Genesis 35-37

This will be a brief post giving you time to catch up some of the things you may not have done this week…

  • Catch up on reading.
  • Print a map or genealogy.  If you are on a computer they are in the sidebar. if you are on a tablet or phone, they are at the bottom.

Jacob cleans house by not allowing “other gods'” to be in his camp.  Earnings at this time were often used for status or to catch evil spirits. Jacob Israel names for himself Bethel to El Bethel. (you should be able to decode this…unless you are over 45 and can’t remember why you came into this room!)  God reaffirms the Covenant (we should have kept count how many times).

Israel is not having a good season of his life:

  1. Rebekah’s (if you are over 45 you have to stop and think…wait…who? Who’s her husband?) nurse dies
  2. Rachel (the wife he loved) dies giving birth to Joseph’s brother, Benjamin.
  3. His oldest son, Reuben, has sex with one of Israel’s wives.  This sin may not he addressed here…but it is going to haunt him later and bite him in the butt.
  4. Issac dies.

27 Jacob came home to his father Isaac in Mamre, near Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had stayed. 28 Isaac lived a hundred and eighty years. 29 Then he breathed his last and died and was gathered to his people, old and full of years. And his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.

Chapter 36 begins… took his wives from the woman of Cannan….well, this can’t be good.  The structure of this chapter is very much like ch 25. After Abraham dies there is an account of Ishmael’s  genealogy (I truly believe to show us the love and grace given to a child even born in circumstances).  Here Isaac’s  death is followed by Esau’s genealogy.

There are over 200 names mentioned: Esau may not be Jacob, but he is not a nobody either!  If this chapter bored you, something is wrong with you.  JUST kidding, I was just seeing if anyone read this far.  Of course it was boring BUT, go back and circle the word Edom (Edomites).  Just in this chapter you will read it 10 times, and 131 times in the entire Old Testament.  The book of Obadiah would not have been written without Edom, and HEROD THE GREAT is an Edomonite!!  That’s right, Herod the Great, who was a Roman appointed ruler over the Jews (we will call them Jews not Hebrews after the captivity).  This Herod even refurbished the entire Temple before Jesus was born in an effort to get the Jews to forget he was from the line of Esau (it didn’t work).

I have to tell you this.  I grew up outside of NYC.  Seeing or hearing about Broadway shows was common.  Did you know that I have heard the phrase Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat all my life and it wasn’t until recently that I knew it was from the Bible!

Chapter 37: Joseph is 17,  and lacks social skills (hmmm, like many today I guess).  His brothers hate him, and I don’t blame them.

  • He is 17…why is he not working hard in the field??
  • In verse 2 he “tattles” on his brothers.
  • Verse 3-4 we see that he is babied and loved more than the others
  • He can be seen as arrogant or egotistical  when discussing his dreams.

I don’t care if you have have never read this chapter or if you have read it 10 times.  Look for the details.  Joseph travels from Hebron, to Shecham to Dotham: over 100 miles.

God has a plan for Joseph’s life and that plan involves leadership and authority.  (So many life lessons about God’s character and promises are in this small chapter).  Anyway, the Ishmaelites buy Joseph and take him to Egypt to sell him to Potipher, one of the Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guards.  Once again, the deceiver (Jacob) gets deceived (by his own sons).

Now it is starting to make sense!  Judah! (Sorry, I thought this post would have been shorter.  But I also held a lot back giving you time to catch up if needed).  Have a wonderful day.  I really hope being in the Bible 24 days is making a difference in your daily walk.  I have been so blessed this month and it truly is amazing how different I am as a wife, mom, teacher, and friend when I am in the Word daily.  Why do I go through periods of my life when I can’t even find my Bible?