• 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

  • God Speaks to Jacob

    Genesis 31:3

    Sometimes we sense divine Providence indicating a move for us to make. A new job offer might present itself. Maybe a relationship is pointing toward marriage. Investment prospects may be “golden opportunities” for growing our resources. God will often direct ...Read More

  • God’s Sovereign Favor

    Genesis 24:34–41

    God sovereignly chose to bless Abraham, and the history recounted in Genesis 24 shows us how He remained true to His promise to give many sons to the patriarch (12:1–3). All who believe in the Savior have already ...Read More

  • God the Holy Spirit

    Genesis 1:1–2

    We do not totally understand what it means for the Father to be unbegotten, the Son to be begotten, and the Spirit to proceed. As Augustine once said, we use these terms not because we can define them fully but ...Read More

  • God the Judge

    Genesis 15:12-16

    Many people presume upon God’s patience since He does not execute His wrath every time they sin. They might think that He is overlooking their transgressions rather than postponing judgment so that they might find repentance (Rom. 2:4 ...Read More

  • Good News for Jacob

    Genesis 45:25–28

    It is not uncommon to hear people say that they wished they lived during biblical times. Many think that seeing the same mighty acts the saints of old saw would enable them to have stronger faith in the Lord. But ...Read More

  • Grace and Forgiveness

    Genesis 1:27

    When Paul exhorts women to train women, and by implication, men to train men (Tit. 2:1–8), he is not speaking of doctrinal matters as if they are unconnected from everyday life. God wants godly men to teach and ...Read More

  • Hamor’s Dubious Offer

    Genesis 34:8–12

    There are all sorts of good things promised to us by the Lord, and there are just as many wrong ways to go about obtaining them. We must wait patiently for God to bring these good things to us. This ...Read More

  • Hard Providence

    Genesis 45:4-8

    John Calvin’s comments on Genesis 45:8 are essential reading for anyone studying God’s sovereignty and human responsibility. There is much we can say about the Lord’s guiltless use of evil men to achieve His good plan ...Read More

  • Have Dominion

    Genesis 1:28-31

    Subduing creation for God’s glory is a multifaceted endeavor. It involves the raising of godly children and the conversion of the nations so that the world will be filled with sanctified image-bearers. Taking dominion also means we endeavor to ...Read More

  • He Who Laughs Last

    Genesis 21:6–7

    Matthew Henry comments: “God’s favors to his covenant people are such as surpass both their own and others’ thoughts and expectations. Who would have said that God should send his Son to die for us, his Spirit to sanctify ...Read More

  • Human Initiative

    Genesis 24:42–49

    Of course God’s secret decrees include every choice we will ever make. However, we are not to worry about what He has not revealed to us. Instead, we are called to obey His Word and spread His truth, knowing ...Read More

  • I Am Dust and Ashes

    Genesis 18:27–33

    Deuteronomy 29:29 distinguishes between the Lord’s secret and revealed wills. His secret will contains the unalterable decrees by which He foreordains all things that come to pass. These decrees are basically unknown to us, and for the most ...Read More

  • Imprisoned Again

    Genesis 39:19–20

    One commentator has noted how Joseph’s life proves that “the righteous falls seven times and rises again” (Prov. 24:16). As God’s holy people, we are not free from suffering and failure, but we alone have the hope ...Read More

  • In His Own Image

    Genesis 1:26-27

    Scripture alone provides a solid foundation for human dignity. Without it, we have no basis for asserting that all men are created equal or that all men must be treated with kindness. That we bear God’s image, however marred ...Read More