Genesis VI, Bible Study 12/14/16


Synopsis of Bible study 12/14/16

Delivered by Bishop Walker


  1. Introduction
  2. This book reveals the 12 tribes of Israel. The narrative around these tribes is not just limited to the Old Testament. It also goes with the New Testament as well.
  3. The children of Israel worked in the fields and they moved often. They didn’t stay in one place very long.
  4. There is a promise of the word of God through Joseph. Genesis 50:25 (NKJV) says 25 Then Joseph took an oath from the children of Israel, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here.” – There was sense that they would get to promise, but they didn’t get there at this point in time in the scripture.


  1. The Birth of Joseph
  2. Rachel’s barrenness
  3. Sarah and Rebekah both were barren. Rachael was barren as well.
  4. Rachael prayed to her husband Jacob. Genesis 30:1-2 (NKJV) 30 Now when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister, and said to Jacob, “Give me children, or else I die!”And Jacob’s anger was aroused against Rachel, and he said, “Am I in the place of God, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?”
    1. Gen 30:1- Rachael says to her husband, that she would give him children or die.
    2. Gen 30:2-God heard Rachael’s prayer and eventually He opens up her womb up.
  5. Genesis 30:23-24 (NKJV) 23 And she conceived and bore a son, and said, “God has taken away my reproach.” 24 So she called his name Joseph,[a] and said, “The Lord shall add to me another son.”- Rachael’s first son was In Hebrew this name means, “God will add or God will bless”.
  6. Jacob has a son by Racheal named Joseph.


  1. Jacobs Departure from Laban’s House.

Genesis 30:25 (NKJV) 25 And it came to pass, when Rachel had borne Joseph, that Jacob said to Laban, “Send me away, that I may go to my own place and to my country. – There is a lot of family drama happening in this setting. Laban has other sons who are in their feelings about Jacob. They felt like Jacob has come and taken a lot of their family inheritance.

  1. Laban is starting to deal differently with Jacob than he did at first.
  2. Laban’s attitude has changed toward Jacob and he starts cheating Jacob, so Jacob makes the decision to leave.
  3. Although they were leaving, Racheal and Leah did not want to leave empty handed. They wanted some of their inheritance. Jacob took all that he had accumulated and started towards his father house. Racheal went back and stole some of Laban’s household idols. Genesis 31:19 (NKJV) 19 Now Laban had gone to shear his sheep, and Rachel had stolen the household idols that were her father’s. – She was determined not to leave empty handed. She took this stuff and hid it among all their belongings.
  4. They are heading out on their way to Jacob’s house. Laban realizes that he has been tricked and as a result, Laban pursues them and he catches up to with them. The whole time he was searching, he never found the household idols.
  5. Laban has a conversation with Jacob. Genesis 31:48-50 (NKJV) 48 And Laban said, “This heap is a witness between you and me this day.” Therefore its name was called Galeed, 49 also Mizpah,[a] because he said, “May the Lord watch between you and me when we are absent one from another. 50 If you afflict my daughters, or if you take other wives besides my daughters, although no man is with us—see, God is witness between you and me!”- Here a father covers his daughter.
  6. Who’s leaving? Jacob, Leah, Rachael, and a bunch of hidden idols.


  • The Reunion of Jacob and Esau
  1. Jacob wrestles with an angel

Genesis 32:6 (NKJV) Then the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, “We came to your brother Esau, and he also is coming to meet you, and four hundred men are with him.” – Jacob is afraid at this point, because he has to meet Esau whom he tricked.

  1. Jacob tells half of his men to go one way and the other half to go the other way. Jacob was then left alone. And there he wrestled with a man until the breaking of day. When the man realizes that he wasn’t going to prevail, he dislocated Jacob’s hip. Jacob had put him in a headlock and wouldn’t let him go. Genesis 32:26 (NKJV) says 26 And He said, “Let Me go, for the day breaks. ”But he said, “I will not let You go unless You bless me!”- This man that wrestled with Jacob was God. Jacob wouldn’t let him go until he blessed him. Do you realize how many people let go of God when they are in pain.

Genesis 32:28 (NKJV) says 28 And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel;[a] for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.”- God changed his name to Israel. God can never elevate you to destiny until you wrestle with him and find out you need him.

  1. After the wrestle, Jacob is left with a limp. Esau sees Jacob coming towards him limping. Jacob is weak in body, but strong in faith.


  1. The Rape of Jacobs Daughter, Dinah
  2. For the first time in scripture, we encounter a rape. Genesis 34:2 (NKJV) And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her and lay with her, and violated her. – The Hebrew word used for took is used the same Hebrew word used in the context of taking a wife or to have intercourse. Shechem took her(raped her), said he loved her, and then asked her to be his wife.
  3. The father of Shechem says to Jacob that his son wanted to marry his daughter. Jacob doesn’t know that Hamor’s son has raped this daughter.
  4. Dinah is terrified, but her bothers know what has happened. While the fathers were trying to negotiate Dinah’s marriage, Simon and Levi, Dinah’s brothers, reminded everyone that in order for them to marry, they had to be circumcised. Genesis 34:14 (NKJV) says 14 And they said to them, “We cannot do this thing, to give our sister to one who is uncircumcised, for that would be a reproach to us. – As a result, all the men were being circumcised. While they were in pain, the brothers Simon and Levi, took swords and took the city unaware and took their sister back who had been


  1. The Death of Rachel
  2. Joseph was Rachael’s first son. The second child she bore, died.
  3. Near Ephrath, Rachel went into a difficult labor with her second son, Benjamin. The midwife told her in the middle of the birth that her child was a boy. Before she died, Rachel named her son Ben Oni (“son of my mourning”), but Jacob called him Ben Yamin (Benjamin).
  4. His name , Ben Oni , means son of my sorrow. Benjamin means “son of my right hand”. Then Jacob renamed him.
  5. Rachael’ dies giving birth to Benjamin. Genesis 35:20 (NKJV) 20 And Jacob set a pillar on her grave, which is the pillar of Rachel’s grave to this day.


  1. The Death of Isaac
  2. Isaac dies at the age of 180 yrs old. Genesis 35:27-29 (NKJV) 27 Then Jacob came to his father Isaac at Mamre, or Kirjath Arba[a] (that is, Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had dwelt. 28 Now the days of Isaac were one hundred and eighty years. 29 So Isaac breathed his last and died, and was gathered to his people, being old and full of days. And his sons Esau and Jacob buried him. – Esau and Jacob buried their father.


  1. The Story of Joseph and Family
  2. Jacob and Esau part ways
  3. Genesis 37:1 (NKJV) says 37 Now Jacob dwelt in the land where his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan.
  4. The story of Joseph is a picture of the son that Jacob loves.
  5. Jacob marries Racheal after Leah. Racheal was barren for years before she could have children. She and Jacob both are old when she finally has children.
  6. This is not Jacobs firstborn, but it is the firstborn of the one he loves (Rachael). Rachael then has a second son Benjamin. Jacob has other kids besides Benjamin.


  1. Jacob Settles in the Land of Canaan
  2. Who is Jacob’s first born child? It is Ruben. Joseph is the first-born of Racheal, but not Jacobs first-born.
  3. Genesis 37:3 – 4 (NKJV) Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age. Also he made him a tunic of many – Israel loved Joseph more than the other children. But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him. – The bothers hated Joseph, because their father loved him more. Imagine that: The first haters in the bible were in a family members.
  4. The coat made for Joseph has long sleeves for a reason. Long sleeve garments, could mean there was a lot of money put inside that coat. People look at what is on the outside of the coat and hate on it, but they don’t know what is inside. This is the same way with you. People hate on you, but they don’t know what God has put inside you.
  5. Joseph was he hated, because a dreamer.


  1. Joseph the dreamer.
  2. Dream one – Joseph had a dream of binding sheaves. Genesis 37:7 (NKJV) There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Then behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and indeed your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf.”- This dream meant that Joseph’s brothers would be subject to him and he would reign over them and they didn’t like this.
  3. Dream twoGenesis 37:9 (NKJV) Then he dreamed still another dream and told it to his brothers, and said, “Look, I have dreamed another dream. And this time, the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars bowed down to me.”- Joseph told his brother about this dream too and again it meant that they would be subject to him. They didn’t like this dream either.
    1. Joseph claimed that his parents would even be subject to him. Genesis 37:10-11 (NKJV) 10 So he told it to his father and his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall your mother and I and your brothers indeed come to bow down to the earth before you?” 11 And his brothers envied him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
    2. The Providence of God – God is always working in the affairs of his people. At this point, you have to see God as a puppet master. By this we mean, no matter what happens, you got to realize that God is in it.
    3. Jacob sends his sons to the field. When they saw Joseph coming they said to themselves, “Here comes the dreamer”. Jacob’s brothers were plotting to murder him. They decided instead to sell him for 20 pieces of silver.


  1. Joseph is Sold into Slavery
  2. Joseph’s brothers put him in a pit and sold him. They took his coat and put blood on it from a goat and told Jacob that Joseph had been killed.
  3. Jacob is distraught. The caravan sells Joseph to Potiphar. Potiphar is over the army for Pharaoh. Genesis 39: 1-4 says “for the Lord was with Joseph”. His master saw that the Lord was with him, so he put Joseph as overseer of the house.
  4. Joseph went from the pit to the palace, because God was in it. If favor is on you, it doesn’t matter where they put you. Genesis 39:1-4 (NKJV) 39 Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him down there. The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand. So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority. – Joseph is walking around with favor on him, because God is with him. He is giving orders to others, because he is in charge. Then a problem arises. Potiphar’s wife tries to seduce him. Joseph refused and as a result, she says that he tried to touch her. This caused him to be placed into prison.


  1. Joseph’s Life in Egypt and the Final Days of the Ancestors of Israel
  2. Placement in Potiphar s house (Genesis 39:1-4)
  3. Genesis 39:1-4 (NKJV) 39 Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him down there. The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand. So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority.
  4. Proposition and prison (Genesis 39: 7-21)

Genesis 39:7-21 (NKJV) And it came to pass after these things that his master’s wife cast longing eyes on Joseph, and she said, “Lie with me.” But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Look, my master does not know what is with me in the house, and he has committed all that he has to my hand. There is no one greater in this house than I, nor has he kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” 10 So it was, as she spoke to Joseph day by day, that he did not heed her, to lie with her or to be with her. 11 But it happened about this time, when Joseph went into the house to do his work, and none of the men of the house was inside, 12 that she caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me.” But he left his garment in her hand, and fled and ran outside. 13 And so it was, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and fled outside, 14 that she called to the men of her house and spoke to them, saying, “See, he has brought in to us a Hebrew to mock us. He came in to me to lie with me, and I cried out with a loud voice. 15 And it happened, when he heard that I lifted my voice and cried out, that he left his garment with me, and fled and went outside.”16 So she kept his garment with her until his master came home. 17 Then she spoke to him with words like these, saying, “The Hebrew servant whom you brought to us came in to me to mock me; 18 so it happened, as I lifted my voice and cried out, that he left his garment with me and fled outside.” 19 So it was, when his master heard the words which his wife spoke to him, saying, “Your servant did to me after this manner,” that his anger was aroused. 20 Then Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were confined. And he was there in the prison. 21 But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.

  1. Joseph was in the prison with the Butler and Baker. He has two dreams. In one dream one was beheaded and the other one will be freed. When the baker gets out, Joseph asks him to remember him. It is important for us to know that no matter what the situation, God will create a position for you to cause what has been placed inside you to come out.
  2. Promotion to the palace (Genesis 41)
  3. The Butler remembers that there is someone in prison that can interpret dreams. Josephs gift created a job for him.
  4. Joseph interprets eh dream for the pharaoh. He says there will be 7 yrs of plenty and 7rs of famine. He teaches them to store up in the years of plenty for the years of lack.


  1. The sons of Jacob in Egypt (Genesis 41)
  2. This is Joseph who went through all of this and now he becomes the Prime Minister. He was in charge of giving food out to families during the famine.
  3. Joseph elected to give bread to the same brothers who sold him into slavery. Sometimes you will have to give bread to people that you don’t like just because the Lord told you to. God elevated him and Jacob sends his sons to Egypt. It is like a cheese or bread line.
  4. As Joseph’s brothers comes towards him, he sees them. He knows it is them. What happens is joseph sees his brothers and reveals himself.


  1. Joseph reveals himself (Genesis 45)
  2. Joseph says he is not bitter. Gen 50:20- ..-.God meant it for Joseph’s good. All these people wouldn’t been living if Joseph’s brothers hadn’t sold him into slavery. All things work together for the good of them that love the Lord and who are called according to his purpose. Genesis 50:20N (NKJV) 20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.


  1. Jacob and joseph reunite (Genesis 46)
  2. Joseph tells his brothers to go back and bring back their father. Joseph is an Israelite, but pharaoh loves Joseph anyway.
  3. When the brothers come back to Egypt, Joseph introduces them to Pharaoh. They came to Egypt as welcomed guest, because Joseph didn’t disown them.


  1. The final chapter (Genesis 50)
  2. That Pharaoh died. Joseph is in Egypt with his family, because Pharaoh invited them to stay. There rose up a Pharaoh that didn’t know Joseph or the Israelites. As a result, he took all of Joseph’s descendants and placed them into slavery.




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