• Blessings for Jacob and Esau

    Genesis 27:1-45

    It is comforting to know that despite our best efforts, we cannot undo the Lord’s intent to bless His children. Still, we cannot take this as a license to sin, for our evil ways will inevitably cause us much ...Read More

  • The Twelve Tribes of Israel

    Genesis 49:1-28

    Because we are grafted into the tree of Israel by faith when we trust in Christ alone, we can be assured that we will enjoy the future glory promised to Israel. Even when things look darkest for the church, we ...Read More

  • A Wrestling People

    Genesis 32:22-32

    The weight of today’s passage lies in the fact that Jacob wrestled with God. Note, however, that Jacob could sustain the struggle only because of the Lord’s grace to Him. Matthew Henry comments on today’s passage: “We ...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

  • 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

  • Gad, Asher, and Naphtali

    Genesis 49:18-21

    Matthew Henry reflects on the different skills and personalities of Jacob’s sons in Genesis 49. “Among God’s Israel then,” he writes, “is to be found a great variety of dispositions, contrary to each other, yet all contributing to ...Read More

  • Simeon and Levi Divided

    Genesis 49:5–7

    The different destinies of Levi and Simeon show that Jacob’s words could be tempered by grace. Though cursed and scattered, Levi was later exalted not of his own merits but because of the Lord’s mercy. Our God is ...Read More

  • Rueben Gets His Due

    Genesis 49:1–4

    As John Chrysostom preached, Reuben shows us that “no advantage comes to us from natural advantage unless accompanied by good deeds of free will” (Homilies on Genesis, 67.5). We cannot expect to escape God’s discipline when we transgress ...Read More

  • Jacob: Lesson Learned

    Genesis 48:12–14

    Jacob learned the ways of the Lord who exalts what men might forget (Matt. 19:30) and gives a better blessing to the younger Ephraim while relying on God’s ways honestly, nobly, and carefully. If an outsider were called ...Read More

  • God’s Mercy on Jacob

    Genesis 48:8–11

    Matthew Henry comments: “The eye of faith may be very clear even when the eye of the body is very much clouded.” At the end, Jacob does not dwell on the hardships of his life, he recognizes the great blessing ...Read More

  • Two More Sons of Israel

    Genesis 48:1–7

    John Calvin says that Joseph’s rush to see his father one last time shows he regards it “a greater privilege to be a son of Jacob, than to preside over a hundred kingdoms.” Joseph saw his father’s great ...Read More

  • A Father’s Last Request

    Genesis 47:29–31

    John Calvin offers comments about the patriarchs, saying that “not even death itself could extinguish the power of their faith.” All of us must look beyond the end of our own lives and trust God to keep all of His ...Read More

  • Fruitfulness in Egypt

    Genesis 47:27–28

    Israel, called to be a new Adam, failed to keep covenant and increased transgression (Rom. 3:9–20; 7:7–13). As our perfect representative, Jesus succeeded where Israel failed, and in so doing, He also succeeded where Adam failed ...Read More

  • A Possession in Egypt

    Genesis 47:11–12

    Are you discouraged this day because you believe your remaining sin makes it impossible for the Lord to use you? Do the apparent victories of your foes encourage you to give up your service to God? Has a work you ...Read More

  • An Audience with Jacob

    Genesis 47:7–10

    Jacob’s age and the presence of God with him both count for the reasons why Pharaoh shows deference to him in today’s passage. Scripture exhorts us to hear older people because their many years of walking with the ...Read More