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Sunday, January 18
A quiet day of processing notes, and easy listening to old time radio turns into a frustrating computer challenge.
Passage: Genesis 36-37, 1 John 4
Theme: Love God and love your brother.
Who’s in it and what’s gooing on:
Gen 6. The geneology of Esau, his sons, their tribes, and resulting kings. Yawn. As Esau’s family grew, he moved from the promised land to a place just outside it. His nation became called Edom.
hese are the sons of Zibeon: Aiah and Anah — he is the Anah who found the hot springs in the wilderness when he was pasturing the donkeys of his father Zibeon.
You know Anah, right? I’m glad that whole donkey episode clears it all up perfectly for you. Who could forget that?
Gen 37. The generations of Jacob. At least the story of how his favorite son Joseph, was lost to him, thinking him dead.
Joseph was 17 and a tattletale. Was he justified in his bad report? It doesn’t say. He was Jacob’s favorite, a child of his old age. I need to revisit the math, but he would’ve been between 45 to 50 at the birth of Joseph. The brothers hated Joseph.
Joseph had a dream of his brothers bowing to him. A second dream had his dad and mom also bowing. It was enough to irrate Jacob as well,.
Later, the brothers had the flock at Shekem, and Jacob sent Joseph to get a report,. Why would Jacob be so concerned? Remember that Shekem is where Dinah was raped, and they killed all the males of the household.
When they weren’t found, Joseph talked to a stranger who direted hin to Dothan.
The brothers saw him coming, and plotted to kill him. Reuben stood up, and changed the plan to just toss Joseph into a pit.
Judah had an addition to the plan. They sold Joseph to a caravan of Midianite traders.
Rueben was upset to learn what happened in his absence while watching the flock The brothers covered it up by letting Jacob be,lieve Joseph died at the hands of vicious beasts,. Jacob mourned, and couldn’t be comforted. What nobody knew was that Joseph was sold into slavery to Potifar, chief of the Egyptian guard.
1 John 4. Don’t fall for every whim. Test the spirits to see if they’re from god. Ones of god will confess Jesus has come in the flesh.
Love one another. Love is from god. The sign he loves us is that he sent his uniquely born son into the world. Not because of our love toward him. The son who was the full, complete payment to appease god’s demand. Because god loved us this way, can’t we return his love? Now, we have the holy spirit to be with us as assurance,.
Whoever confesses Jesus is the son of god, has god abiding in themm. Abiding in gods love gives confidence in the day of trial.
Fear and love don’t mix, since fear means punishment. Hate and love don’t mix. How can you hate your brother who you can see, but love the god who you can’t see?
Love god, love your brother.
Monday, January 19
Reading and Reviewing
An easy day in the office, reviewing notes for podcasting, listening to old time rock n roll, and trying to stay on schedule.
Passage: Genesis 38-39, 1 John 5.
Theme: You can’t go wrong by sticking to God.
Who’s in it, and what’s going on:
Gen 38. At the time of the disappearance of Joseph, Judah’s story is told. He had taken a wife from Canaan, had 3 sons, and his wife died. The sons were spaced out enough that the youngest was significantly younger than the others.
Judah found a wife for his first son, a woman named Tamar. The oldest son was evil, and god took his life before he had kids.Son #2 was given Tamar to have a namesake for his dead brother, but didn’t like the idea of raising another man’s son. He made sure that he never deposited his semen in her. God didn’t like that and killed him too. The youngest son was too young for marriage. Tamar was told to return to her fathers house and wait.
Then, Judah’s wife died, the youngesst son had grown up enough, and Tamar had seen she was being forgot about. Seeing her chance, she went to where Judah was with his flock, put herself in his path, dressed as a prostitue, and he made a deal to sleep with her. His payment was to leave his wallet and personal items for her to hold as she waited for something from the flock. She disappeared with his tokens of Id.
Word came that Tamar was pregnant, and the shameful deed demanded she be burned. In being brought out, she identified the father of her child with the trinkets she took. Judah seeing the error was his let her off the hook, but never slept with her again.
There were twins in her, and at the birth, a hand was thrust out, a ribbon tied to signify the firstborn. The hand drawn back in, and the other baby came out,.
Gen 39. Meanwhile, back to Joseph. He had been sold to Potipher, and gained such favor that he was in charge of the household. The house was blessed because of Joseph, and he could be trusted fully with everything.
Joseph was attractive, and Potiphar’s wifewanted to sleep with him. He tried to appeal to her judgement with words, but her insistence led to him having to flee from her grqasp. He slipped out of his outer garment that she held and fled. Still, she reported to Potiphar that the clothing in her hand was proof that it was Joseph who attacked her.
Potiphar believed his wife, and had Joseph thrown in jail. Now it was the jailers turn to find favor with Joseph, and put him in charge of all he had authority to do as a jailer and prisoner.
1 John 5. Whoever believes Jesus is the Christ is born of god. Loving god is to love his children. Loving the children is proof that we are god’s. Its his command, and an easy one.
The testimony is that Jesus came in water and blood, and the spirit testifies to that truth. Believe the men who witnessed these events, but more so, believe god’s testimony through his spirit.
Be confident that he listens to us when we ask him.
Pray for our brothers in sins not leading to death. All sin is unrighteous, but one leads to death. Don’t pray for that one. Just the one that doesn’t lead to death. Huh?
No one born of god sins. But he keeps him, the evil one can’t touch himn.
Side note: Wait a minute! That’s too many vague pronouns there. Who is he, who is him, which him are we talking about? Is it just Jesus, or does it apply to all believers who are sinless?
I get it that the evil one can’t touch this sinless one, I don’t understand if this is an application across the board, or only Jesus.
He keeps him? God keeps/protects Jesus? Or is it Jesus who keeps/abides in god? Or is it the individual believer, rather than just Jesus in that mess?
Back to the passage: We know that we’re in the god realm, and the world is satan’s realm. Got it.
Jesus has come, the son of god, gives us understanding. We can be sure we’re in his kingdom.
Guard yourselves from idols. In other words, anything else but a direct link to god, through jesus is plain old wrong.
Tuesday, January 20
A partially working washing machine leads to a day of filling the machine by hand, with lots of buckets, and other contaibners. Long day.
Passage: Gen 40-41, 2 John 1.
Theme: Acknowledge God. instead of Your Own Abilities.
Who’s in it and what’s happening:
Gen 40. A cup bearer and baker of pharoah are tossed in the same jail where Joseph is. The jailer put Joseph in charge of them, and one night after some time being there, they both had a dream on the same night. Seeing they were troubled, Joseph offered to have god interpret the dreams if they would tell him.
The cup bearer goes first, telling of 3 grape vines, and putting the cup back into Pharoah’s hand. Joseph tells that means in 3 days, the man will be restored to his job. And to remember Joseph, that he was sold for no right reason, and in this land was also in jail for no right reason.
The baker tells of 3 baskets, with birds eating the bread from the top one. Joseph says that in 3 days he’ll die by Pharoah having him hung, and birds eating his flesh.
Sure enough, it happened, but the cup bearer forgot Joseph.
Gen 41. Two years later, Pharoah has his dream. Seven cows eaten by the 7 skrawny cows, and still appearing skrawny. Seven stalks of wheat eaten by 7 dried up ones, and still dried up looking. The magicians, or wise men, were told, but nobody could intrepret what it meant.
The cupbearer remembers, and tells about his dream in jail. How Joseph correctly intrepreted the dream of the baker as well.
Joseph is sent for, shaves, changes his clothes, and tells Pharoah that its god who intreprets. Pharoah then relates his dreams of the cows and wheat.
The dreams are intrepreted, and Joseph offers advice on what to do to store up food for the coming bad years.
Pharoah is impressed with the wisdom of Joseph, the divine spirit in him, and installs him as a high official in the kingdom.
Joseph went and did what he proposed. Grain was stored in such abundance, he had to stop counting it. Abundant as the sand on the shore.
Joseph had 2 sons in the days before the famine. Manasseh, Causing to Forget. Ephraim, Double Fruit.
The famine hit, and Joseph was in charge of distributing the food. Egypt was the only land in the whole area where food could be found.
2 John 1.Heavy on symbology. John the elder to the chosen lady and her children. Elder is a formality in addressing from a church leader to the children, or the individual members. Chosen lady, or the body of believers, seems to imply that god fore knows or predestines who his elect will be. Not only the elder, but the true one loves the children. The truth, or true one means god. Those who love the truth also love the children. Meaning all his christians love all the lady’s christians. For the sake of truth (god) that abides in us. Grace, mercy, and peace of god and Jesus with us. Jesus the son of god in truth and love?
Was glad to know the children were living up to their christian calling.
This is no new commandment. Love one another.
Love is walking in his commandments.
Many liars are in the world who don’t acknowledge Jesus as coming in the flesh. This is anti christ. Don’t lose the ground you’ve gained, or the full reward. If a person doesn’t abide, or obey the teaching of Jesus, he doesn’t have god. The one who obeys has both Father and Son. If any one has a different teaching, don’t greet him. To do so means you participate in his evil deeds.
I have many things to write, but I’d rather say it in a face to face meeting.
The children, or christian members, of your chosen sister, or church of the elect, greet you.
Wednesday, January 21
Laundry overload Part2
Wrapping up the left over laundry, and crazily getting caught up in the office.
Passage: Gen 42-43, 3 John 1.
Theme: Obedience, Prosperity, and Reconciliation.
Who’s in it and what’s going on.
Gen 42. While the brothers despaired, Jacob heard about the food in Egypt and sent his sons. All but Benjamin, because he felt harm would befall him. And his prediction would be correct.
Joseph recognized his brothers, but disguised himself, and spoke sharply to them as he interrogated them.
The brothers had come, bowing to him, and it made Joseph remember his dream. Still not recognized, Joseph began accusing them of being spies. They spilled the beans on the age old story. They were 12 brothers, but one is behind with dad, and the other is no more. Joseph tested them by putting them in jail for 3 days, claiming by bringing Benjamin would prove they weren’t spies.
Released on day 3, the brothers left Simeon in jail as Joseph request. They discussed the matter of Joseph being sold, and that this is payback for the blood on their hands. Joseph heard hem, but since he used an interpreter, the brothers didn’t realize he understood every word. Joseph turned his back, wept, recomposed himself, and commanded them to go for Benjamin. Loading their bags, Joseph also put their money back in them.
Stopping after the days journey, they stopped to feed the animals, found money in their sacks, and knew something was going badly.
Getting home, the brothers told Jacob of the incident. The lord of the land wants Benjamin to prove they aren’t spies, while Simeon is held as prisoner.
Jacob grieves that Joseph was lost, now he counts Simeon as lost, and frets that if Benjamin goes, he’ll be lost as well. Rueben vows to kill his own sons if anything should befall Benjamin. By now, all the sacks have been found to contain money. But Jacob isn’t willing to comply, and send Benjamin.
Note the key players. Simeon, Reuben, Joseph, the incident of selling into slavery. In the account, it was Rueben who didn’t want to kill Joseph. It was Judah who spoke up with the idea to sell their brother. Simeon wasn’t mentioned at the time, but being the hot head that he was, he could very well have had a part in it. Remember that he and Levi killed all the Shekem clan. At that telling, we don’t hear what Joseph said or felt, he likely had a part in Joseph’s selling too. From today’s account we know he plead with distress. The accusation, the tossing the brothers in jail wojuld be just a taste of being mistreated with no right cause.
How long did they take in the delay to return to Egypt? From the telling, only 1 bag of grain was opened on the return trip to feed animals. Each brother seems to have had his own bag and animal, so the one bag was used for 10 animals and people. How long would the trip have taken? A month? More? Less? Assuming it was a month, they waited until all the grain was gone before going again. They would need to leave provisions for the family left behind, and the food wouldn’t last as long as it did for just the brothers on their trip. How many more was that? It surely didn’t take them the full 9 months of the remaining 9 bags of grain to leave again. Maybe 6 months? That would leave 2 bags to split for the brothers to make the return trip, and leave food for Jacob, and those with him. That’s just a guess.
Genesis 43. The famine raged on, and Jacob breaks down and lets the brothers go back with Benjamin.
To soften the blow with the lord of the land, Jacob sent what little gifts he could. Almonds, honey, the previous money, plus more money to buy grain.
Joseph saw the brothers brought Benjamin, decided to throw a party for them at his house. Simeon was released, but the brothers imagined the worst. Why was this man taking them to his home? The brothers were honest in trying to tell about the extra money found, the gift, and all to the house steward. Apparently he was also interpreter to Joseph who told them not to worry. The money was accounted for. It was their god who gave it back to them. Since their gift was one of food, the brothers brought it as a contribution to the feast.
Joseph then asked about dad, and when he saw Benjamin, he lost composure, and had to go to his room to weep in private. Cleaning himself up, the feast began. Places for the brothers arranged by age, and Benjamin getting 5 times as much as the rest.
3 John 1,. The elder to Gaius.
Well wishes for prosperity. Love to hear of christians living in the truth of the gospel.
Whatever you do for a fellow christiahn, especially a stranger, is being faithful. They have given good report of your love. Send them away in honor. They have travelled on faith, and accepted nothing from nonbeleivers. Support such men, fellow workers of the truth. Truth meaning god, or the gospel.
A church leader who John names rejects the words from the elder, who will call him out when he comes. He is inhospitable, and puts christians out of the church.
Don’t imitate evil, but imitate god. If those don’t imitat god, they aren’t of him. Another named person has received good report from everyone, and from the truth.
I could write more, but I want to tell you face to face.
Peace and greetings.
Thursday, January 22
Sneaking Up on Retro
After falling behind on posts to Retro Radio Podcast, January is done. Whew. Looking ahead to what to do in February.
Passage: Genesis 44-45, Psalm 4.
Theme: Trust God, Even in Bad Times.
Who’s in it, and what’s happening:
Gen 44. After the party, Joseph sends the brothers on their way, but not without another trick to make them squirm. He put their money back, and his silver cup into Benjamins bag. Then sent his servants after them.
The brothers didn’t understand. Why were they being accused again? A Silver cup? May that one die, and the rest of us be slaves. OK, the men from Joseph said, you asked for it. Sure enough the money is found, and the silver cup with Benjamin. Back to Egypt they go.
The brothers confront Joseph, and beg that they all be slaves. Still playing his role, Joseph only wants Benjamin as his slave, the others can go.
Judah had been the spokesman, and he continues. He recounts the story of why they told Joseph of his younger brother. The attachment Jacob has for his two favorite sons, that Joseph had been thought torn to pieces, and Benjamin is all he has left. To not return with him will greatly harm their dad. That Judah has promised to take the blame should that happen. Judah being the one who sold Joseph, is now taking responsibility.
Gen 45. Joseph couldn’t contain it anymore. He didn’t turn his back, or leave the room. This time he sent the Egyptians out, and weept openly in front of his brothers. Admitting who he was. His weeping so loud that the household servants heard him from outside the room. How’s dad? Tell me more.
Joseph told his brothers look, it’s really me. He then went on in detail what he knew about the famine lasting 5 more years. How god was in his being here, despite the evil they may have intended. Go, get dad, and come live in the land where he’s so prosperous. I’ll take care of you, don’t worry. He kissed and made up with them, especially his brother Benjamin.
Even Pharoah agreed, and was favorable to it. He sent wagons for women and children to ride. Leave your property, and come here. There’s plenty of new provisions.
No holds were barred, and provisions for the return trip were lavished on. The brothers got new suits, and Benjamin even more. Away they went to get it done.
Joseph sent them on their way saying not to fight. Jacob got the news, revived, and was thruilled to see Joseph again.
Psalms 4.Answer me god, and be gracious.
How long will I be hated, how long will men tell lies? Know this, god sets apart his godly man.
Tremble, stop sinning, pray. Sacrifice rightly and mean it. Trust god.
People are saying what good is it? Show them god. Give gladness and safety, especially when it looks like there’s no reason for it. Gladness that exceeds the feeling when times are good.
Friday, January 23
Did I skip a day somehow
Nope, just the busy laundry days made me write the same date twice. Fixed it, moving on, and recorded an unplanned, solo Quest for Truth podcast.
Passage: Genesis 46-47, Psalm 5.
Theme: Provisions and Protection of god.
Who’s in it, and what’s going on:
Notice that Jacob had been renamed to Israel in a previous chapter. In intervening passages though, he resorted to going by Jacob. Is this because he hadn’t been living up to gods promises? He balked at acting when Dinah was raped, he played favorites with his wives and sons. He had idols in his mix, remember he told his people to purify themselves, and remove the idols so he could meet god. Here he is Israel once again as he seeks word from god. There’s a back and forth in these verses between Jacob and Israel, should we read anything extra into that?
Gen 46. Israel travels, but pauses at Beersheba to get a word from god. Assurance of protection is given, promise to grow the nation, and Israel will meet a peaceful end with Joseph.
Jacob rose from there, and took all his family, down to the grandkids, and all the animals to Egypt.
The sons, and their sons are listed by each wife. Leah, Zilpah, Rachael, and Bildad.
Judah leads the way to Goshen, the land that Joseph prepared for them. After a tearful happy reunion, Israel says he can die now that he has seen Joseph again. Joseph also oprepares them on what to say when meeting Pharoah. Shepherds were the bottom on the Egyttian pecking order. The clan brought their flocks, so that was going to be a good thing.
Gen 47After his playing ambassador, Joseph introduces a few representatives to Pharoah. His dad and 5 brothers.The dialog goes just as he prepared them. They settle in the best land… for sheep… and Pharoah offers the job of tending his own flocks to them. As long as they’re worthy.
Jacob met Pharoah, who is amazed at his long years, 130. Jacob politely claims that it’s nothing compared to the long lives of his forefathers. The family leaves and settle down. Joseph sees To it that they’re taken care of.
The famine raged. Joseph kept doing his job. When people ran out of money to buy food, he came up with the plan of buying food with their livestock and land. Thus, Pharoah ended up owning all the land and livestock, except for the Egyptian priests.
A tax was then set up where in the future, the people paid a fifth of the future income to the government as tribute.
Jacob lived another 17 years. He made Joseph swear to him to take his bones back to be buried in the promised land.
Psalms 5Hear my groans for help lord.
You hate and despise all manner of evil and boasting.
Lead me on the path to you. Not the way of the evil and flatterers. Let them fall by their own evil plans.
Let all who take refuge in you be glad. Protect them. You protect the righteous like having a shield.
Saturday, January 24
Spent the day with grand kids. Listen to a humorous story involving what one of the kids said.
Passage: Genesis 48-50, Psalm 6.
Theme: End of Life, Passing the torch.
Who’s in it, and what’s going on:
Gen 48. Joseph gets word that dad is about to die. He takes his 2 sons, and Jacob gives a blessing, predicting his prosperity in the future nation. Jacob and Israel are used here intermittantly.
Israel calls Manasseh and Ephraim to him for a blessing, and to accept them as his own sons, with Joseph’s tribe now split in 2. Though Manasseh was older, the younger got the main blessing.
Joseph tried to correct the matter, ensuring the birthright went to the elder. Israel insisted, saying he knew what he was doing.
Gen 49. Jacob calls the rest of the brothers in for their blessings.
Reuben, Look a Boy, is firstborn, first in power and dignity. But he defiled his father’s bed, nd loses out on the birthright.
Simeon, Hearing, and Levi, Attached, bear the sword, and are wrathful hotheads. A curse on their unjust anger.
Judah, God’s Darling. Will be praised by the brothers, bowed down to, he’s a lion, and in control of all the luxurant best.
Zebulon. A safe haven, a port for ships.
Isakar. A donkey laying down. Why work when you can rest.
Dan, Judge. A judge among his people. A viper who strikes at passing horses, causing the rider to be thrown.
Gad. He’ll be raided, but he’ll raid right back.
Asher, blessed, Happy. Will be rich, and have dainty food goods.
Naphtali. Like a doe let loose, A silver tongued sweet talker.
Joseph. A blessed vine, overflowing with produce. Though attacked by archers, by the hand of god he’ll hold his own against them. Blessed and fruitful in people as well.
Benjamin. A ravenous wolf. Tears apart in the mnorning, and divides the booty at evening.
After the blessings of his sons, Israel explicitly told them all his desire to be buried back in the family burial plot. He wanted to lay with his fathers, their wives, and at least Leah who he buried there. Then he died.
Gen 50. Joseph wept, and had his doctors embalm Israel in the Egyptian manner.
After the official, ceremonial time for mourning was over, Joseph requested of Pharoah to let him go bury his father. Permission was granted for the request of Israel.
Joseph, his entire household, and the households of all the brothers all went to bury Israel. oaOnly leaving their flocks, and little ones in Egypt. The sight was so impressive that the Canaanites marveld at the sorrowful Egyptians.
The brothers worried that with dad out of the picture, that Joseph would get even for their wrong doing to him all those years ago. They claimed that dad told them to tell Joseph to not hurt them. Joseph was heart brokenm, and wept. He had forgiven them long ago, and was apparently only hurt that the brothers still thought of him that way. Joseph assures them that he’ll continue taking care of them all.
Joseph and the brothers households stayed on in Egypt. He made it clear that he wanted his bones carried out when the time came to leave the land. Joseph died at age 110.
Psalm 6. Don’t be angry with me god. I’m dismayed. How long will this keep on?
Rescue me lord. There’s no mention of god in sheol.
I’m weary of crying and grieving.
Get away from me, and be ashamed, you sinners. The lord has heard my weeping.
What a confusing week in the bible. At least that crazy writer of 2&3 John, could have been more clear on what he meant.
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