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Book Of Genesis – Lesson #20

Lesson 20:  Genesis 29;  and Genesis 30   

Read  Gen. 29:1-14   

Jacob was seventy-seven when he left Beersheba for Haran. He would spend twenty years serving his uncle Laban, thirty-three years back in Canaan, and the last seventeen years of his life inEgypt. Arriving in Paddan Aram, he was guided to the very field where some shepherds from Haranwere tending their flocks. So perfect was God’s timing that Rachel was just arriving with her flock when Jacob was talking with the shepherds. Continue Reading Here

Book Of Genesis – Lesson #19

Lesson 19:  Genesis 27 & Genesis 28

Read  Genesis 27:1-22

Approximately thirty-seven years have passed since the events of the previous chapter. Isaac is now 137, his sight has failed, and he thinks he is about to die, perhaps because his brother Ishmael had died at that age (Gen. 25:17). But he will live forty-three more years.

When Isaac craved some venison from Esau, promising a blessing in return, Rebekah plotted to deceive her husband and to get the blessing for Jacob, whom she loved. Her trickery was unnecessary because God had already promised the blessing to Jacob (Gen. 25:23b). She cooked goat’s meat so that it tasted like savory venison, and put the goat’s skins on Jacob’s arms to impersonate the hairy Esau. Isaac made the mistake of trusting his feelings; the hairy arm “felt” like Esau’s. We should not trust our emotional feelings in spiritual matters. As Martin Luther observed: Continue Reading Here

Book Of Genesis – Lesson #18

Chapters 25 & 26

Read Genesis 25:1-18   

In 1 Chronicles 1:32 Keturah is called Abraham’s concubine. Verse 6 seems to confirm this. Thus she was a lesser wife, one who did not enjoy the full privileges of a wife in the home. Once again God records marital irregularities that He never approved.

Abraham breathed his last at one hundred and seventy-five years of age and became the second person to be buried in the cave at Hebron. The twelve sons of Ishmael listed in Gen. 25:12-16 fulfilled God’s promise to Abraham: “He shall beget twelve princes” (Gen. 17:20). With the death of Ishmael, Isaac moves to center stage in the narrative. Continue Reading Here

Book Of Genesis – Lesson #17

Lesson 17:

Read Genesis 24:1-67 (Hold cursor over link to view text)

This is a very wonderful love story. It reveals that God is active and involved (when WE allow Him to be) with the man or woman whom you marry.

There are two institutions that God has given to the human family: one is marriage, and the other is human government (God permits man to rule himself today). These are two universal and very important institutions. When these are broken, a society will fall apart. The home is the backbone of any society—God knew that—and He established marriage, intending that it give strength and stability to society. Continue Reading Here

Book Of Genesis – Lesson #16

Lesson 16:  Genesis  22-23    

Read Genesis   22  (Opens in new window)

Perhaps no scene in the Bible except Calvary itself is more poignant than this one, and none gives a clearer foreshadowing of the death of God’s only, well-beloved Son on the cross. The supreme test of Abraham’s faith came when God ordered him to offer up Isaac as a burnt offering in the land of Moriah. Actually God had no intention of allowing Abraham to go through with it; He has always been opposed to human sacrifice. Moriah is the mountain range where Jerusalem is situated (2 Chron. 3:1) and also where Calvary stood. The root meaning of the name “Moriah” is very interesting: From H7200 and H3050; seen of Jah; Continue Reading Here

Book Of Genesis – Lesson #15

Lesson 15

Read Genesis 20 (opens in new window)

It seems incredible to us that Abraham would again try to pass off Sarah as his sister within twenty years of the same blunder with Pharaoh— incredible, that is, until we remember our own perpetual proneness to sin!  The incident with Abimelech in Gerar is almost a replay of Abraham’s duplicity in Egypt (Gen. 12:10-17). God intervened to work out His purposes in the birth of Isaac, which might otherwise have been frustrated. He threatened Abimelech with death. He is more than just a spectator on the sidelines of history. He can overrule the evil of His people, even through the lives of the unregenerate. Continue Reading Here

Book Of Genesis – Lesson #14

Read Genesis 19 (opens in new window)

The name of Sodom has become synonymous with the sin of homosexuality or sodomy. But sexual perversion was not the only cause of the city’s fall. In Ezekiel 16:49-50, the Lord describes the sin of Sodom as “pride, fullness of food, and abundance of idleness.” Continue Reading Here

Book Of Genesis – Lesson #13

Read Genesis 17 (opens in new window)

God’s words to Abram in verse 1 was a way of saying that he should stop trying to work things out in his own strength and let Almighty God work for him. Immediately afterward God renewed His covenant and changed the patriarch’s name from Abram (exalted father) to Abraham (father of a multitude). Circumcision was then instituted as a sign of the covenant. This surgical operation, performed on the male child, was a physical sign that the person belonged to God’s chosen earthly people.  Every male in Abraham’s house was circumcised, and thereafter every male baby was to be circumcised when he was eight days old or else be cut off from his people—that is, put away from the congregation of Israel (Gen. 17:9-14). The expression “cut off” sometimes means to put to death, as in Exodus 31:14-15. In other places, as here, it seems to mean to ban or ostracize. Continue Reading Here

Book Of Genesis – Lesson #11

Read Genesis 15 (opens in new window)

The first verse is closely linked with the last part of chapter 14. Because the patriarch refused the rewards of the king of Sodom, Jehovah said to him, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward,” thus making Abram both protected and fabulously wealthy. Continue Reading Here

Book Of Genesis – Lesson #10

Read Genesis   14

First of all, let me say that this is an historical document. In the first eleven verses, it is recorded that the kings of the east defeat the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah. For quite a few years, the critical, radical scholars rejected this, saying that these men’s names do not appear in secular history at all and that this is a rather ridiculous story. But did you know that the names of these kings have been found on monuments and tablets, showing that they did exist? In fact, Amraphel is now known to be the Hammurabi of other secular history. The record that we have here is tremendously significant. Continue Reading Here

Book Of Genesis – Lesson #9

Lesson 9:

Read Genesis 11:10-32

These verses trace the line of Shem to Abram. Thus the historical record narrows from the human race to one branch of that race (the Semites) and then to one man (Abram), who becomes the head of the Hebrew nation. The rest of the Old Testament is largely a history of this nation.

Abram was a mighty man of faith and one of the most important men in history. Three world religions venerate him. He is mentioned in sixteen books of the Old Testament and eleven books of the New Testament.  His name means “exalted father” or, as changed to Abraham, “father of a multitude.” Continue Reading Here

Book Of Genesis – Lesson #8

Because of the photos in this lesson causing some problems with the Print_PDF link above, we have made a MSWord file and a PDF file of Lesson #8 available for download just below.   Just right click and then choose “Save Target As”.

Read Genesis 11:1-9

The Tower of Babel is of critical importance in our understanding of world history and future prophecy.  Remember the “Law of First Mention” that we have discussed before, which simply means that the very first time any important word, doctrine, or concept is mentioned in the Bible, Scripture gives it its most complete, and accurate, meaning to not only serve as a “key” in understanding the word’s Biblical concept, but to also provide a foundation for its fuller development in later parts of the Bible. Continue Reading Here

Book Of Genesis – Lesson #7

Lesson 7:  Includes Genesis Chapter 7 thru Chapter 10

Read Genesis 7

The word “come” appears for the first time in verse 1—a gracious gospel invitation: “Come into the ark of safety.”

No reason is given why Noah was commanded to take seven pairs of clean animals into the ark, but only one pair of unclean. Perhaps it was for food and in anticipation of the clean animals’ being needed for sacrifice (see 8:20). The ark was filled with its inhabitants for seven days before the rain began and the underground reserves of water gushed out. The torrent continued for forty days and forty nights; forty is the number of probation or testing in the Bible. Continue Reading Here

Book Of Genesis – Lesson #5

Lesson 5:  Genesis Chapter 5

This chapter contains the line from Adam to Noah, in which are stated some common information concerning all of them, and certain special details about three of them. The genealogy is traced to the tenth descendant from Adam through Seth, and ends with the flood. The scope of the chapter is to mark out the line of faith and hope and holiness from Adam (as opposed to the lineage given in chapter 4 of the ungodly line via Cain), the first head of the human race, to Noah, who became eventually the second natural head of it. Continue Reading Here

Book Of Genesis – Lesson #4

Lesson 4:  Genesis Chapter 4

Genesis 4:1-9

Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore  Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the Lord.2 Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. 3 And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. 4 Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, 5 but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.

6 So the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? 7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”  8 Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.  9 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?Continue Reading Here

Book Of Genesis – Lesson #3

Lesson 3:  Genesis Chapter 3

Importance of Genesis chapter 3

Those who study the Bible in a serious way sometimes refer to the Law of First Mention. It’s not so much a law, really, as a common principle in the Scriptures. If you select an important biblical word or concept you’ll find that its first biblical appearance sets the tone for all the depth of meaning that will emerge throughout the Scriptures.  We go on to find many new understandings and many variations on the theme, but “the first cut is the deepest”; the First Mention gives us the essential picture. Continue Reading Here

Book Of Genesis – Lesson #2

Lesson 2:  Genesis Chapter 2

Things introduced in Chapter 2:

The basic cycle of time (week), and the SANCTIFYING of a day (Sabbath)

SABBATH  — the practice of observing one day in seven as a time for rest and worship. This practice originated in creation, because God created the universe in six days and rested (literally “ceased”, since God did  not suffer from physical exertion) on the seventh day (Genesis 1). By this act, God ordained a pattern for living—that people should work six days each week at subduing and ruling the creation and should spend the seventh day both resting AND honoring the Creator.  This is the understanding of the creation set forth by Moses in Exodus 20:3–11, when he wrote the Ten Commandments at God’s direction. Continue Reading Here

Women Of The Bible: Lesson #30 – Euodia and Syntyche, Lois and Eunice, The Elect Lady, Jezebel in The Revelation


Scripture reference:   Philippians 4:2   Bible Search Tool

It’s ironic. These two women in the church of Philippi had a hard time getting along, yet they are forever bound together in Paul’s letter to the Philippians and in our thoughts.

What was the disagreement that divided them? What triggered the hard feelings? Why didn’t the two deal with the problem and work toward reconciliation? They were both believers, and they were both well known in the Philippian church. But something had driven a wedge between them and destroyed the love and harmony that is the mark of Jesus’ living presence in His church (see John 13:34, 35). Continue Reading Here

Women Of The Bible: Lesson #27 – Sapphira, Dorcas, and Mary (Mother of John Mark)


Scripture reference:  Acts 5:1–11   Bible Search Tool

Date:  a.d. 35

Name:  Sapphira [suh-FIGH-ruh: “beautiful”]

Main contribution:  Her death for lying to the Holy Spirit inspired awe of God in believers and unbelievers alike.

Sapphira and her husband Ananias were among the first in Jerusalem to become Christians. In those first exciting days they were part of that fellowship Luke described in Acts 2:44–47. Continue Reading Here

Women Of The Bible: Lesson #26 – Herodias, Caiaphas’ servant, and Pilate’s Wife


Scripture references:  Matthew 14:1–12; Mark 6:14–29  Bible Search Tool

Herodias had married Philip, the brother of King Herod Antipas. John the Baptist preached against this marriage, which was incestuous according to Old Testament Law. Herod had John imprisoned, but he was afraid to execute the popular prophet. Herod feared John himself, “knowing that he was a just and holy man” (Mark 6:20). Herodias however was incensed that John had publicly condemned her, and she “held it against him and wanted to kill him” (Mark 16:19).

Her chance came when Herodias’s daughter danced at a feast Herod gave, and the king effusively told the young woman to name her own reward. When she looked to her mother for advice, Herodias told her to ask for John the Baptist’s head. Continue Reading Here