Genesis 50 : Joseph buries his father, and later dies

July 20, 2023 ·

Summary: Upon his father's death, Joseph wept profusely and arranged for his father to be embalmed in the Egyptian manner. Subsequently, Joseph requested permission from Pharaoh to take his father's body to Canaan for burial. The Pharaoh granted his request and provided a sizable company to accompany Joseph on the journey. They laid Jacob to rest at Machpelah, the burial place of Abraham. Meanwhile, in Egypt, Joseph's brothers were filled with anxiety, fearing that Joseph still harbored anger towards them.… Read more.

Genesis 49 : Jacob blesses his sons prior to his death

July 19, 2023 ·

Summary: In Genesis 49, Jacob bestows individual blessings upon each of his sons. Reuben, the firstborn, is reproached for his transgression of sleeping with his father's concubine. Simeon and Levi face criticism for their violent actions. Judah, on the other hand, receives high praise and is prophesied to become a powerful ruling tribe. Zebulun is destined to be a haven for ships, while Issachar is blessed as a diligent and hardworking laborer. Dan is commended for his pursuit of justice,… Read more.

Genesis 48 : Jacob Blesses His Grandchildren

July 18, 2023 ·

Summary: Joseph receives news of his father's impending death and promptly visits him, accompanied by his two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh. Jacob is overjoyed at their arrival and decides to bestow his blessing upon them as if they were his own sons, rather than his grandsons. Joseph positions Manasseh, the elder son, to receive the first blessing, and Ephraim, the younger, to receive the second blessing. However, intentionally defying the expected order, Jacob blesses Ephraim ahead of Manasseh. In addition… Read more.

Genesis 47 : Israel’s Dying Wish

July 17, 2023 ·

Summary: Pharaoh engages in a conversation with Jacob, who affirms that they are indeed shepherds. In a generous act, Pharaoh grants them permission to settle in the prime land of Egypt, providing them with sustenance while the surrounding regions suffer from severe famine. The famine becomes so dire that people are compelled to sell all their possessions and eventually offer themselves as servants to Pharaoh. In return for food and seed, Pharaoh imposes a requirement for everyone to give one-fifth… Read more.

Genesis 46 : Jacob’s family goes to Goshen in Egypt

July 16, 2023 ·

Summary: Jacob sets out for Egypt, and God affirms that this journey is indeed the right course of action, assuring Jacob that his descendants will eventually return to Canaan. Accompanied by a total of 70 individuals, excluding their wives, Jacob's family ventures into Egypt. Upon their arrival, Jacob reunites with Joseph, and their emotional reunion moves him to tears. Joseph instructs his family to inform Pharaoh that they are shepherds and seek permission to settle in the land of Goshen.… Read more.

Genesis 45 : Joseph reveals himself

July 15, 2023 ·

Summary: Joseph, overcome with emotion, dismisses his attendants and unveils his true identity to his brothers. He enlightens them about God's divine plan, revealing that his enslavement was meant to pave the way for their future well-being. Joseph extends a heartfelt invitation to his brothers and father to relocate to Egypt, assuring them that he will care for their needs. Pharaoh readily agrees to this arrangement and generously sends abundant provisions for Jacob through Joseph's brothers. Jacob receives the news… Read more.

Genesis 44 : Benjamin is Enslaved

July 14, 2023 ·

Summary: As the brothers depart, Joseph covertly orders that their payment silver be placed in their sacks, while also instructing for his special silver cup to be placed in Benjamin's sack. Subsequently, Joseph sends men to apprehend his brothers, accusing them of stealing the silver cup. The brothers vehemently deny this charge as they were unaware of the cup's presence. However, when the cup is discovered in Benjamin's sack, they are compelled to enslave him. Recognizing the gravity of the… Read more.

Genesis 43 : Joseph’s brothers return

July 13, 2023 ·

Summary: Jacob and his sons run out of food again, so Jacob sends his sons back to Egypt to get food. The sons are unwilling to face 'the governor of Egypt' again without Benjamin, but Jacob does not want to let Benjamin go. Eventually, Jacob allows Benjamin to go. They take double silver and gifts with them because they don't want to get punished for having silver in their grain sacks last time. When they arrive in Egypt, Joseph sees… Read more.

Genesis 42 : Joseph Toys with His Brothers

July 12, 2023 ·

Summary: Joseph's family, facing the dire effects of the famine, sends ten of his brothers (excluding Benjamin) to Egypt in search of food. Unbeknownst to them, Joseph recognizes his brothers, but they fail to recognize him. Seizing the opportunity, Joseph feigns suspicion, accusing them of being spies and demanding that they return with their youngest brother as proof. In the meantime, Simeon is held captive in Egypt. As the nine brothers return to Canaan, they discover that Joseph had discreetly… Read more.

Genesis 41 : Joseph Rises from Prison

July 11, 2023 ·

Summary: The Pharaoh experiences two significant dreams—a vision of seven thin cows devouring seven fat cows, and another of seven withered grains consuming seven healthy grains. None of his wise men can decipher the dreams' meaning. However, the cupbearer, who had previously been in prison with Joseph, recalls Joseph's ability to interpret dreams. Joseph is summoned and interprets Pharaoh's dreams, foretelling seven years of abundance followed by seven years of famine. Impressed by Joseph's wisdom, Pharaoh appoints him to oversee… Read more.

Genesis 40 : Joseph Interprets Some Dreams 

July 10, 2023 ·

Summary: Joseph finds himself in prison, where he encounters two fellow prisoners: Pharaoh's cupbearer and baker. These two men have troubling dreams, and Joseph, being gifted in interpreting dreams, offers to help them. The cupbearer dreams of squeezing grapes into Pharaoh's cup, while the baker dreams of birds eating bread from his basket. Joseph explains that the cupbearer's dream signifies his imminent restoration to his position, while the baker's dream foreshadows his impending execution. Joseph requests the cupbearer's assistance, asking… Read more.

Genesis 39 : Joseph’s Success & Framing

July 9, 2023 ·

Summary: Joseph is sold to Potiphar, and his exceptional qualities as a slave lead him to become Potiphar's personal assistant. Joseph proves to be so capable in managing Potiphar's affairs and household that Potiphar entrusts everything to him, relinquishing his own responsibilities. However, it seems that Potiphar had marital issues because his wife starts making advances towards Joseph, persistently demanding that he sleeps with her. Joseph steadfastly refuses her propositions. Infuriated by his rejection, Potiphar's wife concocts a false accusation,… Read more.

Genesis 38 : Naughty Judah

July 8, 2023 ·

Summary: Judah relocated to Adullam and married a Canaanite woman. They had three sons: Er, Onan, and Shelah. Er married a woman named Tamar, but God struck him down due to his wickedness. According to the custom of the time, it was then Onan's duty to father children with Tamar in place of his deceased brother. However, Onan deliberately avoided fulfilling this obligation, and God was displeased with his actions, leading to his own demise. As a result, Tamar remained… Read more.

Genesis 36 : Genealogy of Esau and Seir

July 6, 2023 ·

Summary: Esau had multiple wives, mostly Canaanites, and they resided in Seir, separate from Jacob. Among Esau's sons were Eliphaz and Reuel, and one of his wives was Oholibamah. The descendants of Eliphaz, Reuel, and Oholibamah became the chiefs of Edom, the nation of Esau. In addition to Esau's lineage, Seir, a Horite, also resided in Edom/Seir. His sons—Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah, Dishon, Ezer, and Dishan—served as the Horite chiefs. Notably, one of Zibeon's sons, Anah, discovered hot springs in… Read more.

Genesis 35 : Jacob’s Travels

July 5, 2023 ·

Summary: God instructs Jacob to return to Bethel, the place where God had appeared to him before, and to construct an altar there. Jacob gathers all his family members and asks them to give him their idols, which he then buries. Together, they set off for Bethel, where Jacob builds an altar as instructed. Afterwards, Jacob goes back to Paddan Aram, where God reaffirms his new name, Israel, and blesses him with the promises originally given to Abraham. Jacob erects… Read more.

Genesis 34 : First chopped, then sworded

July 4, 2023 ·

Summary: Jacob's daughter Dinah is raped by Shechem, the son of Hamor, a Hivite. Shechem expresses his desire to marry Dinah, and Hamor proposes intermarriage between their families. However, Jacob's sons, furious over Dinah's assault, demand that the men of Shechem undergo circumcision before any further discussions take place. Agreeing to the terms, the men of Shechem undergo the procedure. Three days later, while still recovering and in pain, Levi and Simeon, two of Jacob's sons, retaliate by killing all… Read more.

Genesis 33 : Jacob meets Esau

July 3, 2023 ·

Summary: Esau's 400 men come and meet Jacob, who is humbling himself greatly. Esau asks, "Why did you send all these gifts?" Jacob explains that he sent them to gain Esau's favor, but Esau assures him that it was unnecessary, as Jacob already had his favor. Despite Jacob's persistence, Esau eventually accepts the gifts. Esau then heads back to Seir, while Jacob takes a slower pace to prevent his animals from dying. He settles in Succoth and later resides just… Read more.

Genesis 32 : Jacob Wrestles with God

July 2, 2023 ·

Summary: Jacob sets off towards Canaan and sends a message ahead to his brother, Esau. Upon learning that Esau is approaching with 400 men, Jacob becomes fearful and divides his group into two, hoping that at least one might survive in case of an attack. He also sends a caravan of gifts to Esau, hoping to appease him. That night, Jacob finds himself alone and engages in a wrestling match with a mysterious man. They wrestle throughout the night, and… Read more.

Genesis 31 : Jacob Runs Off

July 1, 2023 ·

Summary: Jacob becomes aware that Laban and his sons no longer hold him in favor. After receiving guidance from God and discussing the situation with his wives, Jacob decides to flee Laban's presence, taking all his belongings with him to the hill country of Gilead. Notably, Rachel secretly takes her father's idols along with her. When Laban discovers Jacob's departure, he pursues him and eventually catches up to him in the hill country of Gilead. God warns Laban to choose… Read more.

Genesis 30 : Jacob gets sons and sheep

June 30, 2023 ·

Summary: Rachel, feeling jealous of Leah's ability to bear children, offers her maidservant, Bilhah, to Jacob, resulting in the birth of two sons. In response, Leah gives her maidservant, Zilpah, to Jacob, who also gives birth to two sons. As a further arrangement, Leah agrees to let Jacob sleep with her in exchange for mandrakes, which leads to the birth of two additional sons. Finally, Rachel herself conceives and gives birth to a son named Joseph. Later, Jacob expresses his… Read more.

Genesis 29: Jacob gets a couple of wives

June 29, 2023 ·

Summary: Jacob arrives in Paddan Aram and discovers a well. He engages in conversation with some men, and then Rachel, Laban's daughter, appears. Jacob falls deeply in love with her. He stays in Laban's house for a period of time and eventually begins working for him. The agreement is that Jacob would marry Rachel after working for Laban for seven years. However, Laban deceives Jacob by giving him Leah, the older sister who is considered less attractive. Consequently, Jacob is… Read more.

Genesis 28: Jacob heads off for Paddan Aram

June 28, 2023 ·

Summary: Isaac tells Jacob to find a wife from Rebekah's family in Paddan Aram, instead of marrying a Canaanite woman. Esau becomes aware of Isaac's disapproval of his Canaanite wife and decides to marry a descendant of Ishmael. During Jacob's journey to Paddan Aram, he has a dream of a stairway to heaven with angels descending and ascending. At the top of the stairway, God Himself stands and reaffirms the covenant promises to Jacob. Upon awakening, Jacob designates the place… Read more.

Genesis 27: Jacob steals Esau’s blessing

June 27, 2023 ·

Summary: Isaac, who is now old and blind, tells his firstborn, Esau, to go and fetch some food for him so that he can bestow Esau with his blessing. However, Rebekah, Isaac's wife, who favored Jacob, overhears their conversation and advises Jacob to impersonate Esau in order to receive the blessing. Jacob successfully deceives Isaac and receives the blessing that was originally intended for Esau. Upon Esau's return, he is furious about losing the blessing and can only receive a… Read more.

Genesis 26: Isaac follows his father’s call

June 26, 2023 ·

Summary: In a time of famine, Isaac went to Abimelech (probably a descendant of the Abimelech Abraham dealt with). God told Isaac that he would continue his father's call to become a nation and not to go to Egypt. So Isaac stayed in Gerar. Isaac said his wife was his sister, causing problems for Abimelech, but Isaac was eventually found out, and Abimelech was like, "Why did you do that?" Isaac became very rich, and the Philistines got jealous and… Read more.

Genesis 25: The next generation

June 25, 2023 ·

Summary: Abraham dies, not before having another wife Keturah, and a bunch of other sons. Abraham left everything he owned to Isaac, and was buried by his sons, Isaac and Ishmael, in the cave at Memre with his wife Sarah. Ishmael had a bunch of sons.  Isaac's wife, Rebekah, was barren, but God opened her, and she had twins, which God said would become two nations. The twins were Jacob and Esau, and they fought a lot. Esau (firstborn) was… Read more.

Genesis 24: Isaac gets a wife

June 24, 2023 ·

Genesis Twenty-Four: Abraham is getting old, and asks his chief servant to go all the way back to Abraham's homeland and find a wife for Isaac there, rather than Isaac finding a Canaanite wife. When the chief servant gets to Abraham's homeland, he decides that the woman who is willing to give him water, and who offers to water his camels would be a suitable wife for Isaac. Rebekah does this. The chief servant stays at Rebekah's house for a… Read more.

Genesis 23: The Burial of Sarah

June 23, 2023 ·

Summary: Sarah dies, and the Hittites let Abraham bury her. Ephron the Hittite sells him a field with a cave at Machpelah near Hebron to bury his wife. Ephron doesn't want Abraham to pay, but he does anyway.  Key verse:  20. The field and the cave that is in it were made over to Abraham as property for a burying place by the Hittites. My thoughts: Abraham wanted true ownership of this land, so he insisted on paying. This seemingly… Read more.

Genesis 22: God Tests Abraham

June 22, 2023 ·

Summary:  God tells Abraham to go up a hill and sacrifice his son, Isaac. Abraham sets off to do this, but when he is about to kill his son, God commands Abraham to stop. God provides a ram for Abraham to sacrifice instead of Isaac. God is pleased with Abraham because he was willing even to kill his son for the sake of God. God restates his promises to Abraham. Abraham goes back to live in Beersheba. Abraham finds out… Read more.

Genesis 21: Hagar and Ishmael Sent Away

June 21, 2023 ·

Summary: Isaac is born and circumcised when Abraham is 100, and Sarah is filled with laughter. Sarah makes Abraham send Hagar and Ishmael away. Abraham doesn't want to, but God says it's okay. God looks after Hagar and Ishmael in the desert, and Ishmael becomes an archer. Abraham makes a good-conduct treaty with Abimelech at Beersheba, and he plants a tree. Key verses:  And she said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have… Read more.

Genesis 20: Abraham Deceives Again

June 20, 2023 ·

Summary: Abraham moves around and eventually settles in the kingdom of Abimelech in Gerar. Fearing that the people might kill him to take his wife, Abraham once again claims that Sarah is his sister (which is technically true but still deceptive). Abimelech, unaware of Sarah's marital status, takes her into his household. However, God intervenes and warns Abimelech that he has taken a married woman. Abimelech promptly returns Sarah to Abraham, expressing frustration that Abraham did not disclose the truth… Read more.

Genesis 19: Destruction of Sodom & Gomorrah

June 19, 2023 ·

Summary: The two angels from the previous chapter arrive in Sodom, and Lot insists that they stay with him. However, all the men of Sodom demand to engage in inappropriate acts with the angels. In response, Lot offers his own daughters instead (a rather questionable choice). Nevertheless, the men are dissatisfied and persist in their pursuit, until the angels intervene by blinding them. Displeased with their experience in Sodom, the angels arrange for its destruction along with Gomorrah. They urgently… Read more.

Genesis 18: Three Guys on the Way to Sodom

June 18, 2023 ·

Summary: Three individuals, including two angels and the Lord in some form of human appearance, visit Abraham on their way to Sodom. Abraham warmly welcomes them, and God reveals to Abraham that Sarah will give birth to a child within the coming year. Sarah finds this announcement amusing, and God questions her laughter. God informs Abraham that He is headed to Sodom to investigate the reports of their sinful behavior and intends to destroy the city. However, Abraham persuades God… Read more.

Genesis 17: Covenant of Promise

June 16, 2023 ·

Summary: At the age of 99, God appears to Abram once again, affirming that Abram will become the father of nations and that his descendants will inherit the land of Canaan (God's plan remains unchanged!). God then changes Abram's name to Abraham and instructs him to circumcise himself, his household, the foreigners living with them, and all future descendants as a sign of their covenant. Sarai is also renamed Sarah, and God declares that He will bless her with descendants… Read more.

Genesis 16: In The Shadow of Sarai

June 16, 2023 ·

Summary: Sarai, who is unable to conceive, suggests to Abram that he should have a child through her maidservant, Hagar, in the hope of building a family through her. Abram follows Sarai's advice, and Hagar becomes pregnant. However, conflicts arise between Hagar and Sarai, leading to a disagreement and causing Hagar to flee from Sarai's presence. At a spring, God's angel encounters Hagar, offering words of encouragement and instructing her to return to Sarai. The angel also assures Hagar that… Read more.

Genesis 15: God’s Covenant with Abram

June 15, 2023 ·

Summary: In a vision, God speaks to Abram, and Abram expresses his confusion, saying, "How can I become a great nation when I have no children?" God reassures Abram, saying, "Trust me!" Moved by faith, Abram places his trust in God. Subsequently, they engage in a peculiar ceremony involving the cutting of animals precisely in half, which serves as a confirmation of the covenant between them. God informs Abram about the forthcoming 400 years of his descendants' time in Egypt… Read more.

Genesis 14: Abram’s Rescue Mission

June 14, 2023 ·

Summary: In a war between five kings, including Kedorlaomer, and four kings, including the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah, Kedorlaomer's side emerges as the more powerful and defeats Sodom. As a result, the people of Sodom, including Lot, are taken captive. Upon learning of this, Abram and his men take action, engaging in a battle to rescue Lot. They successfully recover him. Following the victory, Melchizedek, the priest of God Most High, blesses Abram, and in response, Abram offers him… Read more.

Genesis 13: Abram and Lot Part Ways

June 13, 2023 ·

Genesis Chapter Thirteen: Abram and Lot leave Egypt and go to Negev. They both have lots of possessions. They then travel around ending up where Abram had built his altar between Bethel and Ai. Abram's men and Lot's men start quarreling, so Abram and Lot decide to part ways to stop the fighting. Abram goes west to Canaan, and Lot goes east to the Jordan, near Sodom and Gomorrah. God restates his promise that Abram's descendants will be many and… Read more.

Genesis 12: Abram’s Journey Begins

June 12, 2023 ·

Summary: God instructs Abram to go west and establishes four agreements with him. Abram, accompanied by his wife Sarai and nephew Lot, follows God's command and they eventually settle in Canaan. God promises to give the land to Abram's descendants, and in response, Abram builds an altar. However, a famine strikes Canaan, and Abram flees to Egypt. Due to fear for his own safety, Abram tells others that Sarai is his sister rather than his wife, hoping to protect her… Read more.

Genesis 11: Tower of Babel

June 11, 2023 ·

Summary: People had one language and decided to build a city to reach the heavens. However, God intervened by confusing their language and scattering them. The lineage from Shem to Abram is as follows: Shem, Arphaxad, Shelah, Eber, Peleg, Rau, Serug, Nahor, Terah, and Abram (along with his brothers Haran and Nahor). Haran had a son named Lot, but unfortunately, he passed away. Abram married Sarai, who was barren. Terah's family, including Abram, initially set out to live in Canaan… Read more.

Genesis 10: Middle-Eastern Nations

June 10, 2023 ·

Genesis Ten: Noah's three sons are Shem, Ham, Japheth. Japheth has Gomer and Javan and some others. Javan is the father of the maritime people. Ham has Cush and Canaan and some others. Canaan is the father of the nations of Canaan. Cush's son Nimrod was a great warrior/hunter, and he built a big kingdom. Shem has Elam and Arphaxad and some others. Arphaxad had Shelah who had Eber who had Peleg (Peleg means division and the world was divided when… Read more.

Genesis 9: God’s Deal and Noah Gets Drunk

June 9, 2023 ·

Summary: God blessed Noah and his sons, and allowed them to eat animals. He also made the rainbow as a sign of that covenant. However, Noah got drunk and naked, and his son Ham saw him. Ham then told his brothers about it, and they went to cover Noah's shame. As a consequence, Noah cursed Ham and blessed his other sons.  Noah lived for 950 years before he passed away. Key verse: 13. I have set my bow in the cloud,… Read more.

Genesis 8: The Waters Recede

June 8, 2023 ·

Summary: The water levels start to recede until the tops of the mountains are visible, and the ark rests on the mountains of Ararat. Noah sends out a raven. Noah sends out a dove, which returns, then after 7 days, another dove which brings back and olive leaf. After 7 days he sent the dove out again, and it doesn't return. The ground is dry and they exit the ark and are instructed to multiply in numbers. Noah makes a… Read more.

Genesis 7: The Great Flood

June 7, 2023 ·

Summary: God told Noah to put seven of each clean animal (and bird) and two of each unclean animal into the boat. Seven days later, it started raining and continued to rain for 40 days and nights, causing the water levels to rise and cover the mountains by 20 feet. Everything outside the boat perished, and the flood covered the earth for a hundred and fifty days. Key verse: 5. And Noah did all that the LORD had commanded him My… Read more.

Genesis 6: Plans to Destroy the Sinful World

June 6, 2023 ·

Summary:People's lives are limited to 120 years. The Lord decides to wipe out His creation because it has become too sinful. God commands Noah to create a boat and put animals and food in it along with his family. Key verse:18. But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. My thoughts:God's plan to destroy the world can be seen as quite harsh, but… Read more.

Genesis 5: From Adam to Noah

June 5, 2023 ·

Summary: Adam’s line was: Seth, Enosh, Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech and Noah. Noah’s sons were Shem, Ham and Japheth. Key Verses: 1-2 This is the book of the generations of Adam. When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them Man when they were created. My thoughts: The seventh in line from Adam through Cain was Lamech, an arrogant and polygamous man.… Read more.

Genesis 4: From Jealousy to Murder

June 4, 2023 ·

Summary: Cain and Abel were born to Adam and Eve, with Cain being the firstborn. Abel offers a better sacrifice to God than Cain, which makes Cain jealous. In his jealousy, Cain kills Abel. God discovers the crime and curses Cain, condemning him to be a restless wanderer. However, God also promises that no one will harm him. Cain then settles in Nod, east of Eden. Lamech, a descendant of Cain, becomes the seventh generation from Adam. He becomes the… Read more.

Genesis 3: The Fall of Man

June 3, 2023 ·

Summary: Serpent convinces Adam and Eve to eat from the tree. They suddenly realize their nakedness. God finds out about it all. He curses the serpent, woman, and man. He makes clothing for them, and kicks them out of the garden, so that they don't eat the fruit which would give them eternal life, now that they know good and evil.  Key Verses: And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because… Read more.

Genesis 2: Garden of Eden

June 2, 2023 ·

Summary: Day 7: God rested, made day holy.  Second creation account. God made man out of dust. God makes garden of Eden. Man in charge of whole garden, but cannot eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the middle of the garden. Adam names all the animals. Eve is made from the side of Adam while he is in a deep sleep. They are naked but unashamed  Key Verses: 2-3. And on the seventh day God… Read more.

Genesis 1: In the beginning.

June 1, 2023 ·

Summary: God created the heavens, the earth and everything that lives. He made humankind in his image, and gave them charge over the earth. Day 1: Light, Day, Night Day 2: Sky Day 3: Land and vegetation Day 4: Sun, Moon, stars Day 5: Birds and sea animals Day 6: Land animals and man Key Verse: 1. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. My thoughts: I appreciate the way the Bible starts from the very beginning… Read more.