Ezekiel

God hardens Ezekiel’s heart, tasks him to deliver prophetic message to the house of Israel (Ezekiel 3:4 – 3:15)

After indicating his acceptance of God’s task by eating the scroll, Ezekiel is told to go to the people of Israel and tell them what he has seen. God emphasized that even though the message should be clear to the people, they would not be willing to listen because they…
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Genesis

God sends Jacob and his people to Bethel – without their foreign gods (Genesis 35:1 – 35:15)

God appeared to Jacob as he was fleeing from Esau and told him to go to Bethel and settle there. Jacob was instructed to build an altar to God when he arrived. Jacob told his family: “Get rid of your foreign gods, purify yourselves, and change your clothes. Then we…
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Genesis

The rape of Dinah – Jacob’s sons rescue their sister and slaughter the Shechemites (Genesis 34:1 – 34:31)

Dinah, the daughter Leah had borne to Jacob, left her city to see the “women of the land”. Shechem, son of Hamor and ruler of the area she was visiting, took Dinah and raped her. Afterward, he fell in love with Dinah. He said to his father, “Get me this…
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Ezekiel

Ezekiel’s first vision – four living creatures accompany a prophetic message from God (Ezekiel 1:1 – 1:28)

When Ezekiel was 30 years old, in the late spring or summer of the year, he was living among the exiles by the Kebar River in the land of the Babylonians. It was the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin when the word of God came to Ezekiel.…
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Genesis

Jacob wrestles with God – and earns a new name (Genesis 32:22 – 32:32)

During the night, Jacob took his two wives, two female servants, and eleven sons to cross a ford on the Jabbok River. After sending his family across the river, followed by all his possessions, Jacob was left alone. During the night, a “man” wrestled with Jacob. When the man saw…
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Genesis

Jacob prepares to meet his estranged brother, Esau (Genesis 32:1 – 32:21)

As Jacob prepared to return to the Promised Land, he was met by angels in a place he named Mahanaim (meaning “two camps”). He recognized that God was with him. Jacob sent two messengers ahead of the caravan to meet his estranged brother, Esau, who lived in Seir, in the region…
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Genesis

Laban pursues Jacob and his family – covenant marks the division of Israel and East (Genesis 31:22 – 31:55)

Jacob had escaped with his wives and been gone three days when Laban was informed that he had fled. Laban gathered his family and they pursued Jacob for seven days. They caught up with him in the hill country of Gilead where Jacob and his family had pitched their tents. Laban…
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