The Light of Christ Journey

Encouraging people on their journey with Christ

Jacob needed faith without scheming. He had spent most of his life making manipulative plans. First, he bought the birthright from his brother Esau for a bowl of soup. (Genesis 25) Then his mother, Rebekah, helps him concoct a plan to impersonate Esau and get the firstborn’s blessing. (Genesis 27) At this point, angry Esau …

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Laban’s reprehensible deception had short-term success but long-term consequences. Yes, he got both daughters married off and another seven years of labor from Jacob, but at what cost? Short-term Victory Leah appeared to be the less attractive sister. Genesis 29:17 Leah’s eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful in form and appearance. [1] We are unsure what Scripture …

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God was training Jacob as he was learning to wait. Jacob had to wait seven years before he could marry Rachel. Then, Laban substituted Leah for Rachel on the wedding night. Jacob had to complete a week with Leah; then Laban allowed him to marry Rachel. But this came with a price, another seven years …

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Jacob, as the deceiver, is deceived by his Uncle Laban. He had promised that Jacob could marry his daughter, Rachel, after serving him for seven years. Instead, on the wedding night, Laban substituted his older daughter, Leah. For whatever reason, Jacob doesn’t realize the switch until the morning. He could not morally and legally return …

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What is the difference between serving in love and serving out of obligation? Merriam-Webster defines obligation this way: a formal contract, a promise, or the demands of conscience or custom that obligates one to a course of action, a duty.[1] When one serves out of obligation, it is a “have to” type of thing. On …

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We see the sovereign timing of God as Jacob meets Rachel. Jacob’s mother, Rebekah, had sent Jacob away from his angry brother on the pretense of finding a wife. Jacob was going back to Rebekah’s family. Years before, Abraham had sent a servant to find a wife for Isaac, and the servant brought back Rebekah …

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We see God’s mercy in covenant as God makes His promises from father to son to grandson. God had made a covenant with Abraham. Genesis 12: 2 I (God) will make you (Abraham) into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. 3 I will bless those …

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The blessing of passing God’s test are different for everyone. These blessings depend on how God works out His plan. Just as the Lord’s plans are unique, so are His tests. God gave Abraham a challenging test when He asked him to sacrifice his only son Isaac. God had previously tested Abraham. At times Abraham …

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The first Biblical usage of the word “obey” occurs in this week’s story. Genesis 22: 16 “This is what the Lord says: Because you have obeyed me and have not withheld even your son, your only son, I swear by my own name that 17 I will certainly bless you. [1] God tested Abraham’s faith by requesting that Abraham sacrifice his …

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The first time the phrase “the Lord will provide” is first mentioned in the story of Abraham and Isaac. But will the Lord provide for me in the same way? We somehow think that people of the Bible are unique, and the Lord would not do the same for us. This is the message our …

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