Genesis

Genesis 27-29

If you rolled out of bed,  picked up your phone  and are reading this and ponder checking facebook…don’t.  It’s a HEAVY read.  Ain’t nobody got time for that!

So yesterday Jacob took Esau’s birthright.  Yes it is a big deal, but not nearly as big a deal as what happens today.  There are so many details to this story so we will talk about a few and in 10 years when I do the read through again, we will catch the rest.

  • Esau marries a Hittite! Not just one but two!  We know this is not good because his grandfather, Abraham, made such efforts to make sure Isaac did not marry outside the culture!
  • So we read what might be a familiar story to some, the deception that Jacob and his mom concocted.  Jacob was too scared to pull this off, and he should be! But his “mommy” says “I will take full responsibility”.   Unfortunately, her consequence is going to be that she will never see him again!
  • What makes Jacob’s deception so bad was he referenced God’s help in hunting and cooking this meal so quickly!  Oh the humanity!!
  • Let’s read the blessing.  Now just like I teach my students: words are like toothpaste, once it is out you cannot put it back in the tube! So once Jacob is blessed….it is done.

28 May God give you heaven’s dew
    and earth’s richness—
    an abundance of grain and new wine.
29 May nations serve you
    and peoples bow down to you.
Be lord over your brothers,
    and may the sons of your mother bow down to you.
May those who curse you be cursed
    and those who bless you be blessed.”

This blessing was going to be given to Jacob regardless of human involvement.  In Genesis 25:

23 The Lord said to her, (Rebekah)

“Two nations are in your womb,
and two peoples from within you will be separated;
one people will be stronger than the other,
and the older will serve the younger.”

Rebekah, just like Sarai, took God’s plan into her own hands.  God’s plan ALWAYS comes out in the end, but taking it away from God always has a consequence.  Not only will she not see Jacob ever again and have to live with her daughter -in-laws, the Hittites, but her son (the one she loved) now has consequences too.

  1. He will never see his mom again
  2. His brother wants to kill him
  3. He goes from being the deceiver to being deceived by Laban (Ch 28)

So….I know a lot of mom’s name their son Jacob.  Did they know it means “heal grabber or deceiver”? Just wondering.

So here is the question of the day for anyone who wants to write their answer in comments. (Candace, you ready?)

Why was losing the blessing a bigger deal than the birthright??   Much bigger.


In Chapter 28, before sending Jacob to Paddam Aram (which is Haran….is this place familiar?? It was where Abraham stopped for a while when he left his hometown).  I put a map in the printable sections but click here if you want to print it now.  It will look like this:

 

Isaac tells Jacob exactly where to go as he flees Esau’s plan to kill him    Here is the version in my head:

“Get your suitcase son…go to my old stomping grounds…find my father in law’s house.  You never met him, his name was Bethuel.  He’s dead,  so don’t worry about that.  Your mother, who planned this whole deception has a money hungry brother, Laban, who lives there, he’s a piece of work but don’t worry about that either, he will find you a wife.  Pack quicker son…you know your brother is a good hunter!  Anyway, remember God’s covenant, so make lots of babies…maybe 12 sons and a daughter sounds like a good number.  You will be a foreigner in this land, but Trump’s not President yet, so you will be safe.  One day your descendants will own this land!  Get a good night’s rest…if you can’t find a pillow, use a rock”  Now go on…I have to deal with Esau…evidently he is dating a new girl, an Ishmaelite this time!


Jacob’s dream at Bethel.  (Beth meaning house and El…you should know this…means God)

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Not the best picture but it was the only one I could find that the angels did not have wings.  Why do we think angels have wings? Am I missing something?

Jacob has heard of God.  He is the God if Abraham and the God of Isaac, however that is where it stops (for now).  Abraham retells the covenant to Jacob but God comes to Jacob directly and confirms the Covenant in a dream.  He uses imagery that will make sense to Jacob (I could be wrong but I think it looks like a ziggurat like in chapter 11).

One phrase stands out to me and I can’t get past it: verse 20

Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey….”

I may be looking at it wrong, but I feel like Jacob is still on the fence about this God thing.  I feel like he is wrestling with it a bit….


Jacob Meets the Family!

I think the story is pretty clear (and I am sure you are about to kill me this is so long) So let me just clear up the ending.  So obviously Laban used “it is not our custom to give the younger daughter before the older” as an excuse.  The Bible described Leah as “weak eyes”.   Leah in Hebrew means “weary” but the Hebrew word can also be translated to “Cow” so draw your own conclusions!

So the deceiver gets deceived!   In verse 29:25 It says’ “why have you deceived me” I like to say “why have you Jacobed me!”  Anyway, it’s important to know that the wedding headdresses of this time was very modest and ornate.  Jacob would have only seen her eyes that night.

 

Genesis

Genesis 25-26

Only 2 chapters today people! Only an 8 minute read.

Chapter 25-

  • Go Abraham!  He must take vitamins.
  • Abraham dies and even though EVERYTHING was left to Isaac, don’t miss that it says in verse 9 “His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the Cave of Machpelah near the Mamre in the field of Ephron son of the Zohar the Hittite.”
    • How cool is it that you can read a verse like that and actually say “ok, ok…I actually understand that Abraham bought that cave for a ton of money…his wife was buried there, and his descendants will inherit this land one day (after 400+ years BUT they will).  Pretty stinking cool.
  • Ishmael was promised 2 things:
    • He will be the father to 12 rulers, sons (Gen 17:20)
    • BUT,  he will live in hostility toward all his brothers (16:12)

Jacob and Esau-

The Lord said to her:

“Two nations are in your womb,
and two peoples from within you will be separated;
one people will be stronger than the other,
and the older will serve the younger.”

  • Interesting that this prophecy was given to Rebekah, and not Isaac (I don’t tthink she told him either)
  • Esau mean “hairy”
  • Jacob means “deceiver” “heal grabber” (better than butt grabber I guess)

Let’s talk about Birthright verse Blessing:

Birthright:  Natural privileged of the firstborn son (today’s read)

  • included a double portion of the inheritance from the father
  • would become the head of the family
  • would be in charge of the property
  • would be in charge of the younger sons, any widows in the family, and unmarried daughters (were they ugly?)

Blessing: (tomorrow’s read)

  • the blessing put you on a Covenant relationship with the Lord! 
  • a promise of divine protection  through the nations to come
  • whoever curses them will be cursed, whoever blesses them will be blessed.

So when we teach this to the little ones in Sunday school, the whole key to the lesson is following the Covenant!  The Covenant gets passed Starting at Abraham…..Ends with Jesus.  The deceitful act of stealing the Blessing is 10 times worse than taking the birthright.


Abimelek- (not the same guy, this is a term the kings in Caanan used for themselves)

God confirms the Covenant with Isaac directly….and then Isaac did the same “lack of faith” move- “She’s my sister!”  Man, the apple didn’t fall far from the tree!

 

Genesis

Genesis 22-24

So last night I posted a pre-read to give you time to chew on Genesis 22:1-19.  It begins with “Some time later God tested Abraham”  What is he testing him for now?  He was told to leave his county, his people, his father’s household, save Lot from a large army, tithe, circumcise himself, wait 30 years for your wife to get pregnant…what else can Abraham be tested on?  Let’s get our geography…

Then Solomon began to build the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the Lord had appeared to his father David. – 2 Chron,3:1

So we are on the land that will be later called Jerusalem.  Where Jesus, God’s son, his only son, whom he loved,  will come, carry wood on his back….

Obviously,  I can talk about this chapter all week but let me point out verse 5:

“Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”– Genesis 22:4

combined with:

17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18 even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”19 Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.-Hebrews 11:17-19

back to Genesis.  Why was he Abraham stopped??

12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”

Abraham had faith from the moment he was told to “Go” or “Leave”.  There were times he trusted and obeyed God.  But did Abraham fully trust God.  If he killed Isaac, then God’s promise wouldn’t happen??  Yes, he fully believed God’s Promise! 

He passed the test of believing God’s full measure in the promise that He conquers death.  “Now I know that you fear God”  Abraham believed God’s Promise!!  He was told he would be a father of nations.  Abraham believed.  The Gospel is actually that easy.  Do you put all your faith in the Creator of the universe that when he says “I PROMISE, you will be raised from the dead.  I will PROVIDE a SUBSTITUTE!  God will provide the Lamb (I grew up going to catholic mass: “the lamb that takes away our sins”….I had no idea what that meant).  Do you hope that’s going to happen or do you BELIEVE that is going to happen?  Do you believe his Promise in Salvation that God will provide Jesus as your substitute on the Cross?? 

17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring  all nations on earth will be blessed,[c] because you have obeyed me.”

Abraham believed that even if he followed through, God was still God, and would have fulfilled his promise.  So you can move on, I am going to write some more in Comments on the blog.


Nahor’s sons:  Printable is in the handout section.  If you can’t find it let me know.  BTW, how come no one names their son Uz or Buz anymore??

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Chapter 23  The death of Sarah.

Why is Abraham wanting to buy this burial site so badly that when the price of the land was offered to him at double the price he doesn’t even negotiate, he just buys it?  Abraham is a foreigner of this land, but he knows that God’s promise will be fulfilled and his descendants WILL be given this land so he wants to secure the cave of Machpelah as a burial site so that when they are given the land,  Sarah’s burial will be there.    Abraham will also be buried there as well as Isaac and Jacob later.


Chapter 24 Rebekah

Servant Eliezar (we know his name from Chapter 15) is told: “Umm, my son is getting old, he is about 40, go get him a wife!   But there are 2 conditions:

  1. She must not be a Caananite!   (party girls!)
  2. She must be willing to come back to the land promised to us.

So Eliezar prays “can you make this easy on me and give me a unmistakable sign so that I know she is the one”.  (If only this happened on the show The Bachelor!) Just kidding, Eliezar knows the importance of the task so goes to the Lord in prayer.   Before he is done praying….She’s The ONE!  Not only is she the one but she is kind, a virgin, and beautiful!  Jackpot!  Look at your family tree above…Bethuel was her father…check #1 off your list.  Bethuel must have passed away because Laban commits her to marriage ONLY after drooling over the $$$.  He noticed the jewlery first…then was told in verse 39 my master is wealthy.  Score!!  So now what about #2 on the checklist.  Could be a problem because Assyrian Law may not protect a woman from WHO they get to marry BUT they do get a say in WHERE they live (well isn’t that nice of you men!)

57 Then they said, “Let’s call the young woman and ask her about it.” 58 So they called Rebekah and asked her, “Will you go with this man?”

“I will go,” she said.

I picture this in slow motion…both Laban and Eliezar sweating…waiting on an answer…and finally they hear “IIIII….wiiiiilllll……goooooo”

And so they were married.  And lived happily ever after!  (If only that were true!!)  Till tomorrow….

Genesis

Genesis 22 for tomorrow

Tomorrow you are going to read 3 deep chapters.  I wanted to carve out the first 19 verses as a pre-read.  Listen, I don’t care if you signed up on January 1 and you haven’t started yet, I want you to read this chapter. Years ago,  I read this and I met up with a woman later that day.   I said (with astonishment)  “Did you know that Genesis 22 is a foreshadow of the Gospel??” I do love this woman, but she had been marinating in christian circles all her life (and did not know that I was from New Jersey…HA!…not much marinating in that State)  and she said “Well, of course I do….everyone knows that”.  NO, I didn’t know that!! 

I never want to assume “everyone knows that”…Chapter 22:1-19

Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”

Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”

Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”

“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.

“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”

Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.

When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”

13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram[a] caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”

15 The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time 16 and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed,[c] because you have obeyed me.”

19 Then Abraham returned to his servants, and they set off together for Beersheba. And Abraham stayed in Beersheba.

We will dig in tomorrow.

Genesis

Genesis 19-21

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Chapter 19: So when you hear the words:The Bible story of Sodom and Gommorah what comes to mind?   I can only imagine!!  But if we read chapter 9 looking at it from God’s perspective does that change the view?   Yes. Let’s start with the New Testament:

if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)— 2 Peter 2:6-8

What is the theme of this event?  RedemptionLot was a righteous man!   The story is about God’s hand on those that are His at the time of judgement. They will be saved.  He will pull us by the hand and save us!

Lot is sitting at the gate of the city (where business and politics are decided) so Lot is obviously an important person in this town.  The 2 angels offered to stay in the square,  however,  Lot insists they get shelter since part of this town’s sin is sexual depravity…he is scared to leave them in public overnight! Like the French Quarter during Mardi Gras!  A Near Eastern law of hospitality says that: a host MUST not allow any harm to come upon his guests, so he makes great efforts in keeping them safe, even offering his virgin daughters.

Lot’s family is warned about God’s coming judgement and not only do they ignore him, but they think he is kidding!!  Ready to read something beautiful:

16 When he hesitated (meaning Lot), the men (meaning the angels on God’s mission) grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the Lord was merciful to them.

If you know this story or have already read today, after telling them NOT to look back….not at their old life, not at their belongings, not to see if they can return to their old ways, not to want for that life again…Lot’s wife looks back!!  It wasn’t THAT she looked, it was WHY she looked.  

Quick Geography Lesson:

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  • This totally makes historical sense since the Dead Sea has 10 times the salt than the Ocean.
  • Pictures below of salt stacks.

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Lot’s daughters: remember we are trying to read this from a different perspective, but I won’t judge you if you gagged in your mouth.  Lot raised his daughters in an environment of sin.  Sexual immorality was so desensitized that this act of using their father to start a family was not as weird to them as it is to us.  Having descendants was so important in this time and their immoral upbringing was so corrupt that this was not (in their minds) a horrible plan.

BUT….what is the consequence!!!  The sons are Moab “by the father”, and Ben-Ammi “son of my parent” (that must make it weird at casual introductions….”Hi teacher, this is my son Moab….”         The Moabites and the Ammonites will become forever enemies of Israel.  We will encounter them 182 times in the Bible so I am glad we took the time to read their origin so it will all make sense.


Genesis 20: I know this post is too long so I am going to skip the Venn Diagram I drew comparing and contrasting Chapter 12 to 20.  So as much as I want to throw Abraham out of my window and say “Are you kidding me…AGAIN??  You just saw God take an army of thousands against your 318…you saw Him take Sodom down….you don’t think he has his hand of protection on you ALL the time….”   But then I would have to look in the mirror and say it, and that’s not fun.


Chapter 21:  Skipping to the bottom: The treaty of Beersheba- obviously I need a map!!

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So Abimilek, was told in Chapter 20:7 “all that belongs to you will die”,  probably wanted to kill his men for messing with Abraham’s well!  A well is so important in these times but this well also marks the southern part of the territory God is going to hand to him in His promise.  Abimilek and the men really were afraid and would have given the well back, but Abraham makes it legit (can anyone say that word without MC Hammer in their head) by creating an “oath”.  Beersheba means “well of seven or well of oath”.


BY the way…brace yourself…I peeked at tomorrow.  Oh  My  Stars!!!

Genesis

Genesis 16-18

Chapter 16:

“The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.”

Before we start throwing a stone at Sarai, you need to know that this is an ancient custom of the day to ensure the birth of an heir.  Through time this actually gets written in to the Hammurabi Code.  In order to unite all of southern Mesopotamia, the Babylonian king wrote a Code of Laws.  We will see many of the laws sprinkled throughout the Bible as a “custom”.  It is important to understand the culture of the time. All 282  codes,  are “If….Then”.  (some were pretty harsh!)

HOWEVER, I will throw first….”perhaps I can”- c’mon Sarai!!

Skipping to verse 7: I never noticed before God perused Hagar…not vice versa. I think I jsut assumed she cried out.  (He is with us even when we are ignoring Him)  The angel of the Lord’s first appearance in our Bible makes an appearance BUT verse 13.

13 She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” 

Any thoughts?  Another Trinity appearance?    So let’s mention Ishmael (God has heard…always look for the EL.  El refers to God):

He will be a wild donkey of a man;
    his hand will be against everyone
    and everyone’s hand against him,
and he will live in hostility
    toward  all his brothers.”

Poor Ishmael, caught in the adult drama will live a nomadic life but oddly will be war-like.  His descendants will be called the Ishmaelites, but this large nation he will grow (specified in the next chapter) is never in conflict with Israel OR are they subject to God’s judgement.

Notes:

  • El Roi- The God who sees me.  (Hagar has the honor of “naming” the Lord for the first time”)
  • Beer Lahai Roi- Marla, this is not a Pub! “The well of the Living One who sees me”

Chapter 17: May I encourage you to grab a pen and circle how many times the word Covenant is used.  God does put responsibility out there for this Everlasting Covenant.  Abram and his descendants do not have a license to live as they please. Twelve years ago,  a wise woman once said to me “You are called to be Holy, not to be happy”, and I say it in my head at least once a week…or once a day.

Recall: Promise…. then Covenant….. then Sign.  Here we are: Chapter 12-15-17

In my time studying and listening to podcasts on this topic I have heard lots of reasons as to why circumcision is the sign:

  • the constant reminder of the cutting away of the old,
  • or applies to the making of male descendants so sexual activity must he disciplined and dedicated to procreation for God (read that twice if your name is Elliot or Charlie…my daughters!!),
  • to be set apart (Holy), as they are called to enter a pagan land called Canaan

As always: I read this and God shows me something new that knocks my socks off!

13 Whether born in your household or bought with your money, they must be circumcised.

I have always seen the Gentiles (me and you) in God’s plan. But in my Bible today I stopped when I read this.  Those that were bought…that’s me!  Redeemed.

Abram gets a name change to Abraham and Sarai to Sarah.  Abraham means “the father of many nations’.  “ha” or “ah” added to a name means “breath”.  The breath of God is now on them!  This is a new destiny, just like the day of your salvation.  (so call me Patricaha!)


Chapter 18:(I am running late this morning, so this might be a rushed post)  Of these 3 visitors, one is clearly the Lord.  Sarah, when told she will bear a child at her age doesn’t just “laugh”, she denies the possibility.  I guess she hasn’t planned a date night in a while!  In her defense, just like Adam and Eve, the conversation WAS between God and Abram, Sarai was not a witness to it.

God himself makes a personal inspection of the city.  Abraham speaks boldly to God and asks if he will refrain from judging a whole nation if there are a few to be found righteous in the city (yup, sounds like America).  Can God find at least 10 righteous people??  Abraham’s Nephew,  Lot,  has been living there…surely he has missioned at least a few right??

Genesis

Genesis 12-15

If you got a little behind in Job, tuck it away for now and stay with us in Genesis!  Here is a video to recap of Job you can watch later.  Video.

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Chapter 12: Abram is told to “Go”.  He lives in the Ur of Chaldean.  Ur, located in modern day Iraq,   was the world’s hub of culture, power, and wealth.  Abram was told to leave this county, these people, and this comfortable household….and he did. THEN, the Lord made him a promise at the age of 75:

The Promise:

 “I will make you into a great nation,
    and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
    and you will be a blessing.
 I will bless those who bless you,
    and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
    will be blessed through you.”

ALL peoples on earth will be blessed THROUGH you. This is why we are going to follow every genealogy until Christ. If you did not read last nights overview, there is genealogy in the sidebar you will want to peek at.  Let’s now look at the map:

map of Abraham's Journeys

Let’s begin our traveling.  Abram follows the caravan roads (rather than cutting through the desert) Here are some notes if interested:

  •  Haran: Hebrew word: the road
  • Cannaan: which is Israel today.  Go back to Genesis 9, the son of Noah: Ham.
  • Shechem: Hebrew words:  shoulder of the mountain.
  •  Bethel: House of God.  This is where Jacob will see the stairway to heaven.
  • Ai- means Ruin…hmmm
  • Negev-this is where Isaac is going to be born
  • Hebron- this is where Abraham is going to be buried
  • He builds an altar to the Lord.  Altars are built for 2 reasons-
    • 1.) for offering a sacrifice
    • 2.) as a place of remembrance.

So if he built an alter to the Lord remembering his promise…but does he fully trust it?  I don’t recall God telling him to go to Egypt.  THEN, he takes his smoking hot wife into the land.  It was known in those times that if Pharaoh wanted to have a “conjugal prison visit, if you know what I mean” with your wife, he would just kill you and take her (or like David, send them to war….insert sad face)  So Abram says, “Tell them I am your brother”. I am still trying to figure out if Sarai is born from Abram’s brother Nahor which would make this a “white lie” since cousin and sister are interchangeably in their language.  Anyway….focus Szymanski!!

 I will bless those who bless you,
    and whoever curses you I will curse;

Sorry, Pharoah….you didn’t know about this Promise…


Chapter 13:  As the elder person, Abram would have been fully within his rights to decide who gets what portion of land.  Abram voluntarily let’s Lot choose.  Lot chooses the plain of Jordan (right on the edge of a party town: Sodom so he can Uber over for some fun)

God PROMISES again in 13:14 the promises he made to him: I will give you this land and I will give you children.  Abram, makes another altar.


I know this is getting long, I am sorry…Chapter 14, cliffnote version: Five cities formed an alliance to fight for their independence against an alliance of 4 cities (this is like Game of Thrones!)  and in the midst of it all party boy Lot get taken P.O.W.    So here is how cool God is.  He takes Abram and a mere 318 men…against thousands, ambushed them at night and gets Lot AND all the stolen goods AND the other captives!

Melchizedek.   Can we call in sick today and talk about this ALL day!!  The Bible is going to be filled with typologies of Christ, but this one is my favorite.  Hebrew tradition says he is Shem (Noah’s son) But we really don’t know. Out of NO WHERE this King of Salem (King of Peace) comes to accept the FIRST TITHE! He performs COMMUNION.

Genesis 14-18-20 (go underline it)

Then Melchizedek king of Salem  brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High,  and he blessed Abram, saying,
“Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
Creator  of heaven and earth.

And blessed be God Most High,
who delivered your enemies into your hand.”
Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.

Do you understand how much foreshadowing is in just those two verses. This was 600 years BEFORE the priesthood was dictated through Moses as a Levitical line (don’t get confused, we will get there next month 🙂 ). 

  • We end with Abram professing his Faith in the Lord!  God won this “318” Battle for him!

Chapter 15: “After this”: After he fought some major k Abram was afraid of retaliation..So what does God say “DON’T BE AFRAID, I AM YOUR SHIELD”.

If a person did not have an heir, the estate went to your top servant.  Abram’s servant was Eliezar.  Abram’s like “God, I am getting pretty old, and you have not given us Viagra yet!” (paraphrase of course) Oh how I love Abram…He’s a mess…verse 6: He believed the Lord…but in verse 8: “How can I know”….

So God ratifies this Promise with a Covenant!

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This is not one of those, “cut your hand and let’s shake on it”.  The animals are huge and they are cut vertically in half and spaced out.  The blood would pool up…lots of it,  and God in the form of fire, would pass through it creating an Everlasting Covenant!

On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates— the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites,  Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites,  Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites.”

BUT….Not before saying…

13 Then the Lord said to him, “Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there. 14 But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions. 15 You, however, will go to your ancestors in peace and be buried at a good old age. 16 In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure.”

If you have a study bible you will see in your margin or at the bottom a cross reference to Exodus 12:40  Look it up!

 Now the length of time the Israelite people lived in Egypt was 430 years.  At the end of the 430 years, to the very day, all the LORD’s divisions left Egypt.

Book Overviews · Genesis

Patriarchs overvierw. Genesis 12-50

Back to Genesis!  We are going to cover 360 years in just 2 week!!  Buckle up kids!!

  • The History of Abraham (12-25)
  • The History of Isaac (26-27)
  • The History of Jacob (28-39)
  • The History of Joseph (37-50)

Timeline: it is about 400 years after the flood.  We will begin right away with a Covenant.  Let’s recall what we learned in the time of Noah: there is a promise, a sealing of the covenant, and then a sign to remember the covenant.  Covenant by the way,  means an agreement, a  promise, a contact, an oath, that God will not break.  At the beginning of this section we will read about the Covenant with Abraham.  The Abrahamic Covenant is unconditional.  (one sided...not an “If…then” promise)   God makes a Covenant with Abraham, then repeats the Covenant with Abraham’s son Isaac, then repeats it a third time with Abraham’s grandson Jacob. This is why we will see throughout the Bible: “The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers”.

We have been in Job for 2 weeks so let me put the scripture we left off at in Chapter 11 (or cheat and look at the graph at the bottom)- I will also post as a handout in the sidebar.  I highly recommend you keep a folder of the handouts to refer back to 🙂

Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran. And Haran became the father of Lot.  While his father Terah was still alive, Haran died in Ur of the Chaldeans, in the land of his birth. Abram and Nahor both married. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milcah; she was the daughter of Haran, the father of both Milcah and Iscah.  Now Sarai was barren; she had no children.  Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. But when they came to Haran, they settled there.

  Terah lived 205 years, and he died in Haran.

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Genesis · Job

Jan 12th Perfect time to start

If you can commit to this without an accountability person..kudos to you!  I am weak and have already made my excuses in my head ” But….I work full time, I have 3 kids, they all play sports, one is graduating this year,  it’s prom week, I am on vacation….”  I have someone in my life who will say “Trish, you want God to be with you ALL day, but you can’t give Him 15 minutes a day!”  So find someone that you love who can punch you in the face like that.   They can jump in today…read Genesis on the plan below.

So here is the schedule for them (or you if you never started this and wish you had)

January 13th: Genesis 1-3 Click for reading
January 14 th: Genesis 4-7 Click for reading
January 15th: Genesis 8-11 Click for reading

If they have spare time or need some visuals with the reading click here (and start at the bottom and scroll up)

Genesis

Genesis 8-11

Click here for Gen 8-11 Scriptures         Click here if you want to LISTEN to it

So if it is ok with you I would like to go back a little.  First, let’s quickly go back to 6:17-18

17 I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. 18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—

This is the first time Covenant is “said” in the Bible.  There are different types Covenants from God, this one is Unconditional.  God is making a promise that is one-sided.  But how cool is God that every covenant has a:

  1. The promise
  2. A sealing (sacrifice)
  3. A sign to remember it

Click here for a handout for your Binder on Covenant

Moving on to Chapter 7…..our timeline begins.  It is time get the “cute” Bible Story of Noah out of our visual reminder and really picture what this might have been like for him.  After making this box to live in with his family and the animals…(I love asking a trivia question like “How many of each clean animal was brought upon the Ark”.  If you did not underline verse 7:2-3, you may want to look again).  Also, let’s stop teaching children that he was on the ark for 40 days….

Flood

Chapter 8: Here is your map 🙂

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Why is this map important you ask? Because this was not a local flood, this was a world wide flood.   Mt. Ararat is over 17,000 feet above seal Level.

(BTW, it is killing me not to break down every scripture….)

Let’s go back to Covenant….we have the promise…now let’s seal it. (always with a sacrifice)

8:20 Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. 21 The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done

Chapter 9: you will need a pencil (or at least re-reread it)  It begins with a new beginning. Now, go through Chapter 9 and underline or circle the word Covenant (many times).  God refers to it as His Covenant.  It is unconditional.  This is a one sided contract!  And yes….as we predicted, we had the promise, the sealing, and of course…the sign.  Image result for rainbow

Chapter 9.  OK, so I didn’t grow up in church but I knew a guy named Noah was on an ark with giraffes (always giraffes in the pictures). But what I did not know was how the story ended! 

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Noah has 3 sons.  Japeth, Ham, and Shem. You need to know this…here is how you are going to remember who is who…

  • Japeth “J” sound=Gentiles (me and you)
  • Ham “Pigs smell and are mean”- Cursed nations- Cannaan
  • Shem-starts with an S…Salvation!- The Hebrews

Ham disgraced his Father pointing out and mocking his sin.  The consequence to Ham and his descendants is everlasting.

“Cursed be Canaan! (Canaanites)
    The lowest of slaves
    will he be to his brothers.”

26 He also said,

“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Shem! (Hebrews)
May Canaan be the slave of Shem. (Hebrews)
27 May God extend Japheth’s[ (Gentile’s)territory; 
may Japeth (Gentiles)  live in the tents of Shem,(Hebrews)
and may Canaan be the slave of Japheth.”(Gentiles)

LOOK AT THIS….It kind of makes sense huh!

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Chapter 10 Table of nations…. (In an effort to keep this blog from going on forever, here is an abbreviated version of Chapter 10.  However if you ponder on it now, I think it will make sense.

Chapter 11- The Tower of Babel

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11 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar[b] and settled there. (why??  I thought you were supposed to populate the earth?)

They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. (why are you making your own resources God clearly said he would provide for you) Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves (a monument to yourself?  Not a temple to worship God like most ziggurats were used for) a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens (God already has a plan for that), so that we may make a name for ourselves (Uggg); otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” (Umm, LIke God told you to??)

But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us Image result for orange triangledown and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”

So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.

Us verse Image result for orange triangle  situation!

I am going to stop at 11:10 and pick that up in a visual when we get back to Genesis!