Friday, September 03, 2010

Bible Study: As It Was In The Beginning - Genesis - Chapter 44

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 44. Then return here and ponder the thoughts, answer the questions, and be sure to leave comments about your own revelations…

44:2 – What kind of emotional baggage are you carrying that hinders reconciliation with others? (Explore the Bible, Adult Learner Guide, Spring 2008, Genesis 28-50)

44:12 – Can you imagine the brothers’ panic building? Maybe some of them prayed, others just “knew” Benjamin was doomed to have the cup and be singled out. Their hearts most definitely plummeted after the cup was found after this massive build-up of tension. Their worst fear was realized.

44:16 – Judah acknowledges his and his brothers’ sin.

44:18-34 – Judah came forward to take Benjamin’s place. Fitting that Christ comes from this bloodline since He took our place. Imagine the increase of emotion as he pleads, the tears welling in his eyes, the heart breaking. He couldn’t watch his father grieve when Joseph was sold (see 38:1), he definitely couldn’t be a part of this terrible news.

According to the Explore the Bible Adult Learner Guide, this is the longest speech recorded in Genesis.

44:32 – Judah is proof that, sometimes, people do change.

What signs should you look for in a person alienated from you to indicate that peace might be possible? (Explore the Bible, Adult Learner Guide, Spring 2008, Genesis 28-50) Accountability.

44:34 – tells Joseph that the grief Jacob felt over his loss was overwhelming.

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

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