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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Revelation

The throne in heaven surrounded by elders, spirits, and four creatures (Revelation 4:1 – 4:11)

John saw a door standing open in heaven. He heard a voice like a trumpet say, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” At once, John was “in the Spirit”. Before him was a throne with a person sitting on it who had…
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Matthew

The faith of a centurion amazes Jesus (Matthew 8:5 – 8:13)

When Jesus was at Capernaum, a centurion came to him asking for help. He said, “Lord, my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.” Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?” The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you under my roof. But just say…
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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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Revelation

The letters to the seven early Christian churches (Revelation 2:1 – 3:22)

Jesus told John to “write what you have seen, what is now, and what will take place later”. John began by penning seven letters to seven early Christian churches. To the church at Ephesus, he wrote: These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right…
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Matthew

Ignoring social constructs, Jesus touches and heals a leper (Matthew 8:1 – 8:4)

After Jesus completed his Sermon on the Mount, he came down from the mountainside. Large crowds of people followed him (recall that prior verses tell us the people were “astonished” at his teachings). A man with leprosy approached Jesus and knelt before him. He said, “Lord, if you are willing,…
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Genesis

Jacob and his family flee from Laban to the Land of Canaan (Genesis 31:1 – 31:21)

Jacob heard that Laban’s sons were complaining, saying “Jacob is taking all of our father’s wealth from us.” Jacob noticed that Laban’s attitude toward him had changed too. Then God told Jacob, “Go back to the land of your fathers. Go to your relatives. I will be with you.” Jacob…
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Revelation

John sees Jesus in a vision – the seven golden lampstands (Revelation 1:9 – 1:20)

John was on the island of Patmos because of his testaments about Jesus. On the Lord’s Day, John was “in the Spirit” when he heard a loud voice behind him. The voice said, “Write on a scroll what you are about to see and send it to the seven churches:…
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Matthew

The wise and foolish builders – the wise man builds his house on a rock (Matthew 7:24 – 7:29)

Concluding his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told his listeners: “Everyone who hears my words and puts them into practice is like a wise man who builds his house on a rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against the house yet it…
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Genesis

Jacob increases his flocks, and his wealth and status (Genesis 30:25 – 30:43)

After Rachel gave birth to Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Send me back to my homeland (Canaan). Give me my wives and children, for whom I served you, and I will be on my way. You know that I have worked hard for you.” Laban replied, “If I have found…
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