Reading the Bible Together – Day 44

DAY 44

A.M. Reading: Genesis 47

Genesis 47 Questions Worth Pondering:

How are Joseph’s father and brothers received by Pharaoh?

Remembering how the Egyptians felt about the Hebrews, why is it amazing what portion of land Pharaoh gave them?

How does Jacob describe his life when he meets with Pharaoh?

How does Joseph deal with the Egyptians as the famine persists?

Who did Joseph buy the land for?

When Joseph gave the Egyptians seed, what were the people to do?

Jacob has aged. How old is he now?

What does he ask of Joseph?

In light of God’s covenant, why would that be important?

P.M. Reading: Genesis 48

Genesis 48 Questions Worth Pondering:

As Jacob is dying, what does he tell Joseph about God?

What does he say about Ephraim and Manasseh?

What does he say about Rachel, Joseph’s mother?

As Jacob brings Joseph’s sons near to bless them, how is this passage similar to when Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau?

How is Jacob’s description of his life different in this blessing than when he blessed Pharaoh?

What truths does he reveal about God?

Note: This is the first place in Scripture where the word redeemed or redeemer is used.

What does Joseph do to try to change the blessings to Ephraim and Manasseh? Why?

How does Jacob respond?

What does Jacob say to Joseph about God?

What portion would Jacob give to Joseph?

The larger portion was usually given to the firstborn. Was it given to Reuben? Why or why not?

A “think” question: As each of Jacob’s sons become one of the twelve tribes of Israel, why do we never hear of the tribe of Joseph? Why are both Ephraim and Manasseh named among the twelve tribes of Israel?

Think upon God as a faithful covenant-keeping God.

May the Word of Christ dwell richly within!

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