Genesis 49

Genesis 49 Jacob, on his deathbed, gathered his 12 sons together to “bless” them.  I use quotes here, because some of the blessings didn’t seem like something you would want put upon you. Now, remember, these are the sons who wanted to kill one of their brothers and lie to their father about it, so maybe …

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Genesis 48

Genesis 48 As Jacob is dying he wants to bless Joseph’s sons, Ephraim and Manasseh. Even though Manasseh is the oldest, he blesses Ephraim higher, saying both will become a people, but that Ephraim will be greater. Joseph isn’t happy about it, but Jacob insists it.  Jacob wants them to be counted among his people, while …

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Genesis 47

Genesis 47 Joseph gets his father and brothers settled into Goshen with the Pharaoh’s permission, who even asks that they tend to his own livestock. Joseph provides for them and settles them in the best land. The famine continues. Joseph sells the food he had Egypt save to keep people alive. When they have no more …

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Genesis 43

Genesis 43 Again with the switching of the names!  They are referring to Jacob as Israel again for not good reason. Israel didn’t send anyone back for Simeon, but they eventually ran out of food. Judah promised to take care of Benjamin and Israel told them to bring all sorts of gifts and even extra money …

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Genesis 35

Genesis 35 God sent Jacob back to Bethel. Jacob has to tell his household, who have each seen and experienced God’s power first-hand, that they have to get rid of their foreign gods. These people are just stupid! Why did the creator of the entire universe pick them? Jacob disposes of the gods and off they …

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