Archive for October, 2010
Genesis 39: Continuation of Ch 37…Joseph & Potiphar’s wife
v.1-6, as mentioned in chapter 37 Joseph was sold by the Ishmaelites to Potiphar (Pharaoh’s official and manager of his household). Joseph ended up living in Potiphar’s home. He put Joseph in charge of everything he owned, at home, in the fields, all Potiphar had to concern himself with was 3 meals a day. God blessed Joseph & Potiphar recognized that God was with Joseph. And because of this Potiphar’s whole household was blessed!
v.7-9, Joseph was handsome and as time went on Potiphar’s wife became infatuated with him. One day she told him to sleep with her. He wouldn’t do it and even told her
“my master trusts me with everything in this household. No one here has more authority than I. He held back nothing from me except you, because you are his wife! How could I do such a wicked thing? It would be a great sin against God.”
v.10-12, she kept pressuring him day after day but he REFUSED! He kept out of her way as much as possible. But ONE DAY no one else was around the house when Joseph came into work. She came and grabbed him by his coat and demanded he sleep with her<—- TRUE TEMPTATION! He tore himself away and left his coat in her hands as he ran out of the house<—- THE WAY WE SHOULD RESPOND TO TEMPTATION
v.13-15, when Potiphar’s wife sees she is hold his coat she calls to the house servants. They come running in. She tells them that Joseph (a Hebrew slave) has made fools of them and came into her room to RAPE her but she yelled and when he heard the scream he ran outside leaving his coat behind.
v.16-18, she kept the coat with her until her husband came home. The she told him the whole story again (see above).
v.19-23, when Potiphar heard the story he was furious and threw Joseph into jail (prison) where all the King’s prisoners were held. But even there God was with Joseph. God gave him favour in the sight of the warden. Before long, the warden put Joseph in charge of all the prisoners–he ended up managing the whole operation (everything)! He gave Joseph free reign, never ever checking on him because God was with Joseph and whatever he did God caused to succeed!
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO ME? 1st, what men mean for evil God uses for good! Even though Joseph’s bros wanted to harm (or get rid of Joseph)…and Potiphar’s wife wanted to punish Joseph for not sleeping with her… God used both of these evils to honour Joseph!!! See above #1 he ended up managing all of Potiphar’s household (he was a slave)! #2 he ended up managing the whole prison! Both times God blessed not only Joseph but whatever or whoever he worked with or was involved in. 2nd, when temptation comes FLEE like Joseph did!
WHAT AM I GOING TO DO ABOUT IT? Realize God has a plan for me even though others mean to hurt me, God will use me and bless me. I just need to wait on him and be faithful where he has me. At the same time don’t fall into temptations to want to harm them back.
Help me God because I can’t do this on my own!
Genesis 38: Judah’s mess. His sins.
v.1-5, about the same time Joseph was being sold into slavery Judah (4th born) split from his bros. He moved to Adullam with a man named HIRAH. He met the (Canaanite) daughter of Shua and married her. She got pregnant and had 3 boys: 1. Er, 2. Onan, 3. Shelah.
v.6-10, Judah chose a wife for Er (Tamar) but he offended God and God took his life! So Judah told Onan to sleep with his bros’ widow because it was his duty to keep his brother’s line alive. But Onan was not willing to have a child that wasn’t his own. So whenever they slept together he spilled his semen on the ground so wouldn’t produce an heir for his brother. So God took his life too!
v.11-12, so Judah told Tamar to stay a widow until his youngest son grows up and can marry her. BUT Judah didn’t really intend this to happen because he was afraid Shelah would also end up dead! So Tamar went back home and waited. Time passed and Judah’s wife died. When the time of mourning passed he went with Hirah (his friend) to Timnah to supervise the shearing of his sheep.
v.13-14, as soon as Tamar learned her father-in-law was on his was to Timnah, Tamar took off her widow clothes and disguised herself as a prostitute (covering her face with a veil) and sat beside the road at the entrance to the village of Enaim on the way to Timnah. (Tamar realized by now that even though Shelah was grown up, she wasn’t going to marry him after all — essentially Judah lied to her).
v.15-19, Judah saw her (assuming she was a prostitute) and propositioned her “have sex with me!” He had no idea who she really was. [where are the cops when you need them?]
Tamar: How much will you pay me?
Judah: A young goat
T: What guarantee do I have?
J: What kind of guarantee do you want?
T: Leave me your identification seal and it’s cord and your staff. (He gave them to her, he must have wanted to have sex bad!) They had sex and she got pregnant. Then she took her veil off and put back on her widow’s clothes.
v.20-23, later Judah asked his friend Hirah to take the young goat to the woman (prostitute) and pick up his things he left with her as a guarantee. Hirah couldn’t find her anywhere! So he asked around and the men told him they have never seen a prostitute there. Hirah told Judah what he had learned. So Judah decided to stop looking for her and told Hirah to stop looking for her “I kept my part of the bargain and sent her the young goat” because they would be the laughing stock of the village if they continued to look for her. “She can keep my things.”
v.24-26, three month later… Judah was told his daughter-in-law was acting like a prostitute and because of it she is pregnant! Judah demanded she be burned! But as they were taking her out to kill her, she sent a message to Judah with the things he had given her (as guarantee for sex) and said the man who owns these things made me pregnant. He recognized HIS THINGS right away and said “she’s in the right; I’m in the wrong because I wouldn’t let her marry my youngest, Shelah.” The Bible says “he never slept with her again” or “…made love to her again.”
v.27-30, when she was going to give birth, she found out she was going to have twin boys. When she was giving birth, one of the babies reached out his hand and the midwife tied a red / scarlet string around the child’s wrist saying “this one came first.” But then he pulled back his hand and his brother came out first instead. The midwife said “how did you break out?” and named him Perez (breakout). Then his brother came out with the red / scarlet string on his wrist and she named him Zerah (scarlet).
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO ME? The biggest lesson for me is really what Judah did to Tamar. 1st, KEEP YOUR PROMISES, don’t lie. You should be true to your word. Instead of lying to Tamar about marrying Shelah (his final son), he should have levelled with her. Told her the truth that he was afraid of loosing his last and only son after the first 2 where taken by God for their wickedness. 2nd, DON’T SLEEP WITH PROSTITUTES, or more importantly don’t have sex with any on other than you spouse because your sins with find you out. [I know this is a no brainer, but we need the reminder!]
WHAT AM I GOING TO DO ABOUT IT? Not sin! Not because my sins will find me out but because they offend and grieve God. And if I have sins that I need to confess to God that I keep going back to (pet-sins). Confess them (1 John 1:9).
Genesis 37: Joseph & his brothers
v.1-2, Joseph is 17 yrs old and is trying to help his brothers herd the flock. They were his half-bros (son of his father Jacob but Mom’s were Bilhah & Zilpah–concubines). Joseph tattled on them to his father.
v.3-4, UNFORTUNATELY Jacob (Israel) loved Joseph MORE than any of this other sons because he was the child of his old age. He had a special gift made for Joseph–coat of many colours (embroidered elaborately). When his bros realized their father LOVED Joseph more then them they grew to HATE him–they wouldn’t even speak to him!
v.5-11, Joseph had 2 dreams and he told the 1st one to his brothers and the 2nd one to his Dad as well:
Dream 1 | “We’re all in the fields gathering wheat in bundles. All of a sudden my bundle stood straight up and your bundles circled around and bowed down to mine.”
Joseph’s bros HATED him EVEN MORE because of his dreams. They said “you think you’re going to rule over us? You’re going to boss us around?”
Dream 2 | “the sun, moon and 11 stars bowed down to me.”
His Dad reprimanded Joseph “stop with all the dreaming. Are your Mother and I and your brothers suppose to bow down to you?” Now his bros were really JEALOUS but Jacob wondered what the dream really meant.
v.12-17, Joseph’s bros had left for Shechem to take care of the flock. Jacob (Israel) told Joseph to GO and MEET UP (bring back a report of how they are doing) with his bros. Joseph agreed of he went. On the way he met a man (from the area) who asked him what he was looking for. Joseph told him he was looking for his brothers and asked where they are. He told Joseph they were left here and on their way to Dothan. So he tracked them down at Dothan.
v.18-20, his bros saw him from a distance and by the time he got to them they had cooked up a plan to KILL him and throw him in one of the old cisterns. They would blame his death on a vicious animal, then they said “we’ll see what he’s becomes of his dream then!”
v.21-22, Reuben (1st born) intervened to save him and convinced his brothers not to MURDER Joseph but to still throw him into the cistern. He planned on returning back later and rescuing Joseph. [I believe Reuben left at this point...]
IDEA: if they left Joseph in the cistern long enough he would die without laying a hand on him (no food, no water)
v.23-27, when Joseph reached his bros they RIPPED OFF his fancy coat and GRABBED him and THREW him into a cistern (it was dry without any water in it). Then they sat down to eat supper. They saw a caravan of Ishmaelites in the distance on their way from Gilead to Egypt to sell the wares. Judah came up with the idea not to kill Joseph but SELL him to the Ishmaelites because there was nothing to gain by killing him [we have to try to cover up a murder] and besides “he is our brother, flesh and blood.”
v.29-30, later Reuben came back to get Joseph [as he planned] and saw he was no longer there. He ripped his clothes in despair and went to his bros to find out what happened.
v.31-36, then the bros killed a young goat and put it’s blood on Joseph’s coat and took it back to their Dad and told him they found it like this. Israel recognized the coat right away and figured a wild animal had eaten Joseph. Israel tore his clothes in grief and dressed in burlap. He mourned deeply for his son for a long long time! His family tried to comfort him but he refused their comfort–he wept bitterly and believed he was going to mourn his until he died.
MEANWHILE...the traders arrived in Egypt where they SOLD Joseph to Potiphar (one of Pharaoh’s officials, manager of his household affairs).
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO ME? Jealousy and hatred can lead you to terrible things like killing and selling someone into slavery, as Joseph’s brothers did to him. SIDE NOTE: Israel shouldn’t have treated Joseph any different than any of his other sons. He shouldn’t have had a fav son!!!
WHAT AM I GOING TO DO ABOUT IT? Don’t allow resentment / hatred / frustration that I feel lead to killing or selling another human being (in my mind). In other words, I need to get over the deep hurt I felt and forgive!
Genesis 36: Family tree of Esau (Edomites)
v.1-5, Esau (aka…Edom) married womEn of Canaan: Adah she had a son: Eliphaz. Oholibamah she had 3 sons: Jeush, Jalam & Korah. Basemath she had a son: Reuel.
v.6-8, Esau gathered up his family and everything he owned and moved away from his brother Jacob. They both had too many possessions to live together in the same place. The land couldn’t support both of their livestock. Esau settled in Seir.
v.9-14, Esau’s sons and their children’s sons: Eliphaz’s sons: Teman, Omar, Zepho, Gatam, Kenaz, Amalek. Reuel’s sons: Nahath, Zerah, Shammah, Mizzah.
v.15-19, Chiefs or leaders of the clans in Esau’s family: Eliphaz’s chieftains: Teman, Omar, Zepho, Kenaz, Korah, Gatam, Amalek. Reuel’s chieftains: Nahath, Zerah, Shammah, Mizzah. Obolibamah’s cheiftains: Jeush, Jalam, Korah.
v.20-30, Seir the Horite’s sons: Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah. Seir’s cheifs: Dishon, Ezer, Dishan. Lotan’s sons: Hori, Heman & daughter: Timna. Shobal’s sons: Alvan, Manahath, Ebal, Shepho, Onam. Zibeon’s sons: Aiah, Anah (who found hot springs in the wilderness while herding his Dad’s donkeys). Anah’s sons: Dishon & daughter: Oholibamah. Dishon’s sons: Hemdan, Eshban, Ithran, Keran. Ezer’s sons: Bilhan, Zaavan, Akan. Dishan’s sons: Uz, Aran. Each of the bolded men (Lotan to Dishan) were also the Horite chieftains.
v.31-39, The Kings who ruled in Edom (before there was a king in Israel): Bela ruled the city of Dinhabah. After he died Jobab became king. After he died Husham became king. After he died Hadad became king and ruled FROM the city of Avith. He defeated the Midianites in Moab. After he died Samlah became king. After he died Shaul became king. After he died Baal-hanan became king. After he died Hadad became king and ruled FROM the city of Pau (his wife was Mehetabel).
v.40-43, These are the cheifs or leaders of the clans of Esau (aka…the Edomites): Timna, Alvah, Jetheth, Oholibamah, Elah, Pinon, Kenaz, Teman, Mibzar, Magdiel, Iram.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO ME? The most obvious is Esau inter-married or settled among the people of Canaan (against his Dad’s wishes) just to show the opposite of what Jacob ended up doing–contrast.
WHAT AM I GOING TO DO ABOUT IT? Don’t let sin reign in my life or settle for a life MARRIED to the world.