Sharper Iron & Truth in Genesis: God’s Will and the East Wind

Rev. Adam Koontz studies Genesis 41:1-36 regarding whether God reveals His will through dreams, if our dreams have significance like Pharoah’s did, how a wise and discerning man behaves, and what we do in the face of an uncertain future.

Sharper Iron & Truth in Genesis: The Complete Revelation of Jesus

Rev. Zelwyn Heide studies Genesis 40:1-23 regarding God’s providence, Potiphar’s small change of heart, God speaking through dreams, seeking interpretations from God, and why we should rely on God rather than men.

Sharper Iron & Truth in Genesis: Filial Humiliation

Rev. Stephen Preus studies Genesis 39:1-23 regarding how Joseph’s humiliation leads to his exaltation, how the Lord was with Joseph for the entirety of his time with Potiphar and in prison, Joseph’s example of consistently resisting temptation and his constant faithfulness, and Potiphar’s reaction to his wife’s actions.

Sharper Iron & Truth in Genesis: Tawdry Acts and Redemption

Rev. Sean Daenzer studies Genesis 38:1-30 regarding how the actions in this story are all sinful and not given as an example of good behavior, law and the value of promises regarding Tamar’s actions, and where we find Christ in these passages.

Sharper Iron & Truth in Genesis: The Comforting Silence of God

Rev. Samuel Wirgau studies Genesis 37:12-36 regarding what leads to the evils carried out by Joseph’s brothers, why this planned premeditated murder is especially heinous, why God allows this to happen, how we see Jesus in this text, and how this story fits into the salvation story.

Sharper Iron & Truth in Genesis: Similarity-ology

Rev. Gaven Mize studies Genesis 37:2b-11 regarding the chiastic structure of these verses, whether God uses dreams to speak, how Joseph’s narrative is a capstone to Genesis, how Joseph is the most “Christ-like” patriarch, and symbols in revelations and apocalypses.

Sharper Iron & Truth in Genesis: Pre-Assyrian Potpourri

Rev. Jeremiah Johnson studies Genesis 35:16-37:2a regarding the messianic prophecy in Micah and its relation to this text, the lust for power, the death of Isaac and hardships of Jacob, why these Biblical genealogies are important to the bigger story, and the inheritance promised to Abraham.

Sharper Iron & Truth in Genesis: Foreign Gods and Buried Treasure

Rev. Luke Zimmerman studies Genesis 35:1-15 regarding the importance of relationships and vows within the Lord’s religion, how the idea of reconsecrating oneself to the Lord includes removing that with is foreign to the Lord and His ways, and the Lord’s care for Jacob (and us Christians in our Baptisms).

Sharper Iron & Truth in Genesis: Me Too

Rev. Brian Flamme studies Genesis 34:1-30 regarding the grief and wickedness of this chapter, Shechem’s lack of remorse and Hamor’s brazenness, what happens with un-confessed sin, and whether Jacob’s sons were justified in their anger and actions.

Sharper Iron & Truth in Genesis: The Divine Comedy of Mercy

Rev. Andrew Preus studies Genesis 33:1-20 regarding Esau’s civil righteousness and pity of Jacob, Jacob’s gifts to Esau as an offering to the Lord, and Jacob’s faith and boldness in God and His promises.