Thy word have I hid in mine heart,
that I might not sin against thee.
Psalm 119:11

Exodus 1-4

Moses – Patriarchs and Prophets


Moses, the Leader of God’s People – The Beginning of the End




Mystery of History – pages 56-60

Character – Availability – pages 41-42


CD for the week – Love Rules

Watch – Early India and China blueflowerline


Show me Your ways, O Lord;
Teach me Your paths.
Psalm 25:4 

Genesis 41-50

Joseph and his Brothers – Patriarchs and Prophets


Joseph and his Brothers – The Beginning of the End



Mystery of History – pages 50-51

Maybe this was a song Joseph would have liked to sing . . .

Thou Wilt Show Me

Thou wilt shew me the path of life:
in thy presence is fulness of joy;
at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
Psalm 16:11

Ablazing Grace: Joseph Part 2

The end of Genesis


Show me Your ways, O Lord;
Teach me Your paths.
Psalm 25:4

Genesis 39 – 41

Joseph in Egypt – Patriarchs and Prophets


The Amazing Story of Joseph – The Beginning of the End


Mystery of History – 50-51

*Think about it –
From today’s Beginning of the End

 . . . People should always remember –
that wherever they are and whatever they do,
they are in the presence of God.

No part of our conduct escapes God’s notice.
We cannot hide our ways from the Most High.

I Wanna Love You

Ablazing Grace: Joseph Part 1

Show me Your ways, O Lord;
Teach me Your paths.
Psalm 25:4

Genesis 34-38

The Return to Canaan – Patriarchs and Prophets


Jacob Comes Home – The Beginning of the End


Ablazing Grace: Jacob the man who became Israel

Attentiveness is to Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus



Show me Your ways, O Lord;
Teach me Your paths.
Psalm 25:4

Genesis 32-33

The Night of Wrestling Patriarchs and Prophets


Jacob’s Terrible Night of Wrestling The Beginning of the End

The Mystery of Israel


I Will Not Let You Go song

*Think about it –

When Jews named their babies, the names nearly always had some definite meaning
that depicted some characteristic of the child or event connected with their birth.

1. Judah means “I will praise the Lord”
2. Ruben means “He has looked on me”
3. Gad means “Given good fortune”
4. Asher means “Happy am I”
5. Naphtali means “My wrestling”
6. Manasseh means “Making me to forget”
7. Simeon means “God hears me”
8. Levi means “Joined to me”
9. Issachar means “Purchased Me”
10. Zebulun means “Dwelling”
11. Joseph means “Will add to me”
12. Benjamin means “Son of His right hand”


Show me Your ways, O Lord;
Teach me Your paths.
Psalm 25:4

Genesis 28-31

Jacob’s Flight and Exile – Patriarchs and Prophets


Jacob’s Flight and Exile – The Beginning of the End 


The Rock That Will Not Roll

Character Quality – Read Chapter on Attentiveness

Scripture teaches that there are two types of hearing-spiritual and natural. Our natural ears can distinguish the meaning of audible sounds. Our “spiritual ears” can recognize the voice of God as He “speaks” to us through the Bible. Having “spiritual ears” is far more important to learning attentiveness than any physical listening we may do. In fact, without “spiritual ears” it would be impossible to achieve the level of attentiveness necessary to be successful in life. Notice the distinction between spiritual and physical hearing in the following verse:

“For this people’s heart is waxed gross,
and their ears are dull of hearing,
and their eyes they have closed;
lest at any time they should see with their eyes,
and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart,
and should be converted, and I should heal them.”
Matthew 13:15

“Spiritual ears” begin to be developed as we listen to our consciences tell us how we have broken God’s holy Law.


“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”
― Corrie ten Boom

The Hiding Place


Show me Your ways, O Lord;
Teach me Your paths.
Psalm 25:4

Genesis 23-27

Jacob and Esau Chapter 16 Patriarchs and Prophets

Esau Sells His Birthright

Isaac: Birthright and Bad Bargains

*Think about it –

No one likes to be told that they smell, that is that they stink.  The deodorant industry makes multiplied millions because of this.  So do the makers of toothpaste, breath mints, cologne, perfume, and gum.  In short, it stinks to stink.

Now listen to the words of Paul in 2 Corinthians 2:15-16:

For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish.

To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?

The NKJV renders the word savor as “aroma”.  The ESV says, “fragrance”.  This is an interesting analogy that Paul here employs.  He is saying, in essence, ‘when we live for Christ, we smell like life, we smell good; but when we live for this world we smell like death, we smell bad.  Our witness is here communicated as how we smell to others.  When others see us, does the sweet fragrance of preparing for heaven waft into their nostrils, or is it the stink of a life-centered worldliness and immediate indulgence.  Can others tell that you are planning to live forever in the company of holy angels?

Colossians 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

Now listen to Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:47-49, speaking of Adam:

The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.

As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.

And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

Paul is here referencing not only Adam’s beginnings (made of the earth), but also his choices. He chose the things of this earth over the things of God.  In these two senses he was earthy.  This is why God told him in Genesis 3:19: “for you are dust and to dust you shall return”.  God was basically saying: ‘You chose the earth, and you will get it.’

Adam’s indulgence made him smell earthy – worldly.

In Genesis 27:27 – How did Isaac recognize what he thought was Esau?  By his smell!  How did he smell?  Like a field, like the earth.

And he came near, and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said, See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field which the LORD hath blessed:

He, like Adam, smelled earthy.  The symbolism here should not be missed.  Paul says our witness is like a smell.  We either smell like life or death.  Like this earth or the earth to come.

Are you like Esau, living for the moment at the expense of the glorious future God has planned for you?  Are you selling your birthright for a pot of stew, a worldly novel, a worldly television show, a worldly movie?

Are you living for the pleasure of patience or for immediate indulgence?

Do not be like Esau and his ilk – meaning Esau or the kind of person he was.

Listen – Esau and his ilk

Mystery of History 48-49