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BERESHIT (in the beginning)

As we conclude our celebration of Simchat Torah, we look forward to this coming Shabbat when we will go through the cycle of Torah reading again beginning with Bereshit. The Torah passages for this week are Genesis 1:1 to Genesis 6:8. This section of scripture is compelling not only because it is so familiar, but because of the truth it conveys. Before everything else was–God existed. Many of us may take this for granted, but it is not a concept to handle lightly. Today the existence of God is, for many, a question mark.

As we begin our journey for the coming year, we want to read with intentionality the creation narrative. Let us focus again on how the creation took shape–God spoke it into existence.

We also want to consider the firsts that we find in the opening chapters of Genesis. I have some prior posts which consider these. See Firsts in Genesis 1 , Firsts in Genesis 2 , Firsts in Genesis 3 , and Firsts in Genesis 4 .

Also in Bereshit, we are introduced to the Sabbath, which is one of God’s greatest gifts to mankind.

In Genesis 2, God in His creation of man and woman, takes one and makes two, so that the two could be made one. Thus, it is clear that mankind (man and woman) were created for union. This is certainly something we can consider along with its implications.

Genesis 3 brings the fall of mankind and the expulsion of man and woman from the garden of Eden. Along with these tragic events, the resulting curses on man, woman and the serpent, we are given the first real hint at Messiah–deliverer. This comes in Genesis 3:16.

Genesis 4 ushers in the topic of appropriate worship, when God accepts Abel’s offering, but rejects the offering of Cain. The resulting conduct of Cain in killing his brother brings with it God’s banishment of Cain.

Genesis 5 outlines the genealogy of  Adam to Noah. We must not skip over genealogies we come across in scripture without considering why God included them where He included them and what information we can glean from them. The genealogy in Genesis 5 certainly lets us see the lifespan of those early descendants of Adam. It also gives us a bit of information about Enoch–that he walked with God and then was no more. Sometimes the Bible just doesn’t explain.

Finally, in the opening verses of Genesis 6, God sets up for judgment. But introduces us to the deliverer, Noah.

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In most trials, there is some element of wanting to go back–of looking back to “better times” or to life before the loss, before the betrayal–before the illness.

We need to remember the lesson of Lot’s wife.

When morning came, the angels told Lot to hurry. “Get up,” they said, “and take your wife and your two daughters who are here; otherwise you will be swept away in the punishment of the city.” But he dallied, so the men took hold of his hand, his wife’s hand and the hands of his two daughters — Adonai was being merciful to him — and led them, leaving them outside the city.

When they had brought them out, he said, “Flee for your life! Don’t look behind you, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain, but escape to the hills! Otherwise you will be swept away.”

Lot said to them, “Please, no, my lord! Here, your servant has already found favor in your sight, and you have shown me even greater mercy by saving my life. But I can’t escape to the hills, because I’m afraid the disaster will overtake me, and I will die. Look, there’s a town nearby to flee to, and it’s a small one. Please let me escape there — isn’t it just a small one? — and that way I will stay alive.”

He replied, “All right, I agree to what you have asked. I won’t overthrow the city of which you have spoken. Hurry, and escape to that place, because I can’t do anything until you arrive there.” . . .

By the time Lot had come to Tzo‘ar, the sun had risen over the land. Then Adonai caused sulfur and fire to rain down upon S’dom and ‘Amora from Adonai out of the sky. He overthrew those cities, the entire plain, all the inhabitants of the cities and everything growing in the ground. But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a column of salt. Genesis 19:15-26 (CJB)

Sometimes we are like Lot’s wife. Things are so bad that God is having to rain down sulfur and fire on the place we were living, but we still think about that place with longing–we still think we might want to go back.


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Read Exodus 4
1. What three signs does God show Moses that he can use with the Israelites?

2. What excuse does Moses give in Exodus 4:10? How does God respond? What solution does God give?

3. What does God tell Moses about Pharaoh and how he will respond to the signs that Moses will do?

4. Summarize what happens in Exodus 4:24-26.

5. What was the initial reaction of the children of Israel when they heard that Moses had come from the LORD and God had looked on their affliction?


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Read Genesis 50 (We made it!)
1. Summarize the events of Genesis 50:1-14

2. What do Joseph’s brothers ask of him in Genesis 50:17-18?

3. Copy Genesis 50:20 here. Can you think of circumstances in your life where the same might be said of wrongs that were committed against you?

4. What do the following verses teach you about past, present and future sins?
 Psalm 103:11-12

 Isaiah 1:18

 Isaiah 38:17

 Micah 7:18-19

5. Copy 1 John 1:9 below. Explain what it means in your own words.

6. Copy Romans 8:28 below. What does it tell you about the purposes and plans of God towards you?

19. Consider the bad things that have happened in your life (“bad” as you look at them). Can you see good that God has produced from those things? If you feel comfortable, please share what you see in your own life that supports what we learn in Genesis 50 about God working out good plans for all through the suffering of one or some.
20. What promises does Joseph give upon his death?


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Read Genesis 47
1. What do Pharaoh and Jacob discuss in the opening verses of Chapter 47 of Genesis?

2. What do you learn from Genesis 47:13-26?

3 How long did Jacob live in Egypt? How old was he when he died?

4. What is Jacob’s last request from Joseph?

Read Genesis 48
5. What happens in Genesis 48?

6. Copy the promise/prophecy of Jacob in Genesis 48:21 here.

Read Genesis 49
This chapter is important because Jacob is speaking blessing and prophecy over each of his sons, foretelling in part what lies ahead.

7. What does Jacob foretell about his son Judah? Why is this important?

8. What does Jacob ask at the end of Chapter 49 of Genesis?


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Read Genesis 46
1. What did Jacob/Israel do when he reached Beersheba?

Note: Beersheba was the last border town before they would cross the desert.
2. What promises did God make to Jacob in the visions in the night?

3. Who came with Jacob to Egypt? Who stayed behind? (No need to give individual names.)

4. What does Joseph tell his father regarding how the Egyptians view shepherds? Where does Joseph propose his family live?


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Read Genesis 43
1. What causes Jacob’s sons to return to Egypt? What does Judah tell his father? How does Jacob respond? How is the matter resolved?

2. From Genesis 43:16-34, answer the following questions: Who? What? Where? When? Why? How?

Read Genesis 44-45
3. Summarize what happens in these chapters in your own words.

4. What does Joseph tell his brothers in Genesis 45:5-8?

5. What is Israel’s reaction in Genesis 45:28?

6. What do we know about God’s plans and purposes towards us from the following verses?
 Psalm 16:11

 Psalm 36:7-10

 Psalm 145:19

 Romans 8:28-30

 2 Peter 2:9


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Read Genesis 42
1. Who does Jacob (Israel) send to Egypt to buy grain?

2. Who does he keep with him? Why?

3. Review Genesis 37:5-8. What similarities do you see with Genesis 42:6?

4. What does Joseph do when he sees his brothers? What does he accuse them of doing?

5. What does he do with them?

6. After three days what happens?

7. What do they find when they open their packs?

8. When the sons return to Jacob, what does Reuben ask of his father? What is Jacob’s response?

9. What do the following verses teach us about those who do us wrong and taking our revenge?
 Proverbs 24:17-18

 Luke 6:27-36

 Romans 12:14

10. Is there someone who had done evil to you? Did you respond biblically? Explain.



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Read Genesis 41
1. How does Joseph come to meet Pharaoh?

2. What does Joseph tell Pharaoh in Genesis 41:16?

3. What do you learn from 1 Peter 4:11?

4. What does Joseph tell Pharaoh about his dreams?

5. What happens to Joseph after he interprets Pharaoh’s dream?

6. What do you learn about the faithfulness of God from the story of Joseph so far?

7. What do the following verses teach you about the faithfulness of God?
□ Deuteronomy 7:9

□ 1 Corinthians 10:13

□ Lamentations 3:22-23

8. Give an example from your own life of how God was faithful to you.


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Read Genesis 40
1. For Chapter 40, answer the following questions: Who? What? Where? When? Why? How?

2. Copy Genesis 40:23 here.

3. Copy Job 19:14 here. Ever feel like that? Joseph probably had is doubts by the end of Chapter 40. But God is not finished yet.

4. Copy Isaiah 40:31 here.

5. God has promised to never forget us – to never leave us. Copy Deuteronomy 31:6 here. Meditate on this awesome promise of God.



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