Monthly Archives: January, 2012

Exodus 4-6

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Moses so far has given 5 excuses why he should not be put on God’s mission. (I usually come up with more than 5).

  • “Who am I”  We never feel smart enough, educated enough, spiritual enough.  I had never read the Bible.  When God told me to start a blog I said “Who am I?”  He answered me the same way he answered Moses.  “I will be with you”. 

(Quick note look at Chapter 3 verse 12)  “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you [a] will worship God on this mountain.”  

See the  [a].  When I looked it up it meant “plural”.   So if you are in NJ reading this (my peeps) they can read this as “Yous guys will worship God on this mountain” and in the South “Ya’ll will worship God on this Mountain” (Mount Sinai)

  • I don’t know enough about Spiritual stuff.  He said “How will I describe you? What do I call you?   We all know what he said…”I AM WHO I AM”.  Lindsey Runyion freed me up one day when she told me it is not our job to show God’s Glory, we just do what  is asked of Him, He will do the rest.
  • Nobody will believe me (have you ever tried to share the Good News to your unbelieving family or friend)   Moses was given a “staff/snake”,  we are given a testimony.  Our new life in Him is the Miracle that they can see.
  • “I can’t speak”.  We are all given a Spiritual Gift(s) at the time of our Salvation.  The gift is from God.  The reason you were given it was to become a vessel, or a messenger of God.  So it is important to note that we are all called to “speak” on His behalf, just according to the Gift he has given us.

We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his]faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. (Romans 12:6-8)

  • Last, but NOT LEAST! “Please send someone else”  The day I had to give my testimony to LH,  I said those very words.  with tears in my eyes “Um, can we have someone else do it”  I had ALL 5 of those excuses! 

If the quick circumcision confused you, you need to remember that in Gen 17 God gave the Israelites the Covenant of Circumcision.  The Lord takes every covenant with us serious because they are His Bond.  We can trust what he says because He will never break Covenant.  Jesus dying on the Cross so we can have eternal life is Covenant.  We KNOW he will never break that with us because His word is never broken.  So until this point Moses never had his son circumcised (Why would they be?? He was raised Egyptian).  Disobedience to the Lord.  To be one of God’s Chosen people, you needed to be circumcised (back then) an acknowledgement of th Covenant.  So his wife swiftly secured the covenant with a flint knife, yikes. (Blood must be shed in every covenant) 

Chapter 5:2The Pharaohs says “I don’t know the Lord” so of course this not going to make sense to Him.  Know that the Bible, God,  scripture, faith, will not make sense to people who do not know the Lord.  Their hearts are hardened.    So walking in and saying “Let my people go” (huh) (its a song)  was not going to work right away.  The Lord knows that!  He always has a bigger plan.

Chapter 6.  I can hear someone I know right now saying “I don’t get it”.  He did what God led them to do and they are in worse shape then before.  Re-Read the text, God told him step by step exactly what was going to happen.  He told Moses they will not believe you…I will harden their hearts….why?  There is one reason why…do you know it?  For God’s Glory.  We are watching God, Not Moses.  Keep reading…it will all unfold this week.

Extra Reading:  Many of my friends express a desire to keep reading!  Well that is WONDERFUL!  Read on!  I am going to occasionally attach at the bottom an extra read just in case anyone is interested. 

Today I found me biting my lip and saying “Why?” and I know the answer is because God is Sovereign.  If you’re not sure what Sovereign means my bible defined it as “supreme power or authority”.  Basically, God is perfect and without error.  Why did God harden the heart of the Pharaoh…because He has a plan to fulfill.  Everything He does has a reason.  There is such a bigger plan than we can see here.   It is what makes God the “I am who I am”.  Everything is according to His purpose.  So the extra reading for today is Romans Chapter 9.

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Exodus 1-3

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Chapter 1: OK, look on your map. 

We are in Goshen.  Now even though Egypt is big (400 sq miles) 96% of the land is desert and 99% of the people live in that 4%.  So as we saw in Genesis, in the time of the famine  all the land (Except Priests) was acquired by the Pharaoh.  So the Pharaoh got paranoid (or smart) and realized that Israelites had grown numerous.  They were also in the territory where if anybody waged war on Egypt would pass through most likely converting them against the Egyptians.  So he ordered all the male babies to be thrown in the Nile.  (Hmmm… remind you of the day Jesus was born??)

Matthew 2:13 : When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child (Jesus)  and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”  When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, (16)

(Quite the parallel huh).  See, if all the boys were killed, there would be an excess of woman who would have to marry Egyptians eventually and the Pharoah would build his empire that way (That is why only the boys were killed as babies).  Well thank the LORD for Shiphrah and Puah! 

Chapter 2: The Levi family (Not Dolly Levi) gave birth to Moses. (Just to note some others that are descendants of the Levi family.., Aaron (his brother) Eli, and John the Baptist!)  Ok, I never noticed before that it was his own birth mother that as the one who nursed him thanks to the sister (Miriam).    Moses means draw out (of the water).

Now the next paragraph is 40 years later.  He spends 40years in the Palace!  He then runs to Midian (Land to a priest, so NOT owned by a Pharaoh, told you that might come in handy).  If you get confused a little the priest name is Jethro (also called Reuel)  Moses marries one of his daughters Zipporah.  Did anyone worry about the marriage lineage here.  Remember Moses is a Hebrew.  Zipporah is a Midianite right…who are the Midianites? Remember after Sarah died Abraham took another wife…..

(Gen 25) Abraham took another wife, whose name was Keturah. She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Shuah.

So MOSES is marrying in the Line of Abraham……phheeew!

Chapter 3  CHAPTER 3!!!!!  

First, let’s put the seed of “take off your Sandals” in our hearts!  We as a Christian have gotten WAY to comfortable with the Lord and especially how we speak OF him and TO him.  TAKE OFF YOUR SANDALS!!  He is HOLY…Be respectful..and teach this to our children.  He is not our Buddy..he is OUR GOD! 

“Who Am I”…that is a Sermon! So I will move on.

Verse 14… God said to Moses, “I am who I am . This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ “

Whhhooshhhh! I love it.  The Hebrew translation is Yehweh or “I will be what I will be”.  (I have the song..How great is our God” in my head)  There truly are not words that can encompass who He is!  There is not even a word to describe him, he is limitless!  I AM WHO I AM….He is everything.  The real spelling is YHWH meaning :”the One who is” “the Self Existing One”.  Means He never Changes, He never fails, He is faithful!  It’s been encompassed into other words, one being HALLELUJAH…meaning PRAISE THE LORD!  (I am drinking way to much coffee lately I think)

The woman will be given jewelry? (God is always one step ahead of us!)

Enjoying Exodus Already??

Exodus Overview

Between Genesis and Exodus 300 years has passed. (Israelites live 400 years in Egypt)   Which means a new Pharaoh is in place ,  one that did not know Joseph and his family.  We left Genesis a family of 70 we will start Exodus a nation of 2 or 3 millionThe Theme of Exodus is Redemption and Deliverance.  This book, the second in the Pentateuch (first 5 books) ,  can be divided into a few sub categories

  • Moses (1-7)
  • The Plagues (7-13)
  • The Exodus (14-18)
  • The Law (19-24)
  • Tabernacle and Worship (25-40)

We will read of names such as Moses, Miriam, Pharaoh, Jethro (wasn’t that a band), Aaron, Joshua and Bezalel, in places in Egypt, Goshen, Mizriam, the Red Sea,  and Mount Sinai.

The title of the book comes from the Greek translation “exit” or “departure”.  Exodus gives us insight into God’s nature, and it also provides a foundation as to who God is, how we should worship Him,  His Covenants with Israel,  and His overall plan of Redemption.  We will read about the 10 commandments,( many of us have never read them from the Bible before, we just know them), but we will get to understand the Sovereignty of God and his utmost Holiness from this book.  It will begin in gloom, and end in GLORY!

A little background on what we already learned.  Egypt was settled by Ham (remember Ham)  Go back to Chapter 10, one of Noah’s sons.  Mizriam is the ancient name for Egypt.  Abraham spent some time in Egypt .   So did Jacob .  Now we will see the Hebrew nation grow for 40o years.

As we read this book think of the bondage we are in and the spiritual journey we all take (more than once often) in our lives.  And the promise land that He promises us. 

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Here is the schedule.  Valentines will be here in a blink, we will already have exited the Exodus!…hee hee  It is going to be a fast read!  Plus it is Leap Year, so we get a day off (Linda’s Birthday too).

Gen 48-50 The end of Genesis.

Can you believe it!  How many times have you read Genesis?  probably more than any other book because we have attempted to read through the Bible in the past more than once.   But has God ever had you read it like that? (I just got  goosebumps).  UNBELIEVABLE READ.  If we read the whole Bible like that I don’t know what will explode first, my brain or my heart!  It feels so “planted” in me!

OK, so we started today in Chapter 48.  The blessing over Joseph’s two sons.  WOW, does this sound familiar or what.  The second child getting the larger blessing! 

Then he blessed Joseph and said, (I highlighted the appearance of the Trinity in the blessing)
       “May the God before whom my fathers (God)
       Abraham and Isaac walked,
       the God who has been my shepherd (Holy Spirit)
       all my life to this day,

 the Angel who has delivered (Jesus) me from all harm
       —may he bless these boys.

Jacob refers to God as his “Shepherd”, how beautiful! I always think of Psalm 23, (or Pulp Fiction…just being honest).  Listen to his prayer over these boys.  My devotional book talked about praying today.  If we believe in prayer,  why are we not praying over our loved ones like this all the time.  Prayer is a gift the Lord has given us and we need to look at these men and learn from their lives.  In James it talks about how reading the Word, and not doing what it says just makes us ”deceiving ourselves”.   

 Chapter 49..for those who read ahead weeks ago and are just following along now, this was probably a chapter you “glazed” over!  Ohhhh  the gold nuggets .  I know we really don’t know who these people are yet (well, I don’t anyway) But I looked a few of them up.  These are all Prophetic fulfillments we will embark on.

  •   Reuben!  Poor Reuben,  If you noticed, the book usually referred to him as firstborn, you see why.  This was inevitable.  It is amazing how sins or of our past will catch up to us.  We may be forgiven, but that does not mean that we still won’t have to deal with it.  If your confused go to Gen 35:22, Reuben slept with his father’s concubine.  Then go forward to Deut 27:20 20 “Cursed is the man who sleeps with his father’s wife, for he dishonors his father’s bed.”  
  • Simeon and Levi.  Remember the murders from Dinah’s rape.  They too will have the consequence of being scattered as it says here in this chapter (God will scatter them by not allotting them land when they enter the Promise land, they will literally be scattered around)   But know that even from their consequence God uses it for His ultimate Glory!
  •  I looked some of the prophecies up,  but obviously the one that interested me was Judah.  Knowing Judah is  the “Jews” we can gather that Jesus comes from his line. 

“Judah, your brothers will praise you;
       your hand will be on the neck of your enemies;
       your father’s sons will bow down to you.

You are a lion’s cub, O Judah;
       you return from the prey, my son.
       Like a lion he crouches and lies down,
       like a lioness—who dares to rouse him?

 The scepter (royalty) will not depart from Judah,
       nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet,
       until he comes to whom it belongs  
       and the obedience of the nations is his.

 He will tether his donkey to a vine,
       his colt to the choicest branch;
       he will wash his garments in wine,
       his robes in the blood of grapes.

 His eyes will be darker than wine,
       his teeth whiter than milk.”

This text can be considered a prophecy of Judah as well as a parallel of Jesus.  Jacob promises to Judah a descendant who is to be the coming Ruler, Christ is called the Lion of the tribe of Judah in Rev 5:5,Your hand  will be on the neck of the enemy (reminds me of what God said to the serpent)   Much of the Bible like we saw with Joseph,  has a parallel as well as a prophesy.  This scripture took me into Numbers 24 , Isaiah 2 and 42, Hebrews, 1 Psalms 2 and 60,  end of Days, Hebrew word for Shiloh..it just kept going!  Glean from it what you can today,  and look forward to the next time you read it you will peel off another  layer and the next layer….etc.. But until then…if you walk away learningone more thing than yesterday AMEN (this is a super hard read).

  • Dan caught my eye.  Ouch.  Not sure all that Dan will do,  but In the book of Judges they are mentioned under the subtitle “The Moral failure of Israel”.  Ouch.  Idolatry will be their weakness.

Chapter 50Do you remember all that Scripture of buying the cave when Sarah died back in Chapter 23.  This is where Jacob is to be buried, with his whole family.  So Jacob dies, and according to Egyptian culture he is embalmed and mourned for,  but then allowed to be taken to Machpelah to be buried.

Now Jacob died and the brothers got nervous.  They thought maybe they were only forgiven  because their father was there.  Joseph reassures them that they truly are forgiven. 

But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.  So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.

What a message with our own personal walk with Christ.  I know when I became a Christian I had a hard time accepting that ALL was COMPLETELY forgiven, but He reassured me. 

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (Ro 8:28)

The death of Joseph.  His dying words were a confidence to his brothers that God’s Covenant will be fulfilled, and his people will be taken to the land that was promised to them, and God will aid them in that.  Then Joseph made them swear an oath that they will take his bones back to Canaan.  Which in Ex 13:19 they do.

The book of Genesis ends with Joseph in a coffin.

That was a familiar book that I hope you read fresh and it was as if you never read it before.

Gen 46-47

  • Jacob goes to Israel

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Chapter 46: Of course Jacob is scared to go down to Egypt, it was not in the “plan”.  So on his way he stopped to  give an offering to the Lord.  Now he did this in Beersheba.  Beersheba has had a lot of history with us so far.  “The well of the Oath”.  Re-read Chapter 21. 22. 26 and 28 for all the things that happen there.  (At this point I can totally relate  “Lord I am on the ridge of really being outside my comfort zone…can you let me know if this is truly what you want for me?) The Lord says to him in Verse 3-4,

“I am God, the God of your father,” he said. “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there. I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will surely bring you back again. And Joseph’s own hand will close your eyes.”

Why is this important?  Because it was part of God’s Covenant with Abraham. Gen 12:2 I will make you into a great nation  and I will bless you;  I will make our name great,  and you will be a blessing.  I could see his hesitation going into such a horrible place like Egypt. 

So they go as the Lord directs them. Seventy in all.  I read now that the famine is getting much worse, I can assume that had they not gone to Egypt they probably would not have survived.  God used Joseph to save them!

Chapter 46.  I know many of the names don’t stand out (well actually more than I thought would :) )But this time next year hopefully more will.  Not all of them will be talked about in the Chapters to come but definitely some will,  for example Vs 11 Kohath (that is Moses Family) and under Judah (vs 12) we already recognize some of them from the um….other day….you know!)  If you have no interest in this part, don’t feel guilty…read it and move to where God does have your heart.  For anyone who does have a heart I put a handout at the bottom called 70 men.  Print it only if you want to.

Chapter 47.  First, what is with all the “tell them you are shepherds” speech.  See,  the Egyptians would not want to integrate “Shepard’s” into the city limits, it tells us in 46:34 that they are detestable (thank goodness!) so Joseph told them to announce their occupation SO THAT they would be put out in the hill country.  See, if they are not intermingled with the Egyptians  Jacobs’ family would:

  •  #1…be less tempted to live like the Egyptians and they would remain according to Abraham’s teachings and would be less polluted. They can be set apart.   The Egyptians,  at the time,  were highly cultured and worshipped many many gods.  
  • Also, as the famine gets worse more and more people sold themselves as slaves inside major cities. 
  • I am not jumping ahead but knowing God has this huge plan I am totally guessing but I would think it is also an easier route for the escape when Moses leads them out of Egypt next month.  :)
  • Last, research Goshen.  It is Drought proof.  The family would be able to GROW a nation.

At the end of  47 we are getting the picture of how the “slavery” became so big.  However, there was one little gem in there  Chapter 47:22 and verse 26.  He did not buy the land of the priests because they were given an allotment from the Pharaoh.  I am not going to ruin all the surprises but we know in God’s foreknowledge that everything is set up for a reason so stay tuned.

Tomorrow,  is our Last 3 chapters of Genesis…but they are packed with good stuff.  Read them slow.  Absorb all that God has for you.

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Trivia Time!

Ok, Sunday is the big Trivia Game.  The questions will be ONLY from the material we have read…Genesis and Job and they are super easy (I tested them on a friend today and she aced it!).  We will split the room down the middle and team play.  Spectators are welcome!

It is at 2:00.  My house. 

Email me for directions Pszyman@comcast.net

RSVP would be great so I can be prepared with chairs.

FOR PEOPLE NOT LOCAL: I will email the questions THAT night to you!

Gen 43-45

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Maybe it’s just me but that was a heavy read.  Seems like the Job reading days were long ago!   This part of the story reminded me that people really do change, including myself.  We don’t outwardly change, we change completely.  Judah  offers his life as a replacement for Benjamin. 

Chapter 45  as you may have picked up,  you see almost the Gospel here:  Joseph is talking to his brothers:

 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt!  And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will not be plowing and reaping. But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.

I was really caught with the message that God Orchestrated the whole thing to save people from a Famine.  Had Joseph not had the dreams of the wheat bowing down to his wheat none of this would have happened.  By the way,  there is a phrase I want you to underline, it won’t sound like much now but it will repeat itself 65 times in the bible.   It is the underlined above.  God will always leave a remnant of the Chosen nation.  Always.  Out of this remnant you can be assured that the Abrahamic Covenant of a Savior will come.  So in every situation there will always be survivors of the nation.  Even in this 7 year Famine. (was that confusing)

If you did not get this emailed to you, let me know.  Take some time this weekend to start over in Chapter 37,  do so and grab a pencil and try to underline all the parallels between Jesus and Joseph.  The Bible will get deeper and wider EVERYTIME we read it.  Here are just a few:

He was the favorite son of a wealthy father Gen. 37:3 Matt. 3:17
He was a shepherd Gen. 37:2 John 10:11-14
He was taken into Egypt to avoid being killed Gen. 37:28 Matt. 2:13
He became a servant Gen. 39:4 Phil. 2:7
He began his ministry at the age of thirty Gen. 41:46 Luke 3:23
He was filled with the Spirit of God Gen. 41:38 Luke 4:1
He returned good for evil Gen.50:20 Matt. 5:44
He was humble and unspoiled by wealth Gen. 45:7-8 John 13:12
He was taught by God Gen. 41:16 John 5:19
He loved people freely Gen. 45:15 John 13:34
He gained the confidence of others quickly Gen. 39:3 Matt. 8:8
He gave bread to hungry people that came to him Gen. 41:57 Mark 6:41
He resisted the most difficult temptations Gen. 39:8-9 Heb. 4:15
He was given vision into the future Gen. 37:6 Matt. 24:3
He tested people to reveal their true nature Gen. 42:25 Mark 11:30
He was hated for his teachings Gen. 37:8 John 7:7
He was sold for the price of a slave Gen. 37:28 Matt. 26:15
He was falsely accused Gen. 39:14 Mark 14:56
He was silent before his accuser Gen. 39:20 Mark 15:4
He was condemned between two prisoners Gen. 40:2-3 Luke 23:32
He was dead before his father Gen. 37:33 Luke 23:46
He was held for two, and was free on the third Gen. 41:1 Luke 9:22
He arose into a new life Gen. 41:41 Mark 16:6
He was not recognized by his own brethren Gen. 42.8 Luke 24:37
He returned to his father Gen. 46:29 Mark 16:19
He became a lord / Lord Gen. 45:8 Rev. 19:16

Gen 41-42

  • Pharaoh’s Dreams
  • Joseph in charge of Egypt 

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It starts with 2 years have passed.  All together we need to remember that Joseph was a slave for about 13 years total.  At this point,  (I really need to examine where I would be Spiritually).  Joseph does not faulter here.  He was just brought up out of the dungeon, scrubbed up and thrusted in front of the Pharaoh (not  Potipher, the PHARAOH).  Joseph has an opportunity to find favor with the Pharaoh but instead says “I cannot do it (help him)…but God can”  we need to remember the culture he was living in.  It was Egypt, they did not believe in THE Lord (just one) , but many gods. If I were Joseph would I have said “Yes, I can!”, taking credit for the gifts the Lord gave me.  He risked not even being heard at this point and being thrown back in prison. 

Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. (2 Cor 3:5)

I found the dreams to be absolutely intriguing, and I have to say the advice should be taken today.  What a sign of the times on that one today!

Joseph is given a wife and has 2 children.  I noticed the name Ephraim; I researched the name and there is so much information.  So for now,  just note the name Ephraim (twice fruitful).  We will  talk about it again soon, as a place, as a people, as a gate, and as a Mount.  This is a very important part (well I know they all are) in the Bible because the story of Joseph is the link between the “family” and the “nation”.   

Notice Joseph is a character of being “Christ-like”.  I am not always trying to pull out a “life application” moment, but lately I cannot help it.  This is a character we need to show ourselves and our children.  As we pray, “Make me less like me and more like you”, we can then take note to this story.    Joseph was a man, just like us.  The characteristics he holds are unbelievable.  The biggest lesson I have learned  is the “repeat” behavior.  So far,  I have seen each generation be just like the next.  Repeat mistakes.  So as I sit here,  I think , well if I could “mold” my children (students, nieces, nephews, neighbors kids….)  what is the best thing I can do,  or not do.  It truly comes down to “break the cycle”.  We are all given an opportunity to lead by example. We have a lot of the good stuff in my family  because it is handed down from example, as well as some of the other stuff that should not be handed down.  So,  they way I want my children to be,  is the way I need to act.

So we leave chapter 41, Joseph has been given all man could ever wish for!   

Chapter 42:  Joseph was remembering the dream he had in Chapter 37, how they would bow down to him.  Then he sent for Benjamin.  We could probably assume Joseph and Benjamin were close since they were true full brothers born of Jacob and Rachel (Jacob’s favorite wife).  I am sure that when he saw Benjamin was not there,  that he assumed that the “step brothers” had killed or sold him also.  I could be reading into it too much but Jacob referred to Joseph and Benjamin as “my son” when talking about them. 

Joseph: I did notice that in all his anger he still sent them away with more than they had come for.

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”says the Lord. On the contrary:  ”If your enemy is hungry, feed him;  if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.   In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:17-21)

It is hard not to read on!

Gen 38-40

Click here for the reading.  Judah Leaves.  Why?  My friend Joy asked me last night if it was because of the brothers.  I don’t know.  But what I do know is that through it God’s plan is at work.  Judah is the line that Jesus the Messiah will come from.  Last night’s handout shows Judah……..to Jesus (spelled Yeshua on the handout).  Who is mixed between?  Everyone!  Gentiles, Prostitutes, Moabs (Lot’s grandchildren), kings, mistresses….) Anyway, to the reading.

Ok.  Pen and paper handy?  You have Judah at the top of the page. (One of Jacob’s 12 sons right, the one who said “let’s sell Joseph”) marries a Canaanite.  Good grief!  I feel like I am back in Eden….Don’t eat the apple….Now it’s don’t marry a Canaanite.   

OK, pen handy?…Judah married Shua.  They have 3 sons, Er, Onan, and Shulah, and a daughter (unnamed).  Er marries (typo earlier)Tamar.  Er dies, (later Judah’s daughter dies).  At this point there is a law to protect the ongoing name of the deceased brother.  Deuteronomy 25:5-10  basically says that a brother will give the widow a child, and the child will retain the name of the deceased father.  That is why Onan is to sleep with Tamar.  However, Onan disobeyed on the “important” part (please dont make me draw a picture of this)….  So God killed him.   See Onan wanted his first born to be his…not with Tamar, for inheritance reasons.   So we are left with Judah, his son Shelah ( too young at the time) and Tamar,  who now is a widow and childless.  The culture back then was very different so try to place yourself there rather than curl your nose at it.  Here is what you have…

 

I don’t use those fancy nancy maps you use! 

But does that help to explain why Tamar was so desperate as to why she would sleep with Judah.  (She would also become the matriarch of Judah’s line….)

(Did you notice that time had elapsed because when this happened Shelah was now of age and should have been given to Tamar, but Judah never did.  I think that is why Judah said ” “you are more righteous than me”, he knew it was wrong not to give Tamar Shelah as he stated in Vs 11)

Chapter 39:  What I find amazing is that after all he has been through Joseph does not question his faith.  His brothers threw him in a well, sold him to slavery, he is now in prison for doing something morally right …and yet in 40:8 he says “Do not interpretations belong to God”.  After all this,  he is proclaiming God is in control!!  No wonder even in bad times the Lord showed him favor!

The last verse “The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph, he forgot him”.  I couldn’t help but to sit back and think about this.  Now I knew God did not forget him, but is that how many feel?  That God is forgetting them?  I think I love this story because we truly could sit here all day and and just peel off lesson after lesson. 

 Joseph is a Portrait of Christ.  I was talking (texting) with a friend as she read the story of Joseph and we were listing all the details that were lining up with Christs’ life.  (It was like watching the movie 7 pounds…not sure if you know about that, it’s a modern Gospel) Anyway, before I digress even further, all the details in Josephs life line up with one if Christ and it just really drove home that God has this HUGE plan, He knows the details of Jesus, the age, the temptation, the return…etc, and He can showcase all that for us through Joseph.  We are not to figure it all out but we are to see it all unfold in its awesomeness.

Email coming out today with a comparison of the characteristics of Joseph/Jesus foreshadow…so look for it.

Gen 35-37

Chapter 35  I cannot help but to notice this new relationship Jacob has with the Lord.  He now does not refer to him as Father of Abraham and Isaac, but as El Shaddai (each Lord or God has a different Hebrew Translation with a meaning)!   In verse 3 he says Then come, let us go up to Bethel, where I will build an altar to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and who has been with me wherever I have gone”.

I hope you have maps in your Bible 🙂 Use them.  Write on them/

Leaves Beersheba; Has vision in Bethel; Marries in Haran, works for Laban; Wrestles with God in Penuel; Builds house in Succoth; Builds altar in Shechem; Settles in Bethel; Buries Rachel in Bethlehem; Buries Isaac and Leah in Hebron; Settles in Beersheba; Dies in Egypt (later reburied in Hebron)  Ephrath is Bethlehem, in Hebrew it means “place  fruitfulness” or “house of bread” in Greek.   (Of course that is where Jesus will be born…”I am the Bread”)

We are back at the very place God gave Jacob his dream of the angels ascending and descending into Heaven on the ladder.  Jacob had nothing.  God has completely fulfilled His promises to Jacob.

The beginning of 35 is so important, Jacob removes and false idols or “lucky charms” and build an altar to the Lord.  God changes his name from Jacob to Israel meaning ”He struggles with God” and God reaffirms the Abrahamic Covenant with Israel (Jacob).  Wow what a Journey.

Vs 21:  Israel moved on again and pitched his tent beyond Migdal Eder.  While Israel was living in that region, Reuben went in and slept with his father’s concubine Bilhah, and Israel heard of it.   Now I read this and immediately closed the book afraid to turn the page…I KNOW this cannot be good.  We have seen Sin…consequence….Sin….consequence….(which by the way puts a lot into perspective in my life) so I know this is going to be a problem.  Well it was not on the next page, but the next paragraph gave the birth order, Reuben being FIRSTBORN, kind of tipped me off as to what is going to happen.  If you need to know now, rather than wait…look at your cross references, Genesis 49:4 and 1 Chronicles 5:1.  Just because the consequence does not happen right away, it will happen.  (Are you taking notes on the Jacob handout)

(You have to admit the brothers burying their Dad was a sweet thing to read, if they can reconcile, ANYONE can,  Says she who does not talk to her brother)

blah skim over it??  Esaus descendants , the Edomites.  OK,  first thing I noticed was in verse 2 he married the daughter of Ishmael.  I know its early in the book but already I had to look back and say “Who is Ishmael again?”  Remember Abraham took Hagar to have a son instead of waiting for Sarai to have Isaac.  OK, so on the other side of the family tree you have Ishmael’s daughter.  I remember this now from Chapter 28 after marrying the Hittites (which wasn’t in the family line) 

“Do not marry a Canaanite woman,” and that Jacob had obeyed his father and mother and had gone to Paddan Aram. Esau then realized how displeasing the Canaanite women were to his father Isaac;  so he went to Ishmael and married Mahalath, the sister of Nebaioth and daughter of Ishmael son of Abraham, in addition to the wives he already had.

OK, I got that part, but I noticed another name in this oh so interesting chapter…Vs 11..Eliphaz the Temanite!  Now we know why we read Job when we did. (It also makes sense where he got his bad advice from!  Ohhh I am loving this.  The last name that caught my attention as Amelek.  Amelek will be the first people to attack the Israelites  coming out of Egypt. 

Chapter 37.  OK, I grew up outside of New York city.  I wish you saw the look on my face a few years ago when they said “Joseph and the technicolor dream coat” was from the Bible and not Broadway!    Anyway in Verse 3 we are already seeing “Like father like son”  Isaac favored Esau,  Now Jacob (Israel)  favors Joseph.  The fields are near Shechem (a lot happens there).  Well, this story is fascinating and as you can tell I could probably write a lot on it but I won’t.  In verse 21 I noticed Reuben was trying to save Joseph, maybe this is why that consequence didn’t happen right away for him sleeping with the Concubine, God used him to spare Joseph’s life.  Judah too had a hand at saving his Joseph, on the other hand,  was really just picking the “lesser of two evils” when suggesting to sell him.  Judah, never thought Joseph would survive in the hands of slave traders.  Does anybody have any questions about the dreams? The deceptions?