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 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 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!

Genesis 10-12

Genesis 10-12

Chapter 10: The Generation of Noah

These are the families of the sons of Noah, divided into nations after the flood.

  • Japeth begat: Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meschech and Tiras.
    • Gomer begat: Ashkenaz, Riphath, Togarmah,.
    • Javan begat: Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, Dodanim.
    • Ham begat: Cush, Mizraim, Phut, Canaan.
      • Canaan begat: Sidon, Heth, Jebusite, Amorite, Girgasite, Hivite, Arkite, Sinite, Arvadite, Zemarite, Hamathite.
        • The border of the Canaanites was from Sidon to Gerar unto Gaza, Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboim and Lasha.
  • Mizraim begat: Ludim, Anamim, Lehabim, Naphtuhim, Pathrusim, Casluhim, Caphtorim.
    • Casluhim begat: Philistim
  • Cush begat: Nimrod, Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah and Sabtecha
    • Raamah begat: Sheba and Dedan
    • Shem begat: Eber,Elam, Asshur, Arphaxad, Lud, Aram.
      • Aram begat: Uz, Hul, Gether, Mash
      • Arphaxad begat: Salah
        • Salah begat: Eber
          • Eber begat: Peleg and Joktan (and in his days the earth was divided, pangea?)
            • Joktan begat: Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah, Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah, Obaj, Abimael, Sheba, Ophir, Havilah, Jobab.
            • The dwelling of the family of Joktan was from Mesh to Sephar a mountain in the east.

Chapter 11: One Language/The Tower of Babel

We learn that all men on the earth spoke the same language. The people go to the land of Shinar and decide to build a city and a tower out of bricks to reach heaven. God goes down and confounds their language and causes them to not understand each other’s speech. The city and the tower is named “Babel”. God scatters the people all over the world. Remember the Jaredites in the Book of Mormon? They came from the time of the scattering of the Tower of Babel! This was after the world was “separated” as well, meaning that the Jaredites came over across the sea, and landed somewhere in the South/Central America that we know today. Some scholars say that the Jaredites left the Tower of Babel and landed somewhere in current day Peru.

  • Eber begat Peleg:
    • Peleg begat: Reu
      • Reu begat: Serug
        • Serug begat: Nahor
          • Nahor begat: Terah
            • Terah begat: Abram, Nahor, Haran
              • Haran begat: Lot, Milcah and Iscah
              • Abram and Nahor got married; the name of Abram’s wife was Sarai; the name of Nahor’s wife was Milcah the daughter of Haran.Abram’s wife, Sarai was barren and unable to have children. Terah, took Abram, Lot, Sarai and went forth to Ur to the land of Canaan, unto Haran to dwell there. Terah dies at the age of 205.

Chapter 12: Abram the Great Nation

God tells Abram that he and his decedents will be greatly blessed. God commands Abram to leave from his family and go to a land that he will show him. Abram does as the Lord commands and takes his wife Sarai and his nephew, the son of Lot. They travel through the land of Canaan, through a place called Sichem and the plain of Moreh. Then passing through a mountain east of Beth-el and Hai on the east. Abram and Sarai go down to Egypt and tells her to tell anyone who asks that he is her brother, so that he will not be killed. Because the men in Egypt would take a liking to Sarai, because she was fair. When they arrive in Egypt, Pharaoh sees Sarai and desires to marry her, but Abram causes plagues Pharaoh and his house because of this. Pharaoh finds out that Abram is the husband of Sarai and commands them both to leave.