Genealogy of Jesus: The Different Faces of Rebekah

Isaac, son of Abraham, needed a wife but did not want to find one among the Canaanites, where they were living.  A servant was sent to find a wife.  When he arrived in Abraham’s homeland, the servant prayed for guidance.  Rebekah appeared before the man finished praying. She offered water to the servant and his camels.  Then they followed her […]

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Sons in the Bible: Sons of Isaac

Isaac and Rebekah were married for almost twenty years before they had children. Both Isaac and Rebekah prayed fervently for offspring during this time. Rebecca was extremely uncomfortable during her pregnancy and sought the Lord. She was told she was carrying twins who were fighting in her womb and would fight all their lives.  She was told one would be […]

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Sons in the Bible: Sons of Abraham

Abraham and the Lord made a covenant.  The Lord promised him that he would be the father of many nations and have sons more numerous than the stars.  However, there was a catch. Abraham had no children and his wife was well past her child bearing years. Sarai {Sarah} grew tired of waiting for a child and did not trust […]

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Mothers in the Bible: Rachel, She Bargained

Jacob is fleeing from his brother, after he and his mother, Rebekah, deceive his father, Isaac.   Jacob is sent to his mother’s brother, Laban. So, as he arrives he probably thinks all of his troubles are over.   His troubles with his brother are for the time being, but a whole new set of issues is about to be stirred up. […]

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Hall of Faith: Jacob, blessed by God

Jacob is the third generation of the great patriarch’s of the Old Testament and Israelite’s. He is the son of Isaac and grandson of Abraham. Jacob means “holder of the heel” or “supplanter”. When he was born he reached out holding onto his twin brother’s, Esau, heel. Even when they were both in the womb we are told “the children […]

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Hall of Faith: Isaac, passed on the faith

When the angel told Sarah she was going to have a child in her old age, she laughed. However, God was true to His word and a year later Sarah gave birth to a son she named Isaac. So, it should come as no surprise that Isaac means “Laughter. He laughs.” Isaac, along with his father Abraham, and son Jacob, […]

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Genealogy of Jesus: Leah, the UnLoved

We’ve been studying the women in Jesus genealogy.  There are three additional women that we know by name, although they are not listed by name in the genealogy listed in Matthew.  However, they each play an integral part in the story of God’s people.  We know not only their names, but their stories from the book of Genesis. These three women […]

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Second Chances: Jacob

The story of Jacob takes up half of the book of Genesis in the Bible.  He is the patriarch of the Israelites. Jacob comes into the world grasping the heel of his brother, Esau.  God revealed to their mother, Rebekah that the two struggled in the womb.   This is a struggle that would continue not only for the rest of […]

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