Summary of Genesis

Summary of Genesis

Chapter by Chapter:

Genesis 1-3: The Creation/The Creation Complete: Adam and Eve Live/The Devil Tempts Eve and She Did Eat
Genesis 4-6: Cain and Abel/The Generation of Adam/Noah and the Ark
Genesis 7-9: The Flood/The Flood is Over/Multiply and Replenish the Earth
Genesis 10-12: Generation of Noah/One Language: The Tower of Babel/Abram: The Great Nation
Genesis 13-15: Abram’s Seed/Melchezidek and Abram/Abram Recieves Offspring
Genesis 16-18: Hagar and Ishmael/Abrahamic Covenant/Sarah is Promised a Son
Genesis 19-21: Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah/Abimelech and Sarah/Abraham and Abimelech
Genesis 22-24: Sacrifice of Abraham/Sarah Dies/Isaac’s Wife
Genesis 25-27: Descendants of Abraham/Prosperity of Isaac/Jacob is Blessed
Genesis 28-30: Seed of Jacob/Jacob Loves Rachel/Rachel Conceives
Genesis 31-33: Laban and Jacob make peace/Face to Face/Reconciliation between Esau and Jacob
Genesis 34-36: Defiled Dinah/God blesses Jacob/Generation of Esau
Genesis 37-39: Joseph Sold into Egypt/Judah and Tamar/Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife
Genesis 40-42: Joseph Interprets Dreams/Joseph:Interpretor/Governor/Joseph’s Brothers go to get corn
Genesis 43-45: The brothers of Joseph and Benjamin/Joseph’s Cup/Joseph’s Brother’s See Joseph
Genesis 46-48: Jacob and His family in Egypt/Joseph Sells into Egypt/Jacob Believes Ephraim and Manasseh
Genesis 49-50: Prophecy about the Generation of Jacob/God will bring Israel out of Egypt
  • God creates the world in six days and rests on the seventh (what we know today as the Sabbath on Sunday), because God consecrated this day, as a day of rest.
  • Adam and Eve are placed in the Garden of Eden, they are tempted by Satan and kicked out of the garden. From this point forward men would have to work to return to God’s presence.
  • After time God sees that what he once called “good” (referring to the earth an its inhabitants) are now wicked. God sends a flood to destroy all life on earth, except Noah, his family and 7 of each clean animal and 2 of every other animal. Men continue to sin, but God promises to never flood the earth again (this promise is represented by the rainbow).
  • God instructs Abram (later Abraham) and his wife Sarai (later Sarah) to depart from Meopotamia and travel to the land of Canaan. God makes a covenant with Abram that his descendents will be without number. Circumcision is instituted as a sign of the covenant.
  • Sarah becomes barren and without child. Sarah tells Abraham to have a child with her handmaid Hagar. Ishmael is born. Sarah also bares a son and names him Isaac. Isaac is granted the promises of the first born (even though he was born second). Hagar and Ishmael are driven into the wilderness, but God promises to make Ishmael into a great nation.
  • God contemplates destroying the city of Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham prays that God not destroy the city, because of the righteous. God tells him that if he can find 10 righteous men, he will not destroy the city. Abraham’s nephew Lot is saved by angels sent from God, to remove him from the city, because God destroys Sodom and Gomorrah with fire from heaven.
  • God test Abraham, by commanding him to sacrifice his only son. Abraham does as he is told, but an Angel (sent by God) stops him before he kills his son. God promises numberless descendants. Abraham purchases a cave “Machpelah” to bury his wife Sarah.
  • Abraham sends one of his servants to Mesopotamia to find a wife for Isaac, the servant brings back Rebekah and Isaac and her get married.
  • Abraham also dies and is buried in the tomb he purchased, he is buried with Sarah.
  • Isaac’s wife becomes barren. Isaac prays to God and Rebekah gives birth to twins: Esau and Jacob. Through deception Jacob gets firstborn blessing from his father.
  • Jacob flees to see his uncle, Laban. He works for Laban and marries two of Laban’s daughters: Rachel and Leah.
  • Jacobs name is changed to Israel
  • Jacob has twelve sons with Rachel and Leah – these are the “12 Tribes of Israel”
  • Jacob/Israel’s favorite son Joseph is hated by his brother and by his brother’s hands he is sold into Egypt as a slave.
  • Joseph becomes powerful (almost on the same level as Pharaoh) and because of a famine he prospers greatly in Egypt.
  • Joseph brings his family to Egypt and makes them prosperous as well, Pharaoh gives them the land of Goshen.
  • Jacob/Israel calls his children to his beside, where he gives each one a blessing and reveals their future. Jacob dies and is buried in the family tomb in Machpelah.
  • Joseph lives to see his grandchildren and then dies.

Genesis 49-50

Genesis 49-50

Chapter 49: Prophecy about Generation of Jacob

                Jacob blesses his children; he tells Reuben, Simeon and Levi that they are “unstable as water”, that they shall not “excel” and that they are instruments of “cruelty”.

                He praises Judah and foretells of the second coming of Christ.“…until Shiloh come…” (Genesis 49:10), “Shiloh” meaning “to whom it belongs” – referring to the throne of Jesus.

  • Zebulum – shall dwell at the haven of the sea, border unto Zidon.
  • Issachar – is strong
  • Dan- shall judge his people as one of the tribes of Israel
  • Gad- a troop shall overcome him, but he shall succeed.
  • Asher- his bread shall be fat.
  • Naphtali- gives good words
  • Joseph- is a fruitful vineyard, whose branches shall run over the wall. This is speaking of the Nephites and Lamanites of the Book of Mormon.

                Jacob chooses to be buried with his family in the land of Canaan. He “gives up the ghost” and dies.

Chapter 50: God will bring Israel out of Egypt

Joseph weeps over the death of his father and commands that his father be embalmed.  He buries his father in the land of Canaan, in the cave of the field of Machpelah. Joseph dies at the age of 110 years.

Genesis 46-48

Genesis 46-48

Chapter 46: Jacob and his family in Egypt

Jacob/Israel takes his journey to Beersheba, where he offered sacrifices to the Lord. There God speaks to Jacob in the visions of the night, saying: “…fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation.” (Genesis 46:3)

Jacob and his sons travel to Eypt in the wagons that Pharaoh had provided for them. These are the generations that traveled to Egypt:


The sons of Leah and Jacob:

  • Reuben
    • Hanoch
    • Phallu
    • Hezron
    • Carmi
  • Simeon
    • Jemuel
    • Jamin
    • Ohad
    • Jachin
    • Zohar
    • Shaul
  • Levi
    • Gershon
    • Kohath
    • Merari
  • Judah
    • Er
    • Onan
    • Shelah
    • Pharez
    • Zerah
    • Er and Onan died.
  • And all of their sons

The sons of Zilpah:

  • Gad
    • Ziphion
    • Haggi
    • Shuni
    • Ezbon
    • Eri
    • Arodi
    • Areli
  • Asher
    • Jimnah
    • Ishuah
    • Isui
    • Beriah
      • Heber
      • Malchiel
    • Serah

The sons of Rachel:

  • Joseph
    • Manasseh
    • Ephraim
  • Benjamin
    • Belah
    • Becher
    • Ashbel
    • Gera
    • Naaman
    • Ehi
    • Rosh
    • Muppim
    • Huppim
    • Ard

The sons of Bilhah:

  • Dan
    • Hushim
  • Naphtali
    • Jahzeel
    • Guni
    • Jezer
    • Shillem

Chapter 47: Joseph Sells to Egypt

Pharaoh tells Joseph to have his family dwell in the land of Goshen and provide some of his servants to watch over his flock in Goshen. Jacob meets Pharaoh, and he asks Jacob how old he is. Jacob responds 130 years old.  Jacob blesses Pharaoh.

The famine continues in the land of Egypt and there was no bread throughout all of the land, save it be in the land of Egypt, under the control of Joseph and Pharaoh. So the people throughout the land go in unto Joseph to buy bread, but soon “money faileth”, and the people trade cattle/flock and all their possessions for bread. But only after a few years the land is desolate, with only the people and the land. So the people of the land tell Joseph that if they give them bread then they will give up their land to Pharaoh and become his servants. So they do this throughout the time of the famine.

Joseph gives the people seed to plant in the land, and tells them that because they were delivered from the famine that from this day forward they had to give 1/5 of all their increase to Pharaoh. The only part of the land of Egypt that was not sold to Pharaoh, was that of the priests who received a portion of the food, and therefore did not have to sell their land. Jacob/Israel dwelt in the land of Goshen near Egypt and all the days of his life were 147 years.

Jacob speaks with Joseph and makes him promise that he will be buried in the land of Canaan among his fathers.

Chapter 48: Jacob Blesses Ephraim and Manasseh

Joseph is told that his father Jacob is sick, so he brings his two sons; Ehpraim and Manaseh to see him. Jacob tells Joseph that he had seen God in the land of Canaan and the Lord had told him that he would make him fruitful and he would multiply his seed. Joseph shows Jacob his two grandsons and Jacob blesses them by the laying on of hands (see Genesis 48:14-16). Joseph gets a little upset when Jacob puts his son Ehpraim on the right hand side (because normally the firstborn would get the blessing and be on the right hand side; in this case Manasseh). Joseph thinks at first that maybe Jacob does not know which one is the firstborn, so Joseph tries to correct him, but Jacob stops him and tells him he knows which one is the firstborn, but that Ephraim would be greater than his older brother. He assures Joseph, that his son Manasseh will be great to, but not as great as Ephraim. Jacob therefore sets Ephraim before Manasseh.

Genesis 43-45

Genesis 43-45

Chapter 43: The Brothers of Joseph and Benjamin

Jacob/Israel tells his sons that they need to go down to Egypt again to buy corn, because they had run out of food.

The sons tell their father that they must go down to Egypt with Benjamin, because Joseph had told them that he would not show his face, unless they brought their younger brother. Jacob/Israel agrees and lets his sons go on their journey to Egypt. They bring with them enough money for double the amount of corn that they bought last time + enough to pay for the corn from the last time (because after getting the corn the first time, they saw that the money was still in their bags). When they arrive to Egypt and see Joseph, Joseph sees that they had brought Benjamin and tell one of his servants to make ready for lunch, because he wanted them to eat with him.

When Joseph’s brothers get taken into his house they start to get nervous that they would be killed or made into slaves. Joseph’s brothers plead with him and tell him that they had brought the money back (and swore that they did not know the money was in their bags when they left/they didn’t know that they hadn’t paid for the corn the first time). Joseph assures them that he had gotten the money the first time and if they still had money, then it must have been a gift from God.

Joseph asks how their father is, asks about his health. Joseph spends some time eating with his brothers.

Chapter 44: Joseph’s Cup

Joseph commands his servants to fill up his brother’s sacks with as much food as each of them can carry. He also commands them to place all the money they brought back into the sacks and in the youngest (Benjamin) he placed a silver cup. Joseph then sends them on their way back to the Land of Canaan, but has his servants pursue after them until they catch up with them and accuse them of stealing the money and the silver cup.

They are brought back before Joseph and Joseph tells them that Benjamin will basically become a slave because he stole from him. Joseph’s brothers plead with Joseph and tell him that if they do not return with Benjamin that it will kill their father (Jacob/Israel). Judah offers to take the place of his brother, so that he will not have the guilt of killing his father.

Chapter 45: Joseph’s Brothers SEE Joseph.

Joseph, standing amongst his brothers could no longer resist in keeping his identity a secret. Joseph screams out to them, telling him “…I am Joseph; doth my father yet live?” (Genesis 45:3)

                When his brothers see him and know that it is Joseph, they stand amazed. Joseph must have also seen fear in their eyes, because he tells them: “…be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither; for God did send me before you to preserve your life. For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in which there shall neither be earing nor harvest” (Genesis  45:5-6)

                Joseph’s fame catches ear of Pharaoh, and he tells Joseph to send for his father and his entire family that they might come down to Egypt and dwell with him in the Land of Goshen. Joseph and his brothers embrace each other and cry on each other’s shoulders with JOY!

Joseph’s brothers travel back to the Land of Canaan with wagons of food and goods, and when they tell Jacob/Israel he can hardly believe it. But after seeing all the goods they had with them he believes them and shouts “…my son is yet alive: I will go and see him before I die” (Genesis 45:28)

Genesis 40-42

Genesis 40-42

Chapter 40: Joseph Interprets Dreams

After Joseph was thrown into prison, two chiefs of the Pharaoh; the Baker and Butler offended Pharoah and they too were thrown into prison and under the watch of Joseph. While the Butler and the Baker were in the prison, they both dreamed dreams.

They both are sad and Joseph asks them why they were sad, and they both tell him because of their dreams. Joseph then asks them if he could hear them and interpret them.

The Butler’s Dream:

He beheld a vine that had three branches, each of these branches brought forth ripe grapes. The Butler said that in his dream, he had Pharaoh’s cup and he took the grapes and pressed them into the cup and gave the juice to Pharaoh.

Joseph’s Interpretation:

  • The three branches = 3 days until Pharaoh restores him to his position and takes him from the prison.
  • The cup represents his restoration back to his position as Butler.
  • Joseph tells the Butler to make great mention of him, so that he too can be delivered from the prison.

When the Baker sees that the interpretation of the Butler’s dream is good, he asks Joseph to interpret his dream as well.

The Baker’s Dream:

In the dream the Baker had three white baskets on his head (one on top of another) and on the highest one, it was filled with all manner of baked goods for Pharaoh, and birds did not attempt to eat them.

Joseph’s Interpretation:

  • The three baskets = 3 days until Pharaoh lifts up his head and has him hanged on a tree.
  • The birds shall not eat the baked goods, because instead they will eat his flesh.

Three days later; it was the Pharaoh’s birthday and there was great feasts. Just like Joseph had told the Butler and the Baker, Joseph lifted up the Butler and restored him to his former place, and the Baker was hanged. However the chief Butler did not remember Joseph and therefore did not mention him to Pharaoh.

Chapter 41: Joseph: Interpreter/Governor

Two years has passed and Pharaoh has a dream:

In the dream he stood by a river, out of the river came seven well favored kine (cattle) that we fat fleshed, and they went and fed in the meadow. As those kine fed in the meadow, 7 more kine came out from the river, which were ill favoured and lean fleshed. These kine stood by the other kine in the meadow, on the bank of the river. The ill-favored (skinny) kine did eat  the well favored (fat) kine, and this caused Pharaoh to awake from his dream.

Then Pharaoh went back to sleep, and dreamed a second time. In this second dream he sees seven ears of corn that came up on one stalk that were full and good. Then seven thin ears of corn blasted from the east wind after them and did devour the seven full good ears of corn. Pharaoh awakes from his dream.

Pharaoh was troubled because of his dreams and calls to him all the magicians and wise men of the land to come forth and attempt to interpret his dream, but none could. Then the Butler raised his voice and remembered that he had forgotten about Joseph. So Joseph is quickly taken from prison, shaved and given new clothes to go before Pharaoh. Pharaoh explains his dreams one more time to Joseph.

Joseph tells Pharaoh that with God he can interpret his dream and give him peace.

                Joseph’s Interpretation:

  • The two dreams Pharaoh dreamt are one dream.
  • The 7 kine and the 7 ears of corn = 7 years.
  • The 7 thin (empty) ears of corn will be 7 years of famine.
  • There will be 7 years of plenty in the land of Egypt, followed by 7 years of horrible famine, where the plenty shall not be known.
  • The dream was doubled because it will be established by God and God will shortly bring it to pass. (Essentially emphasizing the importance to Pharaoh.
  • Joseph tells Pharaoh that he needs to put someone in charge that is a Godly man to ensure that they gather as much food as possible in one part of Egypt to make sure that they do not perish in the upcoming famine.

                Pharaoh appoints Joseph to this position as Governor of the land, having almost as much power as Pharaoh himself.

Joseph receives many riches, a chariot and a wife by the name of “Asenath”, Pharaoh also calls Jacob “Zaphnath-paaneah”, all at the age of 30.

Joseph begins his work, to collect and store as much food as possible for the upcoming famine. Joseph manages to collect so much food, that they compare it to the sands of the sea… without number. During this time of collection and storage, Joseph fathers two sons; Manasseh and Ephraim.

The major famine comes and all the land goes unto Pharaoh, telling him of their hunger. Joseph opens the store houses and sells them food, surrounding lands also come to Egypt to buy food.

Chapter 42: Joseph’s brothers go to get corn

Joseph’s brothers are sent to Egypt by Jacob/Israel to buy corn. When they go before Joseph, they bow their heads before him and ask for corn. Joseph recognizes his brothers, but his brothers do not recognize Joseph.

Joseph plays with them a little bit and tells them that he thinks their real intentions are spies in the land of Egypt. He takes one of his brothers and throws them in prison and sends the rest of them back to Jacob/Israel to get the other brother.


Genesis 37-39

Genesis 37-39

Chapter 37: Joseph Sold into Egypt

Jacob/Israel dwelt in the land of Canaan and loved Joseph more than all of his sons. Because Israel loved Joseph more than all of his other sons (the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah), his other sons despised Joseph because they were jealous.

Israel even gave Joseph a special coat, a coat of many colors. Joseph has a dream that his brothers would bow down to him and this upset everyone. Joseph’s brothers are in the land of Shechem feeding their father’s flock and Israel tells him to go and help them.

Joseph journey’s after his brothers, and when he cannot find them in the field a man tells him that they went down to Dotham, so he travels there, but as he travels his brothers look off from a distance and conspire to kill Joseph. So as Joseph approaches him, they take his coat from him and desire that he be placed into a pit in the wilderness, then cover the coat with sheep’s blood and tell Israel that he was devoured by a wild beast.

After they throw him in the pit, they sit and eat bread, when they notice some Ishmeelite merchants from Gilead coming towards them. So they decide to sell Joseph to these merchants. They sell him for twenty pieces of silver, and they bring Joseph to Egypt. Later he gets sold to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh’s in Egypt.

When Joseph’s brothers bring Israel the bloody coat and tell him that he was killed by wild beasts in the wilderness, Israel mourns for many days.

Chapter 38: Judah and Tamar

Judah goes down to a Canaanite named Shuah and lies with her and she bares a son named: Er. Then she conceives again and they name the son: Onan. Then she conceives yet again and bares a son and they name the son: Shelah.

Er marries Tamar and does evil in the sight of the Lord and the Lord slays him. Onan by custom would then come in and marry his brother’s widow, to raise seed unto Er. Well Onan does not like this and makes sure that Tamar cannot get pregnant, by “spilling his seed on the ground” (see Genesis 38:8-10), what Onan does, displeases the Lord and he is also slain by the Lord.

Now that Tamar is a widow with no one to take care of her, she is invited to come and live with her father, until Shelah is old enough to marry her. But when Shelah is old enough, Judah does not permit him to marry Tamar. During this time Judah’s wife also dies, so Judah takes a trip to where his sheep are being sheered and by the roadside Tamar disguises herself as a prostitute (because she knew that Judah would be coming that way).

So Judah asks this “prostitute” (not knowing that the “prostitute” was Tamar) to sleep with him, and Tamar asks him: “…What wilt thou give unto me, that thou mayest come in unto me?” (Genesis 38:16), Judah responds: “…I will send thee a kid from the flock (a young goat)… what pledge shall I give thee?” (Genesis 38:17-18) Tamar the “prostitute” asks for his signet, bracelets and staff, because it had his seal on it. Then she “lies” with him and conceives with him.

So, after this Judah sends a friend to bring this “prostitute” her young goats and to collect his things, but cannot find her anywhere. Judah gives up the search, for fear that he be ridiculed. But 3 months later he finds that Tamar is pregnant and commands that she be burnt and Tamar tells him here are the things of the man that I slept with. Judah realizes that it was him and Tamar does not get burnt. Judah also realizes that he was in the wrong, because he never had Shelah marry Tamar. Tamar bares two sons (twins), Pharez and Zarah.

Chapter 39: Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife

Joseph was brought down to Egypt and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh buys him from the Ishmeelites. Potiphar sees that the Lord is with Joseph and makes him the overseer of his house. Joseph was a good person and was highly favored. But Potiphar’s wife noticed Joseph and repeatedly asks him to “lie” with her, thus committing adultery.

After several failed attempts by Potiphar’s wife, because Joseph resisted her every single time. Potiphar’s wife grabs his garment as he fled from her one day and falsely accuses Joseph of wanting to lie with her. Potiphar finds out about this and sends Joseph to prison.

But the Lord looked out for Joseph and made the keeper of the prison realize how great Joseph was, and gave him the power to run/control the prison and the prisoners.


Genesis 34-36

Genesis 34-36

Chapter 34: Defiled Dinah

Dinah (one of the daughters of Jacob) goes out to meet the women of the land, when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite who was the prince of his country see Dinah. Shechem likes Dinah and decides to sleep with her or as the bible says “lay with her”.  Jacob hears that Dinah has been defiled by Shechem and holds his peace. Shechem’s father goes out and meets Jacob to ask about arranging a marriage between his son Shechem and Jacob’s daughter Dinah and even says that his people and Jacob’s people could become one, by marrying each other’s daughters.

Jacob agrees with one condition, that all the males of the land be circumcised, and if they refuse then they cannot marry the daughters of Jacob. Hamor and his people discuss this and agree that Jacob’s people are peaceable and that they desired to do business, trades and selling/buying of land in each other’s cities. All and all they seem to be going along with this idea.

However, two of Jacob’s sons; Levi and Simeon decide that Shechem should be punished for defiling their sister (like brothers should look out for their sister) they go to their land and kill Hamor and Shechem with their sword and take Dinah back to their land. When Jacob finds out what they had done, he gets a little nervous, worrying that they might retaliate and that they would be bigger in number. When Jacob asks his sons why they had done this, they respond by saying something to the effect of “and let our sister be treated like a whore?”

Chapter 35: God Blesses Jacob

God tells Jacob to go to Bethel and make an altar unto him. The Lord appears unto Jacob and re-affirms that his new name will be Israel and that he will still have a great nation be born of him. Jacob sets up his altar and makes a drink offering, which included oil.

Rachel  conceives a new son and calls him Ben-oni, but the labor what difficult and she dies while giving birth, Jacob names his son: Benjamin. Rachel is buried in Ephrath which is at Beth-lehem, underneath a pillar that Jacob built.

The sons of Jacob where twelve (12):

  • The sons of Leah: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun
  • The sons of Rachel: Joseph, Benjamin
  • The sons of Bilhah (Rachel’s handmaid): Dan, Naphtali
  • The sons of Zilpah (Leah’s handmaid): Gad, Asher

All of these twelve sons, were born to Jacob in the land of Padan-aram. Chapter 35 ends with the death of Isaac, Esau and Jacob bury him.

Chapter 36: Generation of Esau

The generations of Esau, who is “Edom” (See Genesis 25:30):

Esau’s children:

  • The children of Adah the wife of Esau:
    • Eliphaz
      • Duke Teman
      • Duke Omar
      • Duke Zepho
      • Duke Gatam
      • Duke Kenaz
      • Duke Amalek
  • The children of Aholibamah the wife of Esau:
    • Duke Jeush
    • Duke Jaalam
    • Duke Korah
  • The children of Bashemath the wife of Esau:
    • Reuel
      • Duke Nahath
      • Duke Zerah
      • Duke Shammah
      • Duke Mizzah

The children of Seir, the Horite in the land of Seir:

  • Duke Lotan
    • Hori
    • Hemam
  • Duke Shobal
    • Alvan
    • Manahath
    • Ebal
    • Shepo
    • Onam
  • Duke Zibeon
    • Ajah
    • Anah
  • Duke Anah
    • Dishon
    • Ahoblibamah
  • Duke Dishon
    • Hemdan
    • Eshban
    • Ithran
    • Cheran
  • Duke Ezer
    • Bilhan
    • Zaavan
    • Akan
  • Duke Dishan
    • Uz
    • Aran

The kings that reigned in the land of Edom:

  • Bela the son of Beor
  • Jobab the son of Zerah
  • Husham of the land of Temani
  • Hadad the son of Bedad who smote Midian in the field of Moab, the name of his city was Avith.
  • Samlah of Masrekah
  • Saul of Rehoboth by the river.
  • Baal-hanan the son of Achbor.
  • Hadar, the name of his city was Pau, his wife’s name was Mehetabel the daughter of Mezahab.

The names of the Dukes that came of Esau:

  • Duke Timnah
  • Duke Alvah
  • Duke Jetheth
  • Duke Aholibamah
  • Duke Pinon
  • Duke Kenaz
  • Duke Teman
  • Duke Mibzar
  • Duke Magdiel
  • Duke Iram

Esau is the father of the Edomites.

Genesis 31-33

Genesis 31-33

Chapter 31: Jacob and Laban make Peace.

The Lord commands Jacob to go to Canaan, so Jacob leaves secretly in the middle of the night with all of his belongings and his wives (the daughters of Laban). Laban, after finding out that they had fled secretly in the night, pursues them.

Later Laban catches up to Jacob, but at that same place they make peace. They make a covenant with each other that they will be peaceful, they make an altar/pillar to symbolize their covenant; they call this pillar: Galeed. Laban blesses his descendants and parts from the company and heads home.

Chapter 32: Face to Face

Jacob sees an Angel and asks God to preserve him from his brother Esau. Jacob invited his brother to try and make peace with him, but a servant told him that he was coming to meet him, but bringing an army of 400 men to meet with him. Jacob prepares presents for when Esau comes and pleads with God, because he fears his brother Esau. Jacob even has his stuff split in half, so that if Esau falls on one group with half his stuff, the other group with the other half of his stuff can flee.

In the scriptures it says that Jacob crossed a river with his wives and children and sent them away with what he had with him at the time. It then says that he wrestled all night with a man, who we can say was either a servant/angel of God, or God himself. They wrestled so hard that Jacob’s “hollow of the thigh” or hip was out of place. The man tells Jacob to let him go, and he says he will not let him go until he receives a blessing from him. The man tells him that he will no longer be called Jacob, but Israel from now on. Because as Israel, he has power with God and with men. “Wrestling” most likely means that he “wrestled in prayer” with God or something to that effect. Israel receives a blessing from the Lord; and Jacob/Israel calls the place where he was “Peniel, because he said; “…for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.” (Genesis 32:30-31)

From that day forward the children of Israel did not eat of the sinew (tendon) that connects to the hip. I find this very interesting, that Jacob/Israel spoke to/saw God FACE TO FACE!  Especially in a world that has religions that say “no man has seen/ nor ever will see God”, how false is that! The scriptures prove otherwise. God is the same yesterday, today, tomorrow and forever! If he called prophets and spoke to man in ancient times, he speaks and a calls prophet today… nothing has changed! I can testify that God has already called a prophet, and through that prophet Jesus Christ re-established (restored) his church on the earth again, today. God continues to call prophets and today, we have a living prophet of God on the earth.

Chapter 33: Reconciliation Between Esau and Jacob

Jacob meets Esau and urges him to take his presents, even though Esau refused,  because he had enough. When Esau meets Jacob he embraces him, hugs and kisses him and they make peace. Jacob tells Esau that he saw the face of God, just like he sees his face. So we know that Jacob really did see God’s face, and it was like man’s face. Because remember, God created man in HIS IMAGE! So God is also like a man! Jacob settles in Canaan and builds an altar to God; calling it: “El-elohe-Israel”

Genesis 28-30

Genesis 28-30

Chapter 28: Seed of Jacob

Isaac blesses Jacob and commands him to get married, but not unto a Canaanite. He tells Jacob to go to Padan-aram to the house of Beuthel and marry one of the daughters of Laban (essentially his cousins). Esau sees that Jacob received his  father’s blessing and that his father did not want him to marry a Canaanite. So Esau goes and marries one of the daughters of Ishmael.

Jacob has a vision of a ladder reaching into heaven, he saw angels descending and ascending the ladder into heaven. Jacob sees the Lord and the Lord tells him that his seed shall be of the dust of the earth in number.

Jacob promises to pay 1/10 of all his earnings (10% tithe)

Chapter 29: Jacob falls in Love with Rachel

Jacob goes on his journey and finds Rachel at a well, he helps he with giving water to the sheep and kisses her. Rachel runs home to tell her parents and Laban welcomes Jacob with open arms, he asks him if he wants a job and Jacob agrees to work 7 years and after completing the work of 7 years he can marry Rachel.

7 years pass…

Laban holds a party and gives Jacob his oldest daughter to marry; Leah.  Jacob is a little irritated and asks Laban why he has done this to him, basically something like this; “I thought we had agreed, I work 7 years for you and you give me Rachel, not Leah”. Well Laban explains that he cannot marry off his younger daughter before his firstborn. But Laban proposes that Jacob also marry Rachel. He permits the marriage to happen if he gives Leah 1 week and then he can marry Rachel, if he promises to work another 7 years.

1 week passes…

Jacob marries Rachel and loves her more than Leah. God sees that Jacob loves Rachel more than Leah, he makes the womb of Rachel barren. But Leah conceives and bares 4 children;

  • Reuben
  • Simeon
  • Levi
  • Judah

Chapter 30: Rachel Conceives

After Rachel sees the children of her sister, she pleads with Jacob to give her children also. She suggests he marry her handmaid Bilhah and have children by her. Bilhah conceives and bares Jacob a son, his name was Dan. Bilhah conceived a second time and called his name Naphtali. Leah sees that more children are being born and gets jealous and suggests that Jacob marry Zilpah, the handmaid of Leah. Zilpah bares a son and they name the son Gad. Zilpah conceives a second some and names the child Asher.

Leah continues to have more children, she bares another two sons; Issachar and Zebulun, and one daughter; Dinah.

Rachel finally bares a son, and calls his name; Joseph.

Jacob continues to work for Laban for wages of cattle and sheep.

Genesis 25-27

Genesis 25-27

Chapter 25: Descendants of Abraham

Abraham gets married again and marries a woman named Keturah. With Keturah; they have 6 kids with their kids and grandkids:

  • Zimrain
  • Jokshan
    • Sheba
    • Dedan
      • Asshurim
      • Letushim
      • Leummim
      • Medan
      • Midian
        • Ephah
        • Epher
        • Hanoch
        • Abida
        • Eldaah
        • Ishbak
        •  Shuah

Abraham gave all that he had to his son Isaac, but unto his other children he gave a few gifts and sent them away. Abraham dies at the age of 175 (hundred threescore and fifteen years). His sons Isaac and Ishmael bury him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron. This is the same cave that Abraham purchased to bury his wife Sarah. They bury them next to each other. Isaac was blessed by God. The generation of Ishmael is listed in chapter 25 of Genesis:

Ishmael, the son of Hagar (Sarah’s handmaid) and his sons:

  • Nebajoth
  • Kedar
  • Adbeel
  • Mibsam
  • Mishma
  • Dumah
  • Massa
  • Hadar
  • Tema
  • Jetur
  • Naphish
  • Kedemah

These are the 12 princes talked about in Genesis 17:20, which we have already read.

Generations of Isaac:

Isaac and Rebekah try to have children but are unable to do so. Rebekah inquires of the Lord and asks him why she is unable to have children. The Lord says unto her: “…Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.” (Genesis 25:23)

Rebekah has twins, the first child came out red and called his name Esau and then Jacob was born shortly afterwards. Both of Isaac’s sons grew and one became a great hunter and the other was a plain man who enjoyed dwelling in tents. Isaac loved Esau because he was more of a manly man, and Rebekah loved Jacob, because he was at home with her more often.

  • Esau
  • Jacob

Jacob spends the day making some pottage (soup), when his older brother Esau comes in from the field and asks him for some food, because he was weak and tired.

Jacob promises to give his older brother some food, if he agrees to forfeit his birth right, Esau did not care about his birthright because he was hungry and agrees to give it to Jacob to feed his appetite.

Chapter 26: Prosperity of Isaac

The Lord appears unto Isaac and tells him that he is the God of his father and because he was a righteous man and Isaac was a righteous man that he would make his seed multiply as the stars of heaven and the whole earth will be blessed because of Isaac.

Isaac goes up and dwells in Gerar with his wife Rebekah, and when people of Gerar ask him about his wife he tells them that she is his sister. So, he must have learned this trick from his dad, because the same thing happens… except this time the king (king Abimelech) finds Isaac and Rebekah together and must question what they were doing, because he definitely thought they were something else besides brother and sister. Abimelech asks him why, and Isaac tells him because he was worried that someone would kill him and take his wife. So Abimelech tells everyone to not touch Rebekah or Isaac unless they want to die.

Isaac and his servants dig some wells and call them; Esek, Rehoboth, and Shebah. Esau (the son of Isaac) at the age of 40 marries Judith (the daughter of Beeri the Hittite) without the blessing of Isaac or Rebekah.

Chapter 27: Jacob is blessed.

Isaac is on his death bed when he asks his son Esau to go into the wilderness to get him some Venison that he might be able to enjoy one of his last meals, and in trade he promises to bless Esau. Esau agrees and heads out to hunt in the wilderness. Rebekah over hears this and commands Jacob to go get some goats, so she can make Isaac some meat and Jacob can bring it to his father (pretending to be Esau) and receive his blessing. Jacob brings in the meat to his father Isaac and when Isaac asks who he is, he tells them that he is Esau. Jacob receives Esau’s blessing from Isaac and when Esau returns with the Venison he is outraged that Jacob not only stole his birthright, but also his father’s blessing!