Wrap-up of Genesis

Finishing Genesis, at week 45!

Genesis 50:1-3 - At Jacob's death, Joseph instructed the Egyptian "physicians" to embalm him, a process that takes forty days.

Genesis 50:4-6 - Joseph received permission from Pharaoh to take his father to their family burial place in the Cave of Machpelah near Mamre, that Abraham had bought from Ephron the Hittite.

Genesis 50:7-14 - Joseph went up to Canaan to bury his father, Jacob. All of Pharaoh's officials went with him. Probably for protection, possibly to ensure Joseph's return to Egypt! The Canaanites may not have had horses yet at that time. So Pharaoh's chariots, etc. from Egypt must have been quite a spectacle to them.

Jacob had been 130 years old when he moved to Goshen in Egypt, and he died at age 147. So he lived in Goshen for 17 years, the first five of which were during Egypt's seven years of famine. Further calculations suggest 453 years from Jacob's burial, to the nation Israel's crossing the Jordan into Canaan (including, of course, the 40 years in the desert).

Genesis 50:15-18 - Joseph's brothers have an anxiety attack. They reasoned that Joseph was holding off reprisals for their treatment of him until their father died. So they told him, "Your father left these instructions before he died: 'This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly...'"

It was likely a false quote, but Joseph cried when he saw his brothers' mindset. The parallel here may be that Jesus also weeps when we expect bad things from Him, showing our lack of trust.

Genesis 50:19-21 - "Don't worry. God is sovereign. You intended harm, but God worked it to the good, saving many lives".

Genesis 50:22-26 - Joseph was 56 years old when his father died. He stayed in Egypt, and saw the third generation of Ephraim's children. He lived in Egypt for 93 years, then asked that his bones be taken back to Canaan. He recognized that his stay in Egypt was temporary, and that God's promise was in Canaan. Joseph died at age 110. "They embalmed him, and placed him in a coffin in Egypt". In a coffin, because several hundred years down the road, it would be transported through the desert to the promised land:

Recap of Genesis:

Written by Moses, led/inspired by the Holy Spirit, covering events before Moses was born. It was written during the wanderings, after all of the events of Genesis occured.

The main events or "mountain peaks" of Genesis:

  1. Creation of the Universe -- from nothing, outside the realm of linear time.
  2. Creation of Mankind
  3. The Fall of Man -- The basic question of life: "Are you going to choose God's way, or man's way?"
  4. The Flood -- After man fell, man generally chose to dishonor God. So God decided to wipe out the corrupted gene pool and start over.
  5. The Selection of Abraham - God chose his people.
  6. The Sacrifice of Isaac - God's object lesson giving a glimpse of his future plan for the world's salvation.
  7. Joseph's rescue of his family - God's sovereignty turning bad to good.
Why did God write Genesis? Genesis teaches us:

So the Bible is composed of 66 books, written by about 40 different authors, but fits together as a supernatural communication from God to Man, from outside the realms of time.

"He died upon a cross of wood
But he made the hill on which it stood."

Next week - The Trinity: misconceptions about it. Be thinking of models to try to explain it, even though we don't understand it fully.