Day 2: Genesis 26 – end

These chapters of Genesis unfold a huge tapestry, telling a story of family squabbles, deceitfulness, and jealousies. We can be forgiven for thinking we are looking at the back of the tapestry with all the jumbled threads of a dysfunctional family criss- crossing to create a confusion of emotions and high drama.

The threads holding the tapestry together are both human and Godly. As we become engrossed in the human story, and the story of the promise made to Abraham continues to unfold like an epic we need to look at these threads as characters become agents of God’s plan despite being victims of their own weaknesses and desires with the choices they make. We see all the main characters have their own experience of God in differing ways and this leads each to become the people God can use.

God’s will to bless exceeds the power of humans to frustrate and destroy as each story shows. Despite failures and sins repentance will result in a change of heart and a new start, a continuation of God’s plan, as even the story of Tamar shows. In her determination to ensure justice and have children she secured Judah’s place as part of the family line of David and also our Lord Jesus.

Elaine Levitt

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5 Responses

  1. What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive! Great reflection on Genesis. Praise God he never drops a stich.

  2. Not one mention that his coat was of many colours…. or did I miss it..

    • The Hebrew phrase Kethoneth is traditionally translated as coat of many colors, but some have suggested that the phrase may merely mean a “coat with long sleeves” or a “long coat with stripes.” Some versions pick this up. See

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    • It was a coat with long sleeves. The ‘many colours’ is a mistranslation. Jacob gave it to his favourite son, as Joseph didn’t need to work like the others, and his long sleeves indicated that he was his father’s favourite.

  3. Genesis 26, verses 26-31 is the covenant between Isaac and the Amorites. Bishop Kenneth Cragg says that this text wpuld be the Biblical basis of a peace deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians. There is room for all in the Holy Land

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