Author: Michael Bogart

Genesis Challenge | Chapter 49: Jacob Speaks to His Sons’ Futures

Genesis Challenge | Chapter 49: Jacob Speaks to His Sons’ Futures In chapter 49, Jacob speaks to his sons’ futures. As mentioned in the previous section, parents have the special duty to understand their children. One by one, Jacob evaluates his sons and, in some cases, makes prophetic statements about them. As you read, keep these points in mind: As Jacob’s firstborn, why did Jacob disqualify Reuben from the rights of the firstborn (see Genesis 35:22). Simeon and Levi are also given negative evaluations (see Genesis 34). Jacob prophesies that they will not have their own tribal territories, but will...

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Genesis Challenge | Chapter 50: Joseph Fully Forgives His Brothers

Genesis Challenge | Chapter 50: Joseph Fully Forgives His Brothers It is an appropriate end to that Joseph fully forgives his brothers.  Three events take place in chapter 50: Jacob’s death, the transportation of his body to Canaan, and his elaborate funeral there. Joseph’s complete reconciliation with his brothers. Joseph’s own death. As you conclude your reading, think about these questions: Why is there such an emphasis on burying Jacob in Canaan? Why do you think that Joseph’s brothers were afraid that he would punish them for what they did to him once their father was gone?  Didn’t Joseph already...

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Genesis Challenge | Chapter 48: Joseph Receives the Double Portion

Genesis Challenge | Chapter 48: Joseph Receives the Double Portion Parents have the special duty of pronouncing blessing on their children. In chapter 48, Jacob fulfills this duty to Joseph where we see that Joseph receives the double portion of the firstborn. Remember that in the birth-order of the sons of Jacob (Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, and Benjamin), Joseph is near the end. He is clearly not the firstborn. In the times of the Patriarchs, the firstborn customarily received a double inheritance. Later we will see Jacob’s blessing on the other sons...

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Genesis Challenge | Chapters 46-47: Jacob’s Family Arrives in Egypt

Genesis Challenge | Chapters 46-47: Jacob’s Family Arrives in Egypt In Genesis chapters 46-47, Jacob’s family arrives in Egypt. They will remain in Egypt for many years to come until they grow into a mighty nation. This time of sheltered growth is only possible because of Joseph’s faith and gracious attitude. As you read these chapters, consider questions: Why was it necessary for God to specifically instruct Jacob to go to Egypt (see Genesis 26:2)? What was God’s purpose for sending the Israelites there (31-34)? Joseph instructs his brothers in chapter 46 to tell the Egyptians that they are...

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The Genesis Challenge | Chapter 45: Joseph and His Brothers Are Reconciled

The Genesis Challenge | Chapter 45: Joseph and His Brothers Are Reconciled In many ways, chapter 45 is the climax of Genesis as Joseph and his brothers are reconciled. Can you imagine what must have passed through the brothers’ minds when the second highest ruler of Egypt turned out to be the brother they mercilessly sold into slavery more than 20 years before? Yet instead of justice, the brothers received grace and forgiveness. Consider these issues as you read these pivotal chapters: Why did Joseph weep so loudly in 45:1-2? From vs. 4-8, what is Joseph’s mature perspective on...

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