Friday, April 12, 2013

Genesis 37 - 38; Lesson 26

John's study this week:

(In your own words, summarize passages into sentences. Goal of 12 – 15 sentences)

Genesis 37

1. Genesis 37:1 – 4 Israel’s beloved son, Joseph (age 17) brought a bad report to his father about his brothers and who, because Joseph was loved more by his father than the brothers, was hated by his brothers of Israel’s other wives and had not a kind word for him.
2. Genesis 37:5 – 8 One day, Joseph had a dream which he told to his brothers, about grain sheaf’s  bowing to Joseph which his brothers rightly interpreted that they would be ruled over by Joseph some day and they hated him more because of the dream.
3. Genesis 37:9 – 11 Joseph had a similar dream, but with the sun, moon and eleven stars representing his family, bowing down to Joseph to which even his father was skeptical and his brothers hated and were jealous of him more, but his father kept this matter in mind.
4. Genesis 37:12 – 18 While Joseph’s brothers were grazing Israel’s sheep near Shechem, Israel sent Joseph to them to see if all was well with them and finding them found that they plotted to kill him.
5. Genesis 37:19 – 22 Joseph’s brothers said “Let’s kill him and throw him into a cistern telling that an animal killed him.” But Rueben heard this and tried to rescue him from them saying don’t kill him, but throw him into the cistern as he planned to rescue Joseph later.
6. Genesis 37:23 – 32 So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe, threw him in a cistern then sold him to Midianite merchants on their way to Egypt for 29 shekels of silver then slaughtered a goat and dipped Joseph’s robe in the blood then took the robe to their father Jacob and lied about what they did.
7. Genesis 37:33 – 35 Jacob recognized it declaring for himself that some animal must have devoured Joseph then tore his clothes and mourned for Joseph and would not be comforted by all his sons and daughters.
8. Genesis 37:36 – 36 Meanwhile, the Midianites sold Joseph in Egypt to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard.

Genesis 38

9. Genesis 38:1 – 5 Judah left his brothers and went down to Adullam where he meets a Canaanite girl, married her and made love to her who then became pregnant and gave birth to a son, who was named Er, then she conceived again and gave birth to a son and named him Onan and then for a 3rd time gave birth to another son and named him Shelah.
10. Genesis 38:6 – 7 Judah then got a wife named Tamar for his firstborn son, Er, but who was wicked in the Lord’s site and so the Lord put him to death.
11. Genesis 38:8 – 10 Then Judah said to Onan, “Sleep with your brother’s wife and fulfill your duty to her as a brother-in-law to raise up offspring for your brother.” But Onan was also wicked in the Lord’s sight; so the Lord put him to death also.
12. Genesis 38:11 – 23 Judah then encouraged Tamar to live in his home and for some reason disguised herself as a shrine prostitute then enticed Judah to sleep with her, and became pregnant by him.
13. Genesis 38:24 – 26 Judah found out that Tamar was pregnant and accused her of prostitution, yet when confronted with the seal and cord he’d given her, hid his shame and actions and would not sleep with her again.
14. Genesis 38:27 – 30 When the time came for Tamar to give birth, she gave birth to twin boys, the first, Zerah, whose hand came out of the womb first had a red thread tied to his hand, but then the hand went back inside and the 2nd boy, Perez was born, then Zerah.
(Summarize main groupings of thoughts. Goal of 2, 3 or 4 divisions. ID passages covered)

1. Genesis 37 Joseph is sold into slavery, yet God protects him for his greater future plan.

Application: How has God protected you through some trial or persecution revealing His goodness, grace, protection and purpose to you?

2. Genesis 38 God shows grace, using Tamar and Judah’s sin resulting in offspring from whose lineage Christ and our redemption will come.

Application: How has God shown grace in your life through an un-Godlike situation and turned it to His glory?

Subject Sentence

(Summarizing the Divisions into one sentence – ten words or less):

God’s protects Joseph, and Tamar receives grace revealing His love.


(A main teaching point for the overall study of the passages):

TCTATS: To cause the audience to see that to accomplish His plan, God protects us and give grace turning un-Godlike situations into Godly outcomes.

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