And Jacob lifted up his eyes, (and looked, and, beheld, Esau came, and with him four hundred men . . .. And he passed over before them, and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother. And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.
And Dinah the daughter of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land. And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her . . . And it came to pass . . . that two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brethren, took each man his sword, and came upon the city boldly, and slew all the males.
And God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there: and make there an altar unto God, that appeared unto thee when thou fleddest from the face of Esau thy brother. GENESIS 35:1
At times the hope of the children of Israel to enter the promised land must have appeared almost futile to them. It had been full forty years since they had come into the wilderness from Egypt, and according to God’s own words it was time for them to enter Canaan. But the land of Edom stood between them and the entrance into Canaan; the king of Edom forbade them passage through his land, and the Lord forbade them to fight. It meant that they had to circumvent the whole of the land of Edom, an extensive additional journey. When they...
So the king returned, and came to Jordan. And Judah came to Gilgal, to go to meet the king, to conduct the king over Jordan.
Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours. And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him. And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the move.
And Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites. And Moab was sore afraid of the people, because they were many: and Moab was distressed because of the children of Israel . . . He sent messengers therefore unto Balaam the son of Beor to Pethor, which is by the river of the land of the children of his people, to call him, saying, Behold, there is a people come out from Egypt: behold, they cover the face of the earth, and they abide over against me: Come now therefore, I pray thee, curse...
Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen: and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver; and they brought Joseph into Egypt. GENESIS 37:28
Rev. Woudenberg is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. John 1:17 To Dr. Schilder, the covenant of grace was forensic, a matter of law. He saw it as being founded on the fact that children of believing parents are set before the promises of God, but only and always in connection with God’s legal demands, warnings, and threats, which are related to the promises conditionally. Every child born from a circumcised father was—even as any baptized child today is—to be raised under the...
“And the Lord said unto Moses . . . stand before Pharaoh, and say unto him. . . And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.” Exodus 9:13, 16