January 14, read through the Bible in a year.

Today there are three chapters.

January 14: John 13, Genesis 28, Genesis 29 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

John 12 deals with the last week. In John 13 we have come to the last 24 hours before the crucifixion of Jesus, beginning with Jesus washing the disciples’ feet before the Passover meal. During the meal he announces his betrayal, and then he gives the new commandment “love one another”. He also predicts Simon Peter’s denial.

In Genesis 28, Jacob goes to Paddan Aram to get a wife. On the way he has a dream, commonly called Jacob’s Ladder. Meanwhile Esau takes yet another wife, the daughter of Ishmael. The promise of Jacob’s dream was that God was to give the land to Jacob’s descendants. Jacob made a vow to God and named the place Bethel.

Jacob arrives in Paddan Aram in Genesis 29, falls in love with Rachel, works seven years to be allowed to marry her, but her father Laban tricks Jacob, so he gets Leah instead. Then he works another seven years for Rachel. But it is Rachel that gives him his first four children, Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah.

Genesis28, Jacob’s ladder and God’s promise at Bethel.

Esau’s wives so far were Hittites. That explains why Rebekah in chapter 27:46  “I’m disgusted with living because of these Hittite women. If Jacob takes a wife from among the women of this land, from Hittite women like these, my life will not be worth living.” It was not prejudice, it was the friction between mother-in-law and daughters-in-law.

Jesus repeats this phrase when he first met Nathaniel

And who has ever sung this Sunday School song?