Category Archive for: ‘Genesis’

Lessons From Genesis

1.  It all started with God. God is the Creator.  All things were created for His glory and purposes.  We are apt to seeing ourselves as the center of the universe and the most important person in the world.  On the stage of history, God has the final word about purpose and our place in it.  We owe Him life …

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The End of Genesis: Competing Realities (Gen 50)

Genesis 50 Then Joseph fell on his father’s face and wept over him and kissed him. 2 And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father. So the physicians embalmed Israel. 3 Forty days were required for it, for that is how many are required for embalming. And the Egyptians wept for him seventy days. 4 And when …

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I Wait for Your Salvation, O LORD”: Finishing Well (Gen 48-49)

Genesis 48:1-49:33 48 After this, Joseph was told, “Behold, your father is ill.” So he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim. 2 And it was told to Jacob, “Your son Joseph has come to you.” Then Israel summoned his strength and sat up in bed. 3 And Jacob said to Joseph, “God Almighty appeared to me at …

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“I Myself will go down with you, and I will bring you back up” (Gen 46-47)

Genesis 46:1-47:31 46 So Israel took his journey with all that he had and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. 2 And God spoke to Israel in visions of the night and said, “Jacob, Jacob.” And he said, “Here am I.” 3 Then he said, “I am God, the God of your father. …

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Genesis 45

Genesis 45 1 Then Joseph could not control himself before all those who stood by him. He cried, “Make everyone go out from me.” So no one stayed with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers. 2 And he wept aloud, so that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard it. 3 And Joseph said …

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God’s Severe Mercies (part 3 of 3) – The Destructive Power of True Repentance (Gen 44)

Genesis 44:1–34 1 Then he commanded the steward of his house, “Fill the men’s sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put each man’s money in the mouth of his sack, 2 and put my cup, the silver cup, in the mouth of the sack of the youngest, with his money for the grain.” And he did …

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God’s Severe Mercies (part 2 of 3) – And Some That Aren’t (Gen 43)

Genesis 43:1-34 1 Now the famine was severe in the land. 2 And when they had eaten the grain that they had brought from Egypt, their father said to them, “Go again, buy us a little food.” 3 But Judah said to him, “The man solemnly warned us, saying, ‘You shall not see my face unless your brother is with …

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God’s Severe Mercies (part 1 of 3) – The Necessary First Steps to Restoration (Gen 42)

Genesis 42:1-38 1 When Jacob learned that there was grain for sale in Egypt, he said to his sons, “Why do you look at one another?” 2 And he said, “Behold, I have heard that there is grain for sale in Egypt. Go down and buy grain for us there, that we may live and not die.” 3 So ten …

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From the Big House to the Big House: Joseph’s Exaltation (Gen 41)

Genesis 41 1 After two whole years, Pharaoh dreamed that he was standing by the Nile, 2 and behold, there came up out of the Nile seven cows attractive and plump, and they fed in the reed grass. 3 And behold, seven other cows, ugly and thin, came up out of the Nile after them, and stood by the other …

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Living in the Pits and the White Spaces (Gen 40)

Genesis 40:1-23 1 Some time after this, the cupbearer of the king of Egypt and his baker committed an offense against their lord the king of Egypt. 2 And Pharaoh was angry with his two officers, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker, 3 and he put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in …

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