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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 #21

Lesson 21:  Genesis 31 and Genesis 32

Read Gen. 31:1-18

After Jacob discovered that Laban and his sons were growing jealous and resentful, the Lord told him that the time had come to return to Canaan. First he called Rachel and Leah and discussed the matter, rehearsing how Laban had cheated him and changed his wages ten times, how God had overruled so that the flocks always bred in his favor, how God had reminded him of the vow he had made twenty years earlier (Gen. 28:20–22), and how the Lord had told him to return to Canaan. His wives agreed that their father had not dealt honestly and that they should leave.

There are several several interesting principles for discerning God’s guidance here. First, Jacob had a desire (Gen. 30:25). Secondly, circumstances necessitated a change of some sort. Thirdly, God’s word came strongly to him. And finally, there was confirming support from his wives, despite their natural ties to Laban.   Note that the Angel of God (Gen. 31:11) is the God of Bethel (Gen. 31:13). 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