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Exodus 3:1-22 Moses Called

Moses went to check out this strange sight and met God in that place. Ready or Not! Here I AM!

Something strange was happening in the wilderness today. Moses HAD to check it out! He met an angel of the Lord in the middle of a burning bush and boy did He have a lot to say.

Moses was minding his father in law’s sheep, like any other day, when something caught his eye. Before he went any further he HAD to check it out.

Now I have to interject a question here. I was trying to find a map showing me these locations and I ran into a problem. I am told by MANY bible experts that Mt Horeb and Mt. Sinai are probably the same place. Moses’s father in law is a priest of Midian and Moses’ job was watching the sheep for his father in law. The bible maps that I have found put Mt. Sinai on the western side of the Gulf of Aquaba and Midian on the eastern side of it. I don’t think sheep swim that well and that would be a LONG way for them to travel between the two points. Is it possible that the two mountains are different? I REALLY would expect Moses’ burning bush encounter to take place in Midian territory. I found one map that puts this encounter on Midian’s side but I’m not sure I trust it fully but I’m going to hang onto it. I’m not certain the physical Read more »

Exodus 2:1-10 It’s a Boy

Moses was a beautiful baby and his mom was willing to risk her own life to hide him.

Pharaoh is trying to systematically wipe out Israel by killing all the boy babies. But God has other plans. Moses gets a special upbringing because of it.

The midwives had been ordered to kill all male children born to the Hebrew women but they had refused. Now the Egyptians were tasked with killing all male infants they came across. I wonder how many of them did it with relish. Did some refuse? Did some do so reluctantly? Did Pharaoh set up squads of soldiers for this particular purpose?

We will find out later that Moses had a brother. He was older than Moses and didn’t have to be hidden like Moses did. We meet his sister today. Apparently she is quite a bit older than he is. Later on we find out her name is Miriam. But today, she is simply a big sister watching over her baby brother.

I can’t imagine the fear Moses’ mother endured during those first three months. Did she dress him as a girl? Did she hide him away during the day? She would have had to respond immediately to every one of his cries to keep him silent. Babies are not quiet. Trust me on this one! Read more »

Genesis 49:28-50:14 Jacob Dies

Jacob’s final wish is carried out. He is taken back to Canaan to be buried.

We come to the end of Jacob’s life. His sons fulfill the promise made by Joseph and bury him with his fathers in Canaan.

Jacob knows his time is ending right away. The blessings/prophecies he just gave his sons are his dying declarations. He also has one final wish, which he has already sworn Joseph to uphold. Now he shares that one final request with the rest of his sons. They will all be part of the fulfillment of that promise.

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All the sons of Jacob have gathered by his bedside. The room is overly warm to offer comfort to their father. This is a private time between a father and his sons. Everyone else had left at Jacob’s command. Read more »

Genesis 48:1-22 Bless The Children

Jacob blesses Joseph’s sons in his own way, proclaiming the future God has planned for them.

Joseph is called to his father’s bedside because he is nearing the end of his life. Joseph brings his two sons with him for a special purpose.

Before we get into our story there are a few questions I want to look at. I’m trusting the Holy Spirit will provide the answers as we go along, or at least guide us in that direction. 1) Why did Jacob take Joseph’s sons for his own? 2) Why did Jacob cross his hands when giving the blessings? 3) Where was this mountainside that Jacob bequeathed to Joseph? 4) Did Joseph have any other sons besides Manasseh and Ephraim?

Let’s go backwards in answering these questions, only because I believe I know the answer to the last one. After googling Joseph’s descendants, I believe the answer to that question is “no.” These are the only two sons listed for Joseph. So when his father took these sons as his own, Joseph was left with no descendants for his own name. Read more »

Genesis 47:27-31 Not My Home

Jacob makes Joseph swear by his father’s sacred oath to bury him with his family in Canaan.

Joseph is called on to make a promise by his father. Jacob has spent his life, or the majority of it in Canaan. That is where he wants to be laid to rest.

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Jacob was an old man when he came to Egypt to live. He knew his family’s history of long lives. He knew there were still some good years left in him, but not too many. His grandfather Abraham lived to be 180 years old. His father Isaac lived to be 175 years old. His oldest relative living during his lifetime was Shem. He lived to be 600 years old. Compared to Shem, Jacob was just a baby! But he knew this wasn’t to be the truth. His health was failing.

Before drawing his last breath or even getting to the point where he didn’t know what was going on around him, Jacob called for Joseph. He had matters he wanted to set right before it was too late. He had lived in Egypt for over 16 years now but this was NOT his home! His home was with his fathers’ in Canaan. But he couldn’t physically travel there himself. Read more »