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Genesis

Genesis Chapter 43: Joseph sees Brethren Again and Benjamin

Mar 20th, 2010 | By | Category: Genesis, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)

Judah spoke up again, taking a leading role. His offer was a little different from Reuben’s (Gen. 42:37). Reuben had offered to slay two of his own sons if Benjamin was not brought back, whereas Judah offered his own life. The two sons would be for Benjamin and Simeon. Judah offered his own personal life as a ransom. It is interesting that Jesus is called “the Lion of the tribe of Judah” (Rev. 5:5).

“Except we had lingered….” Jacob had delayed sending his sons to Egypt for more grain until it was an absolute necessity.

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Genesis Chapter 42: Jacob’s Sons Go to Egypt Because of Famine

Mar 18th, 2010 | By | Category: Genesis

Genesis Chapter 42: Jacob’s Sons Go to Egypt Because of Famine Gen. 42:1 Now when Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said unto his sons, Why do ye look one upon another? Gen. 42:2 And he said, Behold, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt: get you down thither, and […]

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Genesis Chapter 41: Pharaoh’s Dream and Fulfillment, Joseph’s Promotion

Mar 13th, 2010 | By | Category: Genesis, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)

We are reminded of Daniel, who was also a Hebrew. King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream and was troubled because he did not know its meaning (Daniel chapter 2). He was going to put all the magicians of Babylon to death because they could not tell his dream and interpret it. Then he summoned Daniel, who prayed, as did the three Hebrew children with him. Daniel both related and interpreted the dream of the great image with the head of gold, etc. A similarity in the two situations was that both Daniel and Joseph interpreted the ruler’s dream after the magicians and wise men could not do so.

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Genesis Chapter 40: Joseph Interprets the Dreams of the Butler and Baker

Mar 13th, 2010 | By | Category: Genesis, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)

Potiphar charged Joseph with the responsibility of serving the chief butler and the chief baker in prison. Being Pharaoh’s prisoners, they were of a higher rank than Joseph.

The keeper of the prison, who was different from the captain of the guard, had committed all the prisoners into Joseph’s hand (Gen. 39:22). Although the keeper of the prison had put Joseph in charge, Potiphar, as captain of the guard, had more power and authority and thus could make Joseph subordinate to the chief butler and the chief baker, two special prisoners of very high rank. Of course Joseph would have retained his charge over the other prisoners. As captain of the guard, Potiphar was aware of Joseph’s progress and elevation in prison by the keeper. Joseph is a picture of Jesus, who was “Lord” but also a “servant.”

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Genesis Chapter 39: Joseph in Potiphar’s House, Joseph in the King’s Prison

Mar 10th, 2010 | By | Category: Genesis, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)

Recognizing that the Lord was favoring Joseph and causing all that Joseph did to prosper, Potiphar concluded that Joseph was very unusual. In associating the prosperity of having Joseph as a slave in his house with the Lord’s favoring Joseph, Potiphar felt that Joseph had some sort of relationship with the Superior Being of the universe. Nevertheless, he kept Joseph as a slave—although he did honor him.

Everything connected with a Christian does not turn to gold in business matters, but just as Potiphar could fully trust Joseph, so employers can trust Christians for complete honesty in regard to money, doing an honest day’s work, etc. If the employer is at all perceptive, he will recognize this quality.

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Genesis Chapter 38: Sin of Onan, Tamar Plays the Harlot with Judah

Mar 10th, 2010 | By | Category: Genesis, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)

Judah acknowledged that the items were his, and then he realized in a flash what had happened—and that he was the guiltier one for not fulfilling his promise. “She hath been more righteous than I; because that I gave her not to Shelah my son.” By the mouth of two or three witnesses is a thing established (Deut. 17:6; 19:15; Matt. 18:16). Tamar had three witnesses: the signet ring, the bracelets, and the staff.

Judah was ashamed that he was responsible for Tamar’s condition, and so she was not put to death. He conceded that she was the more righteous, even though she had played the harlot.

The whole circumstance was predicated upon his failure to provide her with a husband. Was she to go childless all her life when marriage was a family arrangement? Should she be condemned to widowhood for the rest of her life? We know that from God’s standpoint, Tamar was justified in what she had done because she is in Jesus’ lineage, which traces Judah (Tamar) and Pharez (Matt. 1:3; Luke 3:33).

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Genesis Chapter 37: Coat of Many Colors, Joseph Sold By Brethren

Mar 9th, 2010 | By | Category: Genesis, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)

When the ten brothers (not Benjamin) saw Joseph approaching afar off, they conspired to slay him. Joseph’s life contains incidents that are an allegory of Jesus. Joseph was rejected by his brothers, and so was Jesus. Jesus “came unto his own, and his own received him not. But [to] as many as received him, … [he gave the privilege and] power to become the sons of God” (John 1:11,12). Jesus was slain, and there was an attempt to slay Joseph.

This incident shows the progression of evil if we harbor envy or hatred in our hearts. Such a heart condition could lead to murder. Earlier, when the brothers saw that their father loved Joseph more than he loved them, they hated Joseph. By not coming to grips with their feelings, they progressed in evil until they were ready to slay him. The lesson is that as soon as we recognize any envy or pride in our hearts or minds, we must take immediate steps to get rid of the feeling. Any root of bitterness or malice must be dealt with right away lest it grow.

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Genesis Chapter 36: Esau’s Progeny

Mar 9th, 2010 | By | Category: Genesis, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)

The dukes of Esau are listed here. Three terms were used: kings, princes, and dukes. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob received promises in regard to kings; Ishmael received a promise in regard to princes; and Esau received a promise in regard to dukes. A duke is a lower rank than a prince.

Esau lost the spiritual blessing but was certainly blessed temporally. He had a large family, many flocks, and numerous servants. His son Eliphaz was associated with Job. Amalek was the forebear of the Amalekites. The Israelites later fought with the Amalekites when they crossed the Red Sea and entered the wilderness.

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Genesis Chapter 35: Benjamin Born, Rachel Dies and is Buried, Isaac Dies and is Buried in the Tomb of the Patriarchs (Cave of Machpelah)

Mar 9th, 2010 | By | Category: Genesis, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)

At last, Jacob arrived at Mamre in Hebron where Isaac was. Thus Jacob met Isaac while his father was still alive. Isaac died at age 180. Esau and Jacob were together for the burial of their father. Since the cave of Machpelah was right there in Hebron, it was convenient to bury Isaac there with Abraham, Sarah, and Rebekah (Gen. 23:17-20; 25:8,9; 49:30-33). Abraham died at 175, Isaac died at 180, Jacob died at 147, and Joseph died at 110 (Gen. 25:7; 35:28; 47:28; 50:26).

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Genesis Chapter 34: Dinah and Shechem

Mar 9th, 2010 | By | Category: Genesis, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)

Genesis Chapter 34: Dinah and Shechem Gen. 34:1 And Dinah the daughter of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land. Gen. 34:2 And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her. […]

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