It had been almost 40 years since Joseph was sold into slavery by his own brothers, his own flesh and blood. His father Jacob was now dead, a father who loved him dearly in his early years.
It had been ten years since God first promised Abram that he would become a nation that would exist to bless other nations and a lot can happen in ten years.
But this man and this woman, Adam and Eve, they thought there was something out there that they could enjoy more than what God had blessed them with. So they chased after it and in that moment, that became the story of us all.
In the despair, Jacob wrestles with God one night. Not just for a little while, but all night long and just before daybreak, God tells Jacob to stop. But of course, Jacob being who Jacob is, he continues to wrestle. He doesn't want to give up.
It wasn't Abraham's money or power that God used to raise a nation, but his hospitality and servanthood. These acts of love changed the course of history.
God has created the heavens and the earth and planted a Garden where humankind will find their start. Everything is good. Even in the man and woman's nakedness, there is no shame.
And with that, Abraham packs up, gets his wife Sarah and nephew Lot ready, and they begin following God to the land of Canaan with everyone else.
Despite what anyone was saying about Joseph, God was with him. Jospeh never lost sight of this. He never lost sight that this was about God, not about him.
What if the most important question about the story of Noah and the great flood isn’t whether God flooded the entire world or not. What if we should have been asking the question, “What does this story actually tell us about who God is?”
Generation after generation would pass until Jesus the Messiah would arrive in the flesh. He would speak of himself as the ladder in Jacob’s dream, the one connecting heaven and earth, the one connecting Yahweh and people.