1 Year In God’s Word: Day 31 — Genesis 33-35, Matthew 20:17-34

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Genesis 33
Focus Verse: Then Esau looked up and saw the women and children. “Who are these with you?” he asked. Jacob answered, “They are the children God has graciously given your servant.” (5)

Notice that Jacob did not say, “They are the women and children I worked many years to get.” Just as Jacob realized his blessings came from the Lord, we also need to recognize that all the good things we have come from our good God.

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God Is Busy Building a Palace

Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.

– C. S. Lewis

1 Year In God’s Word: Day 29 — Genesis 29-30, Matthew 19

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Genesis 29
Focus Verse: So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her. (20)

This shows just how much Jacob loved Rachel. He was willing to wait seven years to have her. True love always waits.

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Women of the Word: the Woman With the Millstone

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Judges 9 tells the story of Abimelech, who was one of the sons of the judge Gideon. Even though they were related, Abimelech was not like his father at all. He did not love God like Gideon did, and he came to power by killing off his opposition – particularly all the other sons of Gideon, his brothers. Abimelech was mean, violent, and empathy-lacking. He burned down one tower that was full of people and was about to burn down a second tower when our (s)hero stepped in with her stone and saved the day.

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1 Year In God’s Word: Day 28 — Genesis 27-28, Matthew 18:21-35

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Genesis 27
Focus Verse: Esau held a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing his father had given him. He said to himself, “The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob.” (41)

What Jacob did to Esau was wrong, no doubt. However, Esau’s response to Jacob’s deceit was wrong too. It does us no good to hold grudges against people who have hurt us in any way. It is natural to want to get revenge if we have been wronged, but we are not the ones to do so. Romans 12:19 warns us, “Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.”

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1 Year In God’s Word: Day 27 — Genesis 25-26, Matthew 18:1-20

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Genesis 25
Focus Verse: The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, “Why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the Lord. (22)

Something was happening inside of Rebekah that she did not understand so she went to the Lord. She asked Him what was going on, and the Lord answered her. He will do the same to us. When we don’t understand why things are happening to us, we can go to the Lord.

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1 Year In God’s Word: Day 26 — Genesis 23-24, Matthew 17

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Genesis 23
Focus Verse: Sarah lived to be a hundred and twenty-seven years old. (1)

Sarah is the only woman to have her age at her death recorded in the Bible. This shows how great she was respected and what a Godly life she lived. Sarah was not perfect, but the Bible tells us that if we “do what is right and do not give way to fear” we are her daughters.

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