Genesis

Day: 1

Plan: Genesis

In the Beginning

Wendy Pope

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. - Genesis 1

Every time I read the creation story, I love to imagine what each stage of creation might have looked like. Remember slide projectors?

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Day: 2

Plan: Genesis

Marriage Matters

Krista Williams

That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh. - Genesis 2

Genesis 1 records God’s wisdom and power as He speaks the world into existence. Genesis 2 records God’s love for humanity as He tenderly forms man with His hands and personally breathes life into him.

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Day: 3

Plan: Genesis

The Enemy’s Tactic Against You

Lysa TerKeurst

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, ‘Did God really say, “You must not eat from any tree in the garden? - Genesis 3

Adam and Eve are coming off of an amazing scene at the end of Genesis 2 where we find this man and his wife naked without any shame at all. Imagine that.

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Day: 4

Plan: Genesis

Offering Your Best

Leah DiPascal

The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast. - Genesis 4

Cain and Abel were brothers. They were sons of Adam and Eve.

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Day: 5

Plan: Genesis

Need to Please

Whitney Capps

Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away. - Genesis 5

In this fifth chapter of Genesis we are given the record of families from Adam to Noah. Genealogies aren’t always something that we get excited about, but please linger over this section.

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Day: 6

Plan: Genesis

Conformed or Transformed?

Lysa TerKeurst

Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God. - Genesis 6

I absolutely love the way this verse describes Noah. Righteous.

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Day: 7

Plan: Genesis

Obeying When It Seems Impossible

Wendy Blight

And Noah did all that the LORD commanded him. - Genesis 7

Have you ever had a task that seemed beyond your ability? Maybe even impossible?

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Day: 8

Plan: Genesis

When the Flood Comes

Wendy Pope

But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded. - Genesis 8

Christians have many benefits as children of God, but flood-free lives are not one of them. Perhaps this is one of the most difficult things to accept.

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Day: 9

Plan: Genesis

Promises and Rainbows

Krista Williams

Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth. - Genesis 9

The flood ended, the waters receded, the ark stopped rocking, and the ground was dry. God’s yearlong judgment on mankind’s sin and wickedness had finally ended, and Noah and his family survived.

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Day: 10

Plan: Genesis

The Dynamic Family Tree

Leah DiPascal

These are the clans of Noah's sons, according to their lines of descent, within their nations. From these the nations spread out over the earth after the flood. - Genesis 10

Genesis 10 is a chapter in the Old Testament I’m tempted to scan or skip over entirely. The truth is I haven’t taken enough time to learn about my own ancestors, let alone dig deeper into someone else’s.

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Day: 11

Plan: Genesis

Safety in Numbers?

Whitney Capps

Then they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth. - Genesis 11

Small acts of disobedience often lead to significant acts of defiance. The crowd at the city of Babel wanted to build a tower that would make a name for themselves and keep them geographically centered.

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Day: 12

Plan: Genesis

Faith to Follow

Lysa TerKeurst

The Lord had said to Abram, ‘Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.’ - Genesis 12

Abram had to walk away from what was familiar—his family, his friends and his comfort zone—in order to gain the blessings of the Lord. God had promised to bless Abram’s descendants and give them the land of Canaan if he was obedient.

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Day: 13

Plan: Genesis

Choose Humility

Wendy Blight

So Abram said to Lot, ‘Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herders and mine, for we are close relatives. Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to - Genesis 13

Abram and his nephew, Lot, experienced a practical dilemma upon arrival in their new homeland. The pasture that lay before them could not support the enormous flocks they had accumulated.

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Day: 14

Plan: Genesis

When the Battle Seems Too Big

Wendy Pope

They also carried off Abram’s nephew Lot and his possessions, since he was living in Sodom. - Genesis 14

Have you ever felt the deck was stacked against you? That you weren’t strong enough to fight the battle in front of you?

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Day: 15

Plan: Genesis

God’s Promise to Abram

Krista Williams

On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, ‘To your descendants I give this land … - Genesis 15

In Genesis 14 Abram was a warrior. He was “large and in charge.”

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Day: 16

Plan: Genesis

When Plans Don’t Go Our Way

Leah DiPascal

The angel of the Lord found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur. And he said, ‘Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?’ ‘I’m running away from my mistress Sarai,? - Genesis 16

Abused. Unwanted. Poor. Rejected. Single. Pregnant.

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Day: 17

Plan: Genesis

A Better Plan

Whitney Capps

But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year. - Genesis 17

With the birth of Ishmael, we’ve seen proof of Abram’s faith that the Lord would make him a father of many nations. Clearly Abram believed God’s promise, he just didn’t trust God’s process.

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Day: 18

Plan: Genesis

Be Still

Wendy Blight

The Lord appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. - Genesis 18

A few months after God had sealed His covenant with Abraham, we find him by the oaks of Mamre, near Hebron, sitting in the doorway of his goat-hair tent in the quietness of what was probably a sweltering hot day. It was in that time of solitude Abraham became aware of God's presence: “The LORD appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day” (Genesis 18:1).

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Day: 19

Plan: Genesis

Desperate to Save

Wendy Pope

The two men said to Lot, ‘Do you have anyone else here—sons-in-law, sons or daughters, or anyone else in the city who belongs to you? Get them out of here.’ - Genesis 19

The entire content of Genesis 19 is disturbing to say the least. From the sinfulness and blatant disregard of God in Sodom and Gomorrah, to the deception and deceit of Lot’s daughters, the wickedness didn’t go unnoticed and it couldn’t go unpunished.

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Day: 20

Plan: Genesis

Intersecting Our Mistakes With Grace

Leah DiPascal

Then God said to him in the dream, ‘Yes, I know you did this with a clear conscience, and so I have kept you from sinning against me. That is why I did not let you touch her. Now return the man’s wife, for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and - Genesis 20

Abraham was at it again. Deceiving yet another king to protect his own hide.

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Day: 21

Plan: Genesis

The Last Laugh

Krista Williams

Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised. - Genesis 21

Genesis 21 records the long-awaited fulfillment of one of God’s earliest promises to Abraham, the birth of a son. God is gracious.

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Day: 22

Plan: Genesis

Trusting God in the Hard Places

Wendy Blight

Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you. - Genesis 22

In today's verse, God gave Abraham a clear command: "Take your son, your only son, whom you love." This son was Isaac, the child in whom all Abraham's hopes and dreams rested.

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Day: 23

Plan: Genesis

A Memorable Life

Leah DiPascal

Abraham went to mourn for Sarah and to weep over her. Then Abraham rose from beside his dead wife and spoke to the Hittites. He said, ‘I am a foreigner and stranger among you. Sell me some property for a burial site here so I can bury my dead. - Genesis 23

After living a long and faithful life, Sarah died when she was 127 years old. Surely Abraham and Isaac grieved her loss deeply.

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Day: 24

Plan: Genesis

A Servant’s Request

Whitney Capps

May it be that when I say to a young woman, ‘Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too’—let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have - Genesis 24

This is the first recorded prayer for guidance in Scripture. And what a prayer it was.

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Day: 25

Plan: Genesis

Avoid the Terrible Trade

Lysa TerKeurst

Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left. So Esau despised his birthright. - Genesis 25

The terrible trade is one we’ve all made. But I have good news today.

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Day: 26

Plan: Genesis

Let Faith, Not Fear, Rule Your Heart

Wendy Blight

When the men of that place asked him about his wife, he said, ‘She is my sister,’ because he was afraid to say, ‘She is my wife.’ He thought, ‘The men of this place might kill me on account of Rebekah, because she is beautiful. - Genesis 26

"The apple doesn't fall far from the tree" came alive in the life of Abraham and his son, Isaac. Isaac found himself in quite a dilemma.

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Day: 27

Plan: Genesis

The Power of the H-Word

Wendy Pope

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. - Genesis 27

Isaac is old and his eyesight is failing. As he prepares to die, he calls for Esau to come to his bedside.

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Day: 28

Plan: Genesis

Heaven’s Gate

Krista Williams

Surely the LORD is in this place, and I was not aware of it. - Genesis 28

In Genesis 28, Jacob finds himself caught between a rock and a hard place! Jacob was a homebody, a mama’s boy.

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Day: 29

Plan: Genesis

A Tale of Two Sisters

Leah DiPascal

Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. Leah had weak eyes, but Rachel had a lovely figure and was beautiful. Jacob was in love with Rachel … - Genesis 29

Love can make a person do crazy things. And when deception, jealousy and competition are added to the mix, life can get way out of hand.

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Day: 30

Plan: Genesis

Pity Party for One

Whitney Capps

When Rachel saw that she was not bearing Jacob any children, she became jealous of her sister. So she said to Jacob, ‘Give me children, or I’ll die.’ - Genesis 30

Have you ever been consumed with thoughts of what you don’t have but desperately desire? I have.

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Day: 31

Plan: Genesis

Remember Where God Met You Last

Wendy Blight

I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a pillar and where you made a vow to me. Now leave this land at once and go back to your native land. - Genesis 31

In today's verse, we find Jacob still living in Haran with his uncle, Laban. Remember, his mother, Rebekah, had urged him to go there after he stole his brother Esau’s birthright and blessing.

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Day: 32

Plan: Genesis

Facing Your Fears

Wendy Pope

In great fear and distress Jacob divided the people who were with him into two groups, and the flocks and herds and camels as well. - Genesis 32

Have you ever had to come face-to-face with one of your greatest fears? That’s where we find Jacob—as he heads back home after working 20 years in Paddan-aram for his Uncle Laban.

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Day: 33

Plan: Genesis

Wrestling Turns to Embracing

Krista Williams

But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept. - Genesis 33

In Genesis 33, Jacob is about to meet his brother Esau. A brother whose blessing he had deceitfully taken 20 years earlier.

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Day: 34

Plan: Genesis

The Tainted Proposal

Leah DiPascal

But Hamor said to them, ‘My son Shechem has his heart set on your daughter. Please give her to him as his wife.’ - Genesis 34

It was a marriage proposal that seemed loving and genuine. An honest plea from Hamor to Jacob requesting their families unite.

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Day: 35

Plan: Genesis

A New Name

Whitney Capps

Your name is Jacob, but you will no longer be called Jacob; your name will be Israel.’ So he named him Israel. - Genesis 35

In Genesis 35 Jacobs begins a new chapter just as his father Isaac’s chapter is coming to a close. In the early verses of chapter 35, God commands Jacob to go to Bethel and build an altar to the Lord.

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Day: 36

Plan: Genesis

A Promise Kept

Whitney Capps

So Esau (that is, Edom) settled in the hill country of Seir. - Genesis 36

Today we read more than 30 verses cataloging Esau’s descendants, the rulers of a place called Seir. It’s easy to wonder why on earth God included these kinds of mundane details among the most important words ever communicated to mankind.

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Day: 37

Plan: Genesis

Taking Sibling Rivalry to New Heights

Wendy Blight

Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate robe for him. When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind - Genesis 37

Chapter 37 opens with Jacob gifting his son, Joseph, a coat. But not just an ordinary coat.

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Day: 38

Plan: Genesis

Running From Sin

Wendy Pope

At that time, Judah left his brothers and went down to stay with a man of Adullam named Hirah. - Genesis 38

Judah was the fourth son of Jacob. It is the time in Judah’s life when he left home after he and his brothers sold his young brother Joseph to slave traders from Egypt.

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Day: 39

Plan: Genesis

Blessed Not Bitter

Lysa TerKeurst

The Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. - Genesis 39

Joseph’s life was hard. When he finally reached Egypt, he was sold into slavery.

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Day: 40

Plan: Genesis

Forgotten

Krista Williams

The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him. - Genesis 40

In yesterday’s passage, we read how the Lord was with Joseph and showed Him kindness while he was in prison. We learned that Joseph intentionally chose to honor God with his actions and attitudes.

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Day: 41

Plan: Genesis

From Prison to the Palace

Leah DiPascal

Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘I had a dream, and no one can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.’ ‘I cannot do it,’ Joseph replied to Pharaoh, ‘but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires. - Genesis 41

Have you ever been jolted from a deep sleep by a weird dream that made no sense? Heart racing.

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Day: 42

Plan: Genesis

Trust the Process

Whitney Capps

Now Joseph was the governor of the land, the person who sold the grain to all its people. So when Joseph’s brothers arrived, they bowed down to him with their faces to the ground. As soon as Joseph saw his brothers, he recognized them, but he pretended to be a stranger and spoke harshly to them. ‘Where do you come from?’ he asked. - Genesis 42

This is a story of impossibility. Joseph’s brothers had wanted to kill him and had succeeded in getting him sold into slavery.

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Day: 43

Plan: Genesis

From Empty to Full

Wendy Blight

Deeply moved at the sight of his brother, Joseph hurried out and looked for a place to weep. He went into his private room and wept there. - Genesis 43

After returning to Canaan with supplies from Egypt, Joseph's family again found themselves desperate for food. But Joseph had warned them the first time not to return to Egypt without their youngest brother.

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Day: 44

Plan: Genesis

Past the Past

Wendy Pope

Now then, please let your servant remain here as my lord’s slave in place of the boy, and let the boy return with his brothers. - Genesis 44

Why would Judah offer himself as a slave? Famine has fallen upon the region and Jacob’s family is hungry.

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Day: 45

Plan: Genesis

A Shocking Disclosure

Krista Williams

But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. - Genesis 45

When Joseph’s brothers came to Egypt for grain he recognized them, but they had no idea who he was. He wisely used a series of tests that brought them to conviction and repentance.

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Day: 46

Plan: Genesis

Going to New Places with God

Leah DiPascal

And God spoke to Israel in a vision at night and said, ‘Jacob! Jacob!’ ‘Here I am,’ he replied. ‘I am God, the God of your father,’ he said. ‘Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there. - Genesis 46

Moving to a new place can sometimes be nerve wracking. Imagine being 130 years old and God asking you to move your entire family, business and belongings to an unfamiliar country.

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Day: 47

Plan: Genesis

It’s All About Who You Know

Whitney Capps

So Joseph settled his father and his brothers in Egypt and gave them property in the best part of the land, the district of Rameses, as Pharaoh directed. - Genesis 47

Influence is power—for better or worse. Here is an example of a better use of power.

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Day: 48

Plan: Genesis

Jacob Passes Down the Covenant Blessing

Wendy Blight

Then he blessed Joseph and said, ‘May the God before whom my fathersAbraham and Isaac walked faithfully,the God who has been my shepherd all my life to this day, the Angel who has delivered me from all harm—may he bless these boys.May they be called by my name and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac,and may they increase greatly on the earth. - Genesis 48

Throughout our Genesis journey, we have met each of Jacob’s twelve sons, and spent much time with one particular son, his beloved Joseph. These twelve sons became the 12 patriarchs of the twelve tribes of Israel.

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Day: 49

Plan: Genesis

Our Blessing

Wendy Pope

Then Jacob called for his sons and said: ‘Gather around so I can tell you what will happen to you in days to come. - Genesis 49

Jacob’s life is coming to an end. In the days prior to his death, he follows the Hebrew custom of speaking blessings over his family.

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Day: 50

Plan: Genesis

It Doesn’t Have to Feel Good to Be Good

Lysa TerKeurst

You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. - Genesis 50

I’ve quoted half of this verse many times. I say half of the verse because somehow I missed including the last part, “to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”

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Genesis 46-50 - Weekend Teaching

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