• Judah Repents

    Genesis 38:20–26

    Judah’s disobedient refusal to give Tamar a husband showed his faith was weak (James 2:14–26). We likewise show our faith to be wanting when we sin. Like Judah, we should be willing to confess our sins before ...Read More

  • Desperate Measures

    Genesis 38:12–19

    Our role in redemptive history does not hinge on us acting boldly to raise up physical offspring for Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. However, this has not eliminated His call for us to take daring moves of faith. Like Tamar (Gen ...Read More

  • Wicked Sons of Judah

    Genesis 38:1–11

    Paul tells us that anyone who fails to provide for his family has denied the faith and is “worse than an unbeliever” (1 Tim. 5:8). Onan was killed when he would not give a son to Er or a ...Read More

  • An Inconsolable Father

    Genesis 37:29–36

    Though as good as dead, Joseph is alive and will be used to bring life to Egypt and his kin (Gen. 50:20). How much greater, then, is Christ who actually died before rising again to give us life? John ...Read More

  • Off to Egypt

    Genesis 37:25–28

    Joseph may have been a spoiled brat at times, but he by no means deserved the suffering inflicted upon him. Though we do sin, there are also times when we will face pain from others that is undeserved. Yet though ...Read More

  • A Brother Ambushed

    Genesis 37:18–24

    John Calvin comments, “The characters of men are not to be estimated by a single act, however atrocious, so as to cause us to despair of their salvation.” Like Reuben, believers today can fall into gross sin. But they may ...Read More

  • Joseph Goes to Dothan

    Genesis 37:12–17

    Joseph’s haughtiness only worsened his precarious situation and shows us the danger of pride. As Christians, we should be the most humble of all people, especially as we deal with non-believers. Some will think us arrogant simply for asserting ...Read More

  • Dreams of the Future

    Genesis 37:5–11

    John Calvin writes: “It often happens that they who are ill-disposed, quickly perceive what is the will of God: but, because they feel no reverence, they despise it.” Not surprisingly, Joseph’s brothers, blinded by sin, reject the Lord’s ...Read More

  • Joseph’s Colorful Coat

    Genesis 37:1–4

    John Chrysostom comments: “Envy is a terrible passion, you see, and when it affects the soul, it does not leave it before bringing it to an extremely sorry state” (Homilies on Genesis, 61.4). In due time the jealousy Joseph ...Read More

  • Blessings for Esau

    Genesis 36

    Paul admonishes us to examine ourselves to see whether we have true faith (2 Cor. 13:5). The blessings we see in our lives are by themselves not sufficient proof that we belong to God. After all, Esau was blessed ...Read More

  • Isaac’s Final Breath

    Genesis 35:27–29

    Genesis 35 shows us how each generation of God’s people must trust Him to do what He says even if the full realization of His promises remains in the future. Jacob affirmed his trust in the Lord when he ...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’s Last Son

    Genesis 35:16–21

    God in His providence brings the greatest good out of the darkest time. Benjamin provided tangible evidence to Jacob of the Lord’s unwavering commitment to make him a great nation (Gen. 35:11). We should be looking for and ...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

  • The Promise Confirmed

    Genesis 35:9–12

    Secular psychology has rightly caused many believers to be wary of the emphasis on “self-esteem” found in many areas of life today. However, while secular attempts to improve one’s self-image are questionable at best, there is in Scripture a ...Read More