About Genesis 48-50
In these last few chapters of Genesis, we see some blessings taking place. Some of them resulting in great praises and promises while others are not so fun. These blessings also emphasize the contribution that each son will make to the 12 tribes of Israel.
About John 1-8
It’s okay if it takes a minute for your brain to switch gears. We’re jumping from the creation of the world to Jesus’ time! That’s a big jump. John is what we call one of the Gospels (the first 4 books of the New Testament), which simply means the theme of John is that Jesus is the promised Messiah and Son of God. We are also introduced to John the Baptist who plays a huge role in the story of Christ. We’ll try to do our best to unpack John a little, but ya’ll should really go read it!
Jacob Blesses His Sons
The blessings that Jacob gives to his sons reflects something of their past actions. It is obvious that Jacob expects Judah and Joseph to outshine their brothers in importance. Jacob also predicts the line of David and furthermore, Christ, to come through Judah.
Joseph’s brothers get scared after Jacob dies because they fear Joseph will not have compassion on them any longer. Joseph, however, is faithful in seeing the bigger picture and responds with, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good…”
The Word Became Flesh
John the Baptist
For God so Loved the World
“I Am” Statements
Pretty much just watch this video for everything.
Thoughts to Ponder
Where have you seen God using other’s “evil” for His and your “good?”
Find ways that John 1 echoes Genesis 1.
In John 4, there is an account of Jesus healing a man’s son. Jesus just spoke the words and the man believed him. What do you think true belief looks like?