Tree on a Hill

A Journey Through God's Word

Starting in Genesis, this online weekly reading program allows you to explore God's Word with the guidance of an outstanding biblical scholar who has a deeply personal Christian faith.

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Genesis/Exodus Week 9

“Lurking Providence”: Genesis 39:1–50:26

Once Joseph is under his Egyptian master Potiphar, we learn that God is with him (Genesis 39:2, 3, 21, 23). The phrase is curious in that, so far, one is hard put to see divine favor on him. So far his brothers have plotted to kill him (37:18), tossed him into a pit (37:24), and then sold him into slavery (37:28). Does this seem blessed? Full reading and audio »

Genesis/Exodus Week 8

“Conflict in God’s Family”: Genesis 37:1–38:30

Every Sunday-school child knows the Joseph story. Joseph, who dominates every chapter from Genesis 37 on (except Chapter 38) is among the more admirable biblical characters. Still, calling this material the “Joseph Story” is not quite accurate. Full reading and audio »

Genesis/Exodus Week 7

“Saving the Future and Seeing the Face of God”: Genesis 25:1–36:42

Isaac comes into focus once his parents die. Abraham’s other children reflect good fortune, but only Sarah’s child, Isaac, counts in terms of God’s agenda. Pointedly, Abraham keeps his other offspring separated from Isaac. Full reading and audio »

Genesis/Exodus Week 6

“Exclusive Election and Inclusive Purpose”: Genesis 12:1–24:67

We knew a little about Abram and Sarai previously (11:26, 31). But there is no indication that their travels had a religious dimension. That changes when God commands Abram to leave his country, his relatives, and his father’s house to go to a land to be identified later (12:1). Full reading and audio »