• Jacob’s Deliverance

    Genesis 32:29–32

    John Calvin comments on Jacob’s wrestling with the Lord, saying, “This passage teaches us always to expect the blessing of God, although we may have experienced his presence to be harsh and grievous, even to the disjointing of our ...Read More

  • Jacob Sets Out

    Genesis 27:46–28:5

    Matthew Henry says Jacob’s blessing in today’s passage “is more express and full than the former; it is an inheritance of the blessing of Abraham. It is gospel blessing.” Despite his sin and the transgressions of his parents ...Read More

  • Jacob Settles in Shechem

    Genesis 33:18–20

    Jacob has many faults, but he is committed to serving the Lord. He does set up a place of worship as soon as he enters Canaan, thereby showing his commitment to make God the center of his home. It is ...Read More

  • Jacob’s Gift

    Genesis 32:13–21

    Jacob’s attempt to buy off his brother shows how little he trusted God to keep him safe as he returned to the Promised Land. He goes too far in trying to make amends with Esau, unconsciously showing a willingness ...Read More

  • Jacob’s Last Words

    Genesis 49:28–50:3

    Matthew Henry comments: “It is proper to show our respect to the poor body, of which we look for a glorious and joyful resurrection.” Scripture does not forbid cremation, but most Christians have buried their dead for the same reasons ...Read More

  • Jacob’s Sin of Omission

    Genesis 34:5–7

    Dr. R.C. Sproul writes, “When we sin against God, we do violence to his holiness. When we sin against our neighbor, we violate his or her humanity” (Essential Truths of the Christian Faith, p. 144). Transgression is not only ...Read More

  • Jacob’s Transformation

    Genesis 32:6-12

    John Calvin wrote that those who think faith is exempt from fear have had no real experience of living by faith. After all, God nowhere promises that we will not suffer or become afraid in this life. What He does ...Read More

  • Jacob’s True Calling

    Genesis 35:1

    Matthew Henry also comments: “As many as God loves he will remind of neglected duties, one way or another, by conscience or by providences.” The Holy Spirit will not let us forget the vows we have made to serve Him ...Read More

  • Jacob’s Vow Fulfilled

    Genesis 35:13–15

    Jacob’s life was repetitive. He worshiped again and again at Bethel. He faithfully did the same tasks every day for twenty years in service to his crooked father-in-law (Gen. 31:36–41). Yet, the word God gives to Jacob ...Read More

  • Jacob’s Wisdom

    Genesis 31:20

    Since God’s people have not totally shaken off idolatry, we again repeat Scripture’s call to keep ourselves from idols (1 John 5:21). We must also recall Jacob’s wisdom in dealing with Laban. As Christians, we must ...Read More

  • Jacob Trusts His Sons

    Genesis 43:11–15

    Trusting those who have lied or have otherwise wronged us is incredibly difficult. It often seems even harder to trust Christians who have sinned against us, because we realize they should have known better. But when there is evidence of ...Read More

  • Laban Cheats Jacob

    Genesis 30:25–36

    Though it often expressed itself in deceit, Jacob’s tenacious nature was an asset to him. The way Laban cheated him with Rachel and Leah was merely a temporary setback; he had the fortitude to press on for what he ...Read More

  • Last Respects for Jacob

    Genesis 50:7–14

    The death of a believer provides us with a good opportunity to reaffirm our belief in the resurrection of the dead. Though we properly grieve the loss of a loved one because we no longer have fellowship with him on ...Read More

  • One Sin, Twelve Sons

    Genesis 35:22–26

    Reuben’s jealousy of Rachel and her sons motivated him to commit the heinous act of incest so that he and his mother might be the beloved ones of Jacob. Such envy provokes evil in a multitude of ways. Adam ...Read More

  • Rachel and Leah Answer

    Genesis 31:4-16

    Matthew Henry comments, “Husbands who love their wives will communicate their purposes and intentions to them. Where there is a mutual affection there will be a mutual confidence.” Dr. R.C. Sproul also says in his series The Intimate Marriage ...Read More