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365 Devotional Entries

A Well-ended Life

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), January 18  "How old are you?" Women are often reputed to fudge the answer to that question. Jacob not only answers Pharaoh's question, but he also offers commentary, "The days of the years of my pilgrimage are one hundred and thirty years; few and evil have been the days of the years of my life" (Gen. 47:9). Truly, Jacob's life has been one of difficulty: Jacob lived his boyhood... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Jan 18
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Trumped Up Evidence and Truth

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), January 17  Joseph's brothers present Jacob with trumped up evidence of Joseph's death-his shredded coat, dried blood, and bewildered faces. Jacob views all three and concludes that Joseph is dead. Jacob believes a lie based on trumped-up evidence, and something within him dies. Twenty-two years later, his sons return from their second trip to Egypt bearing the good news that Joseph is indeed alive. At first... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Jan 17
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Redeeming Failure

The One Year® Chronological Bible (Tyndale, 2013), January 16  The last words Joseph hears before he is sold to a band of traders are from Leah's son, Judah. It was Judah's idea to sell Joseph to the Ishmaelite traders, "What profit is there if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother and our flesh" (Gen. 37:26-27). Mission accomplished. No brother, no... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Jan 16
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Management Training

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), January 15 Joseph is the eleventh son in a large household, which must have taken some management to feed, clothe, and care for. Overseeing his father's extensive flock absorbed all of his and his brothers" time. Little does Joseph know that his boyhood experience forms the bedrock for a lifetime of management. Joseph makes the best of his circumstances when he is bought by Potiphar, the captain of the guard. He... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Jan 15
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Family Dysfunction and Providence

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), January 14  Joseph never had a chance with his brothers. When Jacob prepares to meet Esau, he places the maidservants and their children in front of his delegation (the most dangerous position) followed by Leah and her brood. He places Rachel and Joseph closest to himself (Gen. 33:1-3). Wonder what this did to impact sibling rivalry? Jacob's designing a "tunic of many colors" (37:3) for Joseph to... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Jan 14
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A Man of the World, A Man of His Appetites

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), January 13  Esau reflects the prosperous man of the world. He's a man of the land--a man of his appetities. Esau takes wives for himself from among the Canaanites and builds a prosperous nation, the Edomites. His prosperity demands separation from Jacob, "For their possession were too great for them to dwell together, and the land where they were strangers could not support them because of their livestock. So... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Jan 13
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The Faith Test

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), January 12  The natural man defaults to making decisions based on his sinful past and present circumstances. Jacob defaulted to both as he prepared to meet Esau after more than twenty years since he had stolen Esau's blessing and lied to his father. Jacob sends messengers to inform Esau of his return and then panics when his messengers inform him that Esau is on his way to meet him, "So Jacob was greatly afraid... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Jan 12
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Schemers and God

The One Year® Chronological Bible (Tyndale, 2013), January 11  The possessions of others attract those whose hearts are full of covetousness. Since day one, Jacob has desired Laban's possessions: "And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother's brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother's brother, that Jacob went near and rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother's brother"... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Jan 11
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ADD: Affection Deficit Disorder

The One Year® Chronological Bibl e (Tyndale, 2013), January 10 A deep sadness envelops Leah and overshadows all that she does. She is unloved by Jacob and everyone knows it. Similarly, a deep sadness occurs, month in and month out, as barrenness hovers over Rachel's life like a dark cloud. Everyone is aware of her deficiency. Both women live with a deficit: Leah lacks love, and Rachel lacks babies. Ripe conditions for competition. Insecurity always breeds competition! ... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Jan 10
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Recognizing Deception

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), January 9 Isaac assumes he is about to die (although he lives for many more years) and promptly decides to bless his son Esau before his death. Rebekah overhears Isaac and Esau's conversation and quickly concocts a plan to secure Esau's blessing for Jacob. Jacob ignores the only reservation that he has after his mother suggests their deception of Isaac, "Look, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Jan 9
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