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Lesson 5

Posted by on Jan. 21, 2009 at 3:40 PM
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Sorry this took so long.  Christmas really set me back.  I should be able to keep up to 1-2 posting a week now.  Hope you enjoy this one.

THE PATRIARCH ERA

The Patriarch Era was a time of godly men presiding over a growing family.  Successive generations of the same family ruled over the Hebrew people in the earliest days.  Just imagine yourself controlling your own child, and you can imagine how hard their job was.

THE STORY OF THE PATRIARCHS  (Genesis 12-50)

Abraham is chosen by God to "father" a people to represent God to the World.  There are four major characters in the Patriarch Era are 1)Abraham, 2) Isaac, 3) Jacob and 4) Joseph

1) Abraham:  Father of the Hebrew People (Genesis 12-23):  God's attention is focused on a plan of redemption for mankind.  God wants a people through whom He can spread the message of redemption to the world.  He chooses Abraham and promises him a country (land), countless descendents (seeds), and a worldwide and timeless impact (blessings).  Abraham is living in Ur, near the convergence of the Tigris & Euphrates, at the time.  He is lead by God to the land of Canaan, where he settles and has two sons, Ishmael and Isaac.

2) Isaac:  Second father of promise (Genesis 24-26):  Isaac becomes the second father of promise as the fulfillment of Abraham's promises is passed down to him.  He witnesses many miracles during his life, lives in the land of Abraham, becomes prosperous and dies of old age, having two sons, Esau & Jacob.

3)  Jacob:  Father of the nation of Israel (Genesis 27-35):  The promises given to Abraham are passed through Isaac to Jacob.  Jacob begins life as a conniving scoundrel.  Through many events and other encounters with God, he mends his ways.  Jacob has twelve sons, and the promises of Abraham are passed to all of them as a family.  His twelve sons emerge as the twelve tribes of the nation of Israel.

4) Joseph:  Leader in Egypt (Genesis 37-50):  Jacob's sons have very little commitment to God's call on them as a nation.  They well their brother Joseph as a slave, who is taken to Egypt.  Because of Joseph's righteousness he rises to become a great leader in Egypt.  During a severe famine, his family comes seeking food, is reunited with Joseph and they enjoy peace and comfort.  After Joseph dies, his people are enslaved for the next 400 years.  This time of trial sharpens the spiritual hunger of the Hebrew people, and they cry out to God for deliverance.

 

by on Jan. 21, 2009 at 3:40 PM
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by Member on Jan. 27, 2009 at 10:48 AM

Enjoyed this study tremendously

Thanks

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