From today’s reading in Tyndale’s One Year Chronological Bible dated 1/12:

Today Jacob wrestles with his faith, spiritually and physically. As he gets closer to Esau, Jacob prays for the Lord’s protection. However, Jacob still tries to manipulate the situation by sending gifts to Esau to win his favor before they meet face to face saying, “I will appease him with the present that goes before me, and afterward I will see his face, perhaps he will accept me.”

“Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day. Now when He saw that He did not prevail against him, He touched the socket of his hip; and the socket of Jacob’s hip was out of joint as He wrestled with him.” But Jacob refuses to let go of the Lord, and the Lord blesses Jacob and gives him a new name – “Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel.” 

When Jacob (Israel) encounters Esau, Esau “ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.” After the reconciliation they part ways, and “Jacob came safely to the city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan.” But here the story takes a dark turn. 

Jacob’s daughter, Dinah, is raped by Shechem, the son of a Hivite prince. And her brothers, Simeon and Levi, take revenge on the whole town by killing all the males including Shechem and his father. So the Lord tells Jacob to “Arise, go to Bethel and dwell there; and make an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you fled from the face of Esau your brother.” But before they leave, Jacob has to tell his household to put away the foreign gods so he can go and worship the Lord “who answered me in the day of my distress and has been with me in the way which I have gone.” 

Throughout the story we will see more and more how God’s chosen people struggle with sin and idolatry, but God is patient and faithful to his messy, broken people. Nothing will stop the Lord from providing a way for our salvation! So Jacob moves to Bethel and builds an altar to the Lord. Then the Lord confirms all the previous promises He made to Jacob by telling him that nations and kings will come from him and that He will give him the land of Canaan. 

We end the reading with the death of Rachel while birthing her second son, Benjamin. Jacob has a special place in his heart for Rachel’s two sons, Joseph and Benjamin. Will this favoritism cause family problems? Keep reading to find out. (Genesis 32:1-35:27)

From today’s reading in Tyndale’s One Year Chronological Bible dated 1/11:

When Jacob asks Laban to send him home to Canaan, Laban tries to talk Jacob into staying. Laban says he has “learned by experience that the Lord has blessed me for your sake.”  But Jacob offers Laban a deal concerning the flock that Laban can’t refuse. Laban assumes Jacob’s offer is in Laban’s favor. However, when the Lord increases Jacob’s flock by breeding the streaked, speckled, and spotted animals, Laban’s sons accuse Jacob of stealing from Laban. Therefore, God says to Jacob, “Return to the land of your fathers and to your family, and I will be with you.” Jacob obeys the Lord, packs up his household, and flees.

Rachel apparently doesn’t have the same faith in the Lord as her husband. Before leaving her father’s house, she steals her dad’s household idols. There was another lady in this story that had a hard time letting go of things in the past and moving forward with the Lord. Remember Lot’s wife? Not trusting the Lord always results in harmful consequences. Rachel taking matters into her own hands by taking the idols and not trusting God causes more family strife. However, the Lord intervenes and protects Jacob once again. 

While in pursuit of Jacob, God says to Laban in a dream, “Be careful that you speak to Jacob neither good nor bad.” Then Laban awakes and catches up with Jacob where they are camped. When Laban asks Jacob why he fled, Jacob responds, “Thus I have been in your house twenty years; I served you fourteen years for your two daughters, and six years for your flock, and you have changed my wages ten times. Unless the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely now you would have sent me away empty-handed. God has seen my affliction and the labor of my hands and rebuked you last night.”

Jacob and Laban eventually enter into a covenant of peace with each other and depart ways. But tomorrow Jacob encounters his brother Esau, who wanted to kill him twenty years ago for stealing his blessing from their father Isaac. Will the Lord restore Jacob’s relationship with Esau? Keep reading to find out. (Genesis 30:25-31:55)

From today’s reading in Tyndale’s One Year Chronological Bible dated 1/10:

On the way to Laban’s house, Jacob has a dream. In it, he sees a stairway to heaven where angels of God are ascending and descending. Then the Lord gives Jacob the same promises regarding land and descendants that He gave his father Isaac and grandfather Abraham – “I am the Lord, the God of your grandfather Abraham, and the God of your father, Isaac. The ground you are lying on belongs to you. I am giving it to you and your descendants. Your descendants will be as numerous as the dust of the earth! They will spread out in all directions—to the west and the east, to the north and the south. And all the families of the earth will be blessed through you and your descendants. What’s more, I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you.”

When Jacob arrives at Padan Aram, Laban, Rebekah’s brother, welcomes him into his household. Jacob falls in love with Laban’s younger, beautiful daughter Rachel and works seven years for her hand in marriage. But Laban, a schemer himself, tricks Jacob into marrying the not so beautiful, older daughter, Leah. When Jacob realizes he was given Leah as his bride instead of Rachel, he protests to Laban. Laban tells Jacob that he will also give him Rachel after he fulfills a week with Leah and agrees to serve him another seven years. Jacob agrees and now he has two wives. 

“When the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, he enabled her to have children, but Rachel could not conceive.” Rachel becomes jealous of Leah and has Jacob sleep with her maid, Bilhah, so she will bear children for her. Then the baby making contest begins! One thing leads to another and eventually Jacob fathers twelve sons and one daughter by Leah, Rebekah, and both of their maids. Leah’s children are Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, and a daughter named Dinah; Leah’s servant Zilpah gives birth to Gad and Asher; Rachel’s son is Joseph and later she will give birth to Benjamin; and Rachel’s servant Bilhah gives birth to Dan and Naphtali.

This family drama isn’t too much for our Lord to use to accomplish His awesome purposes. The priesthood will eventually be established through Levi’s descendants, the story of the Israelites landing in Egypt for four hundred years will come through the life of Joseph, and the Messiah will come through Leah’s son Judah, who has a pretty colorful story himself, so keep reading! (Genesis 28:6-30:24)

From today’s reading in Tyndale’s One Year Chronological Bible dated 1/9:

Today we see how lying, scheming, and manipulating ruins a family. Starting with Jacob talking Esau, a man driven by the flesh, into selling his birthright for a bowl of stew. “And Jacob gave Esau bread and stew of lentils; then he ate and drank, arose, and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.”

When a famine hits the land, Isaac trusts the Lord and doesn’t flee to Egypt as his father Abraham did. But Isaac does follow in the footsteps of Abraham by lying to Abimelech about his wife saying, for his own protection, that she was his sister. However, the Lord protects Rebekah as He did Sarah. God is growing Isaac into a man of great faith like his father Abraham and using his wife in the process.

We see spiritual maturity in Isaac when disputes arise with the herdsmen of Gerar over wells they dug. Instead of fighting, Isaac trusts the Lord and simply keeps moving and digging more wells until the disputes stop. Then Isaac says, “For now the Lord has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.” So the Lord blesses Isaac saying, “‘I am the God of your father Abraham; do not fear, for I am with you. I will bless you and multiply your descendants for My servant Abraham’s sake.’ So he built an altar there and called on the name of the Lord, and he pitched his tent there; and there Isaac’s servants dug a well.”

Later, when Isaac falsely assumes that he is dying, Rebekah and Jacob lie and scheme to steal Esau’s blessing from Isaac instead of trusting the Lord. Remember, the Lord already told Rebekah that her older son Esau would serve her younger son Jacob (Genesis 25:23). However, since Rebekah and Jacob manipulate the situation, Esau wants to kill Jacob. So Jacob flees to his uncle Laban’s house. Rebekah instructs Jacob to stay with her brother a few days, but it’s twenty years before he returns home. It is possible that this is the last time that Jacob sees his mom. 

Scheming never works out well for anyone, and sin always costs more than we want. Currently this family is severely broken. Yet, over time, we will see the Lord grow Jacob’s faith and restore the brokenness. However, before that happens, the family drama continues, and out of this messy family will come the twelve tribes of Israel, so keep reading! (Genesis 25:27-28:5)

From today’s reading in Tyndale’s One Year Chronological Bible dated 1/8:

Abraham marries Keturah, has six children with her, and has more children with his concubines. “And Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac. But Abraham gave gifts to the sons of the concubines which Abraham had; and while he was still living he sent them eastward, away from Isaac his son, to the country of the east.” 

God keeps His promise to make you a great nation to Ishmael, Abraham’s son born by Hagar. Ishmael lives “one hundred and thirty-seven years; and he breathed his last and died, and was gathered to his people. (They dwelt from Havilah as far as Shur, which is east of Egypt as you go toward Assyria.) He died in the presence of all his brethren.”

However, the story continues through the promised son Isaac. When Rebekah is unable to conceive, Isaac and Rebekah do not take matters into their own hands like Abraham and Sarah. Instead, Isaac pleads to the Lord on behalf of his wife. The Lord hears his prayers and opens his wife’s womb. Isaac and Rebekah have twins, Esau and Jacob, who begin fighting as early as in the womb. The Lord tells Rebekah that the older, Esau, will serve the younger, Jacob. We will learn that this family is extremely messy, but God is going to continue fulfilling His plan of sending a Savior to redeem broken and messy people through Isaac’s son Jacob. 

We end the reading with the death of Abraham. Abraham dies having eight named descendants plus other children by his concubines, a piece of burial land, and promises from the Lord that He would make him a great nation, kings would come from him, and all the families of the earth would be blessed through him. God always does what He says He is going to do; although we might not see it played out on this side of heaven. But we are fortunate enough to get to read His promises, so keep reading! (Genesis 25:1-4, 1 Chronicles 1:32-33, Genesis 25:5-6, 12-18, 1 Chronicles 1:28-31, 34, Genesis 25:19-26, 7-11)

From today’s reading in Tyndale’s One Year Chronological Bible dated 1/7:

Today we see how much Abraham’s faith has grown. He obeys the Lord regarding Hagar and Ishmael by sending them away per his wife Sarah’s request. However, God reassures Abraham that he will care for Ishmael – “Yet I will also make a nation of the son of the bondwoman, because he is your seed.” And God, once again, sees Hagar’s distress when Ishmael is near death in the wilderness. The Lord comforts her and her son Ishmael as He had promised. “So God was with the lad; and he grew and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer. He dwelt in the Wilderness of Paran; and his mother took a wife for him from the land of Egypt.”

Then the Lord tests Abraham by instructing him to “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” Abraham’s faith is now so strong that he is willing to sacrifice Isaac, believing that God would even raise him from the dead to fulfill the promises made to him (Hebrews 11:17-19). But God doesn’t require Abraham to sacrifice his son. No, that’s not the Lord’s plan. The Lord provides a sacrificial ram in place of Isaac, just as the Lord is providing a sacrifice in our place. God is going to be the One that has to sacrifice His Son Jesus Christ as the final sacrificial Lamb for us. 

After Abraham demonstrates his faith in the Lord, the Lord reveals to him that his brother has a granddaughter named Rebekah. So Abraham’s servant, trusting God, meets Rebekah through a divine appointment made by the Lord and brings her from her father’s house to Isaac to be his wife.

Isaac is comforted by Rebekah as he was mourning the death of his mother Sarah. Abraham buried Sarah in the cave of the field of Machpelah, before Mamre (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan. This will be the only piece of property that Abraham will own during his lifetime. Abraham will die having to trust that the Lord will fulfill His promises through his descendants. 

So the story continues – Will Isaac make the same mistakes his father made early in his faith journey? Keep reading to find out. (Genesis 21:8-23:20, Genesis 11:32, Genesis 24:1-67)

From today’s reading in Tyndale’s One Year Chronological Bible dated 1/6:

Today God lets Abraham in on His plan to destroy wicked Sodom and Gomorrah. So Abraham begins interceding for his nephew, Lot, because Abraham knows God does not destroy the righteous with the wicked. We saw this with the flood when the Lord spared Noah and his family who were deemed righteous because of their faith in the Lord. And we see it again here when God graciously answers Abraham’s request and spares Lot and his daughters. But unfortunately, Lot’s wife does not trust the Lord and clings to things of this world and perishes. 

So Lot and his daughters are now living in a cave in a mountain. And this is when Lot’s daughters come up with an interesting plan. They decide to get their father, Lot, drunk and have sex with him to preserve the family line. The daughters likely came up with this plan based on what they witnessed living in the wicked city of Sodom. The offspring born from this sexual sin between Lot and his daughters become the Moabites and Ammonites. Lot’s descendants will show up later in the story as a people group immersed in sexual immorality. 

And yes, Abraham passes Sarah off again to a foreign ruler, Abimelech. However, the Lord protects Sarah again by keeping her from harm and returning her to Abraham. Although Abraham just made another foolish decision which puts his wife in harm’s way, the Lord still calls Abraham a prophet when He instructs Abraham to return her. “So Abraham prayed to God; and God healed Abimelech, his wife, and his female servants. Then they bore children; for the Lord had closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech because of Sarah, Abraham’s wife.”

The Lord is maturing Abraham into the man of faith that he will one day become, and He is using his wife Sarah in the process. God just showed Abraham and Sarah that He is the one to open and close the womb. And as promised, the Lord opens Sarah’s womb – “And the Lord visited Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had spoken. For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. And Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him—whom Sarah bore to him—Isaac. Then Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him. Now Abraham was one hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. And Sarah said, ‘God has made me laugh, and all who hear will laugh with me.’ She also said, ‘Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? For I have borne him a son in his old age.’”

Abraham and Sarah are on a faith journey which isn’t always a smooth and easy road. However, as the Lord told Abraham yesterday, God is our shield and our exceedingly great reward through the journey. Now that Isaac is on the scene, he too will begin a faith journey. This boy is in for an adventure! Keep reading. (Genesis 18:1-21:7)

From today’s reading in Tyndale’s One Year Chronological Bible dated 1/5:

After Abram rescues Lot and refuses an award from the king of Sodom, the Lord appears to him in a vision saying, “I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” Then the Lord tells Abram once again that he will have numerous descendants. “And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.” 

The Lord puts Abram into a deep sleep and says to Abram: “Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years.” And this is exactly what will happen. Abraham’s descendants will be slaves in Egypt for four hundred years. We will read about the four hundred years of enslavement during the Exodus Era. 

Meanwhile, Sarai is growing impatient after waiting ten years and still no child. So she decides to assist God with His plan by having Abram sleep with Hagar, their servant that they likely picked up while in Egypt. However, Sarai’s plan does not go well. 

When Hagar becomes pregnant, she treats Sarai with contempt. So Sarai deals harshly with Hagar. As a result, Hagar flees to the wilderness where the Angel of the Lord appears to her and instructs her to return to Sarai and submit to her. The Angel tells Hagar that she will have a son named Ishmael. “Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees; for she said, ‘Have I also here seen Him who sees me?’” The Lord doesn’t immediately change Hagar’s situation. Therefore, she will have to trust that He will see her through it. And He will! Abram and Hagar have a son, and Abram names him Ishmael. 

When Abram is ninety-nine and Sarai is ninety years old, God says to them, once again, that they will have descendants. Then He changes their names to Abraham and Sarah. The Lord makes a covenant with Abraham and his future descendants. He promises them the land in Canaan and says great nations and kings shall come from Abraham’s descendants. As a sign of this new covenant, the Lord has Abraham circumcise all males eight days and older “born in your house or bought with money from any foreigner who is not your descendant.” 

In the Kingdom and Divided Kingdom Eras, we will meet kings from Abraham’s descendants, pointing us to the arrival of the Ultimate King, King Jesus! But before we get there… tomorrow, God destroys wicked Sodom and Gomorrah. Will Lot and his family survive? Keep reading to find out. (Genesis 15:1-17:27)

From today’s reading in Tyndale’s One Year Chronological Bible dated 1/4:

Today we read the last story in the Creation Era, the Tower of Babel, where pride leads the people to build a tower to reach the heavens. So the Lord confuses their language, scattering the people across the earth, accomplishing the Lord’s command to Noah and his sons – “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth” (Genesis 9:1). And that’s a wrap on the Creation Era! 

Next up is the Patriarch Era, and today we meet our first patriarch, Abraham. Ten generations after Noah, the Lord calls Abram, a descendant of Shem, to leave his home with his wife Sarai and head to the land of Canaan and “I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great… and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” But there’s a problem – Sarai and Abram are old and Sarai is barren. However, Abram, at the age of seventy-five, departs with his wife Sarai and his nephew Lot. 

When a famine hits the land, Abram escapes to Egypt and what does he do?! Abram passes his wife off to Pharaoh as his sister to cover his own neck, but surely he learned from this terrible decision and never does anything like this again! Or does he? We will find out in a couple of days… but don’t worry because Abram is on a faith journey just like the rest of us; and the Lord is using everything to grow him into Father Abraham! (Did y’all notice how God protected Sarai when her spouse made a really bad decision? He is good like that and we can trust Him!) 

After leaving Egypt, Lot and Abram part ways “for their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together.” So Lot chooses the land that was pleasing to the eye, and he moves to Sodom with Abram settling in Canaan. “But the men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked and sinful against the Lord.” 

Soon after the move, an attack is made against Sodom, and Lot and all of his goods are taken during a raid. When word of the raid reaches Abram, he rescues “Lot and his goods, as well as the women and the people.”  Then Abram encounters Melchizedek, king of Salem and “priest of God Most High” who blesses him. There is no genealogy of Melchizedek who enters the scene of the story as a priest and a king, just as Jesus Christ is going to enter the story from the outside as our ultimate Priest King!

We end the reading with the king of Sodom offering Abram a reward. However, Abram refuses to take an award from man and pledges his allegiance to the almighty God – “I have raised my hand to the Lord, God Most High, the Possessor of heaven and earth, that I will take nothing, from a thread to a sandal strap, and that I will not take anything that is yours, lest you should say, ‘I have made Abram rich’.”

Tomorrow Sarai takes matters into her own hand to help God out with His promise. Keep reading to see how that turns out. 

(Genesis 11:1-26, 1 Chronicles 1:24-27, Genesis 11:27-14:24)

14 Eras:

Creation Era (Genesis 1:1-11:26) ✔️

Patriarch Era (Genesis 11:27-50:26, Job) up now!

Eras to follow:

Exodus Era, Conquest Era, Judges Era, Kingdom Era, Divided Kingdom Era, Captivity Era, Return Era, Silent Era, Gospel Era, Church Era, Missions Era, End Times/ New Beginnings Era

From today’s reading in Tyndale’s One Year Chronological Bible dated 1/31:

After the Lord challenges Job, Job responds saying “I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know… I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You. Therefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” 

This is what it is like walking with God. His Word exposes our sin and our need for a Savior which leads us to repentance…which leads to restoration…which ultimately leads to closer fellowship with the Lord. 

The story ends as it began, with Job at the altar. This time Job is interceding for his three friends who spoke incorrectly about God. So Job lays down his anger and frustration toward his friends and prays for them. Then the Lord restores Job and “the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning…After this Job lived one hundred and forty years, and saw his children and grandchildren for four generations. So Job died, old and full of days.” 

And that’s a wrap on the Patriarch Era! 🎉 Next up, Exodus Era. Remember we left the Israelites (Jacob’s descendants) over in Egypt multiplying like crazy! Keep reading to see what happens to them.

(Job 40:6-42:17)

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14 Eras:

Creation Era (Genesis 1:1-11:26)✅

Patriarch Era (Genesis 11:27-50:26 and Job)✅

Exodus Era (Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy) up now! 

Eras to follow: 

Conquest, Judges, Kingdom, Divided Kingdom, Captivity, Return, Silent, Gospel, Church, Missions, and End Times/New Beginnings