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  • 1 Jacob settled in the land where his father had lived as an alien, the land of Canaan. 2 This is the story of the family of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was shepherding the flock with his brothers; he was a helper to the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father's wives; and Joseph brought a bad report of them to their father. 3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his children, because he was the son of his old age; and he had made him a long robe with sleeves. 4 But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably to him... Read the full text.

  • The same night he got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had. 24 Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob's hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. 26 Then he said, "Let me go, for the day is breaking." Read the full text.

  • Today’s text is the story of Jacob’s marriage to his uncle Laban’s two daughters—Jacob’s cousins. The Genesis account relates Jacob’s twenty years in Haran: his marriages and service to Laban, the birth of eleven sons (not Benjamin), and finally his plotting to return home (29:1—31:55). The goal of Jacob’s story is to convey God’s promises to Abraham and Isaac to later generations via Jacob (35:9-12). Today’s lesson pertains to securing a proper wife for Jacob. Certainly, this story seems foreign, what with multiple wives and near kinfolk at that. But let’s put the story’s cultural difficulties aside and hear the lesson: 

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  • I have a friend who has an extreme interest in justice. One day he told a group of us about a bully at the park who appeared to be picking on younger children who were playing there. My friend said that a man sitting in a car at the park yelled at the bullying teenager to leave all the other kids alone. The teen then mocked the man, as a bully is likely to do at a distance from a formidable foe. Evidently, the man in the car had seen and heard enough from this bullying teenager, so he unfolded his 6’ 5” frame, got out of his car to meet the teen’s challenge. Read the full text.