Narrative 045: Jacob’s Dozen

This week we studied the blessings in Genesis 49 over the twelve tribes of Israel. Each blessing is prophetic in nature, describing future events in the life of each tribe —sometimes these prophecies are clear, and others they leave us scratching our heads. Enjoy! [gview file="http://www.thinkinginchrist.com/media/narrative-study/045-Jacob's%20Dozen.pdf"] [...]

Narrative 045: Jacob's Dozen

This week we studied the blessings in Genesis 49 over the twelve tribes of Israel. Each blessing is prophetic in nature, describing future events in the life of each tribe —sometimes these prophecies are clear, and others they leave us scratching our heads. Enjoy! [...]

Narrative 044: The Adoption of Ephraim and Manasseh

This hour focuses on Genesis 48, and the adoption of Joseph’s two sons by Jacob. The lesson ends with a short overview of the concept of adoption in the Scriptures. [...]

When Everything Goes Wrong

And Jacob their father said to them, “You have bereaved me of my children: Joseph is no more, and Simeon is no more, and now you would take Benjamin. All this has come against me.” -Genesis 42:36 It’s the middle of a famine —a famine that’s been going on for two years, at least— and there’s [...] [...]

Narrative 038: Joseph Sold (2)

In this hour, we discuss two hard problems in the Joseph story. The first is, “why did Jacob send Joseph out to check on his brothers in the first place?” There are a lot of odd things about the story that make for some interesting speculation that might throw some light on our reading. The second [...] [...]

Evil in Our Midst

Now Dinah the daughter of Leah, whom she had borne to Jacob, went out to see the women of the land. And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, the prince of the land, saw her, he seized her and lay with her and humiliated her. … Now Jacob heard that he had defiled [...] [...]

Narrative 035: Jacob Wrestles

This material focuses on Genesis 32, and the strange incident at Peniel. Why is God wrestling with Jacob? How does a man prevail over God? An interesting aside in this set of slides —we find out the true origin of the name “Palestine.” Hint: It doesn’t have anything to do with the Philistines. [...]

Living in the Past

A specter is haunting the prospective Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations—the specter of the Nakba. The literal meaning of the Arabic word is “disaster”; but in its current, expansive usage, it connotes a historical catastrophe inflicted on an innocent and blameless people (in this case, the Palestinians) by an overpowering outside force (international Zionism). The Nakba is [...] [...]

Jacob Wrestles

And Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day. When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. Then he said, “Let me go, for the day [...] [...]

Narrative 034: Jacob Flees

For those following along in our narrative study of the Scriptures, the slides for the [...]