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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Mothers in the Bible: Leah, Longed to be Loved

I have to admit that there is something about Leah that resonates with me.   Whether it is the similarity in our names or the desire to be loved, my heart always goes out to Leah. So, on to Leah’s story. Jacob has arrived in Haran and already met Rachel, Leah’s younger sister, when she {Rachel} was tending to the sheep. We […]

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Mothers of the Bible: Elisabeth, Forebearer to Christ

The story of Elisabeth is very reminiscent of that of Sarah in the Old Testament. Elisabeth is married to Zacharias, a priest. Zacharias and Elisabeth are “ And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.”  {Luke 1:6} The next verse says, “And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, […]

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Mothers of the Bible: Hannah, Praised God

Hannah was another mother that longed for a child.  She was married to Elkanah.  Hannah is her husband’s first wife and his favorite, but when she did not provide children, he married Peninnah. One can imagine how Peninnah tormented Hannah over her inability to have children. Each year they travel to the temple to worship God.  We are told that […]

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Mothers of the Bible: Naomi, from Sorrow to Joy

When we think of ideal mother-in-law, we may think about Naomi. Naomi was married to Elimelch and had two sons, Mahlon and Chilion.   Due to famine the family moves from Judea to Moab.  While they are there both sons married women named Orpah and Ruth.  Elimelch dies and later both sons die, leaving their widows childless. This is where the […]

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Mothers of the Bible: Eve, Mother of All Mankind

With Mother’s Day arriving this month, I thought we would take a look at some of the Mother’s in the Bible.  I originally intended to just explore those women who deeply longed for a child and had often lost hope before seeing their dreams fulfilled.  However, while studying these women several other mother’s and lessons stood out to me.  So, […]

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Sons in the Bible: Sons of Adam and Eve

Last year we took a look at the Daughters in the Bible and before that the Mothers in the Bible. This year, let’s take a look at some of the sons in the Bible. The sons are very important because this is usually the who will inherit the father’s land or possessions.  In the Biblical genealogies it is through the […]

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Behind the Christmas Carol: The Coventry Carol

The Coventry Carol is an English Christmas Carol that dates back to the 16th century. The carol was traditionally performed in Coventry as part of the mystery play The Pageant of the Shearmen and Tailors in England.  The play depicts the Christmas story found in the Gospel of Matthew. “The carol is the second of three songs included in the […]

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