JOSEPH APPEARS to have been something of a spoiled brat. Either he had no self-awareness at all or his self-image was so inflated that he didn’t care what his brothers thought of him.
THE DIVISION of the kingdom of Israel is the focus of our Old Testament study this week. Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, gets some bad advice from his young friends, not just rejecting the request of the northern tribes for tax relief, but doing so with a rather crude euphemism.
OUR BIBLE study continues with Jacob’s return to Canaan. We also look at the early revelation of the Godhead–the view that God comprises more than one personage, each of whom is identified as the presence of Yahweh.
HOW EASY it is to rationalize bad behavior by claiming it’s for a good cause! This week, we see a classic example as Rebekah conspires with Jacob to deceive Isaac and Esau to confirm the blessing that God had promised to Jacob before his birth.