Friday, July 02, 2010

Bible Study: As It Was In The Beginning - Genesis - Chapter 35

Please forgive this rough draft format, as these are my raw study notes on the book of Genesis. I felt a great sense of urgency to publish them rather than waiting until I had the time to pretty them up. Thank you and I pray that God blesses you through this material.


Take a few minutes to savor Genesis Chapter 35. Then return here and ponder the thoughts, answer the questions, and be sure to leave comments about your own revelations…

35:2 – “Get rid of the foreign gods” – they had increased their number by taking the women and children of Shechem. Did Rachel get rid of the household gods she stole from her father? Jacob realized that, after the rape and massacre, his family needed to purify themselves.

35:6-7 – God had Jacob return to Bethel to remind him of his spiritual roots.

35:7 – God of Bethel – El Bethel.

35:8 – Why mention the nurse’s death? In 35:16-20, Rachel dies in childbirth and is buried. Perhaps she died because the skilled Deborah was not there to aid her in delivering her son, Benjamin. This is another look at God’s perfect plan and how events play out under it.

35:10 – Why does God reiterate Jacob’s new name? Is this merely confirmation of the change?

35:28 – Jacob and Esau were 120 years old when Isaac died.

35:29 – Just as Isaac and Ishmael got together to bury Abraham, Jacob and Esau buried Isaac together.

What attributes of God have you observed in your study today? How will this change your relationship with Him?

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