Genesis

Genesis 40:1–41:57

April 2nd, 2019| Topic: aBeLOG, Genesis | 0

Genesis 40:1–41:57

Trusting in God’s working even when it is indiscernible results in divine blessing.

Joseph is in jail, falsely accused of rape. But God is always at work, even if one cannot see him working. Though God is not mentioned in this section, the literary absence of God is not a literal absence of God.

Joseph has with him in prison, the Pharaoh’s baker and butler, in detention for unknown crimes. These two fellow prisoners have a pair of dreams (40:8–19). Joseph interprets…   Read more →

Genesis 39:1−23

March 5th, 2019| Topic: aBeLOG, Genesis | 2

Genesis 39:1−23

Integrity in every situation enables one to be an agent of divine blessing.

Genesis 37:36 makes a seamless connection with 39:1; in 37:36, Joseph is sold (and Egypt is mentioned), and in 39:1, he is bought (and Egypt is mentioned again). In a little more than a decade, the kidnapped slave, Joseph, would rise to be the Prime Minister of all Egypt, second only to the Pharaoh. Andh God’s word to make the descendants of Abraham a blessing to all nations (12:3; 18:18; 22:18;…   Read more →

Genesis 38:1−30

April 6th, 2017| Topic: aBeLOG, Genesis | 4

Genesis 38:1−30

Agents of God’s blessing are selflessly concerned about others and humbly aware of their own fallibility.

In Genesis 34, Simeon and Levi, because of their impetuosity and bloodthirstiness had disqualified themselves from leadership; in Genesis 35, Reuben—the mandrakes and incest guy—also had been disentitled. The next in line was Judah. And in Gen 37, it appeared that Judah’s brothers had begun to follow his lead over Reuben’s. It appears that in Gen 38 Judah…   Read more →

Genesis 37:1−36

March 6th, 2017| Topic: aBeLOG, Genesis | 4

Genesis 37:1−36

Agents of God’s blessing to others can expect misunderstanding and mistreatment from them.

The pericope begins with Joseph bringing to his father an “evil report” regarding his siblings (37:2). While the use of dibbah elsewhere indicates “slander” or “evil report” that may not be necessarily true (Num 13:32; Ps 31:4), in light of Prov 25:10 that employs the word to indicate a true (but disparaging) report, there is no reason to think that the dibbah…   Read more →

Genesis 35:1−36:43

February 8th, 2017| Topic: aBeLOG, Genesis | 0

Genesis 35:1−36:43

The blessings of God fulfilled in the past, promotes worship of God that, in turn, continues the cycle of divine blessings for the future.

This section forms the formal conclusion to the Jacob Story that began in Genesis 25. Here, we see a collection of scattered accounts (Genesis 35) along with a closing genealogy (Genesis 36).

The structure of Genesis 35 is a travelogue of Jacob and his camp from Shechem to Hebron, a severance of the marked by four burials—three actual…   Read more →

Genesis 34:1−31

January 3rd, 2017| Topic: aBeLOG, Genesis | 2

Genesis 34:1−31

Enjoying God’s blessings calls for responsible maintenance of moral standards in the face of worldly evil.

This is a sordid story, with no heroes. Everyone is culpable (except the victims: Dinah, sexually violated and voiceless, and the people of Shechem, brutally slaughtered or kidnapped).

Shechem, the son of Hamor, the Hivite, rapes Dinah, the daughter of Jacob (34:2). But, he seems to show some good faith as he and his father enter into negotiations with Jacob…   Read more →

Genesis 33:1−20

November 7th, 2016| Topic: aBeLOG, Genesis | 0

Genesis 33:1−20

Faith in God is marked by seeking and extending forgiveness, thus restoring relationships with others, and also with God.

The previous pericope depicted Jacob finally receiving God’s blessing. That would have been a blissful ending to the turbulent story of the patriarch. However, one more thing needed to be accomplished: reconciliation with Esau.

And so, as younger brother comes before his older sibling, Jacob prostrates himself seven times (33:3)—a mark of great respect…   Read more →

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