BSF Genesis Week 26

BSF Genesis: Week 26, Day 5

Today’s Scriptures

Questions:

12.
intermarried with canaanites.  Er and Onan, Judah’s sons, both put to death because of wickedness.  Things later forbidden (prostitution) are treated as normal

13.
Continued to intermarry with Canaanites, not living as a separate people.  They would have no longer been God’s people

14.
No, he too had a Levirate obligation to father children for his son through her.  He started the path of unrighteousness

15.
a.
She desired to honor her husband by continuing his line.  She was righteous

b.
Gentiles married into the family of Judah

16.
Blames her in 24, confesses in 26

17.
It is factual.  She was grafted into the house of Israel through faith, struggle and righteousness

My Daily Journal:

In verse 26 not only does Judah confess his sin but he acknowledges Tamar’s righteousness.  This means more than she did something right.  The word used here is tsadaq.  This is the same word used to describe  Noah (Gen. 7:1), the Law (Deu. 4:8), David (1 Sa. 24:17), and even Yahweh (2 Ch. 12:6).

In this story it is easy to get lost in the graphic nature of what is going on.  But there is a very interesting thought and application that we can apply from the then and there to the here and now.  It is the idea of “unexpected righteousness.”  If both Tamar and Judah were called in to court and each gave testimony, the court would surely side with Judah.  He is a man, he is wealthy, he comes from a noble and strong family in the lineage of Abraham and Jacob.  But we see here it is not the person in the position of authority (Judah, the patriarch and son of Israel) but someone quite unexpected (Tamar, a widow and a foreigner) who is found to be righteous. A label of righteousness is earned and preserved by being such, not given because of social status.  (kudos to http://www.theropps.com/papers/Winter1997/Genesis38exegesis.htm)

How we need to remember this is our view of others in the church and in future believers.  This was the main tripping stone of the leaders of the law with Jesus – how could this be the messiah? – this is not what we expected.  We see in God’s economy that righteousness is from the inside out, not the outside in.

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BSF Genesis Week 26

BSF Genesis: Week 26, Day 3

Today’s Scriptures

Questions:

5.
He walked about 100 miles.  His brothers plotted to kill him, thrown into a cistern, sold into slavery to the Ishmaelites/Midianites, taken to Egypt and sold to Potiphar (here is a good map)

6.
a.
Reuben, Judah

b.
Distressed.  Pleading for his life.  Unjustly wronged

c.
Hatred for the message and favoritism of our Father

d.
guarded as a prisoner, stole his robe

7.
a.
20 Sheckels / 30

b.
He had been treated as something special, honored with an ornate robe.  He had only obeyed. Unjustly treated

c.
When things seem unjust and unfair.  When the innocent are victimized.

8.
a.
1 Peter 1:6-7 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith…. may be proved genuine…

b.
prophecy through dreams.  A walk with God (literally, for about 100 miles)

My Daily Journal:

It is easy to see the troubles surrounding Joseph.  He obediently walks almost 100 miles in search of his brothers and everything goes south.  But, in this story, just like in the challenges within our own life, we need to pull our eyes from “the troubles all around us” and see God’s amazing provision.

When they are ready to kill him, there just happens to be a cistern available.  It just happens to be a dry cistern.  No bones are broken throwing him into the cistern, no poisonous creatures are present.  Within minutes or hours at most a caravan just happens to be coming by.  It just happens to be heading to Egypt and the proprietors have cash, not just goods to sell.  Joseph just happens to be sold to Potiphar instead of into some other service. Backing up Joseph just happens to find someone who just happened to hear his brothers in Shechem, who, by the way, doesn’t choose to kill Joseph since he does belong to the family that killed all the men in Shechem in the not too distant past.  And, most amazing of all, Joseph, a guy, actually stops and asks directions!

I can see God’s hand in so many ways when I look for the blessings and the provision.

On  a different thought, I get it that these are his brothers, but I saw a strong lesson for myself and my children (and the children in my class) about carefully choosing our inner-circle of friends.  Let’s put it this way, if the people you are closest with are the ones who are willing to throw you in the cistern and kill you, having one phone call to call for help doesn’t do you much good.  Do I spend my time with people that would come to my protection or people that would throw me under the bus when they are angry?  How strong would my friends stand against the sentiment of the group?

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