"How then could I do this great evil, and sin against God?"

Richard Huls

READ : Genesis 39:1-9 Joseph—- sold as a slave by his brothers to foreigners, separated from his family and religious heritage, dumped into a scary future with no guarantees and now, alone in the house with a woman who wants to seduce him! All the factors are there for him to throw all caution to the wind! But here is a young man, in the prime of life, resisting temptation because he has a religious, God-given conviction. Even though no …

"As for me, where am I to go?"

Richard Huls

READ : Genesis 37:29-36 One of the most dramatic stories in the Bible about sibling rivalry is the story of Joseph and his brothers. We might wonder how brothers could be so heartless. But they can be! Reuben, the oldest brother, did not share in the other brothers’ plan to kill Joseph, but did his best to save Joseph by suggesting they put him in a pit. Reuben went away, with the hope of returning to rescue his brother. But …

"Are you actually going to reign over us?"

Richard Huls

READ : Genesis 37:1-11 This question by the brothers of Joseph was asked in disgust. How could a brother whom they despised add insult to injury by suggesting he would rule over them? What right did Joseph have over them? Here is where God steps in. He has ordered the lives of people. He made Joseph his chosen one to fulfill a great plan. What the brothers needed to understand was God’s plan, not smolder in resentment! It is difficult …

"What is your name?"

Richard Huls

READ : Genesis 32:22-32 Can you imagine wrestling with a person all night, being defeated and crippled by that person, and then asking the person to bless you? And in turn have that person ask you what your name us? Who is this mysterious person questioning Jacob? Many believe it was the angel of the Lord, perhaps even Christ in the Old Testament. The question he asked Jacob had to do with Jacob’s real identity. As all of us, Jacob …

"Why did you steal my gods?"

Richard Huls

READ : Genesis 31:2-33 The question today is shocking! Laban, the father-in-law of Jacob, chases Jacob and his wives. Finally catching up with them, he demands, “Why did you steal my gods?” Did the daughters of Laban worship these gods? Obviously, Rachel, who had taken the idols, believed they held some kind of power or she wouldn’t have taken them. The issue about stealing gods is relevant for us. We all seem to need a god of some sort, and …

"What shall I give you?"

Richard Huls

READ : Genesis 30:25-31 The story of Laban and Jacob continues. Jacob is ready to go back home and take his wives and children with him. Laban doesn’t want him to go so he tries to deter him with the question, “What shall I give you?” Why this question? Laban has learned that the way to persuade a person is to give him something. Jacob has learned that the way to true personal freedom is to make it on his …