Info on the State of the Podcast

April 1, 2017

I'm currently behind, burnt-out and life-things temporarily got in the way of recording, but things are getting back on track. The tl;dr version of this is starting April 1, I will be releasing 2-3 podcasts a day to catch back up to where we're supposed to be. We'll be finidhing up Genesis, then read Psalms 6-10, and then go into Exodus, and we should be back on about a chapter a day sometime in the middle of Exodus. Thanks for sticking with me, and I hope you keep engaging with the Bible!

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Genesis 50

March 23, 2017

A podcast designed to help you engage with the Bible daily! Each day, we begin with a reading assignment, designed to take no longer than a few minutes. Then a few minutes of thoughts, comments and questions follow, to help you more fully engage with the text, and to consider throughout the day or to help you begin journaling.

It's not the intent to be exhaustive in covering everything, or even to tell you what you should think about a given text. The main idea is to give you a starting point to begin thinking through and engaging with the text yourself, whether you a seasoned Bible student, or this is your first time reading the Bible. The reading selections are kept purposefully small, to make it as easy as possible to develop the discipline of regular Bible reading, and more importantly Bible engaging! It also helps make it possible to catch up if you fall behind a few days.

March 23, 2017: Genesis 50

Jacob dies, and the sons of Israel take a grand procession from Egypt back to the tomb where Abraham was buried, and bury their father there. Joseph reassures his other brothers that he still forgives them, even though their father has passed on. Then we have an account of Joseph's death, ending with Joseph stating the desire for his bones to be buried in the land of Canaan as well.

 

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Genesis 49

March 22, 2017

A podcast designed to help you engage with the Bible daily! Each day, we begin with a reading assignment, designed to take no longer than a few minutes. Then a few minutes of thoughts, comments and questions follow, to help you more fully engage with the text, and to consider throughout the day or to help you begin journaling.

It's not the intent to be exhaustive in covering everything, or even to tell you what you should think about a given text. The main idea is to give you a starting point to begin thinking through and engaging with the text yourself, whether you a seasoned Bible student, or this is your first time reading the Bible. The reading selections are kept purposefully small, to make it as easy as possible to develop the discipline of regular Bible reading, and more importantly Bible engaging! It also helps make it possible to catch up if you fall behind a few days.

March 22, 2017: Genesis 49

Jacob is at the end of his life, and he calls his sons to gather for a final blessing. Jacob gives each of his sons a "blessing" as is suitable to each, but some of the blessings don't always have nice things associated with them. The blessing of the firstborn actually gets handed to the fourth, Judah, because Reuben earlier had an affair with one of Jacob's concubines, and Simeon and Levi had inacted violent revenge on the people of Shechem.

Question to consider:

* If you were a son of Israel, which of the blessings would you want for yourself? Which of the blessings would you least want?

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Genesis 48

March 21, 2017

A podcast designed to help you engage with the Bible daily! Each day, we begin with a reading assignment, designed to take no longer than a few minutes. Then a few minutes of thoughts, comments and questions follow, to help you more fully engage with the text, and to consider throughout the day or to help you begin journaling.

It's not the intent to be exhaustive in covering everything, or even to tell you what you should think about a given text. The main idea is to give you a starting point to begin thinking through and engaging with the text yourself, whether you a seasoned Bible student, or this is your first time reading the Bible. The reading selections are kept purposefully small, to make it as easy as possible to develop the discipline of regular Bible reading, and more importantly Bible engaging! It also helps make it possible to catch up if you fall behind a few days.

March 21, 2017: Genesis 48

Jacob, nearing the end of his life, decides to "adopt" Joseph's two oldest sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, and make their inheritance equal with the other sons of Israel. As Jacob is blesing the two children of Joseph, he crosses his hands, and places his right hand on the younger brother, Ephraim. When Joseph notices, he tries to correct his father's "mistake," but Jacob insists that this is how he wanted it.

Question to consider:

* Why do you think Jacob wanted to elevate his grandsons, Ephraim and Manasseh, to the status of sons?

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Genesis 47

March 20, 2017

A podcast designed to help you engage with the Bible daily! Each day, we begin with a reading assignment, designed to take no longer than a few minutes. Then a few minutes of thoughts, comments and questions follow, to help you more fully engage with the text, and to consider throughout the day or to help you begin journaling.

It's not the intent to be exhaustive in covering everything, or even to tell you what you should think about a given text. The main idea is to give you a starting point to begin thinking through and engaging with the text yourself, whether you a seasoned Bible student, or this is your first time reading the Bible. The reading selections are kept purposefully small, to make it as easy as possible to develop the discipline of regular Bible reading, and more importantly Bible engaging! It also helps make it possible to catch up if you fall behind a few days.

March 20, 2017: Genesis 47

Jacob and Jospeh's brothers have an audience with Pharaoh, where they discuss being shepherds by occupation. Pharaoh gives Jacob's family the land of Goshen to live in and pasture their flocks, as well as charges them with the care of his own livestock. Then, Jacob blesses the king of Egypt.

The famine continues, and eventually the people of Egypt have to sell their livestock, their land and themselves to the Pharaoh in order to continue to buy grain throughout the famine. In the end, the people survive, and the Pharaoh has more centralized control over the people of Egypt, as well as what amounts to an income tax of 20%.

Question to consider:

* Do you think it was a good thing, or a bad thing that the Egyptian people had to end up selling so much so that they could eat and survive? Why didn’t Joseph just give them grain for free?

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Genesis 46

March 19, 2017

A podcast designed to help you engage with the Bible daily! Each day, we begin with a reading assignment, designed to take no longer than a few minutes. Then a few minutes of thoughts, comments and questions follow, to help you more fully engage with the text, and to consider throughout the day or to help you begin journaling.

It's not the intent to be exhaustive in covering everything, or even to tell you what you should think about a given text. The main idea is to give you a starting point to begin thinking through and engaging with the text yourself, whether you a seasoned Bible student, or this is your first time reading the Bible. The reading selections are kept purposefully small, to make it as easy as possible to develop the discipline of regular Bible reading, and more importantly Bible engaging! It also helps make it possible to catch up if you fall behind a few days.

March 19, 2017: Genesis 46

Jacob journeys down to Egypt with his entire family, now over 70 persons, and sees his son Joseph for the first time since being sold into slavery. Joseph prepares his father and brothers for an audience with Pharaoh, saying that the Egyptians find shepherds abhorrant.

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Genesis 45

March 18, 2017

A podcast designed to help you engage with the Bible daily! Each day, we begin with a reading assignment, designed to take no longer than a few minutes. Then a few minutes of thoughts, comments and questions follow, to help you more fully engage with the text, and to consider throughout the day or to help you begin journaling.

It's not the intent to be exhaustive in covering everything, or even to tell you what you should think about a given text. The main idea is to give you a starting point to begin thinking through and engaging with the text yourself, whether you a seasoned Bible student, or this is your first time reading the Bible. The reading selections are kept purposefully small, to make it as easy as possible to develop the discipline of regular Bible reading, and more importantly Bible engaging! It also helps make it possible to catch up if you fall behind a few days.

March 18, 2017: Genesis 45

Joseph reveals his identity to his brothers, and does not hold their past actions against them. He instead tells them to go back to their father, Jacob, tell him that Joseph is alive, and immigrate to Egypt, because the famine is supposed to last another five years.

Question to consider:

* Why do you think Pharaoh is pleased to hear about Joseph’s family, and is eager to bring them all to Egypt?

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Genesis 44

March 17, 2017

A podcast designed to help you engage with the Bible daily! Each day, we begin with a reading assignment, designed to take no longer than a few minutes. Then a few minutes of thoughts, comments and questions follow, to help you more fully engage with the text, and to consider throughout the day or to help you begin journaling.

It's not the intent to be exhaustive in covering everything, or even to tell you what you should think about a given text. The main idea is to give you a starting point to begin thinking through and engaging with the text yourself, whether you a seasoned Bible student, or this is your first time reading the Bible. The reading selections are kept purposefully small, to make it as easy as possible to develop the discipline of regular Bible reading, and more importantly Bible engaging! It also helps make it possible to catch up if you fall behind a few days.

March 17, 2017: Genesis 44

Joseph hides a silver cup in the grain sack of his full-brother Benjamin, as an excuse to take Benjamin away from the older brothers who had previously sold Joseph into slavery. Judah begs Joseph to take punish him in the place of Benjamin.

Question to consider:

* What do you think Joseph was originally planning to do with Benjamin, before Judah objected?

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Genesis 43

March 16, 2017

A podcast designed to help you engage with the Bible daily! Each day, we begin with a reading assignment, designed to take no longer than a few minutes. Then a few minutes of thoughts, comments and questions follow, to help you more fully engage with the text, and to consider throughout the day or to help you begin journaling.

It's not the intent to be exhaustive in covering everything, or even to tell you what you should think about a given text. The main idea is to give you a starting point to begin thinking through and engaging with the text yourself, whether you a seasoned Bible student, or this is your first time reading the Bible. The reading selections are kept purposefully small, to make it as easy as possible to develop the discipline of regular Bible reading, and more importantly Bible engaging! It also helps make it possible to catch up if you fall behind a few days.

March 16, 2017: Genesis 43

Judah finally convinces Jacob to allow Benjamin to travel to Egypt, so that they can buy more grain. When the brothers arrive in Egypt, Joseph throws a banquet for them. The brothers think this might be a trap, so they make sure to state up front that they came to return the money that had appeared in their bags originally, but Joseph claims there were no errors on his side. Joseph inquires about their father, releases Simeon from bondage, and seats all the brothers according to age, all while still leaving his true identity a secret to his brothers.

Question to consider:

* Notice what it says about the Egyptian attitude toward Hebrews in verse 32. Is it not ironic that the man they serve, and who saved the entire Egyptian nation, is also a Hebrew?

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Genesis 42

March 15, 2017

A podcast designed to help you engage with the Bible daily! Each day, we begin with a reading assignment, designed to take no longer than a few minutes. Then a few minutes of thoughts, comments and questions follow, to help you more fully engage with the text, and to consider throughout the day or to help you begin journaling.

It's not the intent to be exhaustive in covering everything, or even to tell you what you should think about a given text. The main idea is to give you a starting point to begin thinking through and engaging with the text yourself, whether you a seasoned Bible student, or this is your first time reading the Bible. The reading selections are kept purposefully small, to make it as easy as possible to develop the discipline of regular Bible reading, and more importantly Bible engaging! It also helps make it possible to catch up if you fall behind a few days.

March 15, 2017: Genesis 42

The famine reaches as far as Canaan, and Jacob sends his ten oldest sons down to Egypt to purchase grain. The ten sons come before their brother Joseph, who is distributing grain, and they bow down to him not knowing who he is. Joseph declares them to be spies, and the brothers discuss among themselves that this evil they are experiencing must be because of what they had done to their brother Joseph. Eventually, Joseph allows the brothers to purchase grain, but keeps Simeon as a hostage, requiring that the brothers bring their youngest brother Benjamin (Joseph's only full brother) down to Egypt. As the brothers return to Canaan, they discover the money they had used to pay for the grain still in their sacks. Their father Jacob is completely against allowing Benjamin to go down to Egypt whatsoever.

Question to consider:

* We have seen a pattern of duplicitous actions taken by Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph’s brothers. Is there anything about Joseph’s deception that is different than the deceptions of his relatives?
* What can you tell of Reuben’s character at this point in his life, from his interactions with his brothers, and his father?

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