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Genesis 36-40

March 17, 2012

Here’s how the study works: Read the chapters mentioned in the heading during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for several chapters creates the opportunity to revisit them and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people’s insights.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

~ writer of insightful posts about God and faith

10 thoughts on “Genesis 36-40”

  1. 36:24
    The sons of Zibeon: Aiah and Anah. This is the Anah who discovered the hot springs in the desert while he was grazing the donkeys of his father Zibeon.

    I don't suppose anyone these days has ever heard of Anah. Yet here we had recorded this small detail of his life. Likewise God knows all the small details of our lives. We may be unknown in the world but we are never unknown to God.

  2. 36:24
    The sons of Zibeon: Aiah and Anah. This is the Anah who discovered the hot springs in the desert while he was grazing the donkeys of his father Zibeon.

    I don't suppose anyone these days has ever heard of Anah. Yet here we had recorded this small detail of his life. Likewise God knows all the small details of our lives. We may be unknown in the world but we are never unknown to God.

  3. 37:26-27
    Judah said to his brothers, “What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood? Come, let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him; after all, he is our brother, our own flesh and blood.” His brothers agreed.

    Ishmael is Joseph's great uncle and his wife came from Egypt (21:21). Interesting how pieces of history come together and God uses them for his purposes.

    And we note it is Judah who suggests selling Joseph. A decision that comes to haunt him as we see later. We reap what we sow.

  4. 37:26-27
    Judah said to his brothers, “What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood? Come, let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him; after all, he is our brother, our own flesh and blood.” His brothers agreed.

    Ishmael is Joseph's great uncle and his wife came from Egypt (21:21). Interesting how pieces of history come together and God uses them for his purposes.

    And we note it is Judah who suggests selling Joseph. A decision that comes to haunt him as we see later. We reap what we sow.

  5. 38:1
    At that time, Judah left his brothers and went down to stay with a man of Adullam named Hirah.

    "at that time" – did Judah leave because he couldn't cope with his father's grief over Joseph; or because of his own guilt?

    Leaving and marrying outsiders doesn't seem to work out that well for Judah (v.7-10).

  6. 38:1
    At that time, Judah left his brothers and went down to stay with a man of Adullam named Hirah.

    "at that time" – did Judah leave because he couldn't cope with his father's grief over Joseph; or because of his own guilt?

    Leaving and marrying outsiders doesn't seem to work out that well for Judah (v.7-10).

  7. 39:23
    The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’s care, because the LORD was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.

    Similiar comments are made about Potiphar v.6. So it seems that Joseph experienced God's blesings while he was a slave and a prisoner.

    God can bless us regardless of our circumstances.

  8. 39:23
    The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’s care, because the LORD was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.

    Similiar comments are made about Potiphar v.6. So it seems that Joseph experienced God's blesings while he was a slave and a prisoner.

    God can bless us regardless of our circumstances.

  9. 40:23
    The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.

    Yet despite God's blessings Joseph is forgotten.

    Perhaps the cupbearer forgot because he was grieving the lost of his friend, the chief baker. Often people in grief forget the kindness of others but this no reason to stop showing kindness.

  10. 40:23
    The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.

    Yet despite God's blessings Joseph is forgotten.

    Perhaps the cupbearer forgot because he was grieving the lost of his friend, the chief baker. Often people in grief forget the kindness of others but this no reason to stop showing kindness.

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