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Once Joseph was born to Rachel, Jacob demanded that Laban send him away to his own place and land. The use of the Hebrew words of place and land coupled with Jacob's imperative to Laban invites the reader and listener of the text to draw parallels with Moses. This helps us as we consider Jacob's rather interesting method for breeding of sheep and goats that is part of the narrative. Jacob, like Moses, learned some things in the wilderness that God then used to bless Jacob. While it is not exactly clear what Jacob did and how it was precisely related to his herds increasing, it is set within the context of a comparison to Moses and the Exodus. Above all it reminds us of God's sovereign blessing that comes to his people, how God uses all the circumstances of their lives to bless them, and that we are to learn from our past.
Biography: Caleb Thanksgiving 2012 Text: Joshua 14:6-14; Jeremiah 17:7-8 Key Thought: Caleb teaches us that we can have confidence in God during our most challenging situations. For my part, I wholeheartedly followed the Lord my God. (Joshua 14)
God's graciously gives gifts to Abraham and then calls him to follow Him
God graciously gives Abram gifts and then calls him to live for Him
Pinned between a vicious army and an immovable obstacle, the Israelites experienced God in a powerful way on the road out of captivity.
Joshua points to the gospel of Jesus because humanity has sinned against God like the Canaanite nations, but since God poured out His wrath on His Son, those who believe in Him are saved. After the Israelites enter the land promised to Abraham, God commands her to destroy all the inhabitants. Only those (e.g., Rahab) who have faith in the True God of Israel are spared.