The Gospel in Genesis 47:28 – 50:26 and in the City

As the story of Genesis winds down, we are wondering about the outcome of the Abrahamic promise that God’s people would bring blessing to the nations. Ironically, the people of God are in exile from their promised land; yet while living as strangers in the midst of a powerful nation, they have opportunity to be the bearers of blessing.

 Not only do they have opportunity while in exile to bless the nations, but here they receive the blessing of their father, who speaks to each of his sons a blessing that is suitable to them. Through the blessing of Jacob upon his sons, they are assured of the continuity of the Abrahamic promise and their ultimate return to the land of promise. Continue reading “The Gospel in Genesis 47:28 – 50:26 and in the City”

The Gospel in Genesis 31-33 and in the City

Genesis 31-33 tell the story of Jacob’s return to the land of promise. In the midst of his losing favor with his father-in-law, he becomes more aware of the favor that the Lord has shown Him. Yahweh speaks to him again and reminds Jacob of his oath at Bethel to serve Yahweh and to honor Him as Lord in giving Him one tenth of all that he has. Jacob is told to return to the land of promise. Continue reading “The Gospel in Genesis 31-33 and in the City”