Sunday, June 08, 2014

16. Genesis 39-41 (Joseph - from slave to ruler)

On the home stretch with Genesis! Today is Genesis 39-41.
  • Joseph considers adultery with Potiphar's wife a sin against God. Still, Yahweh is loyal to Joseph and blesses Joseph despite his situation.
  • Interpretations belong to God. Joseph gets his interpretations from Elohim.
  • The cup bearer forgets all about Joseph once his situation changes. He's a reminder not to take our good fortune for granted, to be grateful for those who helped us when we were under less fortunate circumstances, and not to think we are better than those who knew us in more difficult times.
  • Pharoah has magicians as part of his consulting team.
  • God has made up his mind.
  • The "spirit of Elohim" is on Joseph. The people of Egypt will bow the knee before him.
  • Joseph is married to an Egyptian, Aseneth, whose father was priest of On (Heliopolis). A Jewish novel from around the time of Christ makes sure she is converted first, Joseph and Aseneth.
Previous notes:
1. Genesis 1:1-2:3 (Creation)
2. Genesis 2:4-3:24 (The Fall)
3. Genesis 4-5 (Cain and Abel)
4. Genesis 6-9 (The Flood)
5. Genesis 10-11 (The Tower of Babel)
6. Genesis 12 (The Call of Abram)
7. Genesis 13-14 (Melchizedek)
8. Genesis 15-17 (Hagar and Ishmael)
9. Genesis 18-19 (Sodom and Gomorrah)
10. Genesis 20-22 (Abraham and Isaac)
11. Genesis 23-24 (Isaac and Rebekah)
12. Genesis 25-26 (Birth of Jacob and Esau)
13. Genesis 27:1-30:24 (Jacob's Trickery, Flight, and Children)
14. Genesis 30:25-36:43 (Jacob's Departure from Haran)
15. Genesis 37-38 (Sibling Issues: Joseph, Tamar)

Next post Tuesday on Genesis 42:1-47:26.

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