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Archive for April 15th, 2010

(Gen 1:1-2) In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Without form and void. Darkness over deep. Spirit hovering over waters.

(Gen 1:4,7,9) And God said & it was so. God separated light from darkness, separated and gathered waters creating sky and land. It was good.

(Gen 1:11-13) Let the earth sprout vegetation – seeds and fruits according to their kinds.

(Gen 1:14-19) Sun, moon and stars to separate light from darkness. Also to rule over the day and night.

(Gen 1:20-23) The filling of the waters with sea creatures and the filling of the heavens with birds to multiple according to their kinds.

(Gen 1:24-31) Let earth bring forth living creatures. Man made in God’s image to rule creation. Very good.

(Gen 2:1-3) God rests from his work of creation. God blesses the Sabbath and makes it holy. First time holiness is mentioned.

(Gen 2:5-7) Productivity required God to give rain and man to work the ground. Man formed from dust and breath breathed into him.

(Gen 2:8-9) God planted a garden and brought man into the garden. Adam was not native to the garden. Trees pleasant to sight, good for food.

(Gen 2:10-15) Eden has a river of life and precious stones. Adam to work and keep, serve and guard the garden while extending it over earth.

(Gen 2:24) A man will forsake father & mother, cleave, hold fast, stick to his wife and become one flesh.

(Gen 3:5-7) Tree of knowledge of good & evil i.e. wisdom. Desirable for making wise and opening eyes. Sought wisdom other than fear of God.

(Gen 3:8) Adam and Eve hear the sound of God walking and are full of fear and attempt to hide themselves.

(Gen 3:15-16) The woman’s seed shall bruise serpent’s head and the serpent bruise his heel. Wife desire to rule husband but he is stronger.

(Gen 3:24) Man is driven out and exiled from God’s land. Cherubim and a revolving sword of fire guard the Tree of Life.

(Gen 4:3-7) Abel offered firstborn and fat portions. Cain just offered fruit not necessarily first fruits. Sin desires for you to rule you.

(Gen 4:14,16) Cain a wanderer even further east of Eden. Hidden from the face of the LORD. LORD places a mark on him to preserve his life.

(Gen 5:3) Adam fathered a son in his own likeness/image. Each generation multiplies and dies.

(Gen 5:24) Enoch walked with God and he was not for God took him.

(Gen 5:29) Noah to bring relief from the ground’s curse and from the painful toil of our hands.

(Gen 6:5) Great wickedness. Every intention of the thoughts of heart was only evil continually. LORD repented making man, grieved in heart.

(Gen 6:7-9) All life to be blotted out but Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD. He was righteous, blameless and walked with God.

(Gen 6:15,22) God gives instructions for constructing ark and Noah did all that God commanded. Like the Tabernacle. e.g. Exo 40:16.

(Gen 7:11-12,18) Fountains of the deep burst forth, windows of heavens opened, 40 days ans nights. Waters prevailed and increased greatly.

(Gen 7:19-23) Uncreation. Separation of waters undone, land no more, no animals or birds, darkness over the deep. c.f. Genesis 1:1-2.

(Gen 8:1) God remembered Noah. God remembers not by prodding but by his free will to recall his own promise to save.

(Gen 8:1-19) Re-creation. Wind blows over waters, waters divided creating sky, land appears as waters gathered, plants i.e. olive leaf

(Gen 8:1-19) Re-creation continued. Birds in sky then animals on dry land, the people then God blesses and charges fill earth and multiply.

(Gen 8:20-9:7) Noah is like a second Adam. Old earth is destroyed by waters & then followed by new creation. Pattern to be repeated in NT.

(Gen 9:12-17) Rainbow is a sign of a covenant between God & Noah following sacrifice. When God sees his bow he will remember his covenant.

(Gen 10:2-5) JAPHETH -Turkey (Magog, Tubal, Meshech) and Greece (Javan’s sons). HAM – enemies of God (Cush, Egypt, Babylon, Assyria, Canaan)

(Gen 11:1-9) Babylon. A city & tower reaching heaven. Making a great name and not scattered. God confuses speech & scatters the nations.

(Gen 11:31) Terah decides to take Abram’s family and leave the region of Babel/Ur to go to Canaan but he stops in Haran.

(Gen 12:1-3) God will make for Abram a land, a great nation, a great name, bless/curse those who bless/curse. All families of earth blessed.

(Gen 12:10-20) Pharaoh takes Abram’s wife captive. God afflicted with great plagues. "Take her & go". Pharaoh gives gifts. Like the Exodus.

(Gen 13:4, 12:7-8, 13:18) Abram calls on the LORD and builds altars at Shechem, Bethel and Hebron.

(Gen 13:14-17) Land promised. Seed as many as dust. Abram walks over the whole land as an act of faith in future possession.

(Gen 14:14f) 318 trained men born in Abram’s house. Abram brings salvation to surrounding nations. Melchizedek king of Salem blesses Abram.

(Gen 15:5-6) Seed like the stars of heaven. Abram believed God and it was counted to him as righteousness. Covenant made with sacrifice.

(Gen 15:9-21) Clean animals (Israel) attacked by birds of prey (nations). Dreadful darkness. Oppression by Egypt then judgment & coming out.

(Gen 15:17) God passes through cut animals i.e. he makes the covenant alone. Smoking fire pot & flaming torch symbol of God. Like Sinai.

(Gen 16:2) Abram, like Adam, "listened to the voice of his wife" Gen 3:17.

(Gen 16:11-14) Hagar’s faith. Ishmael is ‘God hears’ her afflictions. ‘Beer Lahai Roi’ is "the well of the Living One who sees me’.

(Gen 17:1,7-8) Abraham to walk before God and be blameless as the terms of God’s covenant with him. God to be their God and they his people.

(Gen 17:5-6) Abraham. Father of nations. Multiplied and fruitful like in Gen 1:28. Kings will come from him. Canaan c.f. world Rom 4:13

(Gen 17:11,14) Circumcision in flesh of foreskin is a great thing here. Cut off foreskin or be cut from God. A sign of belonging.

(Gen 18:17-21) Abr. receives revelation. God does not hide his actions. Abr. to teach family righteousness & justice. Invited to intercede.

(Gen 18:22-33) Abraham stands before the LORD to intercede for the nation of Sodom. He appeals to God’s righteousness as judge of all earth.

(Gen 19:11) The angels struck the men of Sodom with blindness, both small and great, so that they wore themselves out groping for the door.

(Gen 19:13) The angels were sent by the LORD to destroy Sodom because the outcry against its people had become great before the LORD.

(Gen 19:24) The LORD rained on Sodom and Gomorrah sulfur and fire from the LORD out of heaven and overthrew those cities and the valley.

(Gen 19:28-29) The smoke of the land went up like smoke of a furnace. God remembered Abraham and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow.

(Gen 19:30-38) The origins of the Ammonites and Moabites. Sons of Lot by his daughters. Not a good start.

(Gen 20:7) Return Abraham’s wife, for he is a prophet, that he will pray for you, and you shall live. Curse those who curse, intercession.

(Gen 20:17-18) Abraham prayed to God. God restored fertility. The LORD had closed all the wombs of the house of Abimelech.

(Gen 21:1-2) The LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did to Sarah as he had promised. Sarah conceived and bore a son.

(Gen 21:10) Sarah said, "Cast out this slave woman with her son. The son of the slave woman shall not be heir with Isaac." Gal 4:28-31.

(Gen 21:33) Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba and called there on the name of the LORD, the Everlasting God.

(Gen 22:1-2) God tested Abraham. Take your only son, whom you love, go to the land of Moriah and offer him as a burnt offering on mountain.

(Gen 22:13-14) A ram caught in a thicket by his horns instead of Isaac. Abraham called the name of that mountain "The LORD will provide".

(Gen 22:17-18) Your seed shall possess the gate of his enemies. In your seed all nations of earth blessed because you have obeyed my voice.

(Gen 23:17-19) The field of Ephron, the cave and trees was made over to Abraham as a possession. There he buried Sarah. Hebron in Canaan.

(Gen 24:3) By the LORD, the God of heaven and earth, Isaac must not take a wife from the daughters of the Canaanites. Nor should Israel.

(Gen 24:50) Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, "The thing has come from the LORD; we cannot speak to you bad or good."

(Gen 24:63) Isaac meditating in field at evening. Lifted up his eyes & saw. Rebekah lifted up her eyes & saw. Isaac loved her.Was comforted.

(Gen 25:1-6) Abraham’s wife Keturah bore 6 sons. To sons of his concubines Abraham gave gifts and sent them away to the east.

(Gen 25:7-11) Abraham lived 175 years. Breathed last, gathered to his people. Buried in the cave. After death of Abraham God blessed Isaac.

(Gen 25:21) Isaac prayed to the LORD for his wife, because she was barren. And the LORD granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived.

(Gen 25:34) Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.

(Gen 26:1-2) Famine. LORD appeared to him and said, "Do not go down to Egypt; dwell in the land of which I shall tell you."

(Gen 26:3-4) I will be with you, bless you, establish my oath, multiply seed as stars, give all these lands, all nations of earth blessed.

(Gen 26:34-35) Esau married daughters of Hittites. They made life bitter for Isaac and Rebekah. c.f. Gen 27:46; 28:1. Jacob not to do so.

(Gen 27:1-46) Jacob deceives father in darkness & with a piece of clothing. Jacob will be deceived by Laban in dark, by sons with clothing.

(Gen 27:1-46) Isaac’s words to Jacob and Esau set up the future conflict between Israel and Edom. Jacob has promises made to Abraham.

(Gen 28:12-13) Dream of a ladder from earth to heaven. Angels ascending and descending on it! The LORD stood beside Jacob. John 1:51

(Gen 28:13-15) Jacob’s seed will become the ladder between earth & heaven. Tower of Babel was an attempt to do this. Promises made to Jacob.

(Gen 28:17-19) Jacob fears, sets up a stone pillar and pours oil on it. He calls Bethel "the house of God" and "the gate of heaven".

(Gen 29:11,17-18) Jacob kissed Rachel & wept. Leah’s eyes were weak and Rachel was beautiful in form and appearance. Jacob loved Rachel.

(Gen 29:20-21) Seven years of service seemed as a few days because of love he had for her. "Give me my wife that I may go in to her".

(Gen 30:22) God remembered Rachel and God listened to her and opened her womb.

(Gen 30:32-35) Jacob to pass through flocks that day but Laban removes speckled, spotted & black animals and sends them away with his sons.

(Gen 31:21) Jacob fled (again) with all that he had. He arose, crossed the Euphrates and set his face toward the hill country of Gilead.

(Gen 31:34-35) Rachel took household gods and sat on them. Said it was her time of month. Would render the idols unclean. Humor intended.

(Gen 31:40-42) For 20 years by day the heat consumed Jacob, and the cold by night, and sleep fled from his eyes. But God was with him.

(Gen 32:1-2) Jacob went on his way and the angels of God met him. Jacob saw them he said, "This is God’s camp!"

(Gen 32:24-31) Jacob wrestles with God face to face. Jacob has struggled and striven with both God and man. Jacob is named by God ‘Israel’.

(Gen 33:16-20) Jacob journeyed to Succoth, built a house, made booths for livestock. Bought land outside Shechem & erected an altar.

(Gen 34:21-23) Intermarriage with men of Shechem would destroy Israel’s identity as the unique people of God. Threat to the promise of seed.

(Gen 34:25-29) Instead brothers deceive men of Shechem into circumcision. Shechem is the devoted to destruction and plundered.

(Gen 35:1-5) Jacob sent to Bethel. Idols buried under tree at Shechem. Terror from God falls on Canaanites. Covenant renewal. Jos 24:23-26.

(Gen 35:9-15) God appears to Jacob, blesses him, restates promises incl. kings from his seed, goes up from him. Stone pillar set up & oil.

(Gen 36:2,6) Esau took his wives from the Canaanites. Esau left Canaan and went into a land away from his brother Jacob.

(Gen 37:5-11) Joseph is a prophet receiving revelation via dreams. God’s chosen ruler and deliverer for Israel but is rejected. Like Jesus.

(Gen 37:23-24) Joseph is cast into a pit. The grave is commonly called ‘the pit’. Joseph is rejected and given over to death. Sold as slave.

(Gen 38:1-30) The line of Judah is almost wiped out by the wickedness of Judah and his oldest two sons. The line continues through Tamar.

(Gen 39:2-5) The LORD was with Joseph (twice), favored, success, in charge of all, blessed Potiphar i.e. ‘I will bless those who bless you".

(Gen 39:20-23) Joseph cast into a pit again. God was with Joseph (twice) and showed him steadfast love. Favored, in charge of all, success.

(Gen 40:23) Joseph, as a prophet, speaks God’s word to Pharaoh’s servants. Cupbearer did not remember Joseph, he forgets him. God remembers.

(Gen 41:8,16,25,32) Joseph is able to interpret what Egypt’s wise men & magicians are not. Joseph again interprets dreams as God’s prophet.

(Gen 41:42) Joseph changes clothes (again). ruler’s robe by father, lost clothing to brothers, lost clothing to P’s wife, ruler’s clothing.

(Gen 41:41-44,14) Joseph is delivered from the pit (the grave) and made ruler over all Egypt. A shadow of the Christ.

(Gen 41:57) All the earth came to Joseph for famine relief i.e. an expression of God’s promise to Abraham ‘through you all nations blessed’.

(Gen 42:6,9) Joseph’s brothers journey to Egypt & bow before Joseph. God fulfils his word. Brothers view their distress as God’s judgment.

(Gen 43:28) For the second time Jospeh’s brothers bowed their heads & prostrated themselves, fulfilling the word of the LORD through Joseph.

(Gen 44:33) Judah sins – his idea to sell Joseph & incest. Now changed, Judah offers to be Benjamin’s substitute. Judah begins to rise.

(Gen 45:5-7) Don’t be distressed that you sold me here for God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and keep you alive.

(Gen 45:8) So it was not you who sent me here but God. He has made me lord of all Pharaoh’s house and ruler over all the land of Egypt.

(Gen 45:4-8) Joseph, who Israel rejected & gave over to death, has become lord and savior for Israel & all nations. A shadow of the Christ.

(Gen 46:3-4) God said, "Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt … I myself will go down with you to Egypt and I will also bring you up again.

(Gen 46:28) Judah’s leadership is again on the rise. Israel arrives in the land of Goshen. They will be there for a long time.

(Gen 47:21) Joseph the Hebrew reduces the Egyptians to servitude throughout Egypt.

(Gen 47:28) Jacob aged 147 years makes Joseph promise not to bury him in Egypt but with his fathers in Canaan.

(Gen 48:21) Israel said, "Behold, I am about to die, but God will be with you and will bring you again to the land of your fathers."

(Gen 49:10) The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until tribute & obedience comes to him.

(Gen 49:25) The gift of children is referred to as ‘blessings of the womb and breasts’.

(Gen 50:12-13) Jacob carried & buried in the land of Canaan in the cave of the field at Machpelah, east of Mamre, which Abraham bought.

(Gen 50:20) Joseph said, "You meant evil against me but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive."

(Gen 50:24) Joseph said, "God will visit you and bring you up out of this land to the land that he swore to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob."

(Gen 50:25-26) Although Joseph lived 17 years in Canaan and 93 years in Egypt, Egypt never became his true home.

(Gen 50:25-26) Joseph’s body is not buried but placed in a coffin in Egypt. Genesis ends with anticipation of something to come.

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