Notes: Genesis 44-45

Joseph reveals himself to his brothers, and shows how God has used their hatred to save His people.


I. Joseph, a second time, sends his brothers home with money in their grain sacks (1-5)

1-2: Not only was all of the brothers’ money returned, Joseph also planted his silver cup in Benjamin’s sack.

4: Evil for good. Nobody likes ingratitude.

5: His servant is told to announce that Joseph’s "divining" cup is missing


II. When faced with the accusation of stealing, his brothers confidently submit to a search (6-12)

7-8: The brothers cannot imagine [Read more…]

Notes: Genesis 42-43

English language Bible study guide for February 13, 2008

Genesis 42

I. Jacob’s famine disaster plan (1-5)

2: Go to Egypt; they have food


II. Joseph, now the Egyptian governor and unrecognized by his brothers, accuses them of being spies (6-17)

9: Do you remember Joseph’s dreams?

16: One of you may go and fetch your younger brother.

17: I’ll put you in prison while you make up your minds.


III. Still incognito, Joseph imprisons Simeon and sends the other 9 home with food AND their money (18-28)

19: After 3 days, Joseph says: Ok, one must stay; the rest of you [Read more…]

Notes: Genesis 36-37

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English Language Bible Study Guide for February 9, 2008


The account of the death of Isaac (chapter 35) is followed by the genealogy of Esau; and then the narrative of Jacob’s family continues to the end of the book of Genesis.

Genesis 36


I. Esau, who is Edom (1-19:)

1, 8, 19, 43: The point is this: Esau is Edom. So when we later find the nation of Edom opposing the nation of Israel, we understand the root of the turmoil.

6-7: Both Esau and Jacob were wealthy, and the land could not sustain both households. Hence they amicably parted ways, as did their grandfather Abraham separate from his nephew Lot.


II. Dukes and Kings of Seir/Edom (20-42:)

20-42: Some of these names are found elsewhere in scripture; but many are never mentioned again outside of this list.

24: In the midst of the names there are a couple of additional comments. In this verse one Anah is noted as the one who found the mules in the wilderness.

31: Edom had kings before the nation of Israel did.


Genesis 37


I. Joseph, more beloved of his father than the other sons, relates his dreams (1-11:)

2: If Joseph was 17, and he was son #11, then how old must the others have been? This was not just another teenage prank.

3-4: Favoritism should cautiously be guarded against. You would think that Jacob would have learned that lesson from observing his father’s affection for Esau.

5: Joseph’s dreams portraying his advancement above his brothers didn’t help ingratiate him to them either.

11: But Isaac paid attention.


II. Joseph is thrown into a pit by his jealous brothers (12-24:)

18: The brothers conspire to kill Joseph

21: Reuben intends to help Joseph

22: Joseph is cast into a dry pit, without his colorful coat, to await the brothers’ determination on what to do with him


III. Joseph is sold to Ishmaelites/Midianite merchants (25-30:)

26-27: Judah suggests selling Joseph to a passing caravan headed to Egypt; and the brothers agree.

28: Twenty pieces of silver (split 10 ways?)

29: Reuben returns to help Joseph but finds him missing


IV. Joseph is sold to an Egyptian captain; but his brothers pretend not to know anything about his disappearance (31-36:)

31-32: Joseph’s colorful coat is dipped in animal blood and sent to Jacob for identification

33-35: Jacob mourns Joseph’s all-too-apparent demise by wild animals; and his whole family (including the guilty brothers) join him

36: Meanwhile, the Midianite caravan arrives in Egypt and Joseph, who had announced his dream of being a leader, becomes a slave in the house of Potiphar.


Meditation Points:

  1. Were not these the same people who would avenge the honor of their sister? And now they would kill their little brother?
  2. Who would expect complete harmony among siblings who share a father but not his affection?
  3. And who would expect men with such sin in their hearts to understand, let alone agree with, one whom God Himself favored highly?
  4. That Reuben would save Joseph is admirable and unexpected.
  5. Humanly speaking, it was the greed of the older brothers which saved Joseph.
  6. Twenty pieces of silver.  What is your life worth?
  7. As Jacob deceived his father, so now his sons deceive him.
  8. God had prevented Joseph’s grandfather from going to Egypt.
  9. From sovereign to slave; from a hole in the ground to the great city.