Verse of the Day

Daily Devotion 

By:  Bro. Bob Maynard
 

28 May 2018 Verse of the Day

Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.  (Philippians 4:5 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.  Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church:

Jacob Fears Esau
Gen 32:1
  Then as Jacob went on his way, the angels of God met him [to reassure and protect him]. 
Gen 32:2  When Jacob saw them, he said, “This is God’s camp.” So he named that place Mahanaim (double camps). [Gen_32:7, Gen_32:10
Gen 32:3  Then Jacob sent messengers ahead of him to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the country of Edom. 
Gen 32:4  He commanded them, saying, “This is what to say to my lord Esau: ‘Your servant Jacob says this, “I have been living temporarily with Laban, and have stayed there until now; 
Gen 32:5  I have oxen, donkeys, flocks, male servants, and female servants; and I have sent [this message] to tell my lord, so that I may find grace and kindness in your sight.”‘” 
Gen 32:6  The messengers returned to Jacob, saying, “We went to your brother Esau, and now he is coming to meet you, and there are four hundred men with him.” 
Gen 32:7  Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed; and he divided the people who were with him, and the flocks and herds and camels, into two camps; 
Gen 32:8  and he said, “If Esau comes to the one camp and attacks it, then the other camp which is left will escape.” 
Gen 32:9  Jacob said, “O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, the LORD, who said to me, ‘Return to your country and to your people, and I will make you prosper,’ 
Gen 32:10  I am unworthy of all the lovingkindness and compassion and of all the faithfulness which You have shown to Your servant. With only my staff [long ago] I crossed over this Jordan, and now I have become [blessed and increased into these] two groups [of people]. 
Gen 32:11  Save me, please, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau; for I fear him, that he will come and attack me and the mothers with the children. 
Gen 32:12  And You [LORD] said, ‘I will certainly make you prosper and make your descendants as [numerous as] the sand of the sea, which is too great to be counted.'” 
Gen 32:13  So Jacob spent the night there. Then he selected a present for his brother Esau from the livestock he had acquired: 
Gen 32:14  two hundred female goats, twenty male goats, two hundred ewes, twenty rams, 
Gen 32:15  thirty milking camels with their colts, forty cows, ten bulls, twenty female donkeys, and ten [donkey] colts. 
Gen 32:16  He put them into the care of his servants, every herd by itself, and said to his servants, “Go on ahead of me, and put an interval [of space] between the individual herds.” 
Gen 32:17  Then he commanded the one in front, saying, “When Esau my brother meets you and asks to whom you belong, and where you are going, and whose are the animals in front of you? 
Gen 32:18  then you shall say, ‘They are your servant Jacob’s; they are a gift sent to my lord Esau. And he also is behind us.'” 
Gen 32:19  And so Jacob commanded the second and the third as well, and all that followed the herds, saying, “This is what you shall say to Esau when you meet him; 
Gen 32:20  and you shall say, ‘Look, your servant Jacob is behind us.'” For he said [to himself], “I will try to appease him with the gift that is going ahead of me. Then afterward I will see him; perhaps he will accept and forgive me.” 
Gen 32:21  So the gift [of the herds of livestock] went on ahead of him, and he himself spent that night back in the camp. 
Jacob Wrestles with God
Gen 32:22  But he got up that same night and took his two wives, his two female servants, and his eleven children, and waded over the ford of the Jabbok. 
Gen 32:23  Then he took them and sent them across the brook. And he also sent across whatever he had. 
Gen 32:24  So Jacob was left alone, and a Man [came and] wrestled with him until daybreak. 
Gen 32:25  When the Man saw that He had not prevailed against Jacob, He touched his hip joint; and Jacob’s hip was dislocated as he wrestled with Him. 
Gen 32:26  Then He said, “Let Me go, for day is breaking.” But Jacob said, “I will not let You go unless You declare a blessing on me.” 
Gen 32:27  So He asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” 
Gen 32:28  And He said, “Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men and have prevailed.” [Hos_12:3-4
Gen 32:29  Then Jacob asked Him, “Please tell me Your name.” But He said, “Why is it that you ask My name?” And He declared a blessing [of the covenant promises] on Jacob there. 
Gen 32:30  So Jacob named the place Peniel (the face of God), saying, “For I have seen God face to face, yet my life has not been snatched away.” 
Gen 32:31  Now the sun rose on him as he passed Penuel (Peniel), and he was limping because of his hip. 
Gen 32:32  Therefore, to this day the Israelites do not eat the tendon of the hip which is on the socket of the thigh, because He touched the socket of Jacob’s thigh by the tendon of the hip. 

Jacob Meets Esau
Gen 33:1
  Then Jacob looked up, and saw Esau coming with four hundred men. So he divided the children among Leah and Rachel and the two maids. 
Gen 33:2  He put the maids and their children in front, Leah and her children after them, and Rachel and Joseph last of all. 
Gen 33:3  Then Jacob crossed over [the stream] ahead of them and bowed himself to the ground seven times [bowing and moving forward each time], until he approached his brother. 
Gen 33:4  But Esau ran to meet him and embraced him, and hugged his neck and kissed him, and they wept [for joy]. [Luk_15:20
Gen 33:5  Esau looked up and saw the women and the children, and said, “Who are these with you?” So Jacob replied, “They are the children whom God has graciously given your servant.” 
Gen 33:6  Then the maids approached with their children, and they bowed down. 
Gen 33:7  Leah also approached with her children, and they bowed down. Afterward Joseph and Rachel approached, and they bowed down. 
Gen 33:8  Esau asked, “What do you mean by all this company which I have met?” And he answered, “[These are] to find favor in the sight of my lord.” 
Gen 33:9  But Esau said, “I have plenty, my brother; keep what you have for yourself.” 
Gen 33:10  Jacob replied, “No, please, if now I have found favor in your sight, then accept my gift [as a blessing] from my hand, for I see your face as if I had seen the face of God, and you have received me favorably. 
Gen 33:11  Please accept my blessing (gift) which has been brought to you, for God has dealt graciously with me and I have everything [that I could possibly want].” So Jacob kept urging him and Esau accepted it. 
Gen 33:12  Then Esau said, “Let us get started on our journey and I will go in front of you [to lead the way].” 
Gen 33:13  But Jacob replied, “You know, my lord, that the children are frail and need gentle care, and the nursing flocks and herds [with young] are of concern to me; for if the men should drive them hard for a single day, all the flocks will die. 
Gen 33:14  Please let my lord go on ahead of his servant, and I will move on slowly, governed by the pace of the livestock that are in front of me and according to the endurance of the children, until I come to my lord in Seir [in Edom].” 
Gen 33:15  Then Esau said, “Please let me leave with you some of the people who are with me.” But Jacob said, “What need is there [for it]? Let me find favor in the sight of my lord.” 
Gen 33:16  So Esau turned back [toward the south] that day on his way to Seir. 
Gen 33:17  But Jacob journeyed [north] to Succoth, and built himself a house and made shelters for his livestock; so the name of the place is Succoth (huts, shelters). 
Gen 33:18  When Jacob came from Paddan-aram, he arrived safely and in peace at the city of Shechem, in the land of Canaan, and camped in front of the [walled] city. 
Gen 33:19  Then he bought the piece of land on which he had pitched his tents from the sons of Hamor, Shechem’s father, for a hundred pieces of money. 
Gen 33:20  There he erected an altar and called it El-Elohe-Israel.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



27 May 2018 Verse of the Day

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!  (Philippians 4:4 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.  Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church:

Gen 30:1  When Rachel saw that she was not bearing Jacob any children, she became jealous of her sister. So she said to Jacob, “Give me children, or I’ll die!” 
Gen 30:2  Jacob became angry with her and said, “Am I in the place of God, who has kept you from having children?” 
Gen 30:3  Then she said, “Here is Bilhah, my servant. Sleep with her so that she can bear children for me and I too can build a family through her.” 
Gen 30:4  So she gave him her servant Bilhah as a wife. Jacob slept with her, 
Gen 30:5  and she became pregnant and bore him a son. 
Gen 30:6  Then Rachel said, “God has vindicated me; he has listened to my plea and given me a son.” Because of this she named him Dan. 
Gen 30:7  Rachel’s servant Bilhah conceived again and bore Jacob a second son. 
Gen 30:8  Then Rachel said, “I have had a great struggle with my sister, and I have won.” So she named him Naphtali. 
Gen 30:9  When Leah saw that she had stopped having children, she took her servant Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as a wife. 
Gen 30:10  Leah’s servant Zilpah bore Jacob a son. 
Gen 30:11  Then Leah said, “What good fortune!” So she named him Gad. 
Gen 30:12  Leah’s servant Zilpah bore Jacob a second son. 
Gen 30:13  Then Leah said, “How happy I am! The women will call me happy.” So she named him Asher. 
Gen 30:14  During wheat harvest, Reuben went out into the fields and found some mandrake plants, which he brought to his mother Leah. Rachel said to Leah, “Please give me some of your son’s mandrakes.” 
Gen 30:15  But she said to her, “Wasn’t it enough that you took away my husband? Will you take my son’s mandrakes too?” “Very well,” Rachel said, “he can sleep with you tonight in return for your son’s mandrakes.” 
Gen 30:16  So when Jacob came in from the fields that evening, Leah went out to meet him. “You must sleep with me,” she said. “I have hired you with my son’s mandrakes.” So he slept with her that night. 
Gen 30:17  God listened to Leah, and she became pregnant and bore Jacob a fifth son. 
Gen 30:18  Then Leah said, “God has rewarded me for giving my servant to my husband.” So she named him Issachar. 
Gen 30:19  Leah conceived again and bore Jacob a sixth son. 
Gen 30:20  Then Leah said, “God has presented me with a precious gift. This time my husband will treat me with honor, because I have borne him six sons.” So she named him Zebulun. 
Gen 30:21  Some time later she gave birth to a daughter and named her Dinah. 
Gen 30:22  Then God remembered Rachel; he listened to her and enabled her to conceive. 
Gen 30:23  She became pregnant and gave birth to a son and said, “God has taken away my disgrace.” 
Gen 30:24  She named him Joseph, and said, “May the LORD add to me another son.” 
Jacob’s Prosperity
Gen 30:25  After Rachel gave birth to Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Send me on my way so I can go back to my own homeland. 
Gen 30:26  Give me my wives and children, for whom I have served you, and I will be on my way. You know how much work I’ve done for you.” 
Gen 30:27  But Laban said to him, “If I have found favor in your eyes, please stay. I have learned by divination that the LORD has blessed me because of you.” 
Gen 30:28  He added, “Name your wages, and I will pay them.” 
Gen 30:29  Jacob said to him, “You know how I have worked for you and how your livestock has fared under my care. 
Gen 30:30  The little you had before I came has increased greatly, and the LORD has blessed you wherever I have been. But now, when may I do something for my own household?” 
Gen 30:31  “What shall I give you?” he asked. “Don’t give me anything,” Jacob replied. “But if you will do this one thing for me, I will go on tending your flocks and watching over them: 
Gen 30:32  Let me go through all your flocks today and remove from them every speckled or spotted sheep, every dark-colored lamb and every spotted or speckled goat. They will be my wages. 
Gen 30:33  And my honesty will testify for me in the future, whenever you check on the wages you have paid me. Any goat in my possession that is not speckled or spotted, or any lamb that is not dark-colored, will be considered stolen.” 
Gen 30:34  “Agreed,” said Laban. “Let it be as you have said.” 
Gen 30:35  That same day he removed all the male goats that were streaked or spotted, and all the speckled or spotted female goats (all that had white on them) and all the dark-colored lambs, and he placed them in the care of his sons. 
Gen 30:36  Then he put a three-day journey between himself and Jacob, while Jacob continued to tend the rest of Laban’s flocks. 
Gen 30:37  Jacob, however, took fresh-cut branches from poplar, almond and plane trees and made white stripes on them by peeling the bark and exposing the white inner wood of the branches. 
Gen 30:38  Then he placed the peeled branches in all the watering troughs, so that they would be directly in front of the flocks when they came to drink. When the flocks were in heat and came to drink, 
Gen 30:39  they mated in front of the branches. And they bore young that were streaked or speckled or spotted. 
Gen 30:40  Jacob set apart the young of the flock by themselves, but made the rest face the streaked and dark-colored animals that belonged to Laban. Thus he made separate flocks for himself and did not put them with Laban’s animals. 
Gen 30:41  Whenever the stronger females were in heat, Jacob would place the branches in the troughs in front of the animals so they would mate near the branches, 
Gen 30:42  but if the animals were weak, he would not place them there. So the weak animals went to Laban and the strong ones to Jacob. 
Gen 30:43  In this way the man grew exceedingly prosperous and came to own large flocks, and female and male servants, and camels and donkeys. 

Jacob Flees from Laban
Gen 31:1
  Jacob heard that Laban’s sons were saying, “Jacob has taken everything our father owned and has gained all this wealth from what belonged to our father.” 
Gen 31:2  And Jacob noticed that Laban’s attitude toward him was not what it had been. 
Gen 31:3  Then the LORD said to Jacob, “Go back to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you.” 
Gen 31:4  So Jacob sent word to Rachel and Leah to come out to the fields where his flocks were. 
Gen 31:5  He said to them, “I see that your father’s attitude toward me is not what it was before, but the God of my father has been with me. 
Gen 31:6  You know that I’ve worked for your father with all my strength, 
Gen 31:7  yet your father has cheated me by changing my wages ten times. However, God has not allowed him to harm me. 
Gen 31:8  If he said, ‘The speckled ones will be your wages,’ then all the flocks gave birth to speckled young; and if he said, ‘The streaked ones will be your wages,’ then all the flocks bore streaked young. 
Gen 31:9  So God has taken away your father’s livestock and has given them to me. 
Gen 31:10  “In breeding season I once had a dream in which I looked up and saw that the male goats mating with the flock were streaked, speckled or spotted. 
Gen 31:11  The angel of God said to me in the dream, ‘Jacob.’ I answered, ‘Here I am.’ 
Gen 31:12  And he said, ‘Look up and see that all the male goats mating with the flock are streaked, speckled or spotted, for I have seen all that Laban has been doing to you. 
Gen 31:13  I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a pillar and where you made a vow to me. Now leave this land at once and go back to your native land.'” 
Gen 31:14  Then Rachel and Leah replied, “Do we still have any share in the inheritance of our father’s estate? 
Gen 31:15  Does he not regard us as foreigners? Not only has he sold us, but he has used up what was paid for us. 
Gen 31:16  Surely all the wealth that God took away from our father belongs to us and our children. So do whatever God has told you.” 
Gen 31:17  Then Jacob put his children and his wives on camels, 
Gen 31:18  and he drove all his livestock ahead of him, along with all the goods he had accumulated in Paddan Aram, to go to his father Isaac in the land of Canaan. 
Gen 31:19  When Laban had gone to shear his sheep, Rachel stole her father’s household gods. 
Gen 31:20  Moreover, Jacob deceived Laban the Aramean by not telling him he was running away. 
Gen 31:21  So he fled with all he had, crossed the Euphrates River, and headed for the hill country of Gilead. 
Gen 31:22  On the third day Laban was told that Jacob had fled. 
Gen 31:23  Taking his relatives with him, he pursued Jacob for seven days and caught up with him in the hill country of Gilead. 
Gen 31:24  Then God came to Laban the Aramean in a dream at night and said to him, “Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad.” 
Gen 31:25  Jacob had pitched his tent in the hill country of Gilead when Laban overtook him, and Laban and his relatives camped there too. 
Gen 31:26  Then Laban said to Jacob, “What have you done? You’ve deceived me, and you’ve carried off my daughters like captives in war. 
Gen 31:27  Why did you run off secretly and deceive me? Why didn’t you tell me, so I could send you away with joy and singing to the music of timbrels and harps? 
Gen 31:28  You didn’t even let me kiss my grandchildren and my daughters goodbye. You have done a foolish thing. 
Gen 31:29  I have the power to harm you; but last night the God of your father said to me, ‘Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad.’ 
Gen 31:30  Now you have gone off because you longed to return to your father’s household. But why did you steal my gods?” 
Gen 31:31  Jacob answered Laban, “I was afraid, because I thought you would take your daughters away from me by force. 
Gen 31:32  But if you find anyone who has your gods, that person shall not live. In the presence of our relatives, see for yourself whether there is anything of yours here with me; and if so, take it.” Now Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen the gods. 
Gen 31:33  So Laban went into Jacob’s tent and into Leah’s tent and into the tent of the two female servants, but he found nothing. After he came out of Leah’s tent, he entered Rachel’s tent. 
Gen 31:34  Now Rachel had taken the household gods and put them inside her camel’s saddle and was sitting on them. Laban searched through everything in the tent but found nothing. 
Gen 31:35  Rachel said to her father, “Don’t be angry, my lord, that I cannot stand up in your presence; I’m having my period.” So he searched but could not find the household gods. 
Gen 31:36  Jacob was angry and took Laban to task. “What is my crime?” he asked Laban. “How have I wronged you that you hunt me down? 
Gen 31:37  Now that you have searched through all my goods, what have you found that belongs to your household? Put it here in front of your relatives and mine, and let them judge between the two of us. 
Gen 31:38  “I have been with you for twenty years now. Your sheep and goats have not miscarried, nor have I eaten rams from your flocks. 
Gen 31:39  I did not bring you animals torn by wild beasts; I bore the loss myself. And you demanded payment from me for whatever was stolen by day or night. 
Gen 31:40  This was my situation: The heat consumed me in the daytime and the cold at night, and sleep fled from my eyes. 
Gen 31:41  It was like this for the twenty years I was in your household. I worked for you fourteen years for your two daughters and six years for your flocks, and you changed my wages ten times. 
Gen 31:42  If the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had not been with me, you would surely have sent me away empty-handed. But God has seen my hardship and the toil of my hands, and last night he rebuked you.” 
Gen 31:43  Laban answered Jacob, “The women are my daughters, the children are my children, and the flocks are my flocks. All you see is mine. Yet what can I do today about these daughters of mine, or about the children they have borne? 
Gen 31:44  Come now, let’s make a covenant, you and I, and let it serve as a witness between us.” 
Gen 31:45  So Jacob took a stone and set it up as a pillar. 
Gen 31:46  He said to his relatives, “Gather some stones.” So they took stones and piled them in a heap, and they ate there by the heap. 
Gen 31:47  Laban called it Jegar Sahadutha, and Jacob called it Galeed. 
Gen 31:48  Laban said, “This heap is a witness between you and me today.” That is why it was called Galeed. 
Gen 31:49  It was also called Mizpah, because he said, “May the LORD keep watch between you and me when we are away from each other. 
Gen 31:50  If you mistreat my daughters or if you take any wives besides my daughters, even though no one is with us, remember that God is a witness between you and me.” 
Gen 31:51  Laban also said to Jacob, “Here is this heap, and here is this pillar I have set up between you and me. 
Gen 31:52  This heap is a witness, and this pillar is a witness, that I will not go past this heap to your side to harm you and that you will not go past this heap and pillar to my side to harm me. 
Gen 31:53  May the God of Abraham and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge between us.” So Jacob took an oath in the name of the Fear of his father Isaac. 
Gen 31:54  He offered a sacrifice there in the hill country and invited his relatives to a meal. After they had eaten, they spent the night there. 
Gen 31:55  Early the next morning Laban kissed his grandchildren and his daughters and blessed them. Then he left and returned home.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



26 May 2018 Verse of the Day

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.  (Romans 12:21 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.  Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church:

Jacob Sent to Laban
Gen 28:1
  So Isaac called for Jacob and blessed him. Then he commanded him: “Do not marry a Canaanite woman. 
Gen 28:2  Go at once to Paddan Aram, to the house of your mother’s father Bethuel. Take a wife for yourself there, from among the daughters of Laban, your mother’s brother. 
Gen 28:3  May God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and increase your numbers until you become a community of peoples. 
Gen 28:4  May he give you and your descendants the blessing given to Abraham, so that you may take possession of the land where you now reside as a foreigner, the land God gave to Abraham.” 
Gen 28:5  Then Isaac sent Jacob on his way, and he went to Paddan Aram, to Laban son of Bethuel the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, who was the mother of Jacob and Esau. 
Esau Marries an Ishmaelite
Gen 28:6  Now Esau learned that Isaac had blessed Jacob and had sent him to Paddan Aram to take a wife from there, and that when he blessed him he commanded him, “Do not marry a Canaanite woman,” 
Gen 28:7  and that Jacob had obeyed his father and mother and had gone to Paddan Aram. 
Gen 28:8  Esau then realized how displeasing the Canaanite women were to his father Isaac; 
Gen 28:9  so he went to Ishmael and married Mahalath, the sister of Nebaioth and daughter of Ishmael son of Abraham, in addition to the wives he already had. 
Jacob’s Dream
Gen 28:10  Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Harran. 
Gen 28:11  When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. 
Gen 28:12  He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 
Gen 28:13  There above it stood the LORD, and he said: “I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. 
Gen 28:14  Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. 
Gen 28:15  I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” 
Gen 28:16  When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” 
Gen 28:17  He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.” 
Gen 28:18  Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it. 
Gen 28:19  He called that place Bethel, though the city used to be called Luz. 
Gen 28:20  Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear 
Gen 28:21  so that I return safely to my father’s household, then the LORD will be my God 
Gen 28:22  and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God’s house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth.” 

Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel
Gen 29:1
  Then Jacob continued on his journey and came to the land of the eastern peoples. 
Gen 29:2  There he saw a well in the open country, with three flocks of sheep lying near it because the flocks were watered from that well. The stone over the mouth of the well was large. 
Gen 29:3  When all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the stone away from the well’s mouth and water the sheep. Then they would return the stone to its place over the mouth of the well. 
Gen 29:4  Jacob asked the shepherds, “My brothers, where are you from?” “We’re from Harran,” they replied. 
Gen 29:5  He said to them, “Do you know Laban, Nahor’s grandson?” “Yes, we know him,” they answered. 
Gen 29:6  Then Jacob asked them, “Is he well?” “Yes, he is,” they said, “and here comes his daughter Rachel with the sheep.” 
Gen 29:7  “Look,” he said, “the sun is still high; it is not time for the flocks to be gathered. Water the sheep and take them back to pasture.” 
Gen 29:8  “We can’t,” they replied, “until all the flocks are gathered and the stone has been rolled away from the mouth of the well. Then we will water the sheep.” 
Gen 29:9  While he was still talking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep, for she was a shepherd. 
Gen 29:10  When Jacob saw Rachel daughter of his uncle Laban, and Laban’s sheep, he went over and rolled the stone away from the mouth of the well and watered his uncle’s sheep. 
Gen 29:11  Then Jacob kissed Rachel and began to weep aloud. 
Gen 29:12  He had told Rachel that he was a relative of her father and a son of Rebekah. So she ran and told her father. 
Gen 29:13  As soon as Laban heard the news about Jacob, his sister’s son, he hurried to meet him. He embraced him and kissed him and brought him to his home, and there Jacob told him all these things. 
Gen 29:14  Then Laban said to him, “You are my own flesh and blood.” After Jacob had stayed with him for a whole month, 
Gen 29:15  Laban said to him, “Just because you are a relative of mine, should you work for me for nothing? Tell me what your wages should be.” 
Gen 29:16  Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 
Gen 29:17  Leah had weak eyes, but Rachel had a lovely figure and was beautiful. 
Gen 29:18  Jacob was in love with Rachel and said, “I’ll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel.” 
Gen 29:19  Laban said, “It’s better that I give her to you than to some other man. Stay here with me.” 
Gen 29:20  So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her. 
Gen 29:21  Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife. My time is completed, and I want to make love to her.” 
Gen 29:22  So Laban brought together all the people of the place and gave a feast. 
Gen 29:23  But when evening came, he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and Jacob made love to her. 
Gen 29:24  And Laban gave his servant Zilpah to his daughter as her attendant. 
Gen 29:25  When morning came, there was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? I served you for Rachel, didn’t I? Why have you deceived me?” 
Gen 29:26  Laban replied, “It is not our custom here to give the younger daughter in marriage before the older one. 
Gen 29:27  Finish this daughter’s bridal week; then we will give you the younger one also, in return for another seven years of work.” 
Gen 29:28  And Jacob did so. He finished the week with Leah, and then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife. 
Gen 29:29  Laban gave his servant Bilhah to his daughter Rachel as her attendant. 
Gen 29:30  Jacob made love to Rachel also, and his love for Rachel was greater than his love for Leah. And he worked for Laban another seven years. 
Jacob’s Children
Gen 29:31  When the LORD saw that Leah was not loved, he enabled her to conceive, but Rachel remained childless. 
Gen 29:32  Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Reuben, for she said, “It is because the LORD has seen my misery. Surely my husband will love me now.” 
Gen 29:33  She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “Because the LORD heard that I am not loved, he gave me this one too.” So she named him Simeon. 
Gen 29:34  Again she conceived, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “Now at last my husband will become attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.” So he was named Levi. 
Gen 29:35  She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “This time I will praise the LORD.” So she named him Judah. Then she stopped having children.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



25 May 2018 Verse of the Day

And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.  (Luke 10:27 KJV)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.  Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church:

God’s Promise to Isaac
Gen 26:1
  Now there was a famine in the land—besides the previous famine in Abraham’s time—and Isaac went to Abimelek king of the Philistines in Gerar. 
Gen 26:2  The LORD appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live. 
Gen 26:3  Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you. For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham. 
Gen 26:4  I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, 
Gen 26:5  because Abraham obeyed me and did everything I required of him, keeping my commands, my decrees and my instructions.” 
Isaac and Abimelech
Gen 26:6  So Isaac stayed in Gerar. 
Gen 26:7  When the men of that place asked him about his wife, he said, “She is my sister,” because he was afraid to say, “She is my wife.” He thought, “The men of this place might kill me on account of Rebekah, because she is beautiful.” 
Gen 26:8  When Isaac had been there a long time, Abimelek king of the Philistines looked down from a window and saw Isaac caressing his wife Rebekah. 
Gen 26:9  So Abimelek summoned Isaac and said, “She is really your wife! Why did you say, ‘She is my sister’?” Isaac answered him, “Because I thought I might lose my life on account of her.” 
Gen 26:10  Then Abimelek said, “What is this you have done to us? One of the men might well have slept with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us.” 
Gen 26:11  So Abimelek gave orders to all the people: “Anyone who harms this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.” 
Gen 26:12  Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the LORD blessed him. 
Gen 26:13  The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy. 
Gen 26:14  He had so many flocks and herds and servants that the Philistines envied him. 
Gen 26:15  So all the wells that his father’s servants had dug in the time of his father Abraham, the Philistines stopped up, filling them with earth. 
Gen 26:16  Then Abimelek said to Isaac, “Move away from us; you have become too powerful for us.” 
Gen 26:17  So Isaac moved away from there and encamped in the Valley of Gerar, where he settled. 
Gen 26:18  Isaac reopened the wells that had been dug in the time of his father Abraham, which the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham died, and he gave them the same names his father had given them. 
Gen 26:19  Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and discovered a well of fresh water there. 
Gen 26:20  But the herders of Gerar quarreled with those of Isaac and said, “The water is ours!” So he named the well Esek, because they disputed with him. 
Gen 26:21  Then they dug another well, but they quarreled over that one also; so he named it Sitnah. 
Gen 26:22  He moved on from there and dug another well, and no one quarreled over it. He named it Rehoboth, saying, “Now the LORD has given us room and we will flourish in the land.” 
Gen 26:23  From there he went up to Beersheba. 
Gen 26:24  That night the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bless you and will increase the number of your descendants for the sake of my servant Abraham.” 
Gen 26:25  Isaac built an altar there and called on the name of the LORD. There he pitched his tent, and there his servants dug a well. 
Gen 26:26  Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 
Gen 26:27  Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?” 
Gen 26:28  They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 
Gen 26:29  that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.” 
Gen 26:30  Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 
Gen 26:31  Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully. 
Gen 26:32  That day Isaac’s servants came and told him about the well they had dug. They said, “We’ve found water!” 
Gen 26:33  He called it Shibah, and to this day the name of the town has been Beersheba. 
Gen 26:34  When Esau was forty years old, he married Judith daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and also Basemath daughter of Elon the Hittite. 
Gen 26:35  They were a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah. 

Isaac Blesses Jacob
Gen 27:1
  When Isaac was old and his eyes were so weak that he could no longer see, he called for Esau his older son and said to him, “My son.” “Here I am,” he answered. 
Gen 27:2  Isaac said, “I am now an old man and don’t know the day of my death. 
Gen 27:3  Now then, get your equipment—your quiver and bow—and go out to the open country to hunt some wild game for me. 
Gen 27:4  Prepare me the kind of tasty food I like and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give you my blessing before I die.” 
Gen 27:5  Now Rebekah was listening as Isaac spoke to his son Esau. When Esau left for the open country to hunt game and bring it back, 
Gen 27:6  Rebekah said to her son Jacob, “Look, I overheard your father say to your brother Esau, 
Gen 27:7  ‘Bring me some game and prepare me some tasty food to eat, so that I may give you my blessing in the presence of the LORD before I die.’ 
Gen 27:8  Now, my son, listen carefully and do what I tell you: 
Gen 27:9  Go out to the flock and bring me two choice young goats, so I can prepare some tasty food for your father, just the way he likes it. 
Gen 27:10  Then take it to your father to eat, so that he may give you his blessing before he dies.” 
Gen 27:11  Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, “But my brother Esau is a hairy man while I have smooth skin. 
Gen 27:12  What if my father touches me? I would appear to be tricking him and would bring down a curse on myself rather than a blessing.” 
Gen 27:13  His mother said to him, “My son, let the curse fall on me. Just do what I say; go and get them for me.” 
Gen 27:14  So he went and got them and brought them to his mother, and she prepared some tasty food, just the way his father liked it. 
Gen 27:15  Then Rebekah took the best clothes of Esau her older son, which she had in the house, and put them on her younger son Jacob. 
Gen 27:16  She also covered his hands and the smooth part of his neck with the goatskins. 
Gen 27:17  Then she handed to her son Jacob the tasty food and the bread she had made. 
Gen 27:18  He went to his father and said, “My father.” “Yes, my son,” he answered. “Who is it?” 
Gen 27:19  Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you told me. Please sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your blessing.” 
Gen 27:20  Isaac asked his son, “How did you find it so quickly, my son?” “The LORD your God gave me success,” he replied. 
Gen 27:21  Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Come near so I can touch you, my son, to know whether you really are my son Esau or not.” 
Gen 27:22  Jacob went close to his father Isaac, who touched him and said, “The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau.” 
Gen 27:23  He did not recognize him, for his hands were hairy like those of his brother Esau; so he proceeded to bless him. 
Gen 27:24  “Are you really my son Esau?” he asked. “I am,” he replied. 
Gen 27:25  Then he said, “My son, bring me some of your game to eat, so that I may give you my blessing.” Jacob brought it to him and he ate; and he brought some wine and he drank. 
Gen 27:26  Then his father Isaac said to him, “Come here, my son, and kiss me.” 
Gen 27:27  So he went to him and kissed him. When Isaac caught the smell of his clothes, he blessed him and said, “Ah, the smell of my son is like the smell of a field that the LORD has blessed. 
Gen 27:28  May God give you heaven’s dew and earth’s richness— an abundance of grain and new wine. 
Gen 27:29  May nations serve you and peoples bow down to you. Be lord over your brothers, and may the sons of your mother bow down to you. May those who curse you be cursed and those who bless you be blessed.” 
Gen 27:30  After Isaac finished blessing him, and Jacob had scarcely left his father’s presence, his brother Esau came in from hunting. 
Gen 27:31  He too prepared some tasty food and brought it to his father. Then he said to him, “My father, please sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your blessing.” 
Gen 27:32  His father Isaac asked him, “Who are you?” “I am your son,” he answered, “your firstborn, Esau.” 
Gen 27:33  Isaac trembled violently and said, “Who was it, then, that hunted game and brought it to me? I ate it just before you came and I blessed him—and indeed he will be blessed!” 
Gen 27:34  When Esau heard his father’s words, he burst out with a loud and bitter cry and said to his father, “Bless me—me too, my father!” 
Gen 27:35  But he said, “Your brother came deceitfully and took your blessing.” 
Gen 27:36  Esau said, “Isn’t he rightly named Jacob? This is the second time he has taken advantage of me: He took my birthright, and now he’s taken my blessing!” Then he asked, “Haven’t you reserved any blessing for me?” 
Gen 27:37  Isaac answered Esau, “I have made him lord over you and have made all his relatives his servants, and I have sustained him with grain and new wine. So what can I possibly do for you, my son?” 
Gen 27:38  Esau said to his father, “Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me too, my father!” Then Esau wept aloud. 
Gen 27:39  His father Isaac answered him, “Your dwelling will be away from the earth’s richness, away from the dew of heaven above. 
Gen 27:40  You will live by the sword and you will serve your brother. But when you grow restless, you will throw his yoke from off your neck.” 
Gen 27:41  Esau held a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing his father had given him. He said to himself, “The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob.” 
Gen 27:42  When Rebekah was told what her older son Esau had said, she sent for her younger son Jacob and said to him, “Your brother Esau is planning to avenge himself by killing you. 
Gen 27:43  Now then, my son, do what I say: Flee at once to my brother Laban in Harran. 
Gen 27:44  Stay with him for a while until your brother’s fury subsides. 
Gen 27:45  When your brother is no longer angry with you and forgets what you did to him, I’ll send word for you to come back from there. Why should I lose both of you in one day?” 
Gen 27:46  Then Rebekah said to Isaac, “I’m disgusted with living because of these Hittite women. If Jacob takes a wife from among the women of this land, from Hittite women like these, my life will not be worth living.”  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



24 May 2018 Verse of the Day

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.  (2 Corinthians 3:17 NIV)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.  Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

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Isaac and Rebekah
Gen 24:1
  Now Abraham was old, advanced in age; and the LORD had blessed Abraham in every way. 
Gen 24:2  Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his household, who had charge of all that he owned, “Please place your hand under my thigh, 
Gen 24:3  and I will make you swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I live, 
Gen 24:4  but you will go to my country and to my relatives, and take a wife for my son Isaac.” 
Gen 24:5  The servant said to him, “Suppose the woman is not willing to follow me to this land; should I take your son back to the land from where you came?” 
Gen 24:6  Then Abraham said to him, “Beware that you do not take my son back there! 
Gen 24:7  “The LORD, the God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and from the land of my birth, and who spoke to me and who swore to me, saying, ‘To your descendants I will give this land,’ He will send His angel before you, and you will take a wife for my son from there. 
Gen 24:8  “But if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will be free from this my oath; only do not take my son back there.” 
Gen 24:9  So the servant placed his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and swore to him concerning this matter. 
Gen 24:10  Then the servant took ten camels from the camels of his master, and set out with a variety of good things of his master’s in his hand; and he arose and went to Mesopotamia, to the city of Nahor. 
Gen 24:11  He made the camels kneel down outside the city by the well of water at evening time, the time when women go out to draw water. 
Gen 24:12  He said, “O LORD, the God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today, and show lovingkindness to my master Abraham. 
Gen 24:13  “Behold, I am standing by the spring, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water; 
Gen 24:14  now may it be that the girl to whom I say, ‘Please let down your jar so that I may drink,’ and who answers, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels also’—may she be the one whom You have appointed for Your servant Isaac; and by this I will know that You have shown lovingkindness to my master.” 
Gen 24:15  Before he had finished speaking, behold, Rebekah who was born to Bethuel the son of Milcah, the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor, came out with her jar on her shoulder. 
Gen 24:16  The girl was very beautiful, a virgin, and no man had had relations with her; and she went down to the spring and filled her jar and came up. 
Gen 24:17  Then the servant ran to meet her, and said, “Please let me drink a little water from your jar.” 
Gen 24:18  She said, “Drink, my lord”; and she quickly lowered her jar to her hand, and gave him a drink. 
Gen 24:19  Now when she had finished giving him a drink, she said, “I will draw also for your camels until they have finished drinking.” 
Gen 24:20  So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough, and ran back to the well to draw, and she drew for all his camels. 
Gen 24:21  Meanwhile, the man was gazing at her in silence, to know whether the LORD had made his journey successful or not. 
Gen 24:22  When the camels had finished drinking, the man took a gold ring weighing a half-shekel and two bracelets for her wrists weighing ten shekels in gold, 
Gen 24:23  and said, “Whose daughter are you? Please tell me, is there room for us to lodge in your father’s house?” 
Gen 24:24  She said to him, “I am the daughter of Bethuel, the son of Milcah, whom she bore to Nahor.” 
Gen 24:25  Again she said to him, “We have plenty of both straw and feed, and room to lodge in.” 
Gen 24:26  Then the man bowed low and worshiped the LORD. 
Gen 24:27  He said, “Blessed be the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken His lovingkindness and His truth toward my master; as for me, the LORD has guided me in the way to the house of my master’s brothers.” 
Gen 24:28  Then the girl ran and told her mother’s household about these things. 
Gen 24:29  Now Rebekah had a brother whose name was Laban; and Laban ran outside to the man at the spring. 
Gen 24:30  When he saw the ring and the bracelets on his sister’s wrists, and when he heard the words of Rebekah his sister, saying, “This is what the man said to me,” he went to the man; and behold, he was standing by the camels at the spring. 
Gen 24:31  And he said, “Come in, blessed of the LORD! Why do you stand outside since I have prepared the house, and a place for the camels?” 
Gen 24:32  So the man entered the house. Then Laban unloaded the camels, and he gave straw and feed to the camels, and water to wash his feet and the feet of the men who were with him. 
Gen 24:33  But when food was set before him to eat, he said, “I will not eat until I have told my business.” And he said, “Speak on.” 
Gen 24:34  So he said, “I am Abraham’s servant. 
Gen 24:35  “The LORD has greatly blessed my master, so that he has become rich; and He has given him flocks and herds, and silver and gold, and servants and maids, and camels and donkeys. 
Gen 24:36  “Now Sarah my master’s wife bore a son to my master in her old age, and he has given him all that he has. 
Gen 24:37  “My master made me swear, saying, ‘You shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I live; 
Gen 24:38  but you shall go to my father’s house and to my relatives, and take a wife for my son.’ 
Gen 24:39  “I said to my master, ‘Suppose the woman does not follow me.’ 
Gen 24:40  “He said to me, ‘The LORD, before whom I have walked, will send His angel with you to make your journey successful, and you will take a wife for my son from my relatives and from my father’s house; 
Gen 24:41  then you will be free from my oath, when you come to my relatives; and if they do not give her to you, you will be free from my oath.’ 
Gen 24:42  “So I came today to the spring, and said, ‘O LORD, the God of my master Abraham, if now You will make my journey on which I go successful; 
Gen 24:43  behold, I am standing by the spring, and may it be that the maiden who comes out to draw, and to whom I say, “Please let me drink a little water from your jar”; 
Gen 24:44  and she will say to me, “You drink, and I will draw for your camels also”; let her be the woman whom the LORD has appointed for my master’s son.’ 
Gen 24:45  “Before I had finished speaking in my heart, behold, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder, and went down to the spring and drew, and I said to her, ‘Please let me drink.’ 
Gen 24:46  “She quickly lowered her jar from her shoulder, and said, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels also’; so I drank, and she watered the camels also. 
Gen 24:47  “Then I asked her, and said, ‘Whose daughter are you?’ And she said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor’s son, whom Milcah bore to him’; and I put the ring on her nose, and the bracelets on her wrists. 
Gen 24:48  “And I bowed low and worshiped the LORD, and blessed the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who had guided me in the right way to take the daughter of my master’s kinsman for his son. 
Gen 24:49  “So now if you are going to deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me; and if not, let me know, that I may turn to the right hand or the left.” 
Gen 24:50  Then Laban and Bethuel replied, “The matter comes from the LORD; so we cannot speak to you bad or good. 
Gen 24:51  “Here is Rebekah before you, take her and go, and let her be the wife of your master’s son, as the LORD has spoken.” 
Gen 24:52  When Abraham’s servant heard their words, he bowed himself to the ground before the LORD. 
Gen 24:53  The servant brought out articles of silver and articles of gold, and garments, and gave them to Rebekah; he also gave precious things to her brother and to her mother. 
Gen 24:54  Then he and the men who were with him ate and drank and spent the night. When they arose in the morning, he said, “Send me away to my master.” 
Gen 24:55  But her brother and her mother said, “Let the girl stay with us a few days, say ten; afterward she may go.” 
Gen 24:56  He said to them, “Do not delay me, since the LORD has prospered my way. Send me away that I may go to my master.” 
Gen 24:57  And they said, “We will call the girl and consult her wishes.” 
Gen 24:58  Then they called Rebekah and said to her, “Will you go with this man?” And she said, “I will go.” 
Gen 24:59  Thus they sent away their sister Rebekah and her nurse with Abraham’s servant and his men. 
Gen 24:60  They blessed Rebekah and said to her, “May you, our sister, Become thousands of ten thousands, And may your descendants possess The gate of those who hate them.” 
Gen 24:61  Then Rebekah arose with her maids, and they mounted the camels and followed the man. So the servant took Rebekah and departed. 
Gen 24:62  Now Isaac had come from going to Beer-lahai-roi; for he was living in the Negev. 
Gen 24:63  Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening; and he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, camels were coming. 
Gen 24:64  Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac she dismounted from the camel. 
Gen 24:65  She said to the servant, “Who is that man walking in the field to meet us?” And the servant said, “He is my master.” Then she took her veil and covered herself. 
Gen 24:66  The servant told Isaac all the things that he had done. 
Gen 24:67  Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and he took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and he loved her; thus Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death. 

Abraham’s Death and His Descendants
Gen 25:1
  Now Abraham took another wife, whose name was Keturah. 
Gen 25:2  She bore to him Zimran and Jokshan and Medan and Midian and Ishbak and Shuah. 
Gen 25:3  Jokshan became the father of Sheba and Dedan. And the sons of Dedan were Asshurim and Letushim and Leummim. 
Gen 25:4  The sons of Midian were Ephah and Epher and Hanoch and Abida and Eldaah. All these were the sons of Keturah. 
Gen 25:5  Now Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac; 
Gen 25:6  but to the sons of his concubines, Abraham gave gifts while he was still living, and sent them away from his son Isaac eastward, to the land of the east. 
Gen 25:7  These are all the years of Abraham’s life that he lived, one hundred and seventy-five years. 
Gen 25:8  Abraham breathed his last and died in a ripe old age, an old man and satisfied with life; and he was gathered to his people. 
Gen 25:9  Then his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, facing Mamre, 
Gen 25:10  the field which Abraham purchased from the sons of Heth; there Abraham was buried with Sarah his wife. 
Gen 25:11  It came about after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac; and Isaac lived by Beer-lahai-roi. 
Gen 25:12  Now these are the records of the generations of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah’s maid, bore to Abraham; 
Gen 25:13  and these are the names of the sons of Ishmael, by their names, in the order of their birth: Nebaioth, the firstborn of Ishmael, and Kedar and Adbeel and Mibsam 
Gen 25:14  and Mishma and Dumah and Massa, 
Gen 25:15  Hadad and Tema, Jetur, Naphish and Kedemah. 
Gen 25:16  These are the sons of Ishmael and these are their names, by their villages, and by their camps; twelve princes according to their tribes. 
Gen 25:17  These are the years of the life of Ishmael, one hundred and thirty-seven years; and he breathed his last and died, and was gathered to his people. 
Gen 25:18  They settled from Havilah to Shur which is east of Egypt as one goes toward Assyria; he settled in defiance of all his relatives. 
The Birth of Esau and Jacob
Gen 25:19  Now these are the records of the generations of Isaac, Abraham’s son: Abraham became the father of Isaac; 
Gen 25:20  and Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Paddan-aram, the sister of Laban the Aramean, to be his wife. 
Gen 25:21  Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was barren; and the LORD answered him and Rebekah his wife conceived. 
Gen 25:22  But the children struggled together within her; and she said, “If it is so, why then am I this way?” So she went to inquire of the LORD. 
Gen 25:23  The LORD said to her, “Two nations are in your womb; And two peoples will be separated from your body; And one people shall be stronger than the other; And the older shall serve the younger.” 
Gen 25:24  When her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. 
Gen 25:25  Now the first came forth red, all over like a hairy garment; and they named him Esau. 
Gen 25:26  Afterward his brother came forth with his hand holding on to Esau’s heel, so his name was called Jacob; and Isaac was sixty years old when she gave birth to them. 
Gen 25:27  When the boys grew up, Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the field, but Jacob was a peaceful man, living in tents. 
Gen 25:28  Now Isaac loved Esau, because he had a taste for game, but Rebekah loved Jacob. 
Esau Sells His Birthright
Gen 25:29  When Jacob had cooked stew, Esau came in from the field and he was famished; 
Gen 25:30  and Esau said to Jacob, “Please let me have a swallow of that red stuff there, for I am famished.” Therefore his name was called Edom. 
Gen 25:31  But Jacob said, “First sell me your birthright.” 
Gen 25:32  Esau said, “Behold, I am about to die; so of what use then is the birthright to me?” 
Gen 25:33  And Jacob said, “First swear to me”; so he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. 
Gen 25:34  Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew; and he ate and drank, and rose and went on his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



23 May 2018 Verse of the Day

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. (Philippians 2:3-4 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.  Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church:

The Sacrifice of Isaac
Gen 22:1
  Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. 
Gen 22:2  Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” 
Gen 22:3  Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. 
Gen 22:4  On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 
Gen 22:5  He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.” 
Gen 22:6  Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, 
Gen 22:7  Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?” “Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” 
Gen 22:8  Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together. 
Gen 22:9  When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 
Gen 22:10  Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 
Gen 22:11  But the angel of the LORD called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. 
Gen 22:12  “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.” 
Gen 22:13  Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 
Gen 22:14  So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.” 
Gen 22:15  The angel of the LORD called to Abraham from heaven a second time 
Gen 22:16  and said, “I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 
Gen 22:17  I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 
Gen 22:18  and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.” 
Gen 22:19  Then Abraham returned to his servants, and they set off together for Beersheba. And Abraham stayed in Beersheba. 
Gen 22:20  Some time later Abraham was told, “Milkah is also a mother; she has borne sons to your brother Nahor: 
Gen 22:21  Uz the firstborn, Buz his brother, Kemuel (the father of Aram), 
Gen 22:22  Kesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph and Bethuel.” 
Gen 22:23  Bethuel became the father of Rebekah. Milkah bore these eight sons to Abraham’s brother Nahor. 
Gen 22:24  His concubine, whose name was Reumah, also had sons: Tebah, Gaham, Tahash and Maakah. 

Sarah’s Death and Burial
Gen 23:1
  Sarah lived to be a hundred and twenty-seven years old. 
Gen 23:2  She died at Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went to mourn for Sarah and to weep over her. 
Gen 23:3  Then Abraham rose from beside his dead wife and spoke to the Hittites. He said, 
Gen 23:4  “I am a foreigner and stranger among you. Sell me some property for a burial site here so I can bury my dead.” 
Gen 23:5  The Hittites replied to Abraham, 
Gen 23:6  “Sir, listen to us. You are a mighty prince among us. Bury your dead in the choicest of our tombs. None of us will refuse you his tomb for burying your dead.” 
Gen 23:7  Then Abraham rose and bowed down before the people of the land, the Hittites. 
Gen 23:8  He said to them, “If you are willing to let me bury my dead, then listen to me and intercede with Ephron son of Zohar on my behalf 
Gen 23:9  so he will sell me the cave of Machpelah, which belongs to him and is at the end of his field. Ask him to sell it to me for the full price as a burial site among you.” 
Gen 23:10  Ephron the Hittite was sitting among his people and he replied to Abraham in the hearing of all the Hittites who had come to the gate of his city. 
Gen 23:11  “No, my lord,” he said. “Listen to me; I give you the field, and I give you the cave that is in it. I give it to you in the presence of my people. Bury your dead.” 
Gen 23:12  Again Abraham bowed down before the people of the land 
Gen 23:13  and he said to Ephron in their hearing, “Listen to me, if you will. I will pay the price of the field. Accept it from me so I can bury my dead there.” 
Gen 23:14  Ephron answered Abraham, 
Gen 23:15  “Listen to me, my lord; the land is worth four hundred shekels of silver, but what is that between you and me? Bury your dead.” 
Gen 23:16  Abraham agreed to Ephron’s terms and weighed out for him the price he had named in the hearing of the Hittites: four hundred shekels of silver, according to the weight current among the merchants. 
Gen 23:17  So Ephron’s field in Machpelah near Mamre—both the field and the cave in it, and all the trees within the borders of the field—was deeded 
Gen 23:18  to Abraham as his property in the presence of all the Hittites who had come to the gate of the city. 
Gen 23:19  Afterward Abraham buried his wife Sarah in the cave in the field of Machpelah near Mamre (which is at Hebron) in the land of Canaan. 
Gen 23:20  So the field and the cave in it were deeded to Abraham by the Hittites as a burial site.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



22 May 2018 Verse of the Day

In everything he did he had great success, because the LORD was with him.  (1 Samuel 18:14 NIV)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.  Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

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Abraham and Abimelech
Gen 20:1
  Now Abraham moved on from there into the region of the Negev and lived between Kadesh and Shur. For a while he stayed in Gerar, 
Gen 20:2  and there Abraham said of his wife Sarah, “She is my sister.” Then Abimelek king of Gerar sent for Sarah and took her. 
Gen 20:3  But God came to Abimelek in a dream one night and said to him, “You are as good as dead because of the woman you have taken; she is a married woman.” 
Gen 20:4  Now Abimelek had not gone near her, so he said, “Lord, will you destroy an innocent nation? 
Gen 20:5  Did he not say to me, ‘She is my sister,’ and didn’t she also say, ‘He is my brother’? I have done this with a clear conscience and clean hands.” 
Gen 20:6  Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know you did this with a clear conscience, and so I have kept you from sinning against me. That is why I did not let you touch her. 
Gen 20:7  Now return the man’s wife, for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you will live. But if you do not return her, you may be sure that you and all who belong to you will die.” 
Gen 20:8  Early the next morning Abimelek summoned all his officials, and when he told them all that had happened, they were very much afraid. 
Gen 20:9  Then Abimelek called Abraham in and said, “What have you done to us? How have I wronged you that you have brought such great guilt upon me and my kingdom? You have done things to me that should never be done.” 
Gen 20:10  And Abimelek asked Abraham, “What was your reason for doing this?” 
Gen 20:11  Abraham replied, “I said to myself, ‘There is surely no fear of God in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.’ 
Gen 20:12  Besides, she really is my sister, the daughter of my father though not of my mother; and she became my wife. 
Gen 20:13  And when God had me wander from my father’s household, I said to her, ‘This is how you can show your love to me: Everywhere we go, say of me, “He is my brother.”‘” 
Gen 20:14  Then Abimelek brought sheep and cattle and male and female slaves and gave them to Abraham, and he returned Sarah his wife to him. 
Gen 20:15  And Abimelek said, “My land is before you; live wherever you like.” 
Gen 20:16  To Sarah he said, “I am giving your brother a thousand shekels of silver. This is to cover the offense against you before all who are with you; you are completely vindicated.” 
Gen 20:17  Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelek, his wife and his female slaves so they could have children again, 
Gen 20:18  for the LORD had kept all the women in Abimelek’s household from conceiving because of Abraham’s wife Sarah. 

The Birth of Isaac
Gen 21:1
  Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 
Gen 21:2  Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 
Gen 21:3  Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him. 
Gen 21:4  When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God commanded him. 
Gen 21:5  Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. 
Gen 21:6  Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” 
Gen 21:7  And she added, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.” 
God Protects Hagar and Ishmael
Gen 21:8  The child grew and was weaned, and on the day Isaac was weaned Abraham held a great feast. 
Gen 21:9  But Sarah saw that the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham was mocking, 
Gen 21:10  and she said to Abraham, “Get rid of that slave woman and her son, for that woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac.” 
Gen 21:11  The matter distressed Abraham greatly because it concerned his son. 
Gen 21:12  But God said to him, “Do not be so distressed about the boy and your slave woman. Listen to whatever Sarah tells you, because it is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned. 
Gen 21:13  I will make the son of the slave into a nation also, because he is your offspring.” 
Gen 21:14  Early the next morning Abraham took some food and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar. He set them on her shoulders and then sent her off with the boy. She went on her way and wandered in the Desert of Beersheba. 
Gen 21:15  When the water in the skin was gone, she put the boy under one of the bushes. 
Gen 21:16  Then she went off and sat down about a bowshot away, for she thought, “I cannot watch the boy die.” And as she sat there, she began to sob. 
Gen 21:17  God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. 
Gen 21:18  Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation.” 
Gen 21:19  Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. So she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink. 
Gen 21:20  God was with the boy as he grew up. He lived in the desert and became an archer. 
Gen 21:21  While he was living in the Desert of Paran, his mother got a wife for him from Egypt. 
A Treaty with Abimelech
Gen 21:22  At that time Abimelek and Phicol the commander of his forces said to Abraham, “God is with you in everything you do. 
Gen 21:23  Now swear to me here before God that you will not deal falsely with me or my children or my descendants. Show to me and the country where you now reside as a foreigner the same kindness I have shown to you.” 
Gen 21:24  Abraham said, “I swear it.” 
Gen 21:25  Then Abraham complained to Abimelek about a well of water that Abimelek’s servants had seized. 
Gen 21:26  But Abimelek said, “I don’t know who has done this. You did not tell me, and I heard about it only today.” 
Gen 21:27  So Abraham brought sheep and cattle and gave them to Abimelek, and the two men made a treaty. 
Gen 21:28  Abraham set apart seven ewe lambs from the flock, 
Gen 21:29  and Abimelek asked Abraham, “What is the meaning of these seven ewe lambs you have set apart by themselves?” 
Gen 21:30  He replied, “Accept these seven lambs from my hand as a witness that I dug this well.” 
Gen 21:31  So that place was called Beersheba, because the two men swore an oath there. 
Gen 21:32  After the treaty had been made at Beersheba, Abimelek and Phicol the commander of his forces returned to the land of the Philistines. 
Gen 21:33  Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba, and there he called on the name of the LORD, the Eternal God. 
Gen 21:34  And Abraham stayed in the land of the Philistines for a long time.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



21 May 2018 Verse of the Day

21 May 2018 Verse of the Day
I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my labor, and this was the reward for all my toil. Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 2:10-11 NIV)

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Gen 18:1  The LORD appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. 
Gen 18:2  Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground. 
Gen 18:3  He said, “If I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, do not pass your servant by. 
Gen 18:4  Let a little water be brought, and then you may all wash your feet and rest under this tree. 
Gen 18:5  Let me get you something to eat, so you can be refreshed and then go on your way—now that you have come to your servant.” “Very well,” they answered, “do as you say.” 
Gen 18:6  So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah. “Quick,” he said, “get three seahs of the finest flour and knead it and bake some bread.” 
Gen 18:7  Then he ran to the herd and selected a choice, tender calf and gave it to a servant, who hurried to prepare it. 
Gen 18:8  He then brought some curds and milk and the calf that had been prepared, and set these before them. While they ate, he stood near them under a tree. 
Gen 18:9  “Where is your wife Sarah?” they asked him. “There, in the tent,” he said. 
Gen 18:10  Then one of them said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.” Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. 
Gen 18:11  Abraham and Sarah were already very old, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. 
Gen 18:12  So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?” 
Gen 18:13  Then the LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ 
Gen 18:14  Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” 
Gen 18:15  Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.” But he said, “Yes, you did laugh.” 
Gen 18:16  When the men got up to leave, they looked down toward Sodom, and Abraham walked along with them to see them on their way. 
Gen 18:17  Then the LORD said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do? 
Gen 18:18  Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him. 
Gen 18:19  For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.” 
Gen 18:20  Then the LORD said, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous 
Gen 18:21  that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.” 
Abraham Intercedes for Sodom
Gen 18:22  The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the LORD. 
Gen 18:23  Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 
Gen 18:24  What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it? 
Gen 18:25  Far be it from you to do such a thing—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?” 
Gen 18:26  The LORD said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.” 
Gen 18:27  Then Abraham spoke up again: “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes, 
Gen 18:28  what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five people?” “If I find forty-five there,” he said, “I will not destroy it.” 
Gen 18:29  Once again he spoke to him, “What if only forty are found there?” He said, “For the sake of forty, I will not do it.” 
Gen 18:30  Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak. What if only thirty can be found there?” He answered, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.” 
Gen 18:31  Abraham said, “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, what if only twenty can be found there?” He said, “For the sake of twenty, I will not destroy it.” 
Gen 18:32  Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there?” He answered, “For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.” 
Gen 18:33  When the LORD had finished speaking with Abraham, he left, and Abraham returned home. 

God Rescues Lot
Gen 19:1
  The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city. When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground. 
Gen 19:2  “My lords,” he said, “please turn aside to your servant’s house. You can wash your feet and spend the night and then go on your way early in the morning.” “No,” they answered, “we will spend the night in the square.” 
Gen 19:3  But he insisted so strongly that they did go with him and entered his house. He prepared a meal for them, baking bread without yeast, and they ate. 
Gen 19:4  Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom—both young and old—surrounded the house. 
Gen 19:5  They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.” 
Gen 19:6  Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him 
Gen 19:7  and said, “No, my friends. Don’t do this wicked thing. 
Gen 19:8  Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don’t do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof.” 
Gen 19:9  “Get out of our way,” they replied. “This fellow came here as a foreigner, and now he wants to play the judge! We’ll treat you worse than them.” They kept bringing pressure on Lot and moved forward to break down the door. 
Gen 19:10  But the men inside reached out and pulled Lot back into the house and shut the door. 
Gen 19:11  Then they struck the men who were at the door of the house, young and old, with blindness so that they could not find the door. 
Gen 19:12  The two men said to Lot, “Do you have anyone else here—sons-in-law, sons or daughters, or anyone else in the city who belongs to you? Get them out of here, 
Gen 19:13  because we are going to destroy this place. The outcry to the LORD against its people is so great that he has sent us to destroy it.” 
Gen 19:14  So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who were pledged to marry his daughters. He said, “Hurry and get out of this place, because the LORD is about to destroy the city!” But his sons-in-law thought he was joking. 
Gen 19:15  With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished.” 
Gen 19:16  When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the LORD was merciful to them. 
Gen 19:17  As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, “Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away!” 
Gen 19:18  But Lot said to them, “No, my lords, please! 
Gen 19:19  Your servant has found favor in your eyes, and you have shown great kindness to me in sparing my life. But I can’t flee to the mountains; this disaster will overtake me, and I’ll die. 
Gen 19:20  Look, here is a town near enough to run to, and it is small. Let me flee to it—it is very small, isn’t it? Then my life will be spared.” 
Gen 19:21  He said to him, “Very well, I will grant this request too; I will not overthrow the town you speak of. 
Gen 19:22  But flee there quickly, because I cannot do anything until you reach it.” (That is why the town was called Zoar.) 
God Destroys Sodom
Gen 19:23  By the time Lot reached Zoar, the sun had risen over the land. 
Gen 19:24  Then the LORD rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the LORD out of the heavens. 
Gen 19:25  Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land. 
Gen 19:26  But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt. 
Gen 19:27  Early the next morning Abraham got up and returned to the place where he had stood before the LORD. 
Gen 19:28  He looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah, toward all the land of the plain, and he saw dense smoke rising from the land, like smoke from a furnace. 
Gen 19:29  So when God destroyed the cities of the plain, he remembered Abraham, and he brought Lot out of the catastrophe that overthrew the cities where Lot had lived. 
Lot and His Daughters
Gen 19:30  Lot and his two daughters left Zoar and settled in the mountains, for he was afraid to stay in Zoar. He and his two daughters lived in a cave. 
Gen 19:31  One day the older daughter said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is no man around here to give us children—as is the custom all over the earth. 
Gen 19:32  Let’s get our father to drink wine and then sleep with him and preserve our family line through our father.” 
Gen 19:33  That night they got their father to drink wine, and the older daughter went in and slept with him. He was not aware of it when she lay down or when she got up. 
Gen 19:34  The next day the older daughter said to the younger, “Last night I slept with my father. Let’s get him to drink wine again tonight, and you go in and sleep with him so we can preserve our family line through our father.” 
Gen 19:35  So they got their father to drink wine that night also, and the younger daughter went in and slept with him. Again he was not aware of it when she lay down or when she got up. 
Gen 19:36  So both of Lot’s daughters became pregnant by their father. 
Gen 19:37  The older daughter had a son, and she named him Moab; he is the father of the Moabites of today. 
Gen 19:38  The younger daughter also had a son, and she named him Ben-Ammi; he is the father of the Ammonites of today.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



20 May 2018 Verse of the Day

In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.  (Ephesians 3:12 NIV)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.  Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

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Sarai and Hagar
Gen 16:1
  Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar; 
Gen 16:2  so she said to Abram, “The LORD has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.” Abram agreed to what Sarai said. 
Gen 16:3  So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian slave Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife. 
Gen 16:4  He slept with Hagar, and she conceived. When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress. 
Gen 16:5  Then Sarai said to Abram, “You are responsible for the wrong I am suffering. I put my slave in your arms, and now that she knows she is pregnant, she despises me. May the LORD judge between you and me.” 
Gen 16:6  “Your slave is in your hands,” Abram said. “Do with her whatever you think best.” Then Sarai mistreated Hagar; so she fled from her. 
Gen 16:7  The angel of the LORD found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur. 
Gen 16:8  And he said, “Hagar, slave of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?” “I’m running away from my mistress Sarai,” she answered. 
Gen 16:9  Then the angel of the LORD told her, “Go back to your mistress and submit to her.” 
Gen 16:10  The angel added, “I will increase your descendants so much that they will be too numerous to count.” 
Gen 16:11  The angel of the LORD also said to her: “You are now pregnant and you will give birth to a son. You shall name him Ishmael, for the LORD has heard of your misery. 
Gen 16:12  He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers.” 
Gen 16:13  She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” 
Gen 16:14  That is why the well was called Beer Lahai Roi; it is still there, between Kadesh and Bered. 
Gen 16:15  So Hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram gave the name Ishmael to the son she had borne. 
Gen 16:16  Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore him Ishmael. 

Abraham and the Covenant of Circumcision
Gen 17:1
  When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. 
Gen 17:2  Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.” 
Gen 17:3  Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, 
Gen 17:4  “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. 
Gen 17:5  No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. 
Gen 17:6  I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. 
Gen 17:7  I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. 
Gen 17:8  The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.” 
Gen 17:9  Then God said to Abraham, “As for you, you must keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you for the generations to come. 
Gen 17:10  This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you, the covenant you are to keep: Every male among you shall be circumcised. 
Gen 17:11  You are to undergo circumcision, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and you. 
Gen 17:12  For the generations to come every male among you who is eight days old must be circumcised, including those born in your household or bought with money from a foreigner—those who are not your offspring. 
Gen 17:13  Whether born in your household or bought with your money, they must be circumcised. My covenant in your flesh is to be an everlasting covenant. 
Gen 17:14  Any uncircumcised male, who has not been circumcised in the flesh, will be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant.” 
Isaac’s Birth Promised
Gen 17:15  God also said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. 
Gen 17:16  I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.” 
Gen 17:17  Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, “Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?” 
Gen 17:18  And Abraham said to God, “If only Ishmael might live under your blessing!” 
Gen 17:19  Then God said, “Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him. 
Gen 17:20  And as for Ishmael, I have heard you: I will surely bless him; I will make him fruitful and will greatly increase his numbers. He will be the father of twelve rulers, and I will make him into a great nation. 
Gen 17:21  But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year.” 
Gen 17:22  When he had finished speaking with Abraham, God went up from him. 
Gen 17:23  On that very day Abraham took his son Ishmael and all those born in his household or bought with his money, every male in his household, and circumcised them, as God told him. 
Gen 17:24  Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he was circumcised, 
Gen 17:25  and his son Ishmael was thirteen; 
Gen 17:26  Abraham and his son Ishmael were both circumcised on that very day. 
Gen 17:27  And every male in Abraham’s household, including those born in his household or bought from a foreigner, was circumcised with him.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



19 May 2018 Verse of the Day

In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me.  (Psalms 120:1 KJV)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.  Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

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Abram Rescues Lot
Gen 14:1
  At the time when Amraphel was king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Kedorlaomer king of Elam and Tidal king of Goyim, 
Gen 14:2  these kings went to war against Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, Shemeber king of Zeboyim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar). 
Gen 14:3  All these latter kings joined forces in the Valley of Siddim (that is, the Dead Sea Valley). 
Gen 14:4  For twelve years they had been subject to Kedorlaomer, but in the thirteenth year they rebelled. 
Gen 14:5  In the fourteenth year, Kedorlaomer and the kings allied with him went out and defeated the Rephaites in Ashteroth Karnaim, the Zuzites in Ham, the Emites in Shaveh Kiriathaim 
Gen 14:6  and the Horites in the hill country of Seir, as far as El Paran near the desert. 
Gen 14:7  Then they turned back and went to En Mishpat (that is, Kadesh), and they conquered the whole territory of the Amalekites, as well as the Amorites who were living in Hazezon Tamar. 
Gen 14:8  Then the king of Sodom, the king of Gomorrah, the king of Admah, the king of Zeboyim and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar) marched out and drew up their battle lines in the Valley of Siddim 
Gen 14:9  against Kedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal king of Goyim, Amraphel king of Shinar and Arioch king of Ellasar—four kings against five. 
Gen 14:10  Now the Valley of Siddim was full of tar pits, and when the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, some of the men fell into them and the rest fled to the hills. 
Gen 14:11  The four kings seized all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah and all their food; then they went away. 
Gen 14:12  They also carried off Abram’s nephew Lot and his possessions, since he was living in Sodom. 
Gen 14:13  A man who had escaped came and reported this to Abram the Hebrew. Now Abram was living near the great trees of Mamre the Amorite, a brother of Eshkol and Aner, all of whom were allied with Abram. 
Gen 14:14  When Abram heard that his relative had been taken captive, he called out the 318 trained men born in his household and went in pursuit as far as Dan. 
Gen 14:15  During the night Abram divided his men to attack them and he routed them, pursuing them as far as Hobah, north of Damascus. 
Gen 14:16  He recovered all the goods and brought back his relative Lot and his possessions, together with the women and the other people. 
Abram Blessed by Melchizedek
Gen 14:17  After Abram returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and the kings allied with him, the king of Sodom came out to meet him in the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley). 
Gen 14:18  Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, 
Gen 14:19  and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. 
Gen 14:20  And praise be to God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything. 
Gen 14:21  The king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the people and keep the goods for yourself.” 
Gen 14:22  But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “With raised hand I have sworn an oath to the LORD, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth, 
Gen 14:23  that I will accept nothing belonging to you, not even a thread or the strap of a sandal, so that you will never be able to say, ‘I made Abram rich.’ 
Gen 14:24  I will accept nothing but what my men have eaten and the share that belongs to the men who went with me—to Aner, Eshkol and Mamre. Let them have their share.” 

God’s Covenant with Abram
Gen 15:1
  After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” 
Gen 15:2  But Abram said, “Sovereign LORD, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?” 
Gen 15:3  And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.” 
Gen 15:4  Then the word of the LORD came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.” 
Gen 15:5  He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” 
Gen 15:6  Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness. 
Gen 15:7  He also said to him, “I am the LORD, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to take possession of it.” 
Gen 15:8  But Abram said, “Sovereign LORD, how can I know that I will gain possession of it?” 
Gen 15:9  So the LORD said to him, “Bring me a heifer, a goat and a ram, each three years old, along with a dove and a young pigeon.” 
Gen 15:10  Abram brought all these to him, cut them in two and arranged the halves opposite each other; the birds, however, he did not cut in half. 
Gen 15:11  Then birds of prey came down on the carcasses, but Abram drove them away. 
Gen 15:12  As the sun was setting, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a thick and dreadful darkness came over him. 
Gen 15:13  Then the LORD said to him, “Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there. 
Gen 15:14  But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions. 
Gen 15:15  You, however, will go to your ancestors in peace and be buried at a good old age. 
Gen 15:16  In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure.” 
Gen 15:17  When the sun had set and darkness had fallen, a smoking firepot with a blazing torch appeared and passed between the pieces. 
Gen 15:18  On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates— 
Gen 15:19  the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, 
Gen 15:20  Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, 
Gen 15:21  Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites.”  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard




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