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(Genesis) Jesus is Coming

Jesus died so that you like Noah, who built the Ark to ride out the Flood (Genesis 6-9 AMP), can survive the coming judgment. It took Noah many years to build the Ark. It takes just a moment to ask Jesus to come into your life and apply the forgiveness he won on the Cross to your life. When your body dies, your soul can be with God in heaven but if you will not, the default option is hell. He never intended for you to go there and has provided the way out through his Son Jesus. But you must act now. (Hebrews 3:15 AMP) Not for me but for your own self!

Scroll down for an extended discussion of the book of (Genesis 1-34 AMP), (Genesis 35-50 AMP) the book of beginnings. (This is set for what would load on my laptop and the Amplified Bible. Just change the chapter # and the English version or language.)

There is a final note at the end. The conclusion you will be able to see is that while Abraham is the father of three faiths, Judaism, Islam and Christianity, the child of promise according to the Old Testament is Isaac. It is through Abraham's son Isaac's lineage that Jesus came. Missing a turn in Genesis and following the lineage of Ishmael, whom God told Abraham to send away (Genesis 21:8-21 AMP), will not bring you to Jesus, the Son of God, the only one who can forgive your sins. I challenge you to examine Genesis, a primary document, and come to your own conclusion.

The title of this page, JesusIsComing, was chosen because the conclusion I have come to after studying Genesis is that this indeed is what will eventually happen to the exclusion of other possibilites.

Noah's Ark
Noah's Ark

1. Before the Flood (Genesis 1 - 5 AMP)
Genesis 1 - 5 (Before the Flood with some explanations)

Chapter 1 - Everything you see today was first created by God out of nothing. He created it by speaking. The Spirit of God is immediately mentioned. The first thing God created was light. He separated light from darkness. We call it day and night. The second thing God created was the sky above the water. Today we would call this atmospheric moisture (gas) and liquid water (oceans). The third thing God created was land and what was on it (plants and trees). The fourth thing God created was the universe full of stars with our own sun and moon to function as a time keeper. The fifth thing God created was birds in the air and living creatures in the water. Unlike trees and plants which can propagate close by only, God blessed every living creature that moves so they would multiply and fill the earth. The sixth thing God created was land animals and reptiles, man, and woman. God's highest creation was people. "God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the [tame] beasts, and over all of the earth and over everything that creeps upon the earth. So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him: male and female He created them." (Genesis 1:26-27 AMP) God blessed man and woman to be fruitful, multiply, and to fill the earth and having dominion over the rest of creation (fish, birds, every living creature that moves upon the earth). At this time man and woman were vegetarian, eating plants and fruit from trees.

Chapter 2 - The seventh thing God created was rest. He looked at what He created; He declared it good and blessed each step of the way. Now He was finished. He said this rest was holy and set apart from working.

The story of creation is now retold. (The first time it was told, man and woman were shown to be the highest and best creation of God while plants which were lower in heirarchy than humans were created before man and woman in order to be used by them.) The second telling of creation totally skips light, sky, and ocean. Certainly the point isn't suddenly that God didn't create light, sky, and ocean having created only plants and people (thus making chapter one wrong and superceded). No, God is telling us something else. What is it? God is retelling the story to emphasize that He created all that you see with one goal in mind: to create people who both need these things to live and who are commanded to care for them. So in this second telling, plants can't be created before humans because there was no humans to till the ground. Plants have no meaning of themselves. They have meaning only because man is going to take care of them and use them. So in this second telling God creates a man from the dust of the ground and God breathed into his nostrils the breath or spirit of life, and man became a living being. (Genesis 2:7 AMP)

God cares more than man
God cares more than man

Then God planted a garden, the Garden of Eden, and put the man in it. Then God caused plants and trees to grow in the garden. In the center (literally "in the midst") God put a special tree, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. (Genesis 2:17 AMP) This must be very important to be in the center of the garden.

A river watered Eden (there was no rain yet) which became four rivers that flowed out of Eden: Pishon, Gihon, Hiddekel, and the Euphrates.

The man's function was to tend, guard and keep the garden. God told man to eat anything in the garden except the tree in the center. Why? If you do, you will die.

God created man male and female (Genesis 1:27 AMP). Now God says it is not good that man should be alone.

Let's summarize: all things created are good so far. There are only two things that are not good. 1. if man eats of the of the knowledge of good and evil tree in the center of the garden 2. if the man (male) is alone. Man is in charge of 1. God is in charge of 2.

All will be well if man just doesn't eat of the tree in the center of the garden. God is now taking care of the man (male) being alone without a female. The man now has a name, Adam. God takes part of Adam while he sleeps and makes woman (which literally means 'taken out of a man'). Adam went wild! After having named all the animals, he realized this was his mate, bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. (Genesis 2:23 AMP)

There is a bit of commentary at this point. Adam and woman had no human parents. But God wanted to be sure that in the future, when there were parents, that this very close relationship between husband and wife was treated as sacred and above the relationship of either the husband to his parents or the wife to her parents. It means a wife is highly honored by God. When a man recognizes in a woman that she is bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh, he is to treat her according to the importance God gives her. She is a gift to the man. Who inserted this commentary? (Genesis 2:24 AMP) It was probably Moses who is credited with writing down the events of Genesis as God revealed them to him.

Genesis 3 - A new character shows up in the garden, the serpent. Was the serpent a creation of God? The answer must be yes. Was the serpent good when he was created? The answer must be yes. What happened to the serpent? Go back to the only two things God said weren't good. 1. eating of the tree in the center of the garden 2. man (male) being alone. The serpent must have at some point been involved in 1. So this must be very important.

God separated the light from the darkness, the sky from the water, the water from the land. The birds fly; water creatures live in water. Plants and trees don't move around but animals and people, birds and water creatures do move around. Every created thing seems to have its boundaries. God gave man free will in that He created man in His image. The serpent may not just be something God created as an animal or reptile. The serpent may also have been a creation of God that like man had free will. It may be that once the serpent ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, which now was at the center of the garden, that he was unable to be restored to his previous condition. But the man and the woman, who were instructed not to eat of the tree at the center of the garden, we will see that God had a plan to restore them.

What was this tree? God called it "the tree of the knowledge of the difference of good and evil." (Genesis 2:9 AMP) Any tree was good to eat from "But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and blessing and calamity you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die." (Genesis 2:9-17 AMP)

The serpent (described as being more subtle and crafty than any living creature of the field which the Lord God had made) asked the woman, "Can it really be that God has said, (Genesis 3:1 AMP) You shall not eat from every tree of the garden?" She answers correctly, "We may eat the fruit from the trees of the garden except the fruit from the tree which is in the middle of the garden. God has said, 'You shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.'" God didn't say they couldn't touch this fruit, He said they couldn't eat it. Not touching it was not required but it still OK to get this part wrong.

The serpent goes on and now introduces a direct challenge to God's command and God's explanation of what would happen. "But the serpent said to the woman, you shall NOT surely die. For God knows in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing the difference between good and evil and blessing and calamity." (Genesis 3:4-5 AMP) Note that God already said He created man in His image and in His likeness ( Genesis 1:27 AMP). But this does not make man and woman God; they are still only His image out of dust, like God but not God. They could not successfully handle knowing the difference between good and evil being limited.

So why did God put such a dangerous tree right in the center of the garden? Was it entrapment? God put the tree there because we are not robots. We must freely choose to obey God. He put it there precisely so we could disobey. We had to be free to both obey and disobey. Otherwise, we were not made in God's image. We don't understand everything about the serpent but he seems to be more than just a snake. The serpent seems to be a subtle creation of God that disobeyed and now wants to pull the man and the woman off course for its own purposes, to create its own little refuge of disobedience.

But the effect was huge. The eyes of both the man and the woman were opened. They knew they were naked and sewed fig leaves together to cover their sexual parts. They hid from God. When God came looking for them they said they were afraid because they were naked. God asked them, "Who told you you were naked? Did you eat of the tree I commanded that you should not eat?" Blame started. Finger pointing started. The truth is that each free being makes the choice. God didn't listen to the blame and finger pointing. He had warned them so now the consequences were activated.

The serpent is cursed and now must slither on its belly and eat dust. "I will put enmity between you and woman, and between your offspring and her Offspring; He will bruise and tread your head underfoot, and you will lie and wait and bruise His feet." (Genesis 3:15)

The woman will have trouble in pregnancy and childbirth and while she craves her husband, he will rule over her (not as much fun as joint dominion).

The ground is now cursed and Adam will have trouble doing his work tending the garden, the dirt and plants won't co-operate anymore, there will be weeds.

God had some damage control to do. "And the Lord God said, 'Behold, the man has become like one of US [the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit], to know [how to distinguish between] good and evil and blessing and calamity; and now lest he put forth his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever, Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the Garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. So [God} drove out the man; and He placed at the east of the Garden of Eden the cherubim and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep and guard the way to the tree of life." (Genesis 3:22-24 AMP).

If God had not cut us off from the tree of life, we would live in our fallen, sinful lives forever. It was an act of kindness for us to die physically. We all know some very evil people in history. Imagine if they lived forever. Imagine if you or I lived forever?

Did you miss it? God preached the first Gospel message in Genesis 3:15 AMP. If you had a choice to get the back of your foot (your heel) hurt or your head hurt, which would you pick? I've got two feet and one head and it's my head that sends information that gets my foot healed, my foot does not send information to get my head healed. So I'd rather my foot be hurt. This is what God picked. He basically told the serpent, the woman's Offspring, Jesus, is going to walk on your head and bruise it while all you are going to do is to bruise His heel. The bruise to the serpent's head would be a knock out blow (fatal). God has a plan in place to overcome what the serpent did and restore humans in a way the serpent could never be restored. God will do it, but we are going to have to choose it. We chose to fall; we will have to choose to get back. No one can do it for you except you. I'm typing this message but you are the one who chooses. I can present the facts and point the way, but you must choose to come back to God the way He has laid out for you to come back.

Adam named his wife Eve, the mother of all the living. (Genesis 3:20 AMP)

God preached the second Gospel message. "For Adam also and for his wife the Lord God made long coats (tunics) of skins and clothed them." (Genesis 3:21 AMP) He saw the fig leaves. He did not make bigger clothes out of more fig leaves. God killed animals and made clothes out of skins. He made long coats, He completely covered them; He did not just cover the parts that concerned the man and the woman. God shed blood for the sake of his humans. Their wrongdoing He decided must be covered through the shedding of blood. In the Garden God used the blood of animals. Eventually, God used His own blood, the blood of Jesus. Only then could humans again safely live forever redeemed, bought back.

Chapter 4 - Adam and Eve have their first child, Cain, a tiller of the ground. Adam and Eve have their second child, Abel, a keeper of sheep.

Cain brought to God an offering of the fruit of the ground. Abel brought the firstborn of his flock and the fat portions.

The Lord had respect and regard for Abel and his offering.

But for Cain and his offering He had no respect or regard.

Why? Did God play favorites? Genesis doesn't spell it out for us but we did see above that as far as covering our wrongdoing and guilt and fear, God did not use fig leaves (plants or trees) but He used animal skins (blood was shed).

Cain brought "an" offering. Abel brought the firstborn of his flock. What place should our Creator have in our lives? Should God have "a" place or the "highest" place? Should God have us after our own hearts or after His heart (delighting Him rather than delighting ourselves)?

God asked Cain why he was angry. "If you do well (Genesis 4:7 AMP), will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin crouches at your door; its desire is for you but you must master it." (Genesis 4:7) God is telling Cain he had a choice, and he has a choice. God warns Cain to master himself and choose life, not sin.

Cain decided not to listen to God's counsel but to kill Abel. He asked Abel to come to the field, Cain's territory, and then killed Abel.

Just as God said to Adam and his wife in the garden, where are you? Even though He knew where they were, God asks Cain, where is your brother Abel?

God is not stupid. He already knows the answer. We have free will and God honors it. We can answer with the truth or come up with a lame response. Cain said, Am I my brother's keeper?

That's when God told him clearly, "What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood is crying to Me from the ground." (Genesis 4:10 AMP)

God announces Cain will no longer be able to grow plants; the soil won't yield to him because of Abel's blood. Cain will be a fugitive, a vagabond in perpetual exile.

Cain complains that the punishment is too great and that people will kill him. But God puts a mark on Cain's forehead, possibly some kind of picture or script that promises if you kill Cain, there will be sevenfold vengeance taken against the killer. Whatever it was it would be clearly understood like our modern day pirate's skull. God who put it on his forehead permanently, not just some tattoo.

Cain leaves and his lineage is listed.

People often ask who was Cain's wife? If there were only Adam, Eve, Cain, Abel, and now no Abel, when Cain was sent away, who could have been Cain's wife? The answer is we aren't told. The Bible is not all-inclusive. At times we have to assume there had been a previous discussion resulting in some action. Due to the very long lives in the beginning with gestation remaining at 9 months, it is not difficult to see that although Cain may have been alone for a while, in time, there would be women of marriagable age who could have born him many children. This does make sense. Methuselah lived 969 years. (Genesis 5:27 AMP) At 1 child every 3 years starting at age 30, 969-30=939 years/3 = 313 children with one wife. There were definitely people around not mentioned in the Bible.

Adam and Eve have a third son, Seth. At that time men began to call [upon God] by the name of the Lord.

Chapter 5 - This chapter lists Adam's offspring and lineage. God reminds that He created man in the likeness of God and male and female. This seems to be God saying that He's still there with Adam and Eve and Seth. The fathers in the lineage lived longer lives than we do now. Adam lived 930 years, Seth lived 912 years, Enosh lived 905 years, Kenan lived 910 years, Mahalalel lived 895 years, Jared lived 962 years, Enoch never died but God "took him" at 365 years old because Enoch walked in habitual fellowship with God. Methuselah lived 969 years, Lamech was 182 years when Noah was born and lived 595 years after Noah was born which equals 777 years. Noah was the father of Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

End of Genesis 1 - 5, Before the Flood. You should be able to understand what follows now. You should be able to understand the entire Bible now. Why is this so? These few chapters are a thumbnail representation of all that is to come. God gives us a choice. We choose wrongly. God himself mitigates the immediate consequences and plans our rescue long-term. This always involves shedding of blood for God knows the life is in the blood. (Leviticus 17:11 AMP)

Once you know this thread you can follow all other like threads!

2. Genesis 6 - 9 AMP (the Flood)
Genesis 6-9 (The Amplified Bible)

The Flood
The Flood

Chapter 6
"When men began to multiply upon the face of the land and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were fair, and they took wives of all they desired and chose. Then the Lord said, 'My Spirit will not forever dwell and strive with man, for he also is flesh; but his days shall be yet 120 years.'

There were giants on the earth in those days-and also afterward-when the sons of God lived with the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.

The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination and intention of all human thinking was only evil continually. And the Lord regretted that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved at heart. So the Lord said, 'I will destroy, blot out, and wipe away mankind, whom I have created from the face of the ground-not only man, [but] the beasts and the creeping things and the birds of the air- for it grieves Me and makes Me regretful that I have made them.'

But Noah found grace (favor) in the eyes of the Lord.

This is the history of the generations of Noah.

Noah was a just and righteous man, blameless in his [evil] generation; Noah walked [in habitual fellowship] with God.

And Noah became the father of three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

The earth was depraved and putrid in God's sight, and the land was filled with violence (desecration, infringement, outrage, assault, and lust for power).

And God looked upon the world and saw how degenerate, debased, and vicious it was, for all humanity had corrupted their way upon the earth and lost their true direction.

God said to Noah, I intend to make an end of all flesh, for through men the land is filled with violence; and behold, I will destroy them and the land.

Make for yourself an ark of gopher or cypress wood; make in it rooms (stalls, pens, coops, nests, cages, and compartments) and cover it inside and out with pitch (bitumen).

And this is the way you are to make it: the length of the ark shall be 300 cubits, its breadth 50 cubits, and its height 30 cubits [that is 450 feet x 75 feet x 45 feet].

You shall make a roof or window [a place for light] for the ark and finish it to a cubit [at least 18 inches] above-and the door of the ark you shall put in the side of it; and you shall make it with lower, second, and third stories.

For behold, I, even I, will bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy and make putrid all flesh under the heavens in which are the breath and spirit of life; everything that is on the land shall die.

But I will establish My covenant (promise, pledge) with you, and you shall come into the ark-you and your sons and your wife and your sons' wives with you. And of every living thing of all flesh [found on land], you shall bring two of every sort into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. Of fowls and birds according to their kinds, of beasts according to their kinds, of every creeping things of the ground according to its kind-two of every sort shall come in with you, that they may be kept alive. Also take with you every sort of food that is eaten, and you shall collect and store it up, and it shall serve as food for you and for them.

Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.

Chapter 7 (the Flood continued)
And the Lord said to Noah, 'Come with all your household into the ark, for I have seen you to be righteous (upright and in right standing) before Me in this generation. Of every clean beast you shall receive and take with you seven pairs, the male and his mate and of beasts that are not clean a pair of each kind, the male and its mate. Also of the birds of the air seven pairs, the male and the female, to keep seed [their kind] alive over all the earth or land.

For in seven days I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights, and every living substance and things that I have made I will destroy, blot out, and wipe away from the face of the earth.'

And Noah did all that the Lord commanded him.

Noah was 600 years old when the flood of waters came upon the earth and land.

And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives with him went into the ark because of the waters of the flood.

Of clean animals and of animals that are not clean, and of birds and fowls, and of everything that creeps upon the ground, there went in two and two with Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.

And after seven days the flood waters came upon the earth or land.

In the year 600 of Noah's life, in the seventeenth day of the second month, that same day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up and burst forth, and the windows and floodgates of the heavens were opened.

And it rained upon the earth forty days and forty nights.

On the very same day Noah and Shem, Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife and the three wives of his sons with them, went into the ark.

They and every [wild] beast according to their kind, all the livestock according to their kinds, every moving thing that creeps on the land according to its kind, and every fowl according to its kind, every winged thing of every sort.

And they went into the ark with Noah, two and two of all flesh in which there were the breath and spirit of life. And they that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded [Noah] and the Lord shut him in and closed [the door] round about him.

The flood [that is, the downpour of rain] was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased and bore up the ark, and it was lifted [high] above the land.

And the waters became mighty and increased greatly upon the land, and the ark went [gently floating] upon the surface of the waters. And the waters prevailed so exceedingly and were so mighty upon the earth that all the high hills under the whole sky were covered.

And all flesh ceased to breathe that moved upon the earth-fowls and birds, [tame] animals, [wild] beasts, all swarming and creeping things that swarm and creep upon the land, and all mankind.

Everything on the dry land in whose nostrils were the breath and spirit of life died.

God destroyed (blotted out) from the land. Only Noah remained alive, and those who were with him in the ark.

And the waters prevailed [mightily] upon the earth or land 150 days (five months).

The Flood recedes
The Flood recedes

Chapter 8 (the Flood continued)
And God [earnestly] remembered Noah and every living thing and all the animals that were with him in the ark; and God made a wind blow over the land, and the waters sank down and abated.

And the fountains of the deep and the windows of the heavens were closed, the gushing rain from the sky was checked.

And the waters receded from the land continually. At the end of 150 days the waters had diminished.

On the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat [in Armenia]. And the waters continued to diminish until the tenth month; on the first day of the tenth month the tops of the high hills were seen.

At the end of [another] forty days Noah opened a window of the ark which he had made and sent forth a raven, which kept going to and fro until the waters were dried up from the land. Then he sent forth a dove to see if the waters had decreased from the surface of the ground. Then he sent forth a dove to see if the waters had decreased from the surface of the ground. But the dove found no resting place on which to roost, and she returned [to] him to the ark, for the waters were [yet] on the face of the whole land. So he put forth his hand and drew her to him into the ark.

He waited another seven days and again sent forth the dove out of the ark. And the dove came back to him in the evening and behold, in her mouth was a newly sprouted and freshly plucked olive leaf! So Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the land. Then he waited another seven days and sent forth the dove, but she did not return to him anymore.

In the year 601 [of Noah's life], on the first day of the first month, the waters were drying up from the land. And Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, and behold, the surface of the ground was drying.

And God spoke to Noah, saying, 'Go forth from the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives with you. Bring forth every living thing that is with you of all flesh-birds and beasts and every creeping thing that creeps on the ground-that they may breed abundantly on the land and be fruitful and multiply upon the earth.'

And Noah went forth, and his wife and his sons and their wives with him [after being in the ark one year and ten days].

Every beast, every creeping thing, every bird-and whatever moves on the land-went forth by families out of the ark.

And Noah build an altar to the Lord Genesis 8:20-22 AMP and took of every clean [four-footed] animal and of every clean fowl or bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar.

When the Lord smelled the pleasing odor [scent of satisfaction to His heart], the Lord said to Himself, 'I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the imagination (the strong desire) of man's heart is evil and wicked from his youth; neither will I ever again smite and destroy every living thing, as I have done. While the earth remains, seed time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.' (Genesis 8:20-22)

If you notice the designation of "clean" above, it is not clear when this concept was introduced. God had no human scribe writing Genesis as it happened. It is commonly thought that Moses wrote Genesis by revelation from God. God showed him and he wrote it down. We can't just say the fully developed concept of clean and unclean from Leviticus was inserted here. Noah probably did have some concept of clean and unclean and some kind of heirarchy of animals. He would not have sacrificed bloodless worms or birds of prey such as vultures that feed on dead carcasses. I just bring it up because Genesis referred to clean aninals and clean birds without having discussed the general subject of clean and unclean and no list of each was disclosed.

Chapter 9 (the Flood continued)
And God pronounced a blessing upon Noah and his sons and said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.

And the fear of you and the dread and terror of you shall be upon every beast of the land, every bird of the air, all that creeps upon the ground, and upon all the fish of the sea; they are delivered into your hand. (It seems God himself put the fear of man into animals.)

Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you; and as I gave you the green vegetables and plants, I give you everything. But you shall not eat flesh with the life in it of it, which is the blood. And surely for your lifeblood I will require an accounting; from every beast I will require it; and from man, from every man [who spills another"s blood, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God He made man. And you, be fruitful and multiply; bring forth abundantly on the earth and multiply on it.' (It seems man is no longer a plant eater only. Blood is essential to life and redemption of life and both life and blood deserve special respect and consequences.)

Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him saying, 'Behold I establish My covenant or pledge with you and with your descendents after you. And with every living creature that is with you-whether the birds, the livestock, or the wild beasts of the earth along with you; Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood; neither shall there ever again be a flood to destroy the earth and make it corrupt.'

And God said, 'This is the token of the covenant (solemn pledge) which I am making between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations:

I will set My bow [rainbow] in the cloud (Genesis 9:17 AMP), and it shall be a token or sign of a covenant or solemn pledge between Me and the earth. And it shall be that when I bring clouds over the earth and the bow [rainbow] is seen in the clouds, I will [earnestly] remember My covenant or solemn pledge which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters will no more become a flood to destroy and make all flesh corrupt.

When the bow [rainbow] is in the clouds and I look upon it, I will [earnestly] remember the everlasting covenant or pledge between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.'

And God said to Noah, 'This rainbow is the token or sign of the covenant or solemn pledge which I have established between Me and all flesh upon the earth.'

The sons of Noah who went forth from the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

(Skipping 9 18b-27 AMP) an incident of drunkeness by Noah in what was probably the first vineyard.

And Noah lived after the flood 350 years. And all the days of Noah were 950 years, and he died.

3. After the Flood (Genesis 10 - 50)
After the Flood, Genesis 10 - 50 (summary with little explanation)

Genesis 10-15 AMP

Genesis 10 - The descendants of Noah's three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, those who emerged from the Ark to repopulate the earth.

Genesis 11 - The Tower of Babel and the scattering of all the people who as the result of God's direct intervention suddenly spoke many languages and could no longer understand each other. God said over and over to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth but the people wanted to be in one place with a high tower to challenge God's authority. Who won? God enforced what he commanded when the people would not obey.

Noah-Shem-Nahor-Terah-Abram. Abram married Sarai.

Genesis 12 - God calls Abram away from his home to a land God would show him after he obeyed and left home. Pharaoh of Egypt finds out that God is protecting Abraham.

Genesis 13 - Abraham and Lot separate due to their flocks and shepherds being tightly packed due to their great numbers. God makes promises to Abram that Abram will not be diminished but his descendents will be like the dust of the earth (everywhere).

Genesis 14 - Abram has to rescue Lot. After a successful fight, Abram meets Melchizedek, the priest of God Most High. Abram refuses the bounties of war to show that all he has is given to him by God; he takes it from no one.

Genesis 15 - Abram and God talk. God promises Abram's offspring will be a great number like the stars in the sky. (Genesis 15:2-5 AMP) "And he [Abram] believed in (trusted in, relied on, remained steadfast to) the Lord, and He counted it to him as righteousness (right standing with God)." (Genesis 15:6 AMP) (This statement of the method by which Abram was recognized as righteous before God is pivotal and a very big deal. Are we righteous by our works or by our faith? This becomes important as the law is introduced after Genesis) The law is wonderful, but it is not how one pleases God. (Hebrews 11:6 AMP)

Genesis 16-20 AMP

Genesis 16 - Abram's wife, Sarai, is barren and has no children. Sarai, following a custom of the day, gives her maid Hagar from Egypt, to Abram to bear a child on behalf of Sarai. Ishmael is born. Hagar runs away but God sends her back.

Genesis 17 - God changes Abram's name to Abraham (father of a multitude). God changes Sarai's name to Sarah (princess). God introduces circumcision of all males associated with Abraham. Very important! God promises that Sarah will have a baby boy name Isaac (laughter). Abraham offers God the opportunity to make Ishmael his heir but God corrects him. (Genesis 17:15-22 AMP) God will bless Ishmael exceedingly but his covenant promises will be established through Isaac. Abraham has his household males circumcised. Please note that God's attributing righteousness because of faith (Genesis 15:6 related to Abram believing the promise of God about having numberous descendants) came before circumcision was ordered. Cirumcision is part of the God package but it is an add on not the center of righteousness. It is a sign of God's covenant with Abraham sometimes called the Abrahamic Covenant. Abrahaam kept his side of the covenant through faith and exhibiting the sign of the covenant personally in his own flesh (initially as an adult; later 8 day old males were circumcized).

Genesis 18 - Up until now God has spoken only to Abraham. Three angels, one of which we now take to be Jesus, visit Abraham, and Sarah overhears that she will have a child while both she and Abraham are very old. The Lord says, "Is anything too hard for the Lord? Genesis 18:13-14 AMP)" The stranger calls Abraham his servant as well as a friend, (Genesis 18:17-33 AMP) interesting as they were passing by needing to be called to stop for some rest and refreshment. Abraham intercedes with the stranger on behalf of Sodom. The stranger promises Abraham that he won't destroy Sodom if he can find 10 righteous people there. Abraham reasons and bargains with the stranger to refrain from destroying the righteous along with the unrighteous. Abraham appeals to the Judge of the whole earth (the stranger!) (Genesis 18:25) Sometimes people feel the people of God are judging them. But often, they are asking God to be merciful.

Genesis 19 - The angels meet Lot at Sodom. Lot tries to protect the angels from the people there. The angels can take care of themselves! The angels destroy Sodom and tell the fewer than 10 righteous people there to run for their lives! The men Lot's daughters were to marry stayed and perished. Lot's daughters executed their own plan to have offspring and commit incest after getting Lot drunk.

Genesis 20 - Like Pharaoh earlier, King Abimelech of Gerar learns God protects Abraham and Sarah. God calls Abraham a prophet (Genesis 20:7 AMP) and tells Abimelech all will be back to normal after Abraham prays for him. Be careful if you move to harm someone God is protecting. It seems strange that God would protect Abraham when he lied about Sarah being his sister rather than being his wife. This is up to God who declared Abram righteous because of his faith in God's promise, not because his life was all cleaned up.

Genesis 21-25 AMP

Genesis 21 - Sarah births Isaac miraculously (Genesis 21:1-AMP) and Abraham circumcises Isaac on the 8th day. Sarah wants Hagar to leave and God tells Abraham to listen to Sarah. God will make a nation of Ishmael (Genesis 21:9-20 AMP) because he is Abraham's son. But God will reckon Abraham's posterity through Isaac. God takes care of Hagar and Ishmael in the desert. Abraham is getting so wealthy others are afraid of him and Abraham makes an agreement with Abimelech not to conquer the Philistines. Abraham digs a well at Beersheba (well of oath) and pays for it in livestock.

Genesis 22 - God tests Abraham by asking him to sacrifice Isaac, the son of his old age, the son of the promises from God to have more offspring than the stars in the sky and the dust of the earth. Did God go crazy? No, God was showing Abraham that He would sacrifice His Son someday (Genesis 22:1-14 AMP) and He would go through with it.* Both Abraham and Isaac understand they must do as God says although it looks really bad. In response to Abraham and Isaac's obedience, God promises Abraham's offspring will be as great as all the sand on the sea shores. "And in your Seed (Christ) shall all the nations of the earth be blessed and [by Him] bless themselves, because you have heard and obeyed My voice." (Genesis 22:17-18 AMP)

*(Commentary) God himself would later pass that same test, allowing his Son, Jesus, to be sacrificed for the specific reason, to take on himself the sin of all humanity, put on all humanity by Adam. Much later in the New Testament Adam is called the first Adam. (I Corinthians 15:45 AMP) The last Adam is Jesus. Jesus put out the "fire" of sin and death Adam started (I Corinthians 15:45). Jesus responded to and solved the emergency call from the human race for all time (Romans 7:14-25 AMP).

Genesis 23 - Sarah dies and Abraham buys a burial cave for her in Hebron (Genesis 23 AMP) from the Hittes. The cave of Machpelah (literally Cave of Cave) was a permanent possession (Genesis 23:20) of Abraham where more descendants would be buried.

Genesis 24 - Abraham sends a trusted servant to find a wife for Isaac and gives strict instructions (Genesis 24:8) should Abraham die before a wife is found. God helps the servant and Rebekah is brought back from the extended family to be Isaac's wife. Isaac loved her.

Genesis 25 - Abraham remarried and had more sons but Abraham gave everything he had to Isaac. Abraham sent away the sons of his concubines (one of which was Hagar), giving them gifts, but getting them away "from Isaac his son [of promise]" who becomes his sole heir. (Genesis 25:1-6 AMP) Abraham dies. The descendants of Ishmael are listed. (Genesis 25:12-18 AMP)

Esau and Jacob are born to Isaac and Rebekah who had a tough pregnancy. (Genesis 25:22-23 AMP) God meant for Esau who was born first not to take the place of the first born. Why? He is God. We don't know. Could God have made Jacob be born first? Of course! As time went on despite family intrigue Jacob possessed a more vision-oriented personality. Easu participated in the switch, perhaps Easu was tricked, but he was certainly willing at the same time. Jacob gets Esau to give up his birthright. (Genesis 25:27-34 AMP) Humanly speaking it should have been Abraham, Isaac, and Esau but we all know it as Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Don't give up your birthright. Don't usurp another's birthright. But we can't keep God from willing it or supporting it or even protecting one over the other.

Genesis 26-30 AMP

Genesis 26 - God gives Isaac a strategy to stay alive during a famine and confirms the covenant with Abraham that it will continue through Isaac. (Genesis 26:1-5 AMP) Isaac has the same problem with Abimelech that Abraham had. Isaac lies and says Rebekah is his sister (not his wife). She is beautiful and he fears they will kill him and take her. Abimelech puts out a death threat to anyone who harms Isaac or Rebekah after finding out like father like son. Isaac experiences the hundred fold return of God on his life and is asked to leave (Genesis 26:12-17 AMP) due to the wealth differential with the general population and the resulting envy. Isaac leaves and digs the well at Rehoboth (Genesis 26:18-25 AMP). Is this the origin of the phrase, "the third time is the charm" which means if you don't succedd the first two times, try a third time and it will probably work. Having a well of his own, not challenged by the Philistines, he sets up his tent and builds an altar. God affirms he is with Isaac as he was with Abraham.

Genesis 27 - This is a dysfunctional family! Rebekah favored Jacob and instructs Jacob how to steal Isaac's (the father's) blessing of Isaac's favorite, Esau because Esau was the first born. Jacob makes a simple request to Esau to hunt and make him his favorite dish for the impartation of the blessing. Rebekah (the mother) instructs Jacob, not a hunter, to get two goats and she will make the favorite dish from domesticated goats. Jacob has to disguise himself so Isaac will not realize he isn't Esau but Jacob. Esau previously sold his birthright to Jacob for a pot of stew. Now Esau loses his father's blessing as the plot is discovered too late (Genesis 27:1-45 AMP) Rebekah tells Jacob to flee to her relatives'home (her brother Laban in Haran) and he does. Rebekah makes up a story (Genesis 27:26 AMP) to get Isaac to agree to Jacob's leaving to find an appropriate wife.

Genesis 28 - Isaac tells Jacob to go to Rebekah's brother Laban's place (Genesis 28:1-5 AMP) exactly as Rebekah planned. Isaac also reaffirms his blessing to Jacob to continue receiving the blessing of God to Abraham (Genesis 28:4 AMP).

Esau realizes he has not married according to his father Isaac's edict to Jacob. To shore things up Esau takes a daughter of Ishmael as wife #3 (Genesis 28:6-9 AMP). Abraham was her granfather but this probably didn't make things better with Isaac, Ishmael's half brother whose mother Hagar had been sent away. Ishmael is not the child of promise, nor would his granddaughter be in the line of the promise. But this is what Esau did. Esau sold his birthright to Jacob and now lost the blessing of Isaac to the first born to Jacob due to deception. Now he discovered he had married poorly. The only thing he had left was he was Isaac's favorite. The death of Isaac would end that advantage.

Jacob dreams of a ladder Genesis 28:10-22 AMP) which represented an open heaven above him. He's running scared now and for the first time meets God and commits himself to Him. He calls this place Bethel, the house of God. God promised to watch over him wherever he goes and Jacob says he will trust God to eventually bring him back home. A byproduct of Rebekah and Jacob's deception is that Jacob never saw her (Mom) again.

Genesis 29 - Jacob arrives at Laban's in Haran. (Genesis 29:1-20 AMP) He loves Rachel and agrees to marry her in exchange for 7 years of work. (Jacob had only the shirt on his back, he had no dowry.) Laban, father of Rachel, switches the daughters in the name of the social custom that the oldest daughter is married first and Jacob marries Leah who is older and hasn't really got any other chance of marrying. He works 14 years for both. Jacob tricked Esau out of the birthright and blessing. Now Laban is tricking Jacob out of the terms of agreement of work and marriage. We might call that "what goes around comes around.

Genesis 30 - Leah has children, Rebekah is barren, just like Sarah. (Genesis 30:1-24 AMP) This family is also dysfunctional and makes the same mistakes Abraham and Sarah made, with resulting jealousy. But it almost turns out better. Jacob is forced to say he is not God. (Genesis 30:2 AMP) and cannot make her fertile. Rachel gives Jacob her concubine just as Sarai gave Abram Hagar and the offspring was attributed to Rachel. No matter how many sons Leah has, Jacob still doesn't love her. Finally, Rebekah birthed Joseph.

Jacob used a plan God may have given him (Genesis 30:25-43 AMP) to become very wealthy before he leaves Laban. It had to do with speckled goats being a dominant trait as opposed to all one colored goats. Genetic selection was not known or understood then but this is in effect what Jacob was doing, breeding goats that are born speckled in order to build up his own flocks as opposed to those of Laban's. He may have observed the trend in the 14 years he worked for Laban also. Jacob became exceedingly wealthy.

Recently, "Jacob's sheep" have been returned to Israel and they really look the part! Google images of Jacob's sheep.

Genesis 31-35 AMP

Genesis 31 - God is now speaking promises and strategy (Genesis 31:8-13 AMP) to Jacob as he had to Abraham and Isaac. God calls himself "the God of Bethel."(Genesis 31:13 AMP) God tries to warn Laban not to give Jacob verbal abuse (Genesis 31:29 AMP). He does it for Jacob's sake but also so he doesn't have to protect Jacob by hurting Laban. The problem is Jacob just took off without saying good-bye (Genesis 31:3-5 AMP) and some household gods are missing. (Genesis 31:19 AMP) It all ended peacefully with these famous words. (Genesis 31:49 AMP)

Genesis 32 - Jacob discovers he is being protected by angels.(Genesis 32:1-2 AMP) He sends a messenger to Esau to announce his return. Esau gets the message and comes to meet Jacob with 400 men. Jacob sends presents ahead successively hoping to appease Esau, his brother, from whom he stole the birthright and the blessing. Jacob sent his wives and sons and all he had across the brook by night and was now alone. (Genesis 32:3-24 AMP)

A Man wrestled with Jacob all night long. (Genesis 32:25-32 AMP) When asked his name, Jacob had to answer "supplanter, schemer, trickster, swindler" since this is what his name Jacob meant. The Man changed his name to Israel, (Genesis 32:28 AMP) which means "contender with God." Why? Jacob would not let the Man go "unless You declare a blessing on me." "And the Angel of God declared a blessing on Jacob there." Jacob called the place "Peniel" (the face of God). (Genesis 32:29-30 AMP) After this Jacob always limped. A bit of commentary is added as to why Jews don't eat the tendon of the hip. We have had 2 commentaries on the text so far by the writer on the original happenings.
1. Genesis 2:24 AMP
2. Genesis 32:32 AMP

Genesis 33 - Jacob was very scared (Genesis 33:1-17 AMP) as Esau approached with his 400 men and bowed 7 times. But Esau kissed him and they wept. Both had prospered while apart. Esau expected Jacob to follow him home but Jacob figured out a way not to do so. Jacob bought land near Shechem (Genesis 33:18-20 AMP) and erected an altar and called it "God, the God of Israel." (Genesis 33:20 WLC) (אֵ֖ל אֱלֹהֵ֥י יִשְׂרָאֵֽל׃)

Chapter 34 - A local Canaanite man, Shechem, wanted to marry Dinah, one of Jacob's daughters, after he raped her. (Genesis 34 AMP) Jacob was ready to see what could be done but Jacob's sons took matters into their own hands and tricked Shechem's men into being circumcised, and killed them as they were recovering. Jacob felt all was lost.

Chapter 35- God told Jacob to go to Bethel (Genesis 35:1 AMP) where Jacob had met God when he first ran away from Esau many years before. Jacob instructed all with him to get rid of household gods. A terror from God fell on the towns so that Jacob was not pursued. (In chapter 34 indicated Jacob felt as if all was lost, he would be hated for the revenge killings under the guise of acceptance. God averted this.) Quite the opposite, God told Jacob again that his name was now Israel. (Genesis 35:9-15 AMP) God also confirmed the patriarchal succession of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The land promised to Abraham and Isaac was now promised to Jacob and all his descendants. (Genesis 35:12 AMP) Note Esau has been dropped from the unique promise that continued in David and Jesus Christ as Ishmael first had been. It just is. This is important in the 21st century.

Rachael died near Ephrath (Bethlehem) (Genesis 35:19-20 AMP), the birthplace of the Messiah (Micah 5:2), as she birthed Benjamin. Note the commentary inserted later into the text 3. (Genesis 35:20 AMP) "Jacob set a pillar (memorial, monument) on her grave; that is the [a]pillar of Rachel’s grave to this day."

Reuben, Jacob's oldest son, raped Jacob's concubine. (Genesis 35:22 AMP) This puts in perspective that there could be multiple candidates for Cain's wife due to living longer and our sinful nature. Whenever you see some short reference like this to something that happened, it is likely more related to it will be just ahead, possibly the ramifications.

Jacob's 12 sons are listed (Genesis 35:23-29 AMP) grouped by the mother's name. It seems Isaac was aware of all 12. Isaac died and was buried by both Jacob and Esau, full brothers but with different promises and different destinies.

Genesis 36-40 AMP

Chapter 36 - This is a summary of what became of Esau and his descendants. (Genesis 36 AMP) Esau took wives of the women of Canaan. Esau and Jacob separated since the land would not support both herds. Esau moved to the hill country of Seir (Edom) and fathered the Edomites. (Genesis 36:8-9 AMP) Esau's lineage is listed.

Chapter 37 - "So Jacob dwelt in the land in which his father had been a stranger and sojourner, in the land of Canaan." (Genesis 37:1 AMP) Joseph, Jacob's favorite son, well marked by his multicolored coast, has a dream which makes his brothers angry. Then he has a dream which makes Jacob, his father, angry. Jacob includes Rachel as being part of the dream although she is dead. (Genesis 37:10-11 AMP) Jacob sends Joseph to see how things are with the rest of his older sons who are working as shepherds. Jacobs's older sons, who are Joseph's brothers, sell Joseph to a caravan headed for Egypt, while claiming to Jacob that a wild animal killed him. They produce Joseph's bloody coat. The brothers thought their troubles were over but Jacob vowed never to get over Joseph's death. Now they could never be rid of him because his memory remained in Jacob's heart! It was Reuben who kept Joseph from being killed but could not keep Joseph from being sent to Egypt as he was not present when it happened. Benjamin, the youngest son,Joseph's full brother, is not mentioned.

Chapter 38 - Judah, a son of Jacob, leaves his brothers and marries a Canaanite woman. Judah's oldest son Er married Tamar. Er was wicked in God's sight and the Lord killed Er (Genesis 38:7 AMP). At that time the correct thing to do was for Judah's next oldest son to take Tamar as wife so Er's lineage and inheritance would be preserved. (Genesis 38:1-11 AMP) Technically, Onan did what was correct but acted in a way so as to get out of supporting a family that would never be his. God was displeased and killed Onan. Rather than accept that his sons were killed by the Lord, Judah decided the problem was Tamar. He sent her back to her father saying to Tamar to wait until Judah's third son Shelah grew up and could marry her.

It seemed to Tamar that Judah was not going to go through with it (which he wasn't) so after Judah's wife died, she devised a plan to get pregnant by Judah and the plan worked. Judah wanted to kill Tamar when he discovered she was pregnant, not by Shelah, who had not married her but then realized Tamar had been more righteous than he had been. (Genesis 38:12-26 AMP)

Chapter 39 - The Lord was with Joseph. (Genesis 39 AMP) Joseph was sold to Potipher, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain and chief executioner of the royal guard in Egypt. "The Lord blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake." (Genesis 39:5 AMP) Joseph became supervisor over Potipher's house. Potipher's wife expected Joseph, a slave, to obey her and lie with her." Joseph always said no. She was angry and lied to her husband and said Joseph had tried to rape her. Potipher put Joseph into prison. "But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy and loving kindness and gave him favor in the sight of the warden of the prison." (Genesis 39:21-23 AMP). Joseph became in charge of everything in the prison.

Chapter 40 - The Pharaoh's butler and baker were put in the same prison with Joseph. Each had a dream the same night and they were concerned what the meaning might be. Joseph interpreted the butler's dream that he would again hand Pharaoh his cup. (Genesis 40:12-15 AMP) Joseph asked him to remember him to Pharaoh as he was innocent. The butler forgot all about Joseph, however, when he was restored to his position. Joseph interpreted the baker's dream that he would be killed. (Genesis 40:16-19 AMP) This all happened as Joseph said on Pharaoh's birthday. Joseph's dreams had gotten his family upset and jealous unto selling him into slavery. Now he was in prison interpreting dreams without benefit to himself. Just a thought...

Genesis 41-45 AMP

Chapter 41 - Pharaoh had a dream which no one could interpret. The butler remembers Joseph who interpreted his and the baker's dreams correctly. (Genesis 41:9-13 AMP) Joseph interprets Pharaoh's dream and tells Pharaoh what God is about to do. Joseph recommends to Pharaoh a plan of action and Pharoah puts Joseph in charge. In 13 years Joseph, now age 30 is second in command in Egypt. (Genesis 41:46 AMP) The result is that Egypt saved food from 7 good harvest years which would sustain Egypt through the next 7 years of famine. It was a world-wide famine and only Egypt had food. As part of his compensation Joseph is provided a wife and starts a family.

Chapter 42 - Jacob sends his remaining sons (except Benjamin) to Egypt for food. Joseph recognized his brothers but they did not recognize him. In addition, although Joseph understood them, he spoke to them through an interpreter. Joseph accuses them of being spies and requires they bring Benjamin to Egypt while Simon stays in an Egyptian prison as hostage. Reuben tells his brothers the ancient equivalent of "I told you so" (God requires of us Joseph's blood). Genesis 42:21-25 AMP) Jacob won't send Benjamin (Genesis 42:35-38 AMP) since if he lost him, all the offspring of Rachel, his beloved dead wife, would be gone. They were irreplaceable. Simeon was also now a hostage and as good as gone.

Chapter 43 - The famine got worse. Circumstances were that they must go back to Egypt but only if Benjamin would go with them. Judah volunteers his life to his father Jacob if Benjamin does not return from Egypt safely. (Genesis 43:1-15 AMP) Jacob reluctantly says OK and sends gifts and double the money for the same amount of grain with them, asking God for mercy and favor with the man in charge in Egypt. Joseph asks them to eat at his house and arranges them in order of birth while giving Benjamin 5 times as much as any of the others. (Genesis 43:16-34 AMP) How does this man know so much about us they wondered And what's going to happen? Joseph had to go away and compose himself.

Chapter 44 - Joseph sends them away, devising another plan, (Genesis 44 AMP) to catch up with them on the way back to Canaan and accuse them of the theft of Joseph's silver drinking cup which is found in Benjamin's grain sack. Judah explains to Joseph that if Benjamin doesn't return home to Canaan, it will kill their father Jacob.

Chapter 45 - After Joseph sent away all the Egyptians, he wept, although the Egyptians could hear him weep. Joseph said to his brothers in Hebrew, "I am Joseph!" (Genesis 45:3 AMP) "I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt!" Joseph interprets what they did as God sending him ahead to save them from famine. Joseph and Pharaoh, #2 and #1 in Egypt, send the brothers back home to bring all they have back to live in the best part of Egypt, Goshen as there were still 5 years of famine left. When they saw Jacob again, they said, "Joseph is still alive! And he is governor over all the land of Egypt!" (Genesis 45:26 AMP) "And Israel said, 'It is enough! Joseph my son is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.'" (Genesis 45:28 AMP)

Joseph's dreams were true. The journey by which they were fulfilled was tortuous. In the end, through Jacob's favoritism of the sons of Rachel, the jealousy of their half brothers and their solution to the problem of selling Joseph as a slave to get rid of him, even via prison in Egypt, Joseph the dreamer had his early dreams fulfilled. His family did bow down to him. But they also were forgiven by him, given the best land in Egypt by Pharoah and grew so numerous that one family became a people that would be delivered by God over and over by his own mysterious ways. What appears evil and/or really is evil can be used by God to achieve his ends. He has said over and over what his ends are. Study the Bible and list them. They are not hidden.

Genesis 46-50 AMP

Genesis 46 - God appears to Jacob in route to Egypt saying, "I am God, the God of your father; do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make of you a great nation." (Genesis 46:3 AMP) More importantly God continued saying, "I will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also surely bring you [your people Israel] up again; and Joseph will put his hand upon your eyes [when they are about to close in death]." (Genesis 46:4 AMP) Jacob's family members are listed, 66 "counted" persons met with Joseph at Goshen (Genesis 46:26-27 AMP) and he advised them to say they were shepherds so the Egyptians would leave them to themselves.

Chapter 47 - Jacob appears before Pharaoh and does not bow down. Pharaoh asks Jacob how old he is and Jacob replies 130 and for God's people, that's young. People ran out of money to buy food from Pharaoh so Joseph accepted their livestock as payment and finally their land. In the end all the Egyptians had to pay Pharaoh 1/5th of their crops forever in return for food. Did they complain? No, they said, "You have saved our lives!" (Genesis 47:25). At age 147 Jacob made Joseph swear to take his body out of Egypt after he died. (Genesis 47:29-31 AMP) He knew of God's promise to Abram that Egypt was temporary. (Genesis 15:13 AMP)

Note: 4. (Genesis 47:26 AMP) commentary: "valid to this day" referring to giving Pharoah 1/5th of crops.

Chapter 48 - Jacob adopts Joseph's two sons Ephraim and Manasseh. If Joseph has other sons, they shall be counted as sons of Joseph. Jacob blesses the sons of Joseph as being his own saying the younger (Ephraim) will be more prominent than the elder (Manasseh). Thus, Jacob gives Joseph's lineage so far a double portion. Jacob calls God "the redeeming Angel [that is, the Angel the Redeemer-not a created being but the Lord Himself] Who has redeemed me continually from every evil." (Genesis 48:16)

Genesis 49 - Jacob is about to die and tells his sons what will happen in the future. He tells Reuben, his firstborn, that due to his behavior, he has lost his birthright. Simeon and Levi will be scattered in Israel because of their killing the Shechemites. Judah is told, "The scepter or leadership shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until Shiloh [the Messiah, the Peaceful One] comes to Whom it belongs, and to Him shall be the obedience of the people." (Genesis 49:10 AMP) He would replace Reuben in the family which was to become very significant at some future time. Zebulun shall live by the sea shore and be a haven for ships. Issachar would be subject to forced labor. Dan was to become a judge which would play out via circumstances. Gad would win in unprovoked skirmishes. Asher will have abundant and delightful food. Naphtali will have lovely offspring. Joseph has already shown how strong God made him. Greater blessing from father to son comes to Joseph than came before from Abraham to Isaac or from Isaac to Jacob. Benjamin will be very successful in war in greater proportion than his numbers.

Note: 5. (Genesis 49:28 AMP) "All these are the [beginnings of the] twelve tribes of Israel..." This had to be written later as commentary.

Jacob charged them all to bury him not in Egypt permanently but in the cave Abraham bought, where Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, and Leah was buried, in Canaan. Jacob died.

Chapter 50 - Joseph had Jacob embalmed and the Egyptians mourned Jacob's death for 70 days as if he were royalty. Joseph obtained permission from Pharaoh to bury Jacob in Canaan. Many Egytian officials accompanied Jacob's body to the Cave of Machpelah (Genesis 50:12-14) that Abraham had purchased from Ephron the Hittite. List of who is buried there.

Now Joseph's brothers were afraid that maybe Joseph had been good to them all the years Jacob was alive only to please Jacob. They were afraid of what Joseph would do next. They realized that while the leadership went to Judah, the double portion of the birthright went to Joseph who still #2 in Egypt. They offered to become Joseph's servants and bowed down to him. (Genesis 37:5-10 AMP, Genesis 50:15-18 AMP). Joseph answered wisely, "Fear not; for am I in the place of God? [Vengeance is His, not mine.] As for you, you thought evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring about that many people should be kept alive, as they are this day. Now therefore, do not be afraid. I will provide for and support you and your little ones. And he comforted them [imparting cheer, hope, strength] and spoke to their hearts kindly." (Genesis 50:19-21 AMP) Joseph tells his brothers God will visit them and at that time, take his bones out of Egypt. Joseph dies at age 110, was embalmed and put in a coffin in Egypt.

The end of the book of Genesis.

4. After Genesis
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Genesis 1-34, Genesis 35-50 Exodus 1-35, Exodus 36-40 Leviticus 1-27, Numbers 1-28, Numbers 29-36, Deuteronomy 1-34, Joshua 1-24, Judges 1-21, Ruth 1-4, I Samuel 1-31, II Samuel 1-24, I Kings 1-22, II Kings 1-25, I Chronicles 1-29, II Chronicles 1-36, Ezra 1-10, Nehemiah 1-13, Esther 1-10, Job 1-40, Job 41-42, Psalms 1-69, Psalms 70-119, Psalms 120-150, Proverbs 1-31, Ecclesiastes 1-12, Song of Solomon 1-8, Isaiah 1-49, Isaiah 50-66, Jeremiah 1-40, Jeremiah 41-52, Lamentations 1-5, Ezekiel 1-39, Ezekiel 40-48, Daniel 1-12, Hosea 1-14, Joel 1-3, Amos 1-9, Obadiah 1, Jonah 1-4, Micah 1-7, Nahum 1-3, Habakkuk 1-3, Zephaniah 1-3, Haggai 1-2, Zechariah 1-14, Malachi 1-4, Matthew 1-27, Matthew 28, Mark 1-16, Luke 1-22, Luke 23-24, John 1-21, Acts 1-28, Romans 1-16, I Corinthians 1-16, II Corinthians 1-13, Galatians 1-6, Ephesians 1-6, Philippians 1-4, Colossians 1-4, I Thessalonians 1-5, II Thessalonians 1-3, I Timothy 1-6, II Timothy 1-4, Titus 1-3, Philemon 1, Hebrews 1-13, James 1-5, I Peter 1-5, II Peter 1-3, I John 1-5, II John 1, III John 1, Jude 1, Revelation 1-21.

Holy Bible!
Holy Bible!

Following the lineage and the promise from Isaac will bring you logically to Jesus Christ. If you divert to another path, you may not consider what Jesus Christ did for you and thus not appropriate it for yourself. If Jesus is who he said he was your loss will be great. What you choose does not affect me as much as it affects you. Through showing as carefully as possible what the Bible says, I am trying to point the way and allow you to form your own conclusions. God already loves me. If you decide for Jesus Christ as God and your lord, I will be happy for you along with the angels of heaven rejoicing.

Jesus is the bridge!
Jesus is the bridge!

JesusIsComing (dot mobi content) is to alert you that whoever you think Jesus is, he promised he was going to come again. He will not come to offer salvation as when he was born a baby, was subject to what we are subject to, and died in our place to satisfy God's wrath on sin. When Jesus comes again it will be to separate those whose sins are forgiven and those whose sins are not forgiven. It's like a class action suit. You are covered by his death on the Cross, but you must respond, sign up to be included. It just takes a moment but it does take your decision.

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