I will be combining two studies that are closely linked together to bring a greater clarity to the operation of God in all the trials we encounter.
The first study was on the “chains” that hedges us in and bind us to the things of this world. We will be covering what those chains are, who binds us in them, the means those chains are loosed and broken and what the Scripture reveals regarding the purpose of God behind them.
The second study was on “Hope and Patience”. Hope is a big study in itself as is this fruit of the spirit – Patience.
They are central to so many areas of godliness that they can both be studied side by side, both being closely intertwined.
This is seen in many of the Psalms and books of the Prophets. Their purposes are further revealed for us in the New Testament.
Dearly Beloved, Avenge Not Yourselves
Rom 12:16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
Rom 12:17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
Rom 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
Rom 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Rom 12:20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
Rom 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Leviticus 10:1-2 (KJV)
1 And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the Lord, which he commanded them not.
2 And there went out fire from the Lord, and devoured them, and they died before the Lord.
Foundational themes in Genesis – Study 120 (Key verses: Genesis 50:22-26)
We conclude our discussions on foundational themes in Genesis with the final section of this book where the death of Joseph is detailed. The theme of death is indeed the story of the first Adam and here with the death of Joseph certain aspects of this theme are again highlighted for us. Joseph lived in Egypt since he was seventeen years old until the time of his death at the age of a hundred and ten years – in total he lived ninety three years in Egypt, which includes the eighty years as a ruler (Gen 37:2-36; Gen 41:46). The number eighty has the numbers eight and ten connected to it which in spiritual terms refers respectively to the new man in Christ and the completeness of flesh. It is indeed the new man who reigns over the flesh as Joseph also is a type of the elect and their time of rulership (Oba 1:21; 1Cor 6:2-3; Rev 20:4-15):
Gen 50:22 And Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he, and his father’s house: and Joseph lived an hundred and ten years.
During his time of rulership in Egypt God also used Joseph to bring his own family down to Egypt. But all of that was initiated when his ten brothers sold Joseph to traders who in turn sold him as a slave in Egypt. But the natural man cannot see that all man’s thoughts and acts are caused by God, and everyone is actually contributing to fulfil God’s purposes whether through the good or the evil:
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Foundational themes in Genesis – Study 119 (Key verses: Genesis 50:14-21)
The theme of death concludes the book of Genesis which brings such important spiritual aspects to the fore. Through the time of mourning, the preparations for the funeral and the burying of the dead corpse so much can be spiritually gleaned how we are to deal with our old man. The elect of God knows that through the baptism into the death of Jesus, dominion over sin and freedom from the bondages of our old man are indeed achieved (Rom 6:9-17):
Rom 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
Rom 6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
Rom 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
Rom 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Rom 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
Rom 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified [Greek aorist tense = an ongoing process] with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
Rom 6:7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
Foundational themes in Genesis – Study 118 (Key verses: Genesis 50:4-13)
The theme of death concludes the book of Genesis as we read about the deaths of two of its more prominent characters, namely Jacob and Joseph. First we read about the death of Jacob after he lived for seventeen years in Egypt:
Gen 49:33 And when Jacob had made an end of commanding his sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the ghost, and was gathered unto his people.
In our previous discussions on this theme of death we touched on how we all are first “gathered unto [our] people” in spiritual death via the first Adam before we will be “gathered unto [God’s] people” in Jesus Christ by dying to that old man Adam in us (Gen 2:7; Jer 18:4; Rom 5:12; Rom 8:20; 1Cor 15:22-31). It is indeed through death that God ordained that His children will eventually “find” spiritual life through Jesus Christ:
Last time, we finished our study of the story of Noah. Today we will look at the story of the city of Babel. This story is directly connected to what happened to Noah’s three sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth and their descendants. But before we do that, let’s look at God’s command to them after they got out of the ark.
Gen 9:1 And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.
Gen 9:7 And you, be fruitful and multiply, increase greatly on the earth and multiply in it.”