Desperate for Justice (Genesis 38–Tamar)

For Bible teachers like me, it would be so much simpler to teach if the Bible were full of Ruth’s, Esther’s, and Mary’s. Inconveniently, the Bible records real life. Sometimes real life is messy and complicated and unfair and always in desperate need of a Redeemer. Tamar’s story is certainly as complicated as they come. […]

God Is Enough

Manipulation seemed to be the family trait of the patriarch’s, didn’t it? Jacob may have been the worst offender, and this week in our study it finally bites him back. Jacob the deceiver became the deceived. Regrettably, he wouldn’t be the only one injured. After working seven years to earn the right to marry his […]

Lot’s Wife and Daughters (Genesis 18 & 19)

Lot’s wife and daughters have an interesting story; don’t they? But more than just being a little bazaar, their story demonstrates two very essential facts. First, one righteous person’s prayers truly are powerful and effective (James 5:16). When the Lord told Abraham that He was going to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah because of their extreme […]

The God Who Sees—Hagar (Genesis 16)

Abraham and Sarah had been living in their promised land of Canaan when a severe famine covered their homeland like a dense fog (Genesis 12:10). Famines in the ancient world were not just inconvenient, they were life-threatening catastrophes and Abraham decided to move his household to Egypt in order to escape it. This transfer to […]