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Genesis 50

(Continued from last issue) a) They would be in Egypt only temporarily, Canaan was their dwelling place. Jacob desired to rest in Canaan b) Even in burial, he would reside with his fathers.  This was a picture of  the abiding friendship with God and his people that even death could not sever. 3) Questions: Is […]

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Genesis 46, 47

3. Participants in this Descent  a. The general statement is made in Gen. 46:5-7, 26, 27.  b. The number was 70 souls: Jacob and his sons. 1) Of the children of Leah: 6 sons, 23 grandsons, 1 daughter (Dinah, unmarried) total 32. 2) Of the children of Zilpah (Leah’s maid): 2 sons, 11 grandsons, 2 […]

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Genesis 45,46

Genesis 45 Joseph Reveals Himself to His Brothers I. The disclosure (vss. 1-8). A. The event as such. 1. Why is the first reaction of the brothers to Joseph’s identification of himself one of terror? a. “they were troubled” (vs. 3) is, literally, “they were terrified.” b. That this terror was deeply rooted is indicated: […]

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Genesis 43, 44

The Second Meeting of Joseph and His Brothers I.   The trip to Egypt of the brothers, including Benjamin (Gen. 43) A.  Jacob permits Benjamin to accompany the brothers to Egypt (vss. 1-14) 1.  It is Judah who takes the lead in persuading Jacob to let Benjamin go (vs. 3). a.  Evidently, Judah has the preeminence […]

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Genesis 41, 42

3) Any sense in which the famine can be said to have been for the good also of the heathen nations that felt its sting.  At this time? In their generations? (Consider them once as “Gentiles.”) c.  Is it essential to maintain that not things in themselves but God’s purpose with all things determines whether […]

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Genesis 41, 42

(continued from Sept.) c.  He keeps the faith. He is faithful in performing his new responsibilities as sent here by God. Two sons are born to him.  The first Manasseh, which means “causing to forget”, expressing that he could now forget the sting of being sold as a slave, since God was with him even […]

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Genesis 39-41

But God is faithful to His covenant. Notice the Name Jehovah in verses 7 and 10. a. Judah confesses his sin. Finds forgiveness and returns to the home of his father. b.Tamar is brought into the covenant line; the covenant family is preserved. c. From Perez king David is born. Ruth 4:18, 1 Chron. 2:5.  […]

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Genesis 37, 38

Jacob Goes to Egypt The history of Jacob now centers for a time about Joseph, chapters 37-41 Genesis 37: The lone warrior. Genesis 49:23 1. Joseph is bitterly hated by his brothers. Various reasons are given. a. Joseph brought the evil report of his brothers to his father. Was he with the sons of Bilhah […]

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Genesis 35, 36

Chapter 35 1. Jacob fulfills his vow at Bethel, vss. 1-15 A. Jacob goes to Bethel at God’s command 1. Jacob’s Sinful Negligence: a. Where does Bethel enter the picture earlier in Jacob’s life? 1. What had taken place there? 2. What was the significance of Bethel at this time? 3. What did it imply […]

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Genesis 34

JACOB AND THE SHECHEMITES I. Shechem and Dinah: (vss. 1-4) A. The Setting. (Note. There are several different aspects to the incident recorded in this chapter, even as there are several individuals involved. Above all, we must view the entire history here as part of the Lord’s dealings with Jacob, the heir of the covenant, […]

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Genesis 33

Genesis 33 Jacob and Esau Meet and Go their Separate Ways I. The Meeting with Esau, vss. 1-15 A. The Parties Who Meet. 1. Who was Esau? a. What had become of Esau while Jacob was with Laban? b. What had been the last manifestation of Esau prior to Jacob’s departure for Padan-Aram? cf. 27:41, […]

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Genesis 32

General Subject: The Return of Jacob and His Life with His Family Chapter 32: Jacob’s Conversion I. Preliminary Events: A. “Mahanaim” vss. 1, 2 1. What is the significance of the fact that the angels of God met Jacob at this time? a. Where and when had angels had a part in Jacob’s life before? […]

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Genesis 31

Genesis 31 A. Jacob’s complaint—verses 1-8. a. Why had Laban’s countenance changed?—verse 2. What do we read of Laban’s sons? Why did they complain? Were they carnal as their father, afraid, perhaps, that their inheritance was suffering? b. Who commanded Jacob to return to the land of his fathers? Would Jacob’s departure be difficult and […]

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Genesis 28-30

Genesis 28 A. Isaac blesses Jacob and sends him to Padanaram. 1. Introduction a. Jacob obtained Isaac’s blessing through fraud. We mean that Jacob deceived his father, regardless now of the question whether Isaac was actually deceived or not. b. What does this emphasize? It emphasizes that God blessed Jacob in spite of his fraud. […]

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Genesis 27

Genesis 27 Jacob and Padanaram— A. Isaac’s determination to bless Esau— Genesis 27:1-4 1. Isaac’s old age. a. Compare Gen. 27:46 with Gen. 26:34 and 25:26. How old was Isaac when Esau married Judith and Bashemath? b. Compare Gen. 41:46, 47; 45:6 and 47:9. How old was Jacob approximately when Joseph was born? c. Joseph […]

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Genesis 24-26

Genesis 24 This chapter relates God’s faithful fulfilling of His promise to Abraham in His supplying for Isaac a God-fearing wife. God’s promise to Abraham was, centrally, the Christ, including the promises of the land of Canaan (Gen. 13:15), of an innumerable posterity (Gen. 13:16) and of the blessing of the nations of the earth […]

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Genesis 23

Genesis 23 ABRAHAM PURCHASES A BURYING- PLACE FOR HIS DEAD Gen. 23:1-20 1. Sarah’s Sacred Epithet. She was: a. A princess of God. Her name had been intentionally and meaningfully changed. She was no common woman. She, too, shares in the promise with Abraham, Gen. 17:15. She had served the counsel of God in much […]

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Genesis 22, 23

ABRAHAM’S FAITH GIVEN THE ULTIMATE TEST Gen. 22:1-19 1. The Command of God that Abraham Sacrifice Isaac. a. The command as such, vs. 2 1—It was a command! Obedience was the order of the day; the obedience of faith. The God of glory spoke, Acts 7:2. 2—At the same time it was God Almighty, the […]

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Genesis 17-21

III. The gift of a son a demonstration of God’s mercy Soon after this, Abraham journeyed to the country of the Philistines near Gerar after having spent some time in the land between Kadesh and Shur. Gerar was in the land of Canaan to the south and west and was ruled by a man whose […]

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Genesis 17-21

THE FULFILLMENT OF THE PROMISE Introduction: The entire life of the patriarch Abraham centers around the birth of his son. God established His covenant with Abraham (chap. 15), yet this covenant meant nothing to Abraham except the Lord would also give him a son in whom his seed would be continued. Abraham was called to […]

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Genesis 11

The Confusion of Tongues (Genesis 11:1-9) It would seem that when we compare what is recorded in these verses, especially verse 2, with what we read in Genesis 10: 8 -10, that we must conclude that the his­tory recorded in Chapter 11 is antecedent to that recorded in Chapter 10. If this conclusion is correct, […]

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Genesis 9 & 10

Gen. 9:18-10:32 God Preserves His Covenant Seed It would be a wrong conclusion to maintain that God purged the world of sin when He bathed the earth in the flood. To be sure He saved His church by purging the earth of her immediate enemy. Sin, however, was not dead. The very significance of the […]

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Genesis 9

God’s Covenant with Noah– Genesis 9:1 -17 God had performed a mighty, earth-shaking act in destroying the world with the flood. The fountains of the deep were broken and the windows of heaven were opened. Cresting the heaving sea was an ark adorned with God’s precious creatures. With waters abated, Noah offered the clean animals […]

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Genesis 7 & 8

Deliverance Through Judgment: III.       Destruction by Water (Chapter 7) The first part of this chapter (vss. 1-10) records the final instructions of God to Noah just a week before the flood came. Again, the obedience of Noah is marked (vs. 5) as he brought into the ark those appointed unto salvation and so all things […]

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