Genesis – Chapter 36

Edom

Esau – Edom

Verse 9 – The Edomites were descendants of Esau.  They lived in the rugged mountains.  Several main roads went through their land.  They eventually became bitter enemies of King David.  Israel and Edom shared the same ancestors, Isaac.  Israel looked down on the Edomites because they intermarried with the Canaanites.

Verse 15 – They named the head of their tribes chief then kings.

Genesis – Chapter 35

Jacob Burring idols under tree

Verses 1-3 – Where did these idols come from?  Remember they took the women and all household belongings when they plundered the city of Shechem.  The Bible says Jacob told them to get rid of the idols, and he should have said, destroy them.  I think Jacob had a passive personality.  Idols today don’t always have to be physical objects.  They can be thoughts or desires.  We should reach spiritual maturity to where nothing stands between us and God.  They gave all the idols and jewelry to Jacob.  He buried all this stuff under a tree at Shechem.

Verse 10 – A lot of people when they begin their new walk as a Christian think it’s going to be a problem free life.  If everything is easy, how will we ever learn to overcome anything?  Our God doesn’t allow us to o through difficulties just because.  He always has a purpose and plan.  Trust Him and believe that it will work out for your good.

Verses 13, 14 – This oil used was of the highest grade of olive oil.  By using this, Jacob showed the greatest of respect of the place where he met God.

Verse 22 – Bilhah was the maidservant of Rachel whom was called Jacob’s concubine.  Reuben defiled the marriage bed of his father.  Reuben was in line to receive a double portion of inheritance.  Again, Jacob does nothing to him until on his death bed.  Reuben thought he had gotten away with it.  When we sin, we think because nothing immediately happens that we got away with it, but, after a time, we will see the consequences start to seep into our lives.

Genesis – Chapter 34

The Slaughter of Schechem

Dinah and the Shechemites

Verses 1-4 – Dinah was the only girl among all those boys.  There was a boy around the city who saw her out playing and raped her.  Shechem’s actions were both impulsive and evil.  His actions affected the whole of both families.  There would be a heavy price that his family would pay for this action.  Even the love that Shechem declared for Dinah was no excuse for what he had done.  Don’t allow sexual passion to boil over into evil actions.  All emotions, including passion, must be controlled.

Verses 23-27 – Shechem had told his father to go ask Jacob for marriage to Dinah.  The brothers had found out around this time and were furious.  Jacob told them to be circumcised and then they would exchange sons and daughters in marriage.  Simeon and Levi had different ideals.  They plotted to wait until this act had been done, then go and kill everyone in the whole city.

Verses 27-29 – With this one- act of rape by Shechem; it started a ripple of consequences that went way out of control.  When anger gets out of control it turns into rage and then revenge.  If you think your actions only affect you, think again.  Pain, deceit, and murder followed.

Verses 30, 31 – Three days into the healing of these men after being circumcised, Simeon and Levi put the sword to every male in the city.  They took all the women, children and livestock with them.  Their desire for justice was right, but how they accomplished it was sin.  We are to leave revenge to God.  Why?  Because He said so.  What did Jacob do in response to what Simeon and Levi did?  He said, “You have troubled me.”  Really?  That’s it?  What do you think should have been done to these two?  In today’s society they would have been arrested and in about a year or two been put on trial.  Then, in about another 10 to 20 years, maybe execution.  Jacob basically did nothing, but later on, years and generations later, they ended up losing the Promise Land and creating grave enemies.

Book of Proverbs – Chapter 31

The Words of King Lemuel

Verses 4-7 – Drunkenness might be excusable for someone who is dying, but for a leader of a nation it is disastrous. Alcohol clouds the mind and perverts thinking. When intoxicated, you will do things and say things you might not do if sober.

Verses 10-31 – These verses describe a wise woman. It describes them as having strong character, great wisdom, many skills, and great compassion. Her strength does not come from her achievements. They are a result of her reverence for God. Notice her appearance is never mentioned. The attractiveness comes from her character. Don’t try to imitate her in all these aspects; your days are not long enough. We should look at her instead as an inspiration to be all you can be through Jesus Christ. I hope this Book of Proverbs has shown you how to become wise and make good decisions and live according to God. I sure wish I’d had read it when I was younger.

This concludes the book of Proverbs. Don’t forget to read one for each day. They will bring you wisdom.

Book of Proverbs – Chapter 30

These are the words of Agur the son of Jakeh

Verse 1 – Nothing is known of Agur except that he was a wise teacher who may have been from Lemuel’s Kingdom. Lemuel was a king who received wise teaching from his mother. His name means “Devoted to God.” It is believed that both Agur and Lemuel might have been from the kingdom of Massa in Northern Arabia.

Verses 2 – 4 – Our God is all-knowing. His wisdom is infinite. I believe the Psalmist was comparing his knowledge to the wisdom of God. That’s why he said he was stupid and without understanding (him, not God).

Verse 4 – Compare these questions with the questions God asked Job (Job 38-41). Colossians 1:16, 17, says that through Christ the world was created.

Verse 5, 6 – Have you ever heard someone miss-quote the word of God to suit or to justify what they are doing? Deuteronomy 4:2; 12:32, says “don’t add to or take anything away from what God has commanded.” God’s words are true and pure. I personally feel like I need to correct them so they will know what it really says. If you’re not sure what His word says, look it up.

Verse 7-9 – Having too much money without the wisdom to accompany it, can be dangerous. But being too poor is also as hazardous to spiritual as well as to physical health. Paul said in Philippians 4:12, we can learn to be satisfied in whatever situation he finds himself in. If you’re too poor you might be tempted to steal or be stingy, always trying to hold on to what you have. We have to learn to be generous and God says He will supply all our needs.

Verse 11-14 – These verses apply to those who get a prideful attitude and look down on those who are less fortunate. It’s the “I deserve generation.” Verses 15, 16 -, What is the function of a leech? It sucks the blood out of a living organism. Where is the life of something? It’s in the blood.

Book of Proverbs – Chapter 29

Verse 1 – When people’s necks are hardened, it’s another way of saying “stiff necked”. God uses this phrase several times to describe the Israelite’s throughout the Old Testament.  This is repeating the same mistake over and over. The mistake is refusing Gods invitation or rejecting Jesus Christ.

Verse 2 – This verse can cover any area; church; employee; or government. When the wicked are in authority, people are oppressed.

Verse 11 – We don’t have to tell how we feel about people or things to everyone all the time. Sometimes it’s just best to keep silent.

Verse 13 – God sees and judges both, and His judgment falls on those whose greed or power drives them to oppress the poor.

Verse 15 – Kind, firm correction helps children learn. Parents often grow weary of constant correction. We’ve all seen how children act or even grow up to act when left with no discipline.

Verse 16 – In a church, a business, a family, or government doing what’s right comes from the top. When the wicked are in leadership, sin prevails. People have the attitude of “well if they can do it and get by with it, so can I.”

Verse 18 – “Revelation” refers to words from God, received by prophets. When people are ignorant of Gods word, crime and sin run ramped. In order for nations and individuals to function well, they must know the word of God.

Verse 25 – Fear can do many things to people. Fear of other people can even cause some to never leave their house. However, trust, respect and reverence of God can be liberating. God can turn any harm intended for us, into good for us.

Verse 26 – We have all at times needed for someone to show us favor. But true justice can only come from the Lord.

Book of Proverbs – Chapter 28

Verse 2 – Each person’s selfishness will affect others. A selfish employee, who steals from his employer, breaks down productivity; a selfish drunk driver may take an innocent life; a selfish spouse committing adultery will break up 2 families. When enough people live only for themselves, without considering the consequences for others, it can break down an entire nation.

Verse 5 – A good way to tell if a person is following God is if they treat others justly. The beginning of justice is concern for what is happening to others. A Christian cannot be indifferent to human suffering because God isn’t.

Verse 9 – What closes Gods ears to prayer is not the depth of our sin, but it’s a secret intention to do it again.

Verse 11 – If a poor man has the teaching and understanding of God, then he has something that can’t be taken away. The rich can lose all their material wealth and be left destitute because that is all they have.

Verse 13 – What good is making a mistake or sinning if you don’t learn from it? You have to acknowledge it first. First admit it, confess it and then make sure you don’t do it again. Everybody makes mistakes, but only fools repeat them. Can you admit you were wrong? God shows mercy to those who admit their mistakes.

Verses 17, 18 – Sometimes a person’s guilt will drive them into depression or even suicide if they are not willing to repent.

Verse 26 – A wise person depends on God.

Verse 27 – God wants us to identify with the needy, not ignore them. When you give, you will be blessed. Paul promises that God will supply all our needs (Philippians 4:19); God usually does this through other people.