Our lesson this week discusses the resistance of the Patriarchs against Satan’s incursion. Satan thought he ended God’s resistance when he stirred Cain to kill Abel, but Seth came along to take up God’s cause and father a line of believers. The devil gave humanity a thirst for blood violence, but God washed that generation away in a global flood. When it seemed like heaven lost this earth, God established a beachhead in the family line of Abraham. God’s cause could have died with Esau as the rightful heir of the family’s birth right, but God raised up Jacob to continue leading a faithful tribe. Joseph’s brothers meant to do him harm, but God turned their treachery into a blessing. The faithful Patriarchs show us that God is in this for the long haul.