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Book Of Genesis – Lesson #23

Lesson 23:  Genesis 35; Genesis 36; and Genesis 37

Read Genesis 35:1-15

Chapter 35 opens with God’s command to Jacob to fulfill the vow made about thirty years earlier (Gen. 28:20-22). The Lord used the tragic events of the previous chapter to prepare the patriarch to do it. Notice that God is referred to about twenty times in this chapter, in contrast to no references in Genesis 34.  Before obeying God’s command to return to Bethel, Jacob first ordered his family to put away the foreign household gods and to put on clean clothes. As soon as they did this, they became a terror to their heathen neighbors. It was appropriate that Jacob should build an altar at ͅEl Bethel and worship the God who had protected him from his brother, Esau.

Once again God stated that Jacob’s name was now Israel and renewed the covenant He had made with Abraham and Isaac. The patriarch marked the sacred spot with a pillar and once again named the place Bethel. Continue Reading Here

Book Of Genesis – Lesson #18

Chapters 25 & 26

Read Genesis 25:1-18   

In 1 Chronicles 1:32 Keturah is called Abraham’s concubine. Verse 6 seems to confirm this. Thus she was a lesser wife, one who did not enjoy the full privileges of a wife in the home. Once again God records marital irregularities that He never approved.

Abraham breathed his last at one hundred and seventy-five years of age and became the second person to be buried in the cave at Hebron. The twelve sons of Ishmael listed in Gen. 25:12-16 fulfilled God’s promise to Abraham: “He shall beget twelve princes” (Gen. 17:20). With the death of Ishmael, Isaac moves to center stage in the narrative. Continue Reading Here

Bible Study: The Book of Obadiah

The Book Of Obadiah

“The prophecy of Obadiah is unique in the character of its contents. It is a book of unmitigated condemnation, unrelieved by any suggestion of compassion or hope.” – – Frederick A. Tatford

“The vision of Obadiah” (1:1) is the shortest book in the OT and the third shortest in the Bible. It has one theme only: the destruction of the descendants of Jacob’s twin brother Esau. Throughout history the Edomites had constantly fought against Israel and demonstrated their contempt for the chosen people.

There are a dozen men in the OT named Obadiah (servant of Jehovah), but none can be identified with this prophet.  We know absolutely nothing about the writer of the book beyond what is revealed by his words.  Since we know nothing about the author, the date of this writing must be determined by internal considerations.  A date of about 840 b.c. would seem the most likely. Continue Reading Here