Jeremiah 33-34

Jeremiah 33-34

Chapter 33: The Seed of David

Word comes to Jeremiah in prison. Israel and Judah will be restored to the favour of God, so all the world shall be astonished. A Lord of righteousness shall gown from the branch of David, ensuring happiness and stability under his government. The Lord assures us; “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” (Jeremiah 33:3)

Chapter 34: The Jews will be scattered

Word comes to Jeremiah while Zedekiah is fighting against Babylon. Judah will be given to the Babylonians, yet Zedekiah shall die in peace. A further prophecy reproving the Jews for their conduct towards their Hebrew slaves. With whom they released in times of danger, but compelled to return to bondage when they thought the danger over. God threatens them with the sword, pestilence, and famine, and with the return of the Chaldeans.

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 13-15

Genesis 13-15

Chapter 13: Abram’s Seed

Abram leaves Egypt with Lot and Sarai. We learn that Abram was a very wealthy man, with lots of cattle, silver and gold. They return to the place where they were before reaching Egypt, between Beth-el and Hai, where he had built an altar unto the Lord.

Lot’s herdmen and Abram’s herdmen get into a fight and Abram asks Lot (to avoid more contention and fighting) to just go his own way, Lot decides this is best as well and he separates from Abram. Lot journeys to the plain of Jordan, and Abram stays behind in the land of Canaan.  Abram pitches his tent toward Sodom, which we learn is full of wickedness and sin.

Once Lot and Abram were separated, God tells Abram that his seed will be numbered as the dust of the earth. God tells Abram that he can have any land he wants, and he decides to go to the plain of Mamre in Hebron, where he builds an altar unto the Lord.

Chapter 14: Melchizedek and Abram

In the days of…

  • Amraphel king of Shinar
  • Arioch king of Ellasar
  • Chedorlaomer king of Elam
  • Tidal king of the nations

Started war with…

  • Bera king of Sodom
  • Birsha king of Gomorrah
  • Shinab king of Admah
  • Shemeber king of Zebojim
  • Zoar king of Bela.

For twelve years they served Chedorlaomer, but in the thirteenth year they rebelled.

This battle goes on for a while, known as the “Battle of the kings”

They took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and Lot and all his goods. When Abram finds out that his nephew Lot was taken captive he takes 318 of his own men and pursues them into Dan. He continues to pursue them until he has all the goods and all the goods of Lot, Lot and his women.

Melchizedek, the king of Salem comes forth to bless Abram and breaks bread and brings wine to bless them, as he was a high priest of God. Abram gives Melchizedek tithes.

Chapter 15: Abram Receives Offspring

Abram is a little upset, because he has no offspring. He asks God in a vision why he cannot have offspring, the Lord re-assures him that if he can count the number of stars in heaven… so shall the number of his offspring be.