"Am I in the place of God?"

Richard Huls

READ : Genesis 30:1-8 Have you ever heard the expression “playing God”? That is the heart of Jacob’s question to Rachel, his wife. She can’t have children. There was a belief in biblical days that God was the one who initiated or withheld conception. It was thought that if a woman could not conceive it was because she was out of favor with God. This belief held tremendous power. Rachel felt devastated especially because her sister Leah provoked her into …

"What is This You Have Done to Me?"

Richard Huls

READ : Genesis 29:21-30 It is amazing what people will do to others in their desire to get their own way. Jacob works seven years for Rachel, his beloved. On the night of the wedding Jacob thinks he is getting Rachel, “lovely in form and beautiful.” He goes to bed but wakes up in the morning only to find Leah, the older sister of Rachel, as his wife! The question he directs to Laban is a cry of despair, “What …

"Are you really my son Esau?"

Richard Huls

READ : Genesis 27:18-25 The text today demonstrates the ultimate in deceit. Mother and son have schemed together to deceive the blind old man Isaac. Isaac, the father, has asked his son Esau to hunt and prepare some game for him and then receive a special blessing. Rebekah, the mother, overhears the conversation. Because she favors Jacob, the younger twin, she plots by telling him to deceive his father by dressing in a goat skin and bringing specially prepared goat’s …

"I am about to die, so of what use is my birthright?"

Richard Huls

READ : Genesis 25:27-34 I love this story. It tells us so much about human nature. Esau is a hungry man. He has been out in the field. His brother Jacob has been home cooking. In comes exhausted Esau and asks for some of Jacob’s soup. Jacob sees an opportunity to double his inheritance by trading his soup for Esau’s birthright, worth twice as much as Jacob’s inheritance! After Jacob makes his proposal, Esau responds with the above question. Do …

"Why is this happening to me?"

Richard Huls

READ : Genesis 25:19-26 When good things happen to us, do we ever wonder why there are also complications? Consider the life of Rebekah. She wanted children, but could not have them. Isaac, her husband, prayed for her to conceive and she did (v. 21). However, in the midst of her joy, there was a struggle going on within her. The writer tells us it was the struggle of the babies. Did Rebekah know she was carrying twins? Apparently not. …

"Should I take your son back?"

Richard Huls

READ : Genesis 24:1-9 The question asked by Abraham’s servant is one that enables Abraham to show us the meaning of God’s call. God called Abraham out of the land of the East, near the Euphrates River, to be his chosen family and nation. He was to leave his extended family behind and go to the land God would show him. Now he is in that land called Canaan. To have his servant take Isaac back to his old homeland …