Teachers:Mr. & Mrs. Drook“In the beginning….”Class 24Gen 48-50

1 The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king ofIsrael:2 To know wisdom and instruction,to understand words of insight,3 to receive instruction in wise dealing,in righteousness, justice, and equity;4 to give prudence to the simple,knowledge and discretion to the youth—5 Let the wise hear and increase in learning,and the one who understands obtain guidance,6 to understand a proverb and a saying,the words of the wise and their riddles.7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;fools despise wisdom and instruction .

II Timothy 3:16“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable forteaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training inrighteousness.”

• When: Friday, March 22 nd5:45-8:45 pm• Where: CPC Ministry Center• Passover Dinner Served• Family invited• Drama / Live Worship Music• Register NOW: www.YourChurch.com/CreationClass

For the past four months, 32-year-old Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini haslanguished in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison on national security charges for leading theunderground house-church movement. On Jan. 21, he appeared before a revolutionary court judge to faceallegations that he swayed the minds of Iranian youth by turning them away from Islam to Christianity. Atthe time this story went to press, his verdict had not been released.While the wheels of justice—or injustice—turn in Iran, Abedini’s wife Naghmeh is across the globe in Idaho,taking care of their two young children and working with the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ)to bring her husband home. The U.S. Department of State has yet to take any action to release the U.S.citizen, and only asked that Iranian officials give him a fair trial in January, three months after U.S. officialsfirst learned of the case.But nothing about the case has been fair: Officials raided the Abedini family house in Iran, took Abedini,and did not let him see his lawyer or know his formal charges until a week before the trial. He faced JudgeAbbas Pirabbasi, who is known internationally as the “hanging judge” for all the political prisoners he hassent to the gallows.Interrogators may believe they have made a big catch with Abedini. He grew up a devout Muslimand trained to become a suicide bomber. At the age of 20, he was on his way to murder a pastorwhen two Christians shared the gospel with him and prayed for him, according to a testimonyAbedini wrote in Idaho’s Intermountain Christian News. He decided not to carry out theassassination, and over the next few weeks accepted Christ as his Savior. He then startedevangelizing to Muslims, helping to form an underground house-church movement in Iran.While Iran recognizes Christianity as an official religion, the Islamic republic does not allow formerMuslims to attend churches. “Historic” churches are allowed to remain open for the most part, butconverts from Islam face the death penalty. And the law prohibits Protestant pastors from preaching inFarsi, the leading language.http://www.worldmag.com/2013/01/the_silent_treatment

Hi Paul – I hope all is well!We learned yesterday of our travel plans to China.We will be leaving on March 22 nd and will be in China until April 4 th . We wouldhave loved to take part in the Seder this year, and unfortunately we will be gone!We believe our “Gotcha” day for Eliana is going to be on March 25 th which is aMonday, so on Sunday the 24 th , we would not have her yet. However, we wouldlove to Skype anyway if it would work for you.I am guessing that the SS class is not meeting on Easter Sunday March 31 st ? If youare meeting, we would love to Skype with the class with Eliana.We are so excited and thankful to God for such a wonderful opportunity.An interesting side note - In order to go get Eliana, I just had to sign a formrequired by China where we “assure” the Chinese government that we willnot proselytize while in the country.Lee

36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment inthe Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall lovethe Lord your God with all your heart and withall your soul and with all your mind. 38 This isthe great and first commandment. 39 And asecond is like it: You shall love your neighbor asyourself. 40 On these two commandmentsdepend all the Law and the Prophets.”Mt 22:3640

1. You shall have no other gods before Me.2. You shall not make for yourself a carved image3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God invain4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.5. Honor your father and your mother6. You shall not murder.You shall love the Lord your Godwith all your heart and with all yoursoul and with all your mind.7.You shall not commit adultery.8. You shall not steal.9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.10. You shall not covetYou shall love your neighbor as yourself

Doing what yourtold,when you told,with a happysubmissive spirit

Now faith is beingsure of what wehope for andcertain of what wedo not see.

“if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lordand believe in your heart that God raised himfrom the dead, you will be saved.”

• And Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph!”__ Is ___ my ______ father ____ still ______ alive? But his brothers could notanswer him, for they were dismayed at his presence.• Then he said, "I am God, the God of your father.Do not be afraid to ___ go down ____ __ to _____, Egypt for there Iwill make you into a great nation. 4 I myself willgo down with you to Egypt, and I will also bringyou up again, and Joseph’s hand shallclose ____ your ____ eyes. ____"• He had sent Judah ahead of him to Joseph to showthe way before him in ______, Goshen and they came intothe land of ______. Goshen

• you shall say, ‘Your servants have been keepers of livestockfrom our youth even until now, both we and our fathers,’ in orderthat you may dwell in the land of Goshen, for every shepherd isan _____________to abomination the Egyptians.”• And Joseph gathered up all the ________that money was found in theland of Egypt and in the land of Canaan, in exchange for the grainthat they bought.• all the Egyptians came to Joseph and said, “Give us food. Why shouldwe die before your eyes? For our money is gone.” 16 And Josephanswered, “Give your __________, livestock and I will give you food inexchange for your __________, livestock if your money is gone.”• There is nothing left in the sight of my lord but our _______ bodies andour land. 19 Why should we die before your eyes, both we and ourland?

Gen 48After this, Joseph was told, “Behold, your father is ill.” So hetook with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim. 2 And itwas told to Jacob, “Your son Joseph has come to you.” ThenIsrael summoned his strength and sat up in bed. 3 And Jacobsaid to Joseph, “God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in theland of Canaan and blessed me, 4 and said to me, ‘Behold, Iwill make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will make ofyou a company of peoples and will give this land to youroffspring after you for an everlasting possession.’ 5 Andnow your two sons, who were born to you in the land ofEgypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; Ephraim andManasseh shall be mine, as Reuben and Simeon are. 6 Andthe children that you fathered after them shall be yours.They shall be called by the name of their brothers in theirinheritance. 7 As for me, when I came from Paddan, to mysorrow Rachel died in the land of Canaan on the way, whenthere was still some distance to go to Ephrath, and I buriedher there on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).”

Gen 488 When Israel saw Joseph's sons, he said, “Who arethese?” 9 Joseph said to his father, “They are mysons, whom God has given me here.” And he said,“Bring them to me, please, that I may blessthem.” 10 Now the eyes of Israel were dim with age,so that he could not see. So Joseph brought themnear him, and he kissed them and embraced them.11 And Israel said to Joseph, “I never expected tosee your face; and behold, God has let me seeyour offspring also.” 12 Then Joseph removedthem from his knees, and he bowed himself withhis face to the earth. 13 And Joseph took them both,Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel's left hand,and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel's righthand, and brought them near him. 14 And Israelstretched out his right hand and laid it on thehead of Ephraim, who was the younger, and hisleft hand on the head of Manasseh, crossing hishands (for Manasseh was the firstborn).

15 And he blessed Joseph and said,“The God before whom my fathers Abraham andIsaac walked, the God who has been my shepherd allmy life long to this day, 16 the angel who hasredeemed me from all evil, bless the boys; and inthem let my name be carried on, and the name ofmy fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them growinto a multitude in the midst of the earth.”Gen 48

Gen 4817 When Joseph saw that his father laid hisright hand on the head of Ephraim, itdispleased him, and he took his father'shand to move it from Ephraim's head toManasseh's head. 18 And Joseph said to hisfather, “Not this way, my father; since thisone is the firstborn, put your right handon his head.” 19 But his father refused andsaid, “I know, my son, I know. He also shallbecome a people, and he also shall begreat. Nevertheless, his younger brothershall be greater than he, and his offspringshall become a multitude of nations.”20 So he blessed them that day, saying, “Byyou Israel will pronounce blessings,saying, ‘God make you as Ephraim and asManasseh.’”

Gen 48Thus he put Ephraim beforeManasseh. 21 Then Israel saidto Joseph, “Behold, I amabout to die, but God will bewith you and will bring youagain to the land of yourfathers. 22 Moreover, I havegiven to you rather than toyour brothers one mountainslope that I took from thehand of the Amorites withmy sword and with my bow.”

Gen 49

Gen 491 Then Jacob called his sons and said,“Gather yourselves together, that Imay tell you what shall happen to youin days to come. 2 “Assemble andlisten, O sons of Jacob, listen to Israelyour father. 3 “Reuben, you are myfirstborn, my might, and thefirstfruits of my strength, preeminentin dignity and preeminent inpower. 4 Unstable as water, you shallnot have preeminence, because youwent up to your father's bed; then youdefiled it—he went up to my couch!

5 “Simeon and Levi are brothers;weapons of violence are theirswords. 6 Let my soul come notinto their council; O my glory, benot joined to their company. For intheir anger they killed men, and intheir willfulness they hamstrungoxen. 7 Cursed be their anger, forit is fierce, and their wrath, for itis cruel! I will divide them in Jacoband scatter them in Israel.Gen 49

Gen 499 Judah is a lion's cub; from the prey, myson, you have gone up. He stooped down;he crouched as a lion and as a lioness; whodares rouse him? 10 The scepter shall notdepart from Judah, nor the ruler's stafffrom between his feet, until tribute comesto him; and to him shall be the obedienceof the peoples. 11 Binding his foal to thevine and his donkey's colt to the choicevine, he has washed his garments in wineand his vesture in the blood of grapes.12 His eyes are darker than wine, and histeeth whiter than milk.

13 “Zebulun shall dwell at the shoreof the sea; he shall become a havenfor ships, and his border shall be atSidon.Chapter 49

14 “Issachar is a strong donkey, crouching betweenthe sheepfolds. 15 He saw that a resting place wasgood, and that the land was pleasant, so he bowedhis shoulder to bear, and became a servant at forcedlabor.Gen 49

16 “Dan shall judge his people as one of the tribes ofIsrael. 17 Dan shall be a serpent in the way,a viper by the path, that bites the horse's heelsso that his rider falls backward. 18 I wait for yoursalvation, O Lord. 19 “Raiders shall raid Gad,but he shall raid at their heels.Gen 49

20 “Asher's food shall be rich, and he shall yieldroyal delicacies. 21 “Naphtali is a doe let loosethat bears beautiful fawns.Gen 49

Gen 4922“Joseph is a fruitful bough, a fruitfulbough by a spring; his branches run overthe wall. 23 The archers bitterly attackedhim, shot at him, and harassed himseverely, 24 yet his bow remained unmoved;his arms were made agile by the hands ofthe Mighty One of Jacob (from there is theShepherd, the Stone of Israel), 25 by theGod of your father who will help you, by theAlmighty who will bless you with blessingsof heaven above, blessings of the deep thatcrouches beneath, blessings of the breastsand of the womb. 26 The blessings of yourfather are mighty beyond the blessings ofmy parents, up to the bounties of theeverlasting hills. May they be on the headof Joseph, and on the brow of him who wasset apart from his brothers.

“Benjamin is a ravenous wolf, in the morningdevouring the prey and at evening dividing thespoil.”Gen 49

Hebrews 11:21By faith Jacob, when dying, blessed each of the sons ofJoseph, bowing in worship over the head of his staff.

Gen 4928 All these are the twelve tribes of Israel. This is whattheir father said to them as he blessed them, blessingeach with the blessing suitable to him. 29 Then hecommanded them and said to them, “I am to begathered to my people; bury me with my fathers inthe cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite,30 in the cave that is in the field at Machpelah, to theeast of Mamre, in the land of Canaan, whichAbraham bought with the field from Ephron theHittite to possess as a burying place. 31 There theyburied Abraham and Sarah his wife. There theyburied Isaac and Rebekah his wife, and there I buriedLeah— 32 the field and the cave that is in it werebought from the Hittites.” 33 When Jacob finishedcommanding his sons, he drew up his feet into the bedand breathed his last and was gathered to his people.

Gen 501 Then Joseph fell on his father'sface and wept over him andkissed him. 2 And Josephcommanded his servants thephysicians to embalm his father.So the physicians embalmed Israel.3 Forty days were required for it,for that is how many are requiredfor embalming. And the Egyptianswept for him seventy days.

Gen 504 And when the days of weeping for himwere past, Joseph spoke to thehousehold of Pharaoh, saying, “If now Ihave found favor in your eyes, pleasespeak in the ears of Pharaoh, saying,5 My father made me swear, saying, ‘Iam about to die: in my tomb that Ihewed out for myself in the land ofCanaan, there shall you bury me.’Now therefore, let me please go upand bury my father. Then I willreturn.” 6 And Pharaoh answered,“Go up, and bury your father, as hemade you swear.” 7 So Joseph went upto bury his father. With him went up allthe servants of Pharaoh, the elders of hishousehold, and all the elders of the landof Egypt, 8 as well as all the householdof Joseph, his brothers, and his father'shousehold. Only their children, theirflocks, and their herds were left in theland of Goshen.

9 And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen. It was a verygreat company. 10 When they came to the threshing floor of Atad, whichis beyond the Jordan, they lamented there with a very great and grievouslamentation, and he made a mourning for his father seven days. 11 Whenthe inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning on thethreshing floor of Atad, they said, “This is a grievous mourning by theEgyptians.” Therefore the place was named Abel-mizraim; it is beyond theJordan. 12 Thus his sons did for him as he had commanded them, 13 forhis sons carried him to the land of Canaan and buried him in the cave of thefield at Machpelah, to the east of Mamre, which Abraham bought with thefield from Ephron the Hittite to possess as a burying place. 14 After he hadburied his father, Joseph returned to Egypt with his brothers and allwho had gone up with him to bury his father.Gen 50

Gen 5015 When Joseph's brothers saw that their father wasdead, they said, “It may be that Joseph will hate usand pay us back for all the evil that we did to him.”16 So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Yourfather gave this command before he died, 17 ‘Say toJoseph, Please forgive the transgression of yourbrothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.’And now, please forgive the transgression of theservants of the God of your father.” Joseph weptwhen they spoke to him. 18 His brothers also came andfell down before him and said, “Behold, we are yourservants.” 19 But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, foram I in the place of God? 20 As for you, you meantevil against me, but God meant it for good, to bringit about that many people should be kept alive, asthey are today. 21 So do not fear; I will provide foryou and your little ones.” Thus he comforted themand spoke kindly to them.

22 So Joseph remained in Egypt, he and his father's house. Josephlived 110 years. 23 And Joseph saw Ephraim's children of thethird generation. The children also of Machir the son ofManasseh were counted as Joseph's own. 24 And Joseph said to hisbrothers, “I am about to die, but God will visit you and bringyou up out of this land to the land that he swore to Abraham,to Isaac, and to Jacob.” 25 Then Joseph made the sons ofIsrael swear, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you shallcarry up my bones from here.” 26 So Joseph died, being 110years old. They embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin inEgypt.Gen 50

Genesis begins with a garden and ends with acoffin. What a commentary on the results of sin inthis world! But the Bible ends with a description ofa beautiful “garden city” (Rev. 21–22), the home ofall who put their trust in Jesus Christ.

17 “But as the time of thepromise drew near, whichGod had granted toAbraham, the peopleincreased and multipliedin Egypt 18 until there aroseover Egypt another king whodid not know Joseph.

• Genesis• Exodus• Leviticus• Numbers• Deuteronomy

1 Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth!2 Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day today.3 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works amongall the peoples! 4 For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; heis to be feared above all gods. 5 For all the gods of the peoples areworthless idols, but the Lord made the heavens. 6 Splendor andmajesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.7 Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the Lordglory and strength! 8 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;bring an offering, and come into his courts! 9 Worship the Lord inthe splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth!

10 Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns! Yes, theworld is established; it shall never be moved; he willjudge the peoples with equity.” 11 Let the heavens beglad, and let the earth rejoice;let the sea roar, and all that fills it; 12 let the field exult,and everything in it! Then shall all the trees of theforest sing for joy 13 before the Lord, for he comes, forhe comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world inrighteousness, and the peoples in his faithfulness.

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