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.
A Journey Through God's Word
Month: July 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Joseph was Israel's favourite son. He had dreams and his brothers were jealous so they sold him. He was bought by Potiphar in Egypt. Read more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.