Genesis 41

March 14, 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 14, 2017: Genesis 41

Pharoah has a distrubing pair of dreams that no one in the kingdom can interpret, but the cupbearer remembers Joseph who had interpreted his dream while he was in jail. Joseph, who gives the credit of interpretation of dreams to God, says that Pharaoh's dreams mean there will be seven years of plenty in the land, followed by seven years of famine, and that Pharaoh had better start preparing for the famine. Pharaoh promotes Joseph to administer the taxation and distribution of grain, as well as gives Joseph a wife, Asenath, the daughter of an Egyptian priest. Joseph also has two sons, and is basically second-in-command in Egypt.

Question to consider:

* What reasons does Pharaoh give for promoting Joseph to a high governmental position? What does that say about Pharaoh as a leader?
* Notice the names Joseph gives to his sons in verses 51 and 52. What do you think these names mean to Joseph, and what insights do they give you into his attitude at this point in his life?

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Genesis 40

March 13, 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 13, 2017: Genesis 40

While Joseph is in jail, the Pharaoh's cupbearer and baker are thrown into jail as well. Both servants of the Pharaoh have dreams that trouble them, and Joseph interprets the dreams through God. Joseph predicts the cupbearer will be restored to his position in three days, and that the baker will be executed in three days. Everything happens as Joseph says, but the cupbearer forgets about Joseph, and Joseph remains in jail.

Question to consider:

* How does Joseph, even at this stage in his life, still remain a believer and faithful to God?

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Genesis 39

March 12, 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 12, 2017: Genesis 39

 

Joseph, a slave in Egypt, becomes overseer of Potiphar's household. Potiphar's wife attempts to seduce Joseph, but he refuses and runs away because he is unwilling to sin against God. Potiphar's wife lies about who was attempting to seduce who, which results in Joseph being thrown into jail.

Questions to consider:

* What gives Joseph the kind of faith that so few people in his position have? What can this teach us about our own faith?

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Genesis 38

March 11, 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 11, 2017: Genesis 38

Judah has a widowed daughter-in-law, Tamar, who he has promised to give his son to as a husband, when he comes of age. Judah does not keep this promise to Tamar, and leaves her at her father's house. Tamar goes out dressed as a prostitute, and becomes preganant by Judah. She keeps personal emblems of his as a pledge of payment, and returns to her father's house. When it is evident that she is pregnant, Judah is prepared to execute her, until she produces his personal effects, proving that he is the father.

 

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Genesis 37

March 10, 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 10, 2017: Genesis 37

Joseph, Jacob's favorite son, is gifted a special coat by his father, causing anger and jealousy among the other sons of Israel. Joseph also relates two dreams to his family indicating that they will all bow down to him. This does nothing to soothe the ire of Joseph's brothers. While far out, Joseph's brothers throw him in a pit, planning to kill him, but sell him into slavery instead. They dip Joseph's special coat in blood, and give their father the impression that his favorite son had died.

Questions to consider:

* Why does it seem like a coat is the center of all of this conflict? Why does this coat make Joseph’s brothers so angry?
* Why do you think Reuben goes along with the plan to conceal Joseph’s fate from their father, even though he originally planned on saving Joseph?

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Genesis 36

March 9, 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 9, 2017: Genesis 36

 

A genealogy of the children of Esau, who eventually become the nation of Edom. Also included are a list of some of the kings of Edom. The podcast goes on to mention a few places in the Bible where Edomites play a continuing role throughout the Bible, even into the New Testament.

Questions to consider:

* This chapter says that Esau moved to a different land because there wasn’t enough room for both him and Jacob. What does this say about Esau’s attitude toward his brother, especially later in life?

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Genesis 35

March 8, 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 8, 2017: Genesis 35

 

God calls on Jacob to build an altar at Bethel, the place where Jacob originally had the dream and promise from God that he would be protected, when Jacob was originally fleeing from his brother Esau. Jacob tells his family to get rid of all their idols, and buries them under a tree. Rachel gives birth to Jacob's last son, Benjamin, but dies shortly after giving birth. Isaac also dies, and is buried by both of his sons, Jacob and Esau.

Questions to consider:

* Remember that God also changed Abraham and Sarah’s names previously. What do you think is the significance of God changing someone’s name?

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Genesis 34

March 7, 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 7, 2017: Genesis 34

First, a discussion on how to approach the Bible from a historical or literary perspective.

Dinah, the daughter of Jacob, has sex with a Hivite named Shechem. Shechem decides he wants to marry Dinah, and agrees for his entire family and city to go through circumcision to remain on friendly terms with Jacob's family. Simeon and Levi, two of the sons of Jacob, take the opportunity to kill the men as they are still recovering from their circumcisions, and plunder the city. Jacob reprimands his sons for making their relations with their neighbors more tenuous than it needs to be. Simeon and Levi don't care.

Questions to consider:

* (After the dicussion on translation issues) Do you think Dinah was a willing participant with Shechem, or did Shechem make Dinah do something against her will?
* Depending on your answer, does that make you more or less sympathetic with Jacob? With Simeon and Levi?

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Genesis 33

March 6, 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 6, 2017: Genesis 33

Jacob finally confronts his brother Esau after twenty years. Surprisngly, Esau embraces Jacob and does not intend to kill him. After reluctantly accepting Jacob's gifts, Esau returns home, and Jacob settles in a different area.

Questions to consider:

* Do you think Esau was genuinely happy to see his brother? What do you think made Esau’s attitude change from twenty years ago?
* What do you make of Jacob’s response to Esau? Is Jacob being apprehensive, or is Jacob just trying to be kind?

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Genesis 32

March 5, 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.

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March 5, 2017: Genesis 32

 

Jacob hears Esau is coming to meet him with 400 men! Jacob prays to God, and sends gifts to try and aswage his older brother. Jacob even splits his family into two camps thinking he might at least be able to run away with half after Esau attacks the first. Late at night, Jacob then wrestles a man, and despite not losing, Jacob cannot seem to get a blessing out of him.

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