The sons of Jacob have become tribes, and the tribes will become a multitude called “Israel.” God started with one man who trusted him (Abraham), chose one of his sons (Isaac) to carry on the promise, and chose one of that man’s sons to continue. From the grandson with two names (“Cheater” and “Striver”) God is building a great nation. It seems that Genesis has a happy ending. But two problems come up right away . . .
Something huge is about to happen, certified by an explosion of supernatural events. As much as unbelievers scoff at the Bible as a “book of fairy tales,” miracles are not that common in its pages (and fairies are nonexistent). God reserves miracles for special events, and we’re coming up on a big one. But first we need a messenger, a human agent to put events in motion: someone who was planned for, and set aside, and providentially preserved for a time such as this.
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(This is a continuation of a series of posts about the “whole story” of the Bible. I plan to run one every week, on Tuesdays, with a printable PDF. The printable includes a brief 2-3 paragraph introduction, Bible passages to read, a key verse, 5-7 thought/discussion questions, and 2-3 activities for the kids. Here’s the Overview of the entire Bible series.)
Next: Week 11: The People – Deliverance