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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 #20

Lesson 20:  Genesis 29;  and Genesis 30   

Read  Gen. 29:1-14   

Jacob was seventy-seven when he left Beersheba for Haran. He would spend twenty years serving his uncle Laban, thirty-three years back in Canaan, and the last seventeen years of his life inEgypt. Arriving in Paddan Aram, he was guided to the very field where some shepherds from Haranwere tending their flocks. So perfect was God’s timing that Rachel was just arriving with her flock when Jacob was talking with the shepherds. Continue Reading Here

Women Of The Bible – Lesson #4 – Hagar, Rebekah, Rachael and Leah, Bilhah and Zilpah

 HAGAR

Scripture references:   Genesis 16:18, 15, 16; 21:917; 25:12; Galatians 4:24-25

Date:  About 2075 b.c.

Name: Hagar [HAY-gahr: light]

Greatest accomplishment: Hagar was the mother of the Arab peoples.

HAGARS ROLE IN SCRIPTURE

While the nkjv describes Hagar, as an Egyptian maidservant the blunt fact is that Hagar was a slave. Slavery in the ancient world did not involve the oppression of one race by another. But by its nature slavery involved the ownership of one person by another and thus the loss of the slaves right to make personal choices.

When Sarai decided to give her husband Abram a child through Hagar, everything changed for the slave woman. Hagar of course had no choice in the matter, and we have no insight into her feelings about her mistresss decision. What we do know is that Hagar quickly became pregnant. With her pregnancy Hagars attitude toward Sarai changed, and Sarai became despised in her eyes. The word despised suggests a natural reaction. Hagar felt contempt for her mistress. All those years of childlessness clearly were not due to Abrams sterility. Sarai was less of a woman than her slave was! Continue Reading Here