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    Posted on April 26th, 2012

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    Bible Study: Genesis 49-50

    Bible Study: Genesis 49-50

    “And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days. Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father.” (Gen.49:1-2). Jacob is now one hundred and forty-seven years old and he realizes that he is dying. In those days, it was a customary practice to summon the family together when one senses death is near.

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on April 25th, 2012

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    Bible Study: Genesis 46-48

    Bible Study: Genesis 46-48

    As we pick up the story in Chapter forty-six, we find that Joseph told them to bring Jacob back to Egypt because there were to be five more years of famine. They sent carts from Egypt in order that Jacob and his family might make the journey with all of their children and grandchildren down into Egypt. When the brothers got home and told their father that Joseph was alive and lord over Egypt, second in command to Pharaoh, Jacob could not believe until he saw the carts and things sent by the Pharaoh and then he cried, “Joseph is, indeed, alive and I will go down to see him before I die.”

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    Posted on April 24th, 2012

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    Bible Study: Genesis 44-45

    Bible Study: Genesis 44-45

    Joseph’s brothers have returned to Egypt the second time to buy grain. At the instruction of Joseph they have brought their youngest brother Benjamin with them. Joseph has invited them to his house for lunch and he has seated them around the table according to their age. He is questioning them again concerning the well being of their father. Is he in good health?

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on April 23rd, 2012

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    Bible Study: Genesis 42-43

    Bible Study: Genesis 42-43

    Here is a brief synopsis of the story up to this point. Jacob had twelve sons by four different wives. Rachel, the wife that he loved dearly, bore him two sons; because of his love for her, they became his favorite sons. Their names were Joseph and Benjamin and they were the youngest of the twelve boys. The son’s of Jacob, except Joseph, were not honorable. There developed a friction between the boys because of the dishonor of the older sons and the honor of Joseph. The older boys were treacherous and cruel; but, Joseph was compassionate. They were jealous of Joseph, of his father’s obvious favoritism

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on April 22nd, 2012

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    Bible Study: Genesis 40-41

    Bible Study: Genesis 40-41

    “It came to pass after these things, that the butler of the king of Egypt and his baker had offended their lord the king of Egypt.” (Gen.40:1). After what things? After Potiphar’s wife had falsely accused Joseph of attempting to rape her and Joseph was thrown into prison.

    “And Pharaoh was wroth against two of his officers, against the chief of the butlers, and against the chief of the bakers.” (Gen.40:2). The word for officers in Hebrew is “eunuch.” It would seem that all of those who were placed in any position around the Pharaoh were required to be eunuchs. It is interesting that Joseph did not become one.

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on April 21st, 2012

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    Bible Study: Genesis 38-39

    Bible Study: Genesis 38-39

    The brothers of Joseph have dealt treacherously with him. They had conspired to kill him, but, the oldest brother Reuben did not go along with the plan. Reuben was fearful to openly stand up for Joseph, because of the hatred of the other brothers; so, he suggested that they just throw him in a pit and let him starve to death rather than to bloody their hands by murdering him. He intended to come back and get Joseph out of the pit and home safely to Jacob.

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on April 20th, 2012

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    Bible Study: Genesis 35-37

    Bible Study: Genesis 35-37

    “And God said unto Jacob, Arise go up to Bethel, and dwell there…” When did God say this? When Jacob’s family was falling apart. His daughter, Dinah, had just been involved in an illicit relationship with Shechem, the son of Hamor and his sons had just committed a horrible crime. It was deceitful and treacherous, but when rebuked by their father; they gave no indication of repentance at all. Their crime brought a threat of extermination upon the family as word of what they had done went into the surrounding villages. Surely they would gather together in a large number and destroy Jacob and his family. Jacob is afraid and knows that he must flee and it is at this point that God speaks to him.

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on April 19th, 2012

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    Bible Study: Genesis 33-34

    Bible Study: Genesis 33-34

    As a background for chapter thirty-three, let’s go back and see what God said to Jacob in chapter thirty-one, verse three. “And the LORD said unto Jacob, Return unto the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee.” So, he has the word of God to start out on. God is saying to go back to your family and your land and He would be with Jacob. Jacob is on his way back now and he sends his servants ahead to tell his brother Esau that he is coming home and that God has blessed him with a great abundance of goods. He is evidently seeking to indicate to Esau that he is not coming back to claim his birthright or any kind of sustenance from the family. The servants returned with the message that his brother was coming to meet him with four hundred armed men. Jacob recognized that this was an unusual kind of welcome and he was fearful. He prayed for the LORD to help him and reminded God of the promises he had made to Jacob.

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    Posted on April 18th, 2012

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    Bible Study: Genesis 31-32

    Bible Study: Genesis 31-32

    Jacob had served Laban for fourteen years, as a dowry for the two daughters of Laban that he married. Now that the fourteen years of service are expired, Jacob has a yearning to go home. Laban, seeing how God has blessed him as a result of Jacob’s labor among them, encourages and asks Jacob to stay on. He struck a bargain with him on which of the flocks should become Jacob’s. So Jacob served him an additional six years and during this time, God has extremely blessed Jacob. The last verse of chapter thirty describes how God had blessed Jacob.

    “And he heard the words of Laban’s sons, saying, Jacob hath taken away all that was our father’s; and of that which was our father’s hath he gotten all this glory.” (Gen.31:1).

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    Posted on April 17th, 2012

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    Bible Study: Genesis 29-30

    Bible Study: Genesis 29-30

    Jacob has been guilty of a very common mistake that we often make and that is of trying to help God out. Believing in the purposes of God, knowing that God is desiring to accomplish certain things, we somehow develop a complex that God can not do His work unless we help Him out. Surely the work of God will fail unless we step in and take charge.

    It was God’s will that Jacob receive the blessing of Isaac. Before he was born, Rebekah was praying about her problem pregnancy and God told her that there were two nations within her womb that were diverse from each other and that the elder would serve the younger. Isaac was seeking to reverse that and give the blessing to Esau.

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on April 16th, 2012

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    Bible Study: Genesis 27-28

    Bible Study: Genesis 27-28

    “And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him, My son; and he said unto him, Behold, here am I, And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death; Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison; And make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die.” (Gen.27:1-4).

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on April 15th, 2012

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    Bible Study: Genesis 25-26

    Bible Study: Genesis 25-26

    “Then again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah. And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah. And Jokshan begat Sheba, and Dedan. And the sons of Dedan were Asshurim, and Letushim, and Leummim. And the sons of Midian; Ephah, and Epher, and Hanoeth, and Abidah, and Eldaah. All these were the children of Keturah.” (Gen.25:1-4). We follow the line of Keturah just to the second generation. Just enough to let us observe that these names Midian, Sheba and Dedan are names that are prominent as far as the Arab heritage is concerned. It would seem that a part of the Arab people came from this union of Abraham with Keturah

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on April 14th, 2012

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    Bible Study: Genesis 23-24

    Bible Study: Genesis 23-24

    One of the classes that we had to study in Seminary was called Types and Shadows. We saw in the Old Testament, types which would be fulfilled in the New Testament. When you begin to study, in the Old Testament, about the tabernacle, different sacrifices, and the various feast days; you will find that they were all types of things to come in the New Testament. The Passover Feast was the foreshadowing of the death of Jesus Christ and so it was significant that He died on the day of the Passover. The Feast of Pentecost foreshadowed the birth of the “church,” and so, the pouring out of the Spirit and the first fruits of the harvest among the gentiles, were fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost.

    In the History of Abraham, we have a type of God, the Father, and his son Isaac as a type of Jesus Christ. Sarah, the wife of Abraham would be a type of Israel, who was the wife of God. God called Israel to be His bride and espoused her to Himself. God spoke of Israel as His wife and her turning away from Him as an adultress wife.

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on April 13th, 2012

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    Bible Study: Genesis 21-22

    Bible Study: Genesis 21-22

    God had promised Abraham that through Sarah would his seed be called. Sarah was past the age of bearing children and Abraham was a hundred years old. His own body was dead and Sarah’s womb was dead; yet, God promised that through Sarah Abraham’s seed would be called. About a year earlier the LORD said to Abraham, “…Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac; and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee; Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation, But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.” (Gen.17:19-21).

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    Posted on April 12th, 2012

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    Bible Study: Genesis 19-20

    Bible Study: Genesis 19-20

    It was evening and Abraham was sitting outside his tent when three angels came. He insisted that they sit and rest while he prepared food for them. After they had eaten and rested, they told Abraham what their mission was. The cry of the sin of Sodom had ascended to God and they were coming to judge the iniquities of the cities of the plain. Two of the angels went on their mission to Sodom and the third, who was the Lord Jesus Christ, a theophany which is the manifestation of Christ; stayed with Abraham. As Abraham interceded for the city of Sodom and brought the number of righteous people from fifty to ten, the Lord agreed not to destroy Sodom if ten righteous people were found there.

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on April 11th, 2012

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    Bible Study: Genesis 17-18

    Bible Study: Genesis 17-18

    “And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God;…” (El Shaddai) “…walk before me, and be thou perfect.” (blameless) (Gen.17:1). The last time God spoke to Abraham, he was eighty-six years old. There has been an intervening time of thirteen years. When he was eighty-six years old, he was complaining to God that, even though He had blessed him with great wealth, he had no heir to leave the wealth to. His chief servant, Eliezer, was the one who would be in line to inherit all the wealth that God had given to him. God had said to Abraham, “I’m your exceeding great reward,” and Abraham had said, “Yes, but, I don’t have anybody to leave it to except my servant, born in my house.” The LORD had said that Eliezer would not be his heir, but one from his own body would be the heir. Then God took Abraham outside and showed him the stars and said, “So shall thy seed be.” Abraham believed God and He accounted it to him for righteousness.

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on April 9th, 2012

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    Bible Study: Genesis 15-16

    Bible Study: Genesis 15-16

    There was a northern confederacy of very powerful kings, from the area of Babylon, who had invaded toward the south and had conquered many cities. Five kings of the Jordan Plain confederated against them but were defeated by them. The northern kings took the city of Sodom and Gomorrah and they sacked the cities and took hostages and among them was Lot, the nephew of Abraham. When Abraham received word that Lot and his family were taken hostage, he armed three hundred and eighteen of his servants, trained in his own house, and pursued them and caught up with them at Dan. In a surprise raid at night, they attacked them from two sides; discomfited them; defeated them; and pursued them all the way to Damascus.

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on April 8th, 2012

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    Bible Study: Genesis 13-14

    Bible Study: Genesis 13-14

    In Chapter 13, Abraham is returning from Egypt. His journey into Egypt was the result of a lapse of faith. It is interesting that those men who are used by God as classic examples of those who believed and trusted God, did have lapses to their faith. This encourages me, because I, also, have times when I have a lapse of faith and I do things, many times, that I later regret; because, I did them out of a lack of faith that God was going to work. God didn’t keep to my time schedule. I gave God an opportunity, but He didn’t come through to my time schedule; so, I thought well, I better help God out and I, like Abraham, suffered the consequences of my endeavor to help God to do His work. The lapses of faith always take their toll and Abraham did not come out of Egypt totally unscathed. It was in Egypt that Abraham picked up Hagar and Sarah took her for a servant girl. We know of the problems that later developed through Hagar and those problems continue to develop to the present day. A journey into Egypt, as a lapse of faith, always costs us in the end.

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