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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 47-50

(Continued from last issue) b. Joseph took the initiative to have Jacob and his family settle in the land of Goshen. 1) He instructed his brethren to ask for this land. a) It would best fulfill their needs materially and spiritually. b) Even though Joseph was ruler, his father and brethren were guests in Egypt. […]

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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 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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