Genesis 37



Genesis 37
 
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Genesis 37:1 And Jacob dwelt in the land wherein his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan.

2 These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren; and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives: and Joseph brought unto his father their evil report.

3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.
  • Coat: with long sleeves, worn only by the chief and his heir. This the first cause of brothers enmity
  • Many colours = Not "pieces". Marking it as priestly or royal
  • Psalms 45:14 She shall be brought unto the king in raiment of needlework: the virgins her companions that follow her shall be brought unto thee.
    15 With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter into the king's palace.
    16 Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children, whom thou mayest make princes in all the earth.
    17 I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the people praise thee for ever and ever.
4 And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.

5 And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more.
  • Dream = For emphasis = had a significant dream
  • The dream came from God
6 And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed:

7 For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf.

8 And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words.
  • Shalt thou, Compare the rejection of Moses
  • Exodus 2:14 And he said, Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? intendest thou to kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian? And Moses feared, and said, Surely this thing is known.
  • Christ, Luke 19:14 But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.
    15 And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.
    16 Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.
9 And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.
  • Compare to = Revelation 12:1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
  • Eleven stars = the eleven signs of the Zodiac, Joseph being the twelfth.
  • Numbers 2:2 = Every man of the children of Israel shall pitch by his own standard, with the ensign of their father's house: far off about the tabernacle of the congregation shall they pitch.
  • Ensign = Each standard is said to have had as its "sign" one of the twelve constellations
  • Numbers 2:2 = One standard, with its sign on it for each tribe.
  • Hence called "ensign". See notes on the tribes below, from the Targum of Jonathan.
  • Obeisance = in homage to royalty or God: bow (self) down, fall down, humbly beseech, do (make) obeisance, do reverence, make to stoop, worship.
  • Genesis 42:6 And Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was that sold to all the people of the land: and Joseph's brethren came, and bowed down themselves before him with their faces to the earth.
  • Genesis 43:26 And when Joseph came home, they brought him the present which was in their hand into the house, and bowed themselves to him to the earth.
  • Genesis 44:14 And Judah and his brethren came to Joseph's house; for he was yet there: and they fell before him on the ground.
  • Revelation 15:2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them (God's very elect from all races) that had gotten the victory over the beast (Satan), and over his (Satan)  image (false teaching), and over his (Satan) mark (believing in false teaching), and over the number (666) of his name (Satan), stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. (Revelation 7)
    3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.
    4 Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.
  • Why will all nations worship before thee?
  • Because Christ has return and has gathered His very elect from all races and you are with Christ.
  • Matthew 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
    30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
  • 7th trump - Christ has return and gathers his very elect,  After Satan's tribulation
  • 31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
    Revelation 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
    7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
  • Revelation13:7 And it was given unto him (Satan) to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
  • The only reason Satan is given power over the saints, that is to say the very elect, is so they can be witness against him. (Matthew 24)
  • 8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him (Satan), whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
  • Revelation 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death (satan), and I will give thee a crown of life.
10 And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?
 
11 And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.

12 And his brethren went to feed their father's flock in Shechem.

13 And Israel said unto Joseph, Do not thy brethren feed the flock in Shechem? come, and I will send thee unto them. And he said to him, Here am I.

14 And he said to him, Go, I pray thee, see whether it be well with thy brethren, and well with the flocks; and bring me word again. So he sent him out of the vale of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.

15 And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou?

16 And he said, I seek my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they feed their flocks.
  • Notice Joseph was separate from his brothers
17 And the man said, They are departed hence; for I heard them say, Let us go to Dothan. And Joseph went after his brethren, and found them in Dothan.
  • Dothan = On the high road to Egypt for caravans from the East.
18 And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him.
  • They wanted to kill him, they were jealous of him
  • Matthew 27:1 When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:
    2 And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.
    3 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
    4 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.
    5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.
19 And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh.
  • They said this dreamer = Hebrew master (or lord, Baal) of dreams = they were lying against their brother
20 Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams.
  • They were so jealous of Joseph they were willing to kill him and lie how it happen
  • And = emphasizing the deliberateness of their actions.
21 And Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, Let us not kill him.
  • Reuben knew what it would to to their father if they killed him
22 And Reuben said unto them, Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, and lay no hand upon him; that he might rid him out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again.
  •  Reuben said unto them don't kill Joseph
23 And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stript Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colours that was on him;

24 And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it.

25 And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a company of Ishmeelites came from Gilead with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt.
  • Genesis 37:28 Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.
  • Genesis 37:36 And the Midianites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh's, and captain of the guard.
  • Ishmael was the son of Abraham by Hagar
  • Genesis 16:11 And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the Lord hath heard thy affliction.
    12 And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.
  • Midian the son of Abraham by Keturah
  • Genesis 25:2 And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah.
  • They were mixed together, and were distinguished only by their nose rings.
  • Judges 8:24 And Gideon said unto them, I would desire a request of you, that ye would give me every man the earrings of his prey. (For they had golden earrings, because they were Ishmaelites.)
    25 And they answered, We will willingly give them. And they spread a garment, and did cast therein every man the earrings of his prey.
  • Genesis 24:47 And I asked her, and said, Whose daughter art thou? And she said, The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bare unto him: and I put the earring upon her face, and the bracelets upon her hands.
  • Genesis 35:4 And they gave unto Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hand, and all their earrings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem.
26 And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood?
  • Judah was thinking about how he could profit off his brother
27 Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh. And his brethren were content.
  • Judah said, sell him = A Judas sold Joseph, and a Judas sold Christ. Slaves were in great demand in Egypt.
  • Were content = hearkened.
28 Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.
  • Genesis 37:25 And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a company of Ishmeelites came from Gilead with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt.
  • They = Joseph's brethren.
  • Twenty = The number of disappointed expectancy.
  • Midianites = Midian the son of Abraham by Keturah
  • Ishmeelites = the Arabs nations = Ishmael was the son of Abraham by Hagar
  • Where they were mixed together, and were distinguished only by their nose rings.
29 And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes.
  • Reuben = didn't have a part in this. Reuben rent his clothes
30 And he returned unto his brethren, and said, The child is not; and I, whither shall I go?
  • Go = go in, as though to hide himself
31 And they took Joseph's coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood;
  • Reuben didn't do anything to help his brother, he when along with his brothers to sell Joseph
32 And they sent the coat of many colours, and they brought it to their father; and said, This have we found: know now whether it be thy son's coat or no.

33 And he knew it, and said, It is my son's coat; an evil beast hath devoured him; Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces.
  • To emphasize the successive steps in Jacob's grief.
  • Without doubt = "tearing he has been torn"
  • By the blood of a kid, as he had deceived his father with the skin of a kid
  • Genesis 37:16 And he said, I seek my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they feed their flocks.
34 And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days.

35 And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted; and he said, For I will go down into the grave unto my son mourning. Thus his father wept for him.
  • All his daughters, put for all his female relatives and granddaughters.
36 And the Midianites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh's, and captain of the guard.
  • This was God's plan, God's going to put Joseph where He wants him
  • Potiphar = consecrated to Ra: one of the gods of lower Egypt.
  • Captain of the guard = had charge of police, as well as military duties.
  • 2 Kings 25:8 And in the fifth month, on the seventh day of the month, which is the nineteenth year of king Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, came Nebuzar-adan, captain of the guard, a servant of the king of Babylon, unto Jerusalem:
  • 2 Kings 25:11 Now the rest of the people that were left in the city, and the fugitives that fell away to the king of Babylon, with the remnant of the multitude, did Nebuzar–adan the captain of the guard carry away.
  • 2 Kings 25:20 And Nebuzar–adan captain of the guard took these, and brought them to the king of Babylon to Riblah:
 
Exactly 2520 years from the exile of Benjamin, Iceland became an independent nation.
 
  The first tribe to be conquered by the Assyrians was Manasseh, in 745 B.C. Exactly 2520 years later America became a nation on July 4, 1776.

(Leviticus. 26: 28-46) God warned Israel that if they persisted in continually breaking His Laws, not only would curses come upon them.

He would punish them for seven times, (a time being 360 years, seven times would be 2520 years) and would banish them from the land of Palestine and scatter them among the heathens (like lost sheep)

• Study the book: Abrahamic Covenant, (A study outline of the identity of God's people) By E. Raymond Capt - page 25
 
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