Deron J. Biles

Dr. Deron Biles is the Dean Emeritus of Southwestern Center for Extension Education, Professor of Pastoral Ministries and Preaching, School of Theology and School of Preaching, Director of Professional Doctoral Studies, School of Preaching, Fort Worth Campus

Genesis 46:31-47:26

Gen. 46:31-47:26 Locate the passage As Joseph’s family arrived in Egypt, he initiated a meeting with Pharaoh. He instructed them on the official protocol when addressing the king. This pericope is rich in detail. Whereas only one verse (47:11) would have suf... Read More »

Genesis 45:16-46:30

Gen. 45:16 – 46:30 Locate the passage The initial work of reconciliation between Joseph and his brother has occurred and now Joseph has instructed them to bring their father and their families to live in Egypt. Soon, word began to travel throughout Phara... Read More »

Genesis 45:1-15

Gen. 45:1-15 Locate the passage As Joseph witnessed his brothers begin to take responsibility for their previous mistreatment of him and demonstrate maturity in their concern for Benjamin, he could no longer constrain himself. He could not endure the ruse one ... Read More »

Genesis 43:1-44:34

Gen. 43:1-44:34 Locate the passage After an unspecified amount of time, the grain that the brothers had purchased from Egypt was depleted. However, the narrator informs the reader that the famine was still severe on the land. Now, the tension of the text is Ja... Read More »

Genesis 42:1-38

Gen. 42:1-38 Locate the passage In this passage, Joseph’s brothers, with a little help from Joseph, are finally forced to confront their sin in selling their brother into slavery. For 13 years, they lived with their unconfessed and unaddressed sin. How God u... Read More »

Genesis 39:1-23

Gen. 39:1-23 Locate the passage After a brief interlude following Judah’s sexual mispursuits, this passage resumes the Joseph cycle. The interlude shows that after Joseph’s brothers sold Joseph into slavery, they went on about their lives, perhaps not even... Read More »

Genesis 33:1-20

Gen. 33:1-20 Locate the passage After his night alone wrestling with God, Jacob awoke to the same reality—Esau was coming. Only now, he faced his brother no longer constrained by his own strategies. Moreover, even as Jacob’s heart was changed, so also was ... Read More »

Genesis 41:1-57

Gen. 41:1-57 Locate the passage To this point in Joseph’s life, he has experienced his own dreams and also interpreted the dreams of the Cupbearer and Baker for Pharaoh. At this point in the story, his dream interpretations will be put to the ultimate test. ... Read More »

Genesis 40:1-23

Gen. 40:1-23 Locate the passage This passage tracks the events that took place while Joseph was in Pharaoh’s prison. Potiphar is now out of the picture and has nothing more to do with the story (though one might wonder what happened between them when Joseph ... Read More »

Genesis 38:1-30

Gen. 38:1-30 Locate the passage This passage seems to interrupt the Joseph narrative. It reminds us that the focus has not left Jacob and his family (Gen. 37:2). Here, we see another picture of deceit in Jacob’s family. The passage provides additional insigh... Read More »