Week #06; Wed, 2/07/18: Genesis 37-42

Week #6; Wed, 2/07/18: Genesis 37:1-42:38:

Genesis 37:7, 28, 36 pertaining to Joseph’s dreams, his journey to Egypt, and sale to Potiphar sets a stage for his dreams to come true as planned by God in order for the Hebrew people to survive the famine and drought coming to their homeland.

Genesis 38:1 related to Judah’s “turning aside” led to a “ladder” of problems in his legacy that brought shame and sin to Judah.

Genesis 39:2, 5, 23 indicates that the Lord blessed Joseph and the Egyptian’s house; but a lie resulted in him being cast into prison. However, Joseph gained favor in prison just like he did in Potiphar’s house because the Lord made him succeed. The Lord is still unfolding his plan through Joseph’s many difficulties.

Genesis 40:1-23, shows how Joseph interpreted two prisoners’ dreams; the chief cupbearer and the chief baker; however, Joseph was forgotten and remained in prison.

Genesis 41:1-56 indicates much later, Joseph’s reputation as an interpreter of dreams resulted in him being summoned to interpret Pharaoh’s dreams. When Joseph interpreted the Pharaoh’s dreams (Note: God gave Pharaoh two dreams to demonstrate that the dreams were from God and were confirmed and interpreted by Joseph); he was placed back in power to manage the upcoming famine and drought in the land of Egypt. At 33 years old, Joseph commanded all of Egypt and manage all the grain that would come to support all of the earth.

Genesis 42:1-38 pertains to Jacob learning that grain was for sale in Egypt and he sent his sons (without Benjamin) to buy some to make it available in the land of Canaan. But, Joseph recognized his brothers and sent them back to Canaan to bring back Benjamin while he held Simeon until they returned with Benjamin.

Week #07; Wed, 02/14/18: Genesis 43-50

Week #7; Wed, 02/14/18: Genesis 43:1-50:26

Genesis 43 reveals Benjamin returns to Egypt with his brothers to buy food with the approval of Israel. They took money that was returned to them and doubled it thinking what was returned was an oversight. Upon arrival, Joseph prepared dinner in his house for his brothers at noon. The brothers were fearful of Joseph and returned the money that was placed in their sacks when they left Egypt to bring back Benjamin. Joseph inquired of the health of his father.

Genesis 44 shows that Joseph, as a test, had his silver cup placed in the sack of Benjamin with his money for the grain that they bought. Joseph’s servants were instructed to chase after his brothers and locate the silver cup and accuse them of doing evil. When they overtook them, they required his brothers to reveal what was in their sacks and hold anyone with the cup accountable by becoming his servant. The cup was found in Benjamin’s sack. Judah pleads with Joseph to let Benjamin return to his father and for Judah to become Joseph’s servant instead of Benjamin. Judah reveals his pledge to his father regarding the safety of Benjamin and emphasizes the risk to his fathers health if Benjamin does not return to Canaan with his brothers.

Genesis 45 states that Joseph is overcome with emotion for his brothers and he made himself known to his brothers. He explained how God sent him to Egypt ahead of them to preserve life and to preserve a remnant on earth with many survivors. Joseph sent his brothers for his father Jacob to come to Egypt and dwell in the fertile land of Goshen. When Pharaoh learned this he was pleased and promised the best of all the land of Egypt for Jacob and his family. Israel decided to go and see Joseph in Egypt when he saw his sons at their return. He could not believe Joseph was still alive and in charge of all of Egypt and its resources.

Genesis 46 records how Israel offered sacrifices to God at Beersheba and God spoke to Israel in visions of the night saying, “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make you into a great nation. I myself will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also bring you up again, and Joseph’s hand shall close your eyes.” All the persons of the house of Jacob who came into Egypt were seventy.

Genesis 47 describes Jacob’s settlement in Goshen from the land of Canaan. Joseph went in and told Pharaoh who told Joseph to settle your father and your brothers in the best of the land; in Goshen, the land of Rameses. Jacob was 130 years old when he and his family arrived in Egypt. The famine was very severe and the land languished. Joseph obtained for Pharaoh all of the money, livestock, and land from the Egyptians in exchange for food. The people became servants of Pharaoh. Only the land of the priests was not sold to Pharaoh and they lived on a fixed allowance. Jacob and his family lived in Egypt for 17 years before he died. He made Joseph promise not to bury him in Egypt, but with his fathers.

Genesis 48 reveals that Israel claimed Ephraim and Manasseh as his sons and blessed them to carry on his name and the name of his fathers Abraham and Isaac, that they may grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.

Genesis 49 records that Jacob called all of his twelve sons together to tell them what shall happen to them in the days to come. Jacob dies and is buried in Canaan with Leah his wife in the field of Machpelah, to the east of Mamre.

Genesis 50 is scheduled for “Week 8” however, it should be covered with this reading as it is the close of Genesis. So, after Joseph buried his father Jacob, he returned to Egypt with his brothers. Joseph then comforted his brothers who were afraid that he would retaliate toward them because they did evil to him. But, Joseph wept when they spoke to them. He told them not to fear and explained that God’s purpose was fulfilled through what they did (Joseph’s dreams pertain). Joseph lived 110 years and died in Egypt where he was embalmed and buried. He told his sons, including Ephraim and Manasseh, to swear to carry up his bones from there to the land that God swore to Abraham, Isaac, and to Jacob; the land of Canaan.

Week #08; Wed, 2/21/18: Gen. 50-Ex. 6

Week #8; Wed, 2/21/18: Gen. 50:1-Ex. 6:30 (NOTE: Genesis 50 placed with week 7 readings above).

Exodus 1 pertaining to the new king of Egypt. It appears that the key to Israel going into bondage was the arrival of a new Pharaoh who did not know Joseph. This Pharaoh feared that the growth of the people of Israel would become too mighty for the Egyptians. The more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied.

Exodus 2 introduces Moses under the threat of Pharaoh to kill all of Israel’s male newborn. He was released in a basket into the Nile but the daughter of Pharaoh discovered him and recovered him and called for a nurse to take care of him. When he grew up he had to flee to Midian because he killed an Egyptian and Pharaoh wanted to kill him. NOTE THAT MIDIAN IS IN SAUDI ARABIA, NOT SINAI, AND THIS IS WHERE HE SAW THE BURNING BUSH. RETAIN THIS INFORMATION FOR PINPOINTING THE LOCATION WHERE MOSES LATER RECEIVED THE TEN COMMANDMENTS–MT. SINAI OR MT. HOREB, THE MOUNTAIN OF GOD.

Exodus 3 reveals the burning bush containing the angel of the Lord as it speaks to Moses; the voice of God was heard saying, “Take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is HOLY GROUND.” Moses is appointed by God to lead Israel up out of the land of Egypt to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. Moses reluctantly goes back to Egypt since the Pharaoh died that threatened his life. NOTE THAT GOD TELLS MOSES THAT WHEN HE HAS BROUGHT THE PEOPLE OUT OF EGYPT, HE WILL SERVE GOD ON THIS MOUNTAIN–MT. HOREB IN SAUDI ARABIA.

Exodus 4 describes the powerful signs God gave to Moses to use to convince Pharaoh to let His people go.

Exodus 5 reveals how Pharaoh only became harsher toward the people and made them make bricks without straw; they had to find their own straw and make the same number of bricks as before. Pharaoh would not let the people go, even to sacrifice in the wilderness.

Exodus 6 confirms that God will bring the people out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, deliver them from slavery, and deliver them to the land of milk and honey. But the people did not listen because of their broken spirit and harsh slavery. God charged Moses and Aaron to bring the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt.

Week #09; Wed, 2/28/18: Exodus 7-12

Week #9; Wed, 2/28/18: Exodus 7:1-12:51

Exodus 7 contains multiple events by Moses and Aaron showing how God hardened Pharaoh’s heart with His many miracles and plagues (i.e., Nile turned into blood) so that in the end the Egyptians shall know that “I am the LORD.”

Exodus 8 continues to reveal plagues placed on the Egyptians by God (i.e., frogs, gnats, flies). Each time a respite from the plagues took place, Pharaoh hardened his heart and would not let the Hebrew people go into the desert to sacrifice to the LORD. The Hebrew people were protected from the plagues in the land of Goshen where they lived. Moses insisted on three days travel by the Hebrews to make sacrifice to the LORD. Pharaoh denied the request. More plagues came to the Egyptians.

Exodus 9 reveals how the plagues on all Egyptian livestock took place but not the Hebrews livestock. Boils on man and beast came next even on Pharaoh’s magicians. Hail was sent by the LORD to destroy everything that was in the field in all the land of Egypt; only in Goshen, where the people of Israel were, was there no hail. Pharaoh confessed, “This time I have sinned; the LORD is in the right, and I and my people are in the wrong.” But, he still did not let the people go.

Exodus 10 reveals by then Egypt is in ruins; but, Pharaoh would not let all of the people go to serve the LORD; the young had to stay. So locusts descended on the land with an east wind and devoured all that remained in the land. But, Pharaoh would still not let the people go. Pharaoh threatened Moses with death,never to see his face again. Moses said, “As you say!”

Exodus 11 contains Moses’ threat to Pharaoh and preparations for the final plague–the Passover and the death of the firstborn in Egypt. The blood of an unblemished lamb (Passover lamb) shall be placed on the lintel and the two doorposts of each house of the people of Israel.

Exodus 12 reveals that at midnight, the LORD executed judgment throughout the land of Egypt striking down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt. Passover is still a memorial to be celebrated with a feast (Feast of Unleavened Bread) to the LORD. Even the firstborn of Pharaoh to all of the people of Egypt lost their firstborn that night, but the Hebrew people who followed God’s commands given to Moses and Aaron were spared. Pharaoh sent the people of Israel out of Egypt, thus beginning the urgent Exodus including the plundering of the Egyptians. 430 years were spent in Egypt and their numbers rose to 600,000 men, besides women and children, plus a multitude with all of their livestock.