GENESIS 1-12 – God the TRINITY created the entire universe in 5 days, on the 6th he created Adam and Eve. On the 7th day He rested. Adam and Eve were in paradise communing with God every day in every way, no financial, food, clothing, or shelter worries, no pain, no health deterioration, no death. Until, the serpent stepped up and spoke to Eve. Since the serpent could talk, do you think the other animals could too? He tells her “ssssssssurely, God didn’t say you couldn’t be wise and so ssssssurely you can know good from evil.” Eve doesn’t ask God and gave it all up for one bite. Adam was at her side, following with the next bite. God’s path to REDEMPTION begins right here in the Garden of Eden when he kills an innocent animal, SHEDDING INNOCENT BLOOD, as a SUBSTITUTE for their sin, covers them with the animal skin, and forever puts them out of the Garden of Eden where two Cherubim stand guard with flaming swords until the New Jerusalem comes. Adam and Eve each know pain now, have to suffer to have and provide for their family. Life is forever changed from only one bite.
Adam and Eve have Cain and Abel. Cain gives God some food from his garden (any food will do you know!!) But, Abel gives his best to God. Cain becomes jealous which turns to hate. God gives Cain another chance to give of his best but Cain only grows angrier and murders Abel. God still loved Cain and marked him so no one would murder him, but he became a wanderer with a way to make money, find a wife, and have children of his own. God didn’t just desert Cain, he made a way for him too.
Adam and Eve have many more children who are not named, but they had a son they named Seth who is their compensation for Abel. Seth had many descendants; one is Enoch who walked with God for 300 years. Before the days of the flood, God took Enoch up to heaven because of his walk with HIM saving him from the ravages of the flood. Noah was also a descendant of Seth who was also faithful to God. God tells Noah to build an ark because he will soon destroy all the earth and the ark will protect him. Noah follows God’s instructions to the letter, fills it with his family and two of every kind of animal. God shut the door on the ark to protect Noah and his family. (Gives new meaning to “shut the door”!!) 🙂 Then the rain came for 40 days and 40 nights. Once they were safe to leave the ark, Noah’s family repopulated the earth. Noah had three sons. Shem’s descendants became the Hebrew nation. Japeth’s descendants became the Gentiles. Ham’s descendants became the Canaanites. Ham’s descendants would be cursed by Noah because Ham mocked him after Noah became drunk one evening and Ham found him naked in his tent the next morning. God will not be mocked.
Before we depart Genesis 11 another descendant of Seth will be born, Abram/Abraham. We also find out that the people of the earth had once again become so corrupt that they built a tower of man-made bricks that reached high into the sky. God (The Trinity) came down and said this was unacceptable so the people were dispersed throughout the earth and no longer spoke one language (which is why it was called Babel).
JOB — We jumped to Job where we found a man God called blameless and upright. God allowed him to be tested with the wiles of the devil. God told satan he could do anything to Job except take his life. Satan believed if he could do all this bad stuff to Job then he would curse God and turn from HIM. Job was devastated, he grieved greatly because of so much loss .. his children, his home, his crops, his animals, everything but his wife. Job did not curse God or turn from HIM even with his wife’s encouragement. Satan took Job’s pain to a whole other level by attacking his body with boils and sores to the point where Job was barely recognizable to his friends. Job’s friends each gave him their opinion all of which told Job he MUST have committed some sin that he had not repented of which resulted in his suffering. Job’s sin did not cause his suffering but in his suffering he did sin. Once all 3 friends could say no more, another person had been standing in the shadows listening to all the conversations. He speaks and adds new dimension to the conversation but is still missing something. Job continued to profess that he had no confessed sin and wanted to be able to confront God himself to ask WHY all this had happened. Once God began a conversation with Job he reminded Job of who HE is, condemned Job’s friends for their judgment against Job, and Job is deeply humbled, confessed his sin of pride and self-righteousness and realized how wonderful and powerful God is. God gave Job back MORE than he had before. A true story of REDEMPTION.
We return back to GENESIS 12 to find Abraham married to Sarah and God told Abraham to LEAVE the land he knew, where his father lived, and where all his family was. God told him to GO to a land that He would show him. He promised Abraham to prosper him, give him much land, give him more descendants than he could ever count, and bless them greatly. He, Sarah, and Lot (his nephew whose father had died) set out for the land God had promised Abraham. Abraham believed God and God counted as righteousness. Abraham’s nephew, Lot, was receiving blessings because of his relationship with Abraham. An argument came up over the land Abraham and Lot were sharing. Abraham tells Lot to choose the land he wants so the quarreling stops. Lot chooses the land he thinks would be best. Lot chooses to live close to Sodom and Gomorrah and is heavily influenced by the life there. Because the people are so corrupt there God destroys Sodom and Gomorrah but spares Lot and his family because of Abraham’s prayer. God sends two angels to get Lot and his family and the angels LITERALLY had to PULL Lot out before the destruction. We never know the name of Lot’s wife because she was determined to “look back” and was turned into a pillar of salt. Because of Lot’s choices, he and his two daughters end up living in a cave. The daughters think they will never meet any men (and Lot does nothing to introduce them to Abraham’s community). Each daughter gets Lot drunk on different nights and each becomes pregnant. One gives birth to Moab (Moabites) and the other gives birth to Benammi (Ammorites.) YOU CAN’T MAKE THIS STUFF UP!! God continues to keep his protection over Lot and his descendants for years because of HIS covenant with Abraham.
Although it was custom at that time for a barren woman to give her husband her maid servant … it was not God’s plan. Sarah asked Abraham to sleep with Hagar so he could have a son. A son was conceived and Hagar began to hate Sarah. Sarah began treating Hagar badly in response to her hate. Pregnant Hagar ran away and God spoke to and told her if she would return and submit to Sarah he would bless her son. Ishmael was born. Abraham thought Ishmael was the son God promised him. God told him he was not, but he would still bless Ishmael with many descendants; but he was not the son of the promise. God tells Sarah she would conceive a son a year later and she did. She and Abraham had Isaac. Once Isaac is weaned Sarah and Abraham have a feast for him where the young teen, Ishmael mocks Isaac. Sarah tells Abraham Ishmael and Hagar have to leave. God agrees. Abraham is saddened but comforted that God will bless Ishmael and look out for him.
As Isaac grew, God told Abraham to take Isaac on top of the mountain to sacrifice him to God. Abraham and Isaac went to the mountain top. As Isaac was about to put the knife into Isaac an angel from the Lord tells him to STOP and suddenly a lamb appears caught in the thicket. We witness another story of REDEMPTION and God’s provision. God REDEEMED Isaac with a SUBSTITUTION for his death. Abraham’s faith showed strongly in this action because he had told his servants that he and Isaac were going to go worship the Lord and THEY would return in a while. Abraham’s faith never wavered. He KNEW that either Isaac would be coming down that mountain from a provision God would make OR God would somehow bring him back to life so they would be coming back together!!
Isaac married within his family (with the help of Abraham and Abraham’s servant) and married Rebekah. Rebekah bore him twin sons – Esau and Jacob. Esau (the oldest twin) was Isaac’s favorite and Jacob was Rebekah’s favorite. Jacob made Esau some stew one day when he came in from the fields. Esau loved food which is why his people were known as the Edomites. Jacob knew he loved food, so made him stew when Esau would be his hungriest and bribed him with the food …. Give me your birthright!! Esau felt his birthright would be no good if he starved to death so he gave his birthright over to Jacob. Once again in our short read, we have witnessed where another person gave it all up for a bite of food (remember Adam and Eve?).
As time passed, Rebekah encouraged Jacob to dress like Esau (hairy arms and all) and take the stew she made into Isaac who was aging. His eyes were no longer good. Isaac thought he was speaking to Esau, because he had sent Esau to the field to kill an animal and make him some stew. Isaac knew the voice was not Esau’s but after feeling of the clothing and the hairy arms, passed on the blessing to Jacob and there was ONLY one blessing to give. Esau returned from the field ready to feed his father, only to discover his blessing had been stolen. Esau threatened to kill Jacob.
Rebekah encouraged Jacob to go to her brother’s place to stay and allow Esau time to calm down. Jacob reached Laban’s (Rebekah’s brother) land and immediately saw Rachel. It was love at first sight. Laban saw Jacob was a good worker and asked him what his wages would be to work for him. Jacob tells him he wants Rachel and they agree if he worked for 7 years then he could marry her. Seven years later, Jacob readied himself for the wedding feast. They ate and celebrated all day. Laban brought Jacob’s new wife into the tent with him that night. In the morning Jacob saw that he was married to the WRONG sister. He was married to Leah, the older sister. It was custom that the older sister be married before the younger, but Laban did not bother to mention this until after the wedding!! Jacob had been tricked… deceived…. Maybe a little taste of “his own medicine”. Jacob agreed to work another 7 years so he could have Rachel. A total of 20 years passed and Jacob desired to return to the land of his father. Jacob, Leah, Rachel, and the handmaidens of each wife had a total of 12 sons and 1 daughter. These sons become the 12 tribes of Israel.
Isaac died and Jacob and Esau meet to bury him. Jacob was afraid to meet Esau for fear Esau was still going to kill him. However, Esau had forgiven Jacob. Jacob had two encounters with God. One was in a vision where he saw angels climbing a ladder going back and forth between heaven and earth. This was a foreshadow of Jesus paving the way for HIS people to have a personal relationship with God. The second event was when Jacob fought with the angel of the Lord and refused to let go of HIM until HE blessed him. Jacob came out of that with a dislocated hip but a new name… Israel… and a blessing.
Jacob lost Rachel during the childbirth of their second son, who was his 12th son. His name became Benjamin. Joseph, Jacob’s oldest son with Rachel was Jacob’s favorite. He did not hide his feelings from his other sons. Jacob lavished Joseph with a coat of many colors which was made like the cloaks of those of royalty. Joseph wasted no time bragging to his brothers about his new coat “Daddy” made him and oh yeah…. He had to mention the dreams he had been having about the family bowing down to him. The brothers did not take this well. Jacob sent Joseph out to be with his brothers, a tad irresponsible on Jacob’s part. The brothers decided to kill him. Reuben told them not to kill him and departed. Judah told the brothers not to kill him but just sell him into slavery with the band of Ishmaelites they see coming (as if he expected him to survive that experience!!)
Joseph’s journey began with betrayal from his brothers, slavery in Egypt, and then noticed by Potiphar because God was with him. He was placed in charge of all that Potiphar was over; until Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce him. Joseph refused her offer (did the right thing), but she had Joseph’s coat and told her husband that Joseph tried to take advantage of her for which he went to prison.
While in prison the head prison guard noticed that God was with him in all he did and placed him in charge of everything in the prison. Joseph even interpreted dreams of Pharaoh’s cupbearer and chief bread maker while in prison. Joseph was accurate in the interpretations because God gave him the interpretations. He asked to be remembered when they returned to normal life. But he was forgotten. Until…….Pharaoh began to have dreams he could not understand. He own magicians/wise men could not interpret the dream. The head cupbearer remembered Joseph and told Pharaoh about him. Joseph was immediately brought up from prison. He interpreted Pharaoh’s dreams, and advised Pharaoh that the interpretations came from God .. not him. As part of the interpretation, Joseph tells Pharaoh what he needed to do to survive the upcoming feast to be followed by a famine. Pharaoh agreed with Joseph and asked him to do what he has suggested.
Pharaoh was able to see the favor of God on Joseph and all he did. Pharaoh added to his responsibility. Because of the famine, Joseph’s brothers came to him (not knowing it was him, or that he was even still alive) to ask for food since the famine was devastating everywhere. Joseph became the DELIVER for his family, for his people. He was and is a perfect example of what happens when we FORGIVE. Joseph told his family that he held no ill feelings toward any of them because what they meant for harm, God used for good. And if God had not sent him to Egypt their family would have died in the famine. Joseph REDEEMED his family and SAVED an entire nation. Joseph is a perfect example of what Jesus would do for HIS people.
Joseph and all his brothers died. The Hebrew people had forgotten the past. Approximately 400 years had passed since Joseph, a new Pharaoh was in charge and he HATED the Hebrews. Egyptians never liked the Hebrews even on a good day because they felt they were lower than the low… they were shepherds, had beards, were uneducated compared to the Egyptian’s education, were nomads, and to top it off they had grown in size (from 70 people to 2-3 million) which meant they were taking over THEIR land!!
THIS Pharaoh decided to put the Hebrews into slavery and did it with brutality. He wanted to kill all the male babies. However, one young baby HEBREW boy ended up as the adopted child of the Pharaoh’s daughter. He was named by an Egyptian as Moses. From the time he was weaned (between 3-6 years old) he was raised in the Royal Palace. He had all the benefits of royalty, a great Egyptian education, an abundance of food, and all anyone could possibly dream of. However, Moses KNEW the Hebrews were his people. In a fit of anger, he murdered an Egyptian for beating a Hebrew, thought he was not seen, found out differently and at the age of 40 Moses ran to escape the consequences of the murder he committed.
He went into the desert and became a shepherd with the Midianites. At the age of 80 God called him to return to his people and lead them out of Egypt. After God brought the 10 plagues upon the Egyptians, Pharaoh finally let the Hebrews go … well almost. The Hebrews departed and Pharaoh came after them which was when God performed his greatest miracle … the parting of the Red Sea. Moses DELIVERED the Israelites out of Egypt. Moses was given the 10 commandments. While he was on Mount Sinai with God, the people began to complain (not the first time they did this). Aaron (Moses’ brother) gave into the complaining and built them a golden calf. Moses came down off the mountain top with God, saw the Israelites dancing around the golden calf, and broke the tablets of stone upon which God had written the 10 Commandments. The Israelites suffered consequences for their choices. Moses was called again to the top of the mountain to get the 10 Commandments again along with instructions for the Tabernacle. The people began to build the Tabernacle and the clothing for the priests according to the instructions given to Moses by God.
Exodus closes in a moment of glory!!
Now you are all caught up and can begin with Leviticus 🙂
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