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Redeeming Failure

The One Year® Chronological Bible (Tyndale, 2013), January 16  The last words Joseph hears before he is sold to a band of traders are from Leah’s son, Judah. It was Judah’s idea to sell Joseph to the Ishmaelite traders, “What profit is there if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? Come and let […]

Weekly Review: The Building Blocks of Israel

God’s activity during the six days of creation differs from His divine providence or under the radar work outside of Eden. Nahum M. Sarna wrote, “One of the most characteristic qualities of biblical man was a profound and pervasive conviction about the role of divine providence in human affairs.” God is always active outside of […]

Management Training

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), January 15 Joseph is the eleventh son in a large household, which must have taken some management to feed, clothe, and care for. Overseeing his father’s extensive flock absorbed all of his and his brothers’ time. Little does Joseph know that his boyhood experience forms the bedrock […]

The Faith Test

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), January 12  The natural man defaults to making decisions based on his sinful past and present circumstances. Jacob defaulted to both as he prepared to meet Esau after more than twenty years since he had stolen Esau’s blessing and lied to his father. Jacob sends messengers to […]

Schemers and God

The One Year® Chronological Bible (Tyndale, 2013), January 11  The possessions of others attract those whose hearts are full of covetousness. Since day one, Jacob has desired Laban’s possessions: “And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother’s brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother’s brother, that Jacob […]

ADD: Affection Deficit Disorder

The One Year® Chronological Bible (Tyndale, 2013), January 10 A deep sadness envelops Leah and overshadows all that she does. She is unloved by Jacob and everyone knows it. Similarly, a deep sadness occurs, month in and month out, as barrenness hovers over Rachel’s life like a dark cloud. Everyone is aware of her deficiency. […]

Recognizing Deception

The One Year® Chronological Daily Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), January 9 Isaac assumes he is about to die (although he lives for many more years) and promptly decides to bless his son Esau before his death. Rebekah overhears Isaac and Esau’s conversation and quickly concocts a plan to secure Esau’s blessing for Jacob. Jacob ignores […]

A Promise from God and Impossible Circumstances

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), January 8 God’s promise to Abraham requires a waiting period of twenty-five years. Barrenness of womb prevents the couple from doing for themselves what God had promised to do for them. The passing of twenty-five years taught them that a promise from God is a fulfillment by […]