July 29 – Genesis 30  —  FIERCE COMPETITORS

July 29, 2016Daily Reading

“When Rachel saw that she failed to bear children to Jacob, she became envious of her sister. She said to Jacob, ‘Give me children or I shall die!’ In anger Jacob retorted, ‘Can I take the place of God, Who has denied you the fruit of the womb?’ ” —Genesis 30:1-2 Jacob had competed with Esau. His wives competed with each other to see who could have the most children. Moreover, Jacob continued to have a battle of wits with Laban. Prayer: Father, I repent of all rivalry, competition, envy, … Read More

July 28 – Genesis 29  —  DIRTY TRICKS

July 28, 2016Daily Reading

“Then Jacob kissed Rachel and burst into tears.” —Genesis 29:11 Jacob got a taste of his own medicine. After he had played a couple dirty tricks on Esau, uncle Laban cheated him out of the bride whom Jacob had worked seven years to marry. On the wedding night, Laban replaced Rachel with Leah. So Jacob had to work seven more years in exchange for marrying Rachel. Prayer: Father, I repent of my sins before they come back to destroy me. Promise: “When the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, He … Read More

July 27 – Genesis 28  —  STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN

July 27, 2016Daily Reading

“May He extend to you and your descendants the blessing He gave to Abraham, so that you may gain possession of the land where you are staying, which He assigned to Abraham.” —Genesis 28:4 Jacob received the same promise as his grandfather Abraham. Jacob saw a stairway to heaven, and God promised that a great nation would come forth from him and all nations would be blessed in him. Like Abraham, Jacob also promised to return a tenth part of his possessions to God. We too can choose to be … Read More

July 26 – Genesis 27  —  THE LOSER

July 26, 2016Daily Reading

“First he took away my birthright, and now he has taken away my blessing.” —Genesis 27:36 Jacob swindled Esau out of both his birthright and his father’s death-bed blessing. Although God has promised us victory over death and eternal life, we too can lose God’s blessing in our lives by selling out to the world. Prayer: Father, may I never let myself be bribed, cheated, or manipulated by the world. Promise: “Let peoples serve you, and nations pay you homage; be master of your brothers, and may your mother’s sons … Read More

July 25 – Genesis 26  —  LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON

July 25, 2016Daily Reading

“The same night the Lord appeared to him and said: ‘I am the God of your father Abraham. You have no need to fear, since I am with you. I will bless you and multiply your descendants for the sake of My servant Abraham.’ ” —Genesis 26:24 Almost everything Isaac did turned out great since he was the child of the promise. The Lord protected Isaac’s wife and made him extremely prosperous in crops, flocks, and herds. And, even in the desert, Isaac struck water when he dug a well. … Read More

July 22 – Genesis 25  —  CAMPBELL’S TOMATO SOUP

July 22, 2016Daily Reading

“He said to Jacob, ‘Let me gulp down some of that red stuff; I’m starving.’ (That is why he was called Edom.) But Jacob replied, ‘First give me your birthright in exchange for it.’ ” —Genesis 25:30-31 As the first-born son of Isaac and grandson of Abraham, Esau had a tremendous birthright. However, “Esau cared little for his birthright” (25:34). He sold it to his brother Jacob for a bowl of red soup. We are adopted sons and daughters of God, and heirs with Christ (Rm 8:14-17). But we can … Read More

July 21 – Genesis 24  —  DIVINE MATCHMAKING

July 21, 2016Daily Reading

“The girl was very beautiful, a virgin, untouched by man.” —Genesis 24:16 Everything came up roses for Abraham. The Lord even showed His limitless love by providing just the perfect wife for Abraham’s son Isaac. Prayer: Lord, may every marriage be made in heaven and in obedience to You. (Pray this prayer for a young person you know.) Promise: “Then Isaac took Rebekah into his tent; he married her, and thus she became his wife. In his love for her Isaac found solace after the death of his mother Sarah.” … Read More

July 20 – Genesis 23  —  BURIAL PLOT

July 20, 2016Daily Reading

“Thus Ephron’s field in Machpelah, facing Mamre, together with its cave and all the trees anywhere within its limits, was conveyed to Abraham by purchase in the presence of all the Hittites who sat on Ephron’s town council.” —Genesis 23:17-18 For the burial of Sarah, Abraham purchased his first plot of land in the promised land. God’s promises of a son, a great nation, and now a land were being fulfilled. Prayer: Lord, may I not fail to claim all Your promises to me. Promise: “After this transaction, Abraham buried … Read More

July 19 – Genesis 22  —  FATHERS AND SONS

July 19, 2016Daily Reading

“God put Abraham to the test. He called to him, ‘Abraham!’ ‘Ready!’ he replied. Then God said: ‘Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah. There you shall offer him up as a holocaust on a height that I will point out to you.’ ” —Genesis 22:1-2 Abraham waited twenty-five years to have the son God had promised him. Then, as a test of faith, God told him to offer up the boy as a sacrifice. However, the angel of the … Read More

July 18 – Genesis 21  —  100-YEAR-OLD MAN FATHERS CHILD!

July 18, 2016Daily Reading

“The Lord took note of Sarah as He had said He would; He did for her as He had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time that God had stated.” —Genesis 21:1-2 God was with Abraham in everything he did. At the age of a hundred, Abraham finally fathered a child with his wife Sarah. Even Ishmael, Abraham’s son by Sarah’s maidservant, was to be the first of a great nation. Abimelech, king of Gerar, could see that Abraham couldn’t … Read More