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The Calling of Abraham

Professor Chris Gordon gives a devotion from Genesis 12:1-9.

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The Clothing Motif in the Joseph Narrative

References to the garments of Joseph provide a unifying pattern to the story of Joseph and ultimately Joseph is a type of Christ.

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Jacob’s Art of Dying

As Jacob expires from this life, his faith testifies to the blessed comfort of dying in the Lord. 

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Abraham, Isaac and the Land

Abraham ensures that his son will be in the land but not of the land.

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Christ, Through Faith Alone

In Genesis 15 the LORD came to Abraham to make to him three promises: to be his shield, to give him a Seed, and to be his Savior and Abraham received the substance of the covenant of grace, Christ, through faith alone and Christ’s righteousness was credited to him for righteousness.

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A Foreigner Purchases Property in the Promised Land

Because he trusts God's promise for his descendants, Abraham claims a piece of property in the promised land. 

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Teaching Abraham Righteousness and Justice

God uses his judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah to train Abraham in righteousness and justice. Abraham sees both God’s righteous judgment and his righteous mercy.

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Jacob’s Sacrifice

The account of Jacob's sacrifice in Genesis 46:1-7 reveals the extent of God's gracious transformation of Jacob as he trusts God to fulfill the promises even as he leaves the promised land of Canaan. 

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To All the Nations

God’s promise of the gospel to Abraham is rooted in creation but ultimately unfolds in the glories of the gospel fulfilled by Christ.

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Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places

The stories of the patriarchs are not always positive. In fact, much of what we find is the complete opposite. In this episode of Jacob's life, we come face to face with people, like us, who don't seek the grace they need, and don't deserve the grace they get.

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Leading with a Limp

Jacob's wrestling encounter with God sheds light on two realities: first, the path of pastoring; and, second, and more importantly, the path that Jesus walked before us.  

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The Con of Faith

Amid the dysfunctionality of the covenant family, the Lord preserves a seed of faith within Jacob’s art of deception to make him the an heir of the promise.  

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The Sale of the Savior

The Lord revealed to Joseph that the Lord was going to use him in a marvelous way, that he would be a savior of sorts, but between the time he innocently went looking for his brothers in Dothan and the fulfillment of the dream there was much humiliation and danger to be endured as the Lord prepared him for that great act of deliverance.

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A Tale of Two Appeals

In the appeals of Judah, we see a picture of person and work of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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The Faith of the Matriarch Tamar

Genesis 38 vividly portrays the power of sin among Jacob's descendants as Judah falls deep and deeper into sin. Tamar, by contrast, demonstrates her faith in God's promises to Abraham's seed through desperately clinging to her position as matriarch of Judah's heir, and she sees God's blessing through the unusual birth of her twin sons. 

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