17 January: The Origins of Israel

This section in the Book of Genesis shows how, from an Iraqi* family, a nation was born. It also holds vital clues about the Creator God and His Plan embedded within the names of the 12 tribes of Israel…

READ GENESIS 29:15 to 30:24  Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.


If I try to extract out 365 chapters in a year of “Daily Breadcrumbs”, it becomes difficult right at the outset to know which chapters to skip when all 1189 chapters are essential reading for one reason or another. Since the original Book of Genesis didn’t have chapter divisions, this important moment in the Creator’s Epic Play straddles two chapters in the modern day layout of the script. It’s the birthplace of what could be the most controversial nation on earth.

The very fact that everything has been preserved for us to read today – the good, the bad, and the truly ugly – makes me see undiluted authenticity in it. If it’s honest, then it can be trusted to be true. If true and also preserved, then every sentence may not just be important for our understanding of this God, it’s probably essential if not vital.

Woven into this real life story are vital clues in the Creator and His Plan embedded within the names of these boys. So to understand, and even enjoy, the storyline from here on, it’s important to at least know the names of these boys.  In fact, when God first identified Himself to Moses in the next book: the Book of Exodus, He identified Himself and revealed His plan for this nation, using the four names that a young Iraqi girl gave to the first four sons she produced for Israel.[a] …Read More… CLICK on “17 January – Additional Notes”

But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.

Wanting to know your Maker more? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…


   1.   Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”

I will proclaim the name of the Lord. Oh, praise the greatness of our God! [Deuteronomy 32:3]

   2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”

  • The World: Use the link to pray for Africa[b]
  • Your Country: Inner Cities
  • Yourself: Moral excellence
  • Your concerns for today
Father, may my prayers and what I give come up as a memorial offering before God. [Acts 10:4]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”

Lord, you understand who I am. Remember me and care for me. You are long-suffering so don’t take me away from Your presence; but think of how I suffer reproach for Your sake. [Jeremiah 15:15]

   4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”

Keep you from all harm, Lord, and watch over my life. Watch over my coming and going both now and forevermore. [Psalm 121:7-8]

“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”

THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Topic = The Creator God’s Salvation Plan

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” [John 3:16]

[a] Exodus 3:7-12

[b] http://www.operationworld.org/africa/owtext.html

* See additional notes

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