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Genesis 50:1-26  — God’s Master Plan

Genesis 50:1-26 — God’s Master Plan

BIG IDEA: KEY LESSON OF GENESIS: “GOD MEANT IT FOR GOOD” – APPRECIATE THE PROVIDENCE OF GOD IN ACCOMPLISHING HIS REDEMPTIVE AGENDA INTRODUCTION: There are a lot of bad things that happened throughout this first book of the Bible – this book of Beginnings – this book...
Genesis 49:1-33  — Deathbed Prophecies of Abundant Blessing

Genesis 49:1-33 — Deathbed Prophecies of Abundant Blessing

BIG IDEA: FINAL PROPHETIC BLESSINGS AND FINAL BURIAL CHARGE ISSUED BY JACOB UPON HIS DEATHBED INTRODUCTION: It is fitting that Jacob’s final words should communicate a legacy of blessing and of fulfillment of covenant promises to the 12 tribes of Israel. His walk with...
Genesis 45:1-28  — One Big Happy Family

Genesis 45:1-28 — One Big Happy Family

BIG IDEA: PROVIDENTIAL RECONCILIATION BLESSED BY GOD WITH ABUNDANT PROVISION AND INWARD TRANSFORMATION INTRODUCTION: Do we have a heart that promotes reconciliation or a heart that harbors bitterness and resentment? Do we have a confidence that God’s Providence and...
Genesis 44:1-34  — Transformation of Joseph’s Brothers

Genesis 44:1-34 — Transformation of Joseph’s Brothers

BIG IDEA: FAMILY RECONCILIATION REQUIRES TRANSFORMING REPENTANCE INTRODUCTION: The earlier chapters were important to establish a baseline regarding the selfish character of Joseph’s brothers. They despised Joseph as the favorite son of their father. They had no...
Genesis 43:1-34  — When Feasting Replaces Fear

Genesis 43:1-34 — When Feasting Replaces Fear

BIG IDEA: GOD’S MERCIFUL LOVE AND PROVISION FAR SURPASS OUR FEARS AND ANXIOUS EXPECTATIONS – PREPARATION FOR CONVICTION AND REPENTANCE INTRODUCTION: This passage bounces back and forth between the fears of Jacob and his sons and the unbounded love and provision from...
Genesis 42:1-38  — Providential Pressure

Genesis 42:1-38 — Providential Pressure

BIG IDEA: PROVIDENTIAL PRESSURE SETS THE STAGE FOR FAMILY RECONCILIATION AND MESSIANIC BLESSING INTRODUCTION: This chapter cannot be studied in isolation. It is a stage setting chapter – that must be taken in concert with the overall story of Joseph’s dealings with...
Genesis 41:1-57  — From Pit to Pinnacle

Genesis 41:1-57 — From Pit to Pinnacle

BIG IDEA: GOD ELEVATES JOSEPH TO PROMINENCE IN EGYPT TO ORCHESTRATE HIS ULTIMATE PROMISES OF DIVINE RESCUE AND REDEMPTION INTRODUCTION: [Title taken from R. Kent Hughes] Hughes: These final events of Joseph’s imprisonment were arranged by God to make Joseph an...
Genesis 40:1-23  — Serving God in the Pit

Genesis 40:1-23 — Serving God in the Pit

BIG IDEA: DISAPPOINTMENT AND DELAY PRESENT OPPORTUNITIES TO GLORIFY GOD INTRODUCTION: This staged drama between the king’s cupbearer and his baker provides the backdrop for Joseph later on to be summoned before the king to interpret his dream. It will open the door...
Genesis 39:1-23  — Prosperity in Egypt – Even in Prison

Genesis 39:1-23 — Prosperity in Egypt – Even in Prison

BIG IDEA: GOD USES EVEN INJUSTICE AND CAPTIVITY TO ACCOMPLISH HIS PURPOSES OF PROSPERING HIS CHOSEN PEOPLE TO ACCOMPLISH HIS KINGDOM OBJECTIVES INTRODUCTION: We are so addicted to comfortable circumstances – to a life of ease and luxury. We flinch at even the smallest...
Genesis 38:1-30  — Origin of Perez – Ancestor of David

Genesis 38:1-30 — Origin of Perez – Ancestor of David

BIG IDEA: SINFUL SCENARIOS CAN FULFIL COVENANT COMMITMENTS INTRODUCTION: Who cares about the origin of Perez? Apparently it is a big deal to God. History in the OT is the recording of “His Story” = the characters and events that God deemed significant in His...
Genesis 37:1-36  — Mistreated and Cast Aside

Genesis 37:1-36 — Mistreated and Cast Aside

BIG IDEA: THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED HAS BECOME THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE INTRODUCTION: This account transitions into the life of Joseph and his mistreatment at the hands of his brothers. It must be read with several key perspectives in mind: – The...
Genesis 31:1-55  — Return to the Promised Land

Genesis 31:1-55 — Return to the Promised Land

BIG IDEA: GOD CALLS HIS REDEEMED PEOPLE TO RETURN TO THEIR PROMISED HOME INTRODUCTION: Hughes: Looking forward, Jacob’s exodus from Mesopotamia provides a prophetic outline of Israel’s exodus from Egypt. Here Jacob’s large family flees from Laban; here a multitude of...