Jul. 28. Jacob’s Family Increases

Gen. 29:31-30:24

God allowed Leah to bear children and caused Rachel to be barren because Jacob’s love for Rachel was greater than for Leah. She became the mother of Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah.

With two women sharing the same husband, as could be expected, a bitter rivalry arose between Leah and Rachel. As Sarai had done many years earlier with Hagar, Rachel gave her maid, Bilhah to Jacob to bear a child for her. In time, two sons were born to Bilhah—Dan and Naphtali.

After the birth of her fourth son, Leah was unable to bear again. As the conflict between the two sisters continued, Leah gave her maid, Zilpah to Jacob and she bore Gad and Asher. Later, Leah did bear more children. There were two more sons, Issachar and Zebulun. A daughter, Dinah was also born to Leah.

God remembered Rachel and allowed her to bear a son to Jacob. His name was Joseph. Jacob’s family then consisted of two wives, their two maids, eleven sons and one daughter.

As we continue our study, we shall see how this family shaped the events that eventually led to the virgin birth, death, burial and resurrection of the Son of God.


Worship God

All people on earth are commanded to worship God. It is not optional.

We learn what worship is and how to worship from the heavely host in Revelation.

Worship God!


Aanbidt God!


May we humbly bow down before the Creator of heaven and earth, submit to His authority, and glorify Him for His goodness, power and majesty!

Roy Davison

Jul. 27. Jacob, Laban & Jacob’s Wives

Gen. 2:24; 29:1-30

“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” It was God’s plan from the beginning for a man to have only ONE wife, but man had other ideas. God sometimes uses man’s mistakes to carry out His will. We will see a prime example of this in the life of Jacob.

Upon arriving at his destination, Jacob met a group of shepherds watering their sheep. Among them was Rachel, a daughter of his uncle, Laban. He fell in love with her and promised to work for Laban seven years for her. At the end of the seven years, in the darkness of the marriage feast with the bride veiled, Laban deceitfully gave him her older sister, Leah. Jacob, the deceiver of his father, Isaac had then been deceived himself.

Being confronted with his deception, Laban explained that it was not customary for the younger daughter to marry before the older. He promised Jacob that if he would fulfill Leah’s marriage week, he would give Rachel to him for a wife also. After marrying Rachel, Jacob was required to pay for her with another seven years of labor.


Hugh’s News & Views (Cutting The Apron Strings)



Moses E. Lard, the great gospel preacher and proponent of the restoration of apostolic Christianity, was born in abject poverty in Bedford County, Tennessee on October 29, 1818. When he was fourteen years old his parents moved to Missouri. At the age of seventeen, Lard could neither read nor write, but later learned to do so. Because of the family’s poverty, he and his brother were forced to leave home at a tender age to make their own way in the world. As Moses and his brother were leaving, their distressed mother said to them, “My dear boys, I have nothing to give you but my blessing and these two little books.” She then drew from her bosom two small New Testaments, and with tears streaming down her cheeks and her lips quivering, she placed the Testaments in the boys’ hands and watched them walk away. The family was never reunited again. At an extremely young age, Moses E. Lard had to cut the apron strings. Continue reading

#hughfulford, #maturity

What does the Bible say about sin

“Be sure your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23).

“Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me
from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions and my
sin is always before me” (Psalm 51:2-3).

In referring to Jesus the Bible says, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29)!

“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins” (Matthew 6:14-15).

“And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16).

Sin is that which is contrary to the law of God. Sin is doing wrong, and violating the requirement of what is right.

The Bible defines sin as “transgression of the law,” that “all unrighteousness is sin,” and “whatever is not from faith is sin” (1 John 3:4; 5:17; Romans 14:23).

There are two forms of sin:
1. The sin of commission, which is, doing anything forbidden by the law of God.
2. The sin of omission, which is, not doing what is required by the law of God.

The Bible has much to say about sin. Jeremiah 51:5 states, “their land was filled with sin against the Holy One of Israel,” and 1 John 5:19 says, “The whole world lies in wickedness.” From the time that Adam and Eve first sinned, people have always been guilty of sin. The Bible says, “for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Because of sin God destroyed everyone by a flood, except Noah and his family. In view of the above thought, we can understand and know that, sadly, sin is rampart in our world today. Young’s concordance lists about 700 references to sin. We can see that the Bible has much to say about sin.

Sin is a terrible thing to God, and separates people from Him. The Bible lists sins in Matthew 15:19; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Galatians 5:19-21; Revelation 21:8, and says sin cannot enter heaven. But God has made it possible for us to be forgiven of sin as we obey Jesus who died on the cross for us.

  • Douglas M. Williams, Sr.

#bible-study, #sin

Homecoming in heaven

Homecomings and reunions are wonderful. It was great to go back to Cedar Grove church in Andalusia, AL last Sunday for their 100th anniversary and see many we have known and loved from years gone by. We worked with the church there from 1969-1978.

I look forward to homecoming in heaven. I’ve been invited. I accepted the invitation, and Continue reading

Jul. 26. Jacob’s Ladder

Gen. 28:1-22

Before leaving his father and mother, Jacob received a charge from Isaac. “You shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan.” With that charge, he departed for Paden Aram to his uncle, Laban.

On the first night of his journey, Jacob used a rock for a pillow. While he slept, he dreamed of a ladder extending to heaven with angels ascending and descending on it.

The Lord stood above the ladder and made the same promise to Jacob that He had made to Abraham and Isaac. He promised that the land on which Jacob was sleeping would be given to him and to his descendants. They would be as the dust of the earth and through his seed, all families of the earth would be blessed.

Upon awakening, Jacob was in awe of what had happened. He set his stone pillow up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it and named the place Bethel.

There is no written evidence previous to this that Jacob had any awe or respect for God. However, at that point, he vowed if God would care for him that the Lord would be his God. He would also return a tenth of all that God would give him.