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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Day Seven - 90 Day Bible Reading Challenge - Genesis 25-28 - The Great Adventure A Journey Through the Bible

Day Seven

Genesis 25-28 

Bible Time Period:  Patriarchs 
In the time of the Patriarchs, you called Abraham and promised his children land, a royal kingdom, and worldwide blessing:  Help me to trust in your promises today.

The generations pass, but God’s faithfulness continues even as the blessing he promised to Abraham is passed down.  Get a feel as you read for the people of this family that God is rearing.  It’s easy to relate to Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob and Esau.  The Bible doesn’t whitewash their character but “tells it like it is” as God meets each one where he or she is.

Today's Reading 
Genesis 25-28

Today's QuestionWhat does chapter 25 tell you about Isaac and Rebekah’s children, even before they boys are born? How does this play out as the story goes on?

The New Testament is hidden in the Old and the Old Testament is revealed in the New

The fathers of the Church saw Jacob’s ladder (Gen 28:11-16) as a foreshadowing of the Cross of Christ, a Theophany, a supernatural manifestation of God in the world.  In the year 400, in his Sermon 1.6 Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, Chromatius, Bishop of Aquileia wrote, “Through the resurrection of Christ the way was opened.  Therefore with good reason the patriarch Jacob relates that he had seen in that place a ladder whose end reached heaven and that the Lord leaned on it.  The ladder fixed to the ground and reaching the heaven is the cross of Christ, through which the access to heaven is granted to us, because it actually leads us to heaven. On this ladder different steps of virtue are set, through which we rise toward heaven:  faith, justice, chastity, holiness, patience, piety and all the other virtues are the steps of this ladder.  If we faithfully climb them, we will undoubtedly reach heaven. And therefore we know well that the ladder is the symbol of the cross of Christ.  As, in fact, the steps are set between two uprights, so the cross of Christ is placed between the two Testaments and keeps in itself the steps of the heavenly precepts, through which we climb to heaven.” 

Discussion Boards Day Seven
Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology - Jacob the Younger 
Agape Catholic Bible Study Commentary on Genesis 25:1 - 27:45

The above 10-minute study was taken from the Great Adventure Bible Study for Catholics. 

For items devotional items related to the Catholic Church 

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Jacobs Ladder - Jacques Stella

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