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Genesis 21-40 Study Guide
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Genesis 21: Describe the spiritual meaning of the word "wilderness" as it is used in Genesis 21.
It is a word meaning wandering similar to the land of Nod.
Genesis 22: How is Isaac a type of Christ?
He carries his own wood of sacrifice up the same mountain where Jesus carried his cross. He did not deny his father but he obeyed him just as Christ obeys God. Isaac and Jesus both offer blessings to the world.
Genesis 23: How is Ephron a type of Joseph of Arimathea?
Ephron allowed Abraham to have some of his land to bury Sarah just as Joseph had offered his grave for Jesus. Ephron offered it because he saw the righteousness of Abraham and Sarah while Joseph saw the righteousness of Jesus and gave his tomb for him.
Genesis 24: Why was it important that Isaac avoid marrying a Canaanite woman?
It was important that Isaac avoid marrying a Canaanite woman because Rebekah is a woman of the same tribe, and has the same beliefs, so their marriage will not involve conflict. If he married a Canaanite woman, they may continue to follow their own beliefs, Isaac may worship Canaanite gods, or Isaac can persuade his Canaanite wife to follow God. If Isaac were to marry a Canaanite woman, he may forget that his family will lead to a royal bloodline that will inherit the land that he currently lived on.
Genesis 25: How does the infidelity of Abraham through concubinage effect the table of nations in Genesis 25?
The infidelity of Abraham through concubinage effects the table of nations in Genesis 25 because Abraham is feeling the need to make his family plentiful and to fulfill the covenant he made with God. It shows he has a lustful heart.
Genesis 26: What does the lie of Isaac and Rebekah to Abimelech have to do with the digging of wells?
Isaac is making the same mistake as his father; he is opening up wells that were covered by the people there, and lying to Abimelech about his wife. The well is a sign of life in the desert and we have to trust God that he will provide for us.
Genesis 27: What is the distinction between the loss of birthright vs. the loss of the blessing?
The distinction between the loss of a birthright vs. the loss of the blessing is that the loss of a birthright is something that is received by an eldest son to get the wealth of their father, you become the head of the family.
Genesis 28: Explain the dichotomy between the marriage of Esau (and Mahalath) and the establishment of the house of prayer at Bethel (consequent to Jacob's dream).
Esau married Mahalath because he wanted the land and in Jacob's dream God promises to be with him always.
Genesis 29: How does Laban's initial greeting (see Genesis 2) contrast with his reproach of Jacob following Jacob's marriage to Leah?
In the beginning Laban is supportive and then tricks Jacob into marrying off his older daughter.
Genesis 30: Name all of the children of Jacob (=Israel) in order, according to their birth, along with their mother's name.
Genesis 31: How does the flock of Jacob resemble the Catholic Church?
The spotted goats and sheep are like the members of the church
Genesis 32: Explain the context and meaning of the changing of Jacob's name to Israel.
Israel means "one who struggles with God", and Jacob shows that he is relentless in prayer and relentless in life to get what he thought he deserved. He gave up everything to try to obtain the blessing of God- he fought and went against his own nature to become righteous in the eyes of God and the eyes of men.
Genesis 33: How did God, through the humility of Jacob, simultaneously provide for  Jacob's atonement for his sins against Esau,  his reconciliation with Esau, and  the proliferation of the family of Jacob?
Esau was given flocks of cattle provided by God. Esau tells Jacob he doesn't need anymore flocks. It was easy for him to forgive Jacob, since God had blessed him. Jacob sent the weakest family members first as a sign of humility. Jacob doesn't have to worry about the battle between him and his brother anymore and Esau trying to get back at him.
Genesis 34: How is the vengeance of the sons of Jacob against Shechem, the Canaanites, and the Perizzites connected to the Resurrection and Final Judgment?
They are connected to the Resurrection and Final Judgment because they are know to be pagans. Separation between those who are saved and unsaved
Shechem- takes what he finds, very determined.
perizzites- shepherding wonders, enslaved by Solomon, referred to those whose origins that are unknown. More earthly people.
Genesis 35: How do the two pillars of Genesis 35 and the re-membrance of names relate to the cross of Christ?
The first pillar was built in Bethel, where Jacob sacrificed a libation. Jacob builds the first pillar because God reveals himself there. Also, Jacob wanted to say that he acknowledged Him and offered a thanks offering. When they drink from the wine it is also like a thanks to God. The second pillar was on the road to Bethlehem (where Jesus was born). The pillar was placed there because Rachel died during giving birth to Benjamin. Wine was poured over a pillar because Christ's blood was poured out on the cross. The re-membrance of the name of God (God Almighty). The cross of christ is like both of those pillars combined. The beloved one in this case is rachel, where as we know that in the new testament the beloved one will be christ.
Genesis 36: Describe the geography of seven major ancient cultures (Egypt, Midian, Edom, Moab, Canaan, Aram, and Hatti [Hittites]) which would have existed at the time of Jacob and Esau.
Genesis 37: Describe Reuben's major sin, sentiments towards his brothers, and motivation for his actions in Genesis 37.
Reuben laid with Rachel's slave, Bilhah, after Rachel dies and we see this as his major sin because she is technically her father's wife. After committing this sin he will not receive the birth rite and he tries to make up for it by trying to save Joseph so he can restore his birthright because Joseph is his favorite and he feels that saving him will gain Joseph's forgiveness.
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