Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Learn the Bible in 24 Hours – Hour 4 – Genesis 12-50

The Patriarchs

Hour 4 was a fascinating look at the rest of Genesis, and specifically the lives of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph.  This hour presented many concepts that I have noted in the margins of my Bible or have done extensive study on.  Some of these concepts are:  the seven “I will” statements of Genesis 12:2-3, covenant and the similarities between Joseph and Jesus.

I loved learning that, when God changed Abram’s and Sarai’s names, He symbolically filled them with His Spirit!  This language lesson was amazing!  But if your forte is science, we’ve also got something for you.  Circumcision is done on the 8th day of life.  By faith, I am positive that it is not coincidental that the formation of vitamin K is on the 7th day and levels of Prothrombin max out at 110% on the 8th day, then lowers to 100%.  Both vitamin K and Prothrombin aid in clotting.

The section on the offering of Isaac was also incredible.  I would like to know where the idea that Isaac may have been 30 years old at this time came from, though.  This section challenged me to hold nothing back from God, to obediently give Him what He asks and trust Him to provide.  This isn’t easy for me.

Many lessons are to be learned from Jacob’s life.  From a study of his name to his relationship with his brother, Esau, to his dealings with his Uncle Laban, Rachel, Leah and his own children, there is a lesson for every one of us.

The parallels between Joseph, the favored son of Jacob and Rachel, and the Lord Jesus Christ was enlightening.  I was also fascinated by the hidden chronological genealogy from Boaz to David in Genesis 38.  What an amazing week!

Homework is to skim Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.  Two words: audio Bible.

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