Category Archives: Book of Genesis

Birth of two sets of Twins

Pharez and Zarah (Ge.38:11-30) Birth of Judah’s sons from Tamar is very similar, superficially at least, to the birth of Jacob and Esau. Zarah did not catch the heel as Jacob did but having put forth hand withdraws as quickly as … Continue reading

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Conclusion: Glory of God vs.Glory of man

(Selected from the conclusion to the study of Genesis-benny) Ways of the World are to be determined on the single point: whose glory is in focus? Adam was allowed to eat of the fruit of the tree of life. Yet … Continue reading

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Jacob at Peniel

“And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of dawn…I will not let thee go, except thou bless me (Ge.32:24-26).” Often there are certain events in our lives that define us. For a … Continue reading

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In the House of Laban

“Wherefore then hast thou beguiled me? (Ge.29:25)” Jacob’s flight to Haran and his sojourn in the House of Laban were foreordained. While at Bethel God had visited him and also blessed him thus: ‘..In thy seed shall all the families … Continue reading

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Genesis: God compensates

“And when the Lord saw that Leah has hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren. And Leah conceived…Because the Lord hath heard that I was hated, he hath therefore given me…(29:31-33) Whenever God chooses His instruments He sets … Continue reading

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Genesis: Bethel

“And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not (Ch.28:16). ” This well known story throws up some important theological concepts. Firstly sleep is a symbol for … Continue reading

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Parable of the Two Sons: free will

Predestination is conditional. If God’s promise to Abraham was foreordained, “In thee shall all families of the earth be blessed God ‘ would not have necessitated God to renew the same blessing to the son. He commanded Isaac ‘Go not … Continue reading

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