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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Matthew

Beware of false prophets and false disciples – the wolves in sheep’s clothing (Matthew 7:15 – 7:23)

During Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, after telling his followers they must decide which road they choose to follow, he said: “Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ferocious wolves. By their fruit, you will be able to recognize them.” "Do you pick…
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Matthew

The narrow and wide gates – what the Bible tells us about bad behavior and the higher standard applied to Christians (Matthew 7:13 – 7:14)

Nearing the close of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told his followers: “Enter through the narrow gate for wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction with many entering through it. But small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads to…
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Genesis

Rachel is jealous of Leah and competes to have Jacob’s children (Genesis 29:31 – 30:24)

God saw that Leah was not loved as much as Rachel so he enabled her to conceive children while Rachel remained childless. As a result, Leah gave birth to a son she christened Reuben saying “It is because the Lord has seen my misery. Surely my husband will love me…
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Matthew

Ask, seek, knock – Jesus tells us to pray persistently because God wants to bless us (Matthew 7:7 – 7:12)

During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told his followers: “Ask and it will be given to you. Seek and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened to you, for anyone who asks will receive, the one who seeks finds, and the door will be opened to…
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Genesis

Laban’s trickery – Jacob marries Leah… and Rachel (Genesis 29:14 – 29:30)

After Jacob had lived with Laban for a month, Laban offered to pay him for his work telling Jacob, “Just because you are a relative of mine does not mean you should have to work for no pay.” Laban asked Jacob what he thought a fair wage would be. Laban…
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Matthew

Do not judge or you will too be judged (Matthew 7:1 – 7:6)- what Jesus tells us about “playing God”

As Jesus was reaching the end of his Sermon on the Mount lessons, he told his followers: “Do not judge others or you too will be judged. In the same way you judge others, you will be judged using the same measure. Why do you point out a speck of…
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Genesis

Jacob reaches his destination (Haran) where he meets his future-wife Rachel and her father Laban (Genesis 29:1 – 29:14)

Jacob continued his journey and soon arrived in the land of the “eastern peoples” where he saw a well with three flocks of sheep laying near it. Jacob watched as the shepherds rolled a stone off the mouth of the well when the sheep approached. After the sheep were watered,…
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Matthew

Jesus teaches his followers to not worry (Matthew 6:25 – 6:34) and what the Bible says about worry

After instructing his followers to “store treasures in heaven”, Jesus told his disciples, “Do not worry about what you will eat and drink or about what you will wear. Life is more than food and water and your body is more than just clothes. Look at the birds in the…
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Genesis

Jacob’s dream at Bethel points him in the right direction (Genesis 28:10 – 28:22)

Jacob’s parents knew that their son, Esau, sought to kill Jacob so they sent him away. Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Harran. Along the way, Jacob stopped for the night to sleep. He placed a stone under his head to use as a pillow. While sleeping, Jacob dreamt…
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