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And he lifted up his eyes, and saw the women and the children; and said, Who are those with thee? And he said, The children which God hath graciously given thy servant. —Genesis 33:5 Jacob was returning to Canaan after twenty years with his uncle Laban. He had fled Canaan because of the wrath and threats of his brother Esau. Having learned that Jacob had stolen the birthright blessing by deceiving his father, Esau vowed to kill Jacob. Jacob had fled to his uncle Laban alone and empty. He returned twenty year later full. He had large herds of sheep,...

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“The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.” Genesis 49:10 These are the words of an astounding prophecy from our great God Himself! These words spoken by Jacob were a prophecy. To be sure, they were not just a dying man’s words, though it is true that Jacob was dying. And in his dying, we know from Hebrews 11 that he worshiped God, leaning upon the top of his staff and blessed the sons of Joseph. A tremendous twofold act of...

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This is the abbreviated text of the Pre-Synodical Sermon that Rev. Koole preached on June 8, 2015. “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” Genesis 6:8 A beautiful gospel word is this. A brief and comprehensive summary of what constitutes faith and faithfulness in every age, but especially in days of mounting evil and apostasy. The parallels between the days in which Noah was called to represent God’s cause and truth and our own age are simply too striking to miss. As surely as Noah lived in days just prior to the end of his world bringing...

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“And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the Lord be my God.” Genesis 28:20, 21 What is the meaning of God’s everlasting cov­enant of grace and what is its significance for you? The covenant has its meaning and significance for your parents and for your church. Your parents belong to the people of God. They believe in Him, and through faith...

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But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee. Genesis 6:18 There is nothing so beautiful and precious to us as is the truth of God’s covenant. It is good to be reminded of this glorious truth from time to time. We see in the context that Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord (v. 8). Noah is in the midst of wicked­ness as a righteous man. He walks with God, his cov­enant friend. As the object of God’s favor...

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“And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat,…” Genesis 2:16 So very many trees God planted in Paradise. So many trees with their fruit God gave to the man and the woman for food. Theirs was a delicious variety to enjoy every day. They never had to go far for their food. As soon as they were only a little hungry they might reach out with their hands to the fruit hanging right before them, and take and eat. Easily and quickly they might satisfy their hunger. They might eat as...

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