01/27 Genesis 39:1-42:5

01/27 – Genesis 39:1-23, Genesis 40-41, Genesis 42:1-5
Gen. 39:6-10 – Sin against God? No written law as of yet, but the concept of sin is here. Is this the first mention of it?
Gen. 39:11 – Righteous, but not smart.
Gen. 39:19-20 – Not just any prison, wher the kings prisoners were. Is kindness on Potiphar’s part?
Gen. 39:20 – God still by his side, caring for him.
Gen. 40:23 – how do ou forget such a thing?
Gen. 41:9-13 – He remembers when it will do him good, to be the man who finds the interpreter.
Gen. 41:25-32 – What if the cupbearer had remained silent? What if … Interesting how much sin is involved in putting Joseph wher he is. His brother’s sin, Potiphar’s wife’s sin, but also Josephs righteousness. Had he not been righteous he wouldn’t have been in charge with Potiphar or the prison guard. he would hav gone to a regular prison and not met Pharaoh’s servant and not had an audience with Pharaoh.
Gen. 41:37-46 – Or been put in charge by Pharaoh.

01/26 Genesis 31-38

Genesis 31-38
Lost of reading, trying to catch up.
Gen. 31 – Laban must have really mistreated him. God and Laban’s daughters have noticed.
Not much here about God’s heart. We see much of a man and his deciept. But od is a bit silent, almost absent. Not quite. What little is said is sid on behalf of Jacon. God’s devotion to Jacob (and Isacc and Abraham) is unwavering, even throught he deciept of Jacob and his wives.
Gen. 32:3-8 – Jacon ran from Esau’s fury (Gen. 27) and now rightfully fears meeting him again. Surely he thought of this before setting out? But he trusts God that he will not send him into an ambush (Gen. 32:9-12)
Gen. 23:24-32 – I wonder what to make of this wrestling. Is it physical? Spiritual? Both? I think much of what I’ve been through in the past year is like this – wrestling with God. “OK God, what about discipling? What about accountability? What about my church?”
But what of the implication here that Jacob was stronger than God? Does that simply speak to his determination to know God? So figurative, yet encouraging. If we fight with God, question him, even demand of him, as long as our hearts are soft and humble, we will be blessed.
Gen. 34:13-17 – There’s a fine line between shrewd and decieptful. It seems that the heeart behind it is the judge. Deciept is born of selfishness, greed and fear. Shrewdness out of love and concern.
Gen. 34:18-24 – “Won’t it become ours …” Deciept.
Gen. 36:1-43 – More geneology! But it’s the only mention of Esau’s line. The Bible goes into detail about Jacob’s. Is it the simple choice to follow God that separates them? It seems to be.
Gen. 37:3-4 – Benjamin was born in Jacob’s even “older age”, yet Joseph is favored.
Gen. 37:12-17 – He is oblivious to their hatred (as perhaps is Jacob)
Gen. 37:25-28 – Such compassion! Sold for 1/2 pound of silver.
Gen. 38:1-30 – Oh what a tangled web of unfaithfulness.
It’s unclear what Er’s wickedness was.
Er’s wickedness costs him his life, Onan’s selfishness his. Then Judahfails to fulfil his promise to Tamar, putting her in a desparate position where she resorts to a desparate plan and it only works because of Judah’s sin!
Gen. 38:24-26 – ow arrogant of Judah! Yet she is shrewd and discreet. She could have exposed him but did not.
Mat. 1 – Jesus traces his line through this birth from a relationship of deciept, prostitution and lust! It is amazing what God will do even eith our sin.

01/19 Genesis 27-28

Genesis 26:34-35, 27:1-46, 28:1-9, 18-22
27:11-12 – He’s more concerned about getting caught than the deciept.
27:16 – Goat skins! He was hairy!
27:26-29 – This favoritism is so foreign to me and me US people pleasing politacal correctness.
27:34-36 – He had little respect for his honored, yet undeserved, position. Yet he whines about loosing the blessing. He wants the fruit with out the respect.
28:6-9 – Esau seems to not have any real conviction about this, jsut people pleasing. Jacob seems to be genuinely concerned with his parents wishes.
28:13-15 – Jacon lied and tricked his way into the “blessed” position, yet God honored it. Was it God’s respect for Isaac and Abraham? Perhaps I am just looking at this through my 20th century cultural bias. So much of Jacob’s behavior goes against what I know to be God’s will (deceipt, selfishness, lies) yet God blesses the result. It goes against the “concequences of sin” argument. Hard to grasp what’s going on here.
28:18-22 – Perhaps it’s God seeing through his sinful nature to his heart, knowing that he is interested in more than the surface, he wants to go deeper, to know God. The fact might be that we make more (sometimes) than God does of our own sin.

01/14 Genesis 22-23

Genesis 22 – 23
22:1 – How did God communicate with Abraham. Voices in his head? An appearance?
22:2 – I wonder why God did this. A test of his faith and love for God? I don’t know of much like it in the Bible. I guess in some ways our daily discipleship is that kind of test, on a smaller level anyway. No, not really. Sacrificing your son goes against what God is about – love, compassion. It involves real trust to go against what you know God to be about. I guess that’s real trust and love, isn’t it? Knowing someone well enough to look past the obvious, surface things that contradict what you know to be true about them and just go along to see where they’re headed. Think about Peter and the sheet from heaven. Goes against what he knows about God, but he trusts and follows along to see where God is going.
22:3 – No argument, discussion or debate.
22:3-5 – Three days! What must have gone through his mind over those days.
22:6-8 – Do you think that was the end of Isaac’s questions? I know better from my own kids. But look at Abraham’s absolute trust in God.
22:9-10 – What must Isaac have been thinking?
22:12 – God wanted to know that he wasn’t second to anything.
22:16 – God says, “I swear to God …” 🙂
23:6 – He was well respected there. Pick anyplace and it’s yours. What if he’d of picked my house, how would I have responded?

01/13 Genesis 20-21

Genesis 20:1-18, 21:1-7,21:22-34,21:8-21
20:1-2 – He does it again! And the result is the same. “As a dog returns to his vomit…”
20:3-7 – God intercedes again when man drops the ball.
20:6 – There is no law yet, but it is accepted taht to take another man’s wife is sin. Our conscience can be a guide of righteousness.
– I wonder, too, of Abimelech’s relationship with God. There seems to be a familiarity here, but not like Abraham.
20:11 – Abraham assumes that these strangers don’t fear God nad it get’s him in trouble. Lesson there for us, don’t you think?
20:13 – Twisted logic, Abraham!
20:17-18 – Why did God wait for Abrahams’ word? Did he want to make sure Abraham felt good about it first? Surely, Abimelech’s repentance seems clear.
21:27-30 – It’s interestign that Abraham brings gifts, even though it was he who was wronged.
21:34 – Abimelech is the leader of the Philistinmes?!?
21:11-13 – God even blesses the ‘iligitimate’ son on accoutn of his love for Abraham. He says, don’t worry, send them away, I’ll take acare of them.

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