but luxurious caravan appeared out … Continue reading Love Story (Genesis 24:1-27; Part 1 of 2)

Loosening Your Grip on Your Child (Genesis 22)

Now in her late 90’s or early 100’s, and having waited so long for this child, Sarah and Abraham must have had to constantly control themselves to not spoil their son, Isaac. Was there ever such a child as this, as handsome, as obedient, as pleasing to his parents as Isaac must have been? they … Continue reading Loosening Your Grip on Your Child (Genesis 22)

“Helping Out” God (Genesis 16-21)

As so often happens when we’re faced with difficulties, we get impatient and we tend to think God needs our help. When He tests our patience and obedience by sending us trials, we somehow think we need to solve the problem ourselves. After all, the old saying goes, “God helps those who help themselves,” (this … Continue reading “Helping Out” God (Genesis 16-21)

Marriage Trouble in Egypt

Genesis 12:10-20 Often we can be in the center of God’s will and yet experience problems. When Abram and Sarai arrived in the land God promised them, they were greeted by famine. Having little food was a definite problem, especially in a strange land where there was no market on the corner, nor time to … Continue reading Marriage Trouble in Egypt

Your God Said What? (Genesis 12:1-9)

Imagine your husband coming home from his job one day to announce that you and your household would be moving to a land far away. In answer to your questions, you find out that only unknown people live there, it is in the middle of nowhere and you will be permanently living in tents. No … Continue reading Your God Said What? (Genesis 12:1-9)