• 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

  • Rahab’s Adoption

    Joshua 2; 6:22-25

    First John 3:16–18 makes it very clear that we acquire many brothers and sisters when we become children of God, many of whom will count on us to help take care of them when they are in need ...Read More

  • Rebekah Chooses to Go

    Genesis 24:50–59

    Moses’ original audience, those Israelites redeemed from slavery in Egypt, faced a choice. Would they go into the great unknown with Moses, whom God clearly selected to be their leader, or would they stay in Egypt, the land they knew ...Read More

  • Rebekah’s Brother Laban

    Genesis 24:29–33

    Whether it happens now or in the new heavens and earth, God will make the wicked intentions of His enemies work for the good of His people. He may bring them to repentance and increase His kingdom as He did ...Read More

  • Reconciled Brothers

    Genesis 33:4–11

    Jesus said that all people would know His disciples by their love for one another (John 13:35). The most tangible expression of this love is our forgiveness of others. If pagans like Esau can forgive, our readiness to pardon ...Read More

  • A Required Reckoning

    Genesis 9:5–7

    John Calvin writes in his commentary on today’s passage: “No one can be injurious to his brother without wounding God himself.” As we have seen already, how we treat others reveals what we really think of the Lord (James ...Read More

  • Rescued from Sodom

    Genesis 19:15–22

    There are innumerable ways in which we can become too attached to this sinful world, even if we trust in Christ. One danger is materialism, evident, for example, when we put too much value in goods or when we neglect ...Read More

  • Resisting Temptation

    Genesis 39:6b-10

    Today’s passage is a good model for dealing with temptation. Matthew Henry says Joseph “would not wrong his master. He would not offend his God. This is the chief argument with which he strengthens his aversion to the sin ...Read More

  • The Response of Eliphaz

    Job 4:7–11

    The fall has introduced a certain degree of chaos, from our perspective, into this world. Although creation is never chaotic to the Lord and Maker of the universe, the presence of sin means that sometimes people suffer the effects of ...Read More

  • The Return to Canaan

    Genesis 13:1-4

    All of those who are in Christ are also the Israel of God (Gal. 6:16). We can therefore expect that God is moving to provide for His faithful servants just as He did under the old covenant, even if ...Read More

  • Reuben’s Mandrakes

    Genesis 30:14–18

    Many passages of Scripture warn the people of God against sorcery, astrology, and other similar practices (Ex. 22:18; Rev. 22:15). Most of us probably do not engage in such things, but superstitions remain part of the lives of ...Read More

  • The Revelation

    Genesis 45

    We often long for things to be “just as they were before [fill in the blank] happened” in our relationships with other people. If we are the main offending party, however, we cannot realistically expect this to happen if our ...Read More

  • The Revelation of Mystery

    Ephesians 3:3

    Cults commonly claim to have special teachings that are available only to a few who are wise enough to understand them or have enough money to buy this knowledge. This is far different from biblical Christianity, which assumes that God ...Read More

  • A Righteous Man

    Genesis 6:9–11

    John Calvin comments on this passage, “they are called just and upright, not who are in every respect perfect, and in whom there is no defect; but who cultivate righteousness purely, and from their heart.” Are you cultivating holiness in ...Read More

  • The Right Time for Love

    Song of Solomon 3:5

    The potential for love and sex to steal, kill, and destroy is seen in the diseases, broken families, and shattered hearts that follow in the wake of adultery, abuse, and sexual intimacy outside of marriage. Thanks be to God, He ...Read More