This Week’s Bible Study

The sixth reading from the book of Genesis [named Toldot (תולדות)] which means “generations”] is so named because the bible study begins with the words “Now these are the records of the generations of Isaac” (Genesis 25:19). This week’s study tells us the story of the birth of Jacob and Esau and their struggle for the birthright and blessing of their father, Isaac. We also learn about Isaac’s trials and difficulties in the land of Canaan. The study includes Jacob’s deception of Isaac in order to procure the family blessing as well as what Jacob’s family looks like through the gospels and Revelation.


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You will also find study guides by chapter and advanced study of the original languages following the Bible study outline. While it is our belief that many of the letters of the New Testament were originally written in Aramaic and/ or Hebrew, the Greek texts are used for study even when there are known Hebrew manuscripts (eg. Mathew and Hebrews).


Bible Audio & Text:

Listen to all the Bible study below or click the link to read them at biblegateway.com in your favorite translation:


Bible Outlines & Chapter Study Guides

Penteteuch/ Torah Genesis 25:19-28:9 | Sarah, Abraham, Isaac, Ishmael

  • Genesis 25:19 | The Birth and Youth of Esau and Jacob
  • Genesis 25:29 | Esau Sells His Birthright
  • Genesis 26:1 | Isaac and Abimelech
  • Genesis 26:34 | Esau’s Hittite Wives
  • Genesis 27:1 | Isaac Blesses Jacob
  • Genesis 27:30 | Esau’s Lost Blessing
  • Genesis 27:41 | Jacob Escapes Esau’s Fury
  • Genesis 28:6 | Esau Marries Ishmael’s Daughter

Writings  1 Chronicles 16 | Worship in David’s Tent

  • 1Ch 16:1 | Ark of God
  • 1Ch 16:7 | The praise of Asaph and his kinsmen
  • 1Ch 16:37 | David still ruler over Israel and over Judah.

Prophets Malachi 1:1-2:7 | Warning to the Kohanim and Levites

  • Mal 1:1 | Introduction
  • Mal 1:2 | Israel Preferred to Edom
  • Mal 1:6 | Corruption of the Priesthood

Gospels  Mark 3 | Appointing the Twelve

  • Mark 3:1 | Jesus/Yeshua entered the synagogue on Sabbath (as was His practice).
  • Mark 3:5 | Jesus/Yeshua heals a hand, it was restored .
  • Mark 3:13 | Appointing the Twelve Apostles who will judge the 12 Tribes (Mt 19)

Mark Chapter 3 Study Guide

Letters

James (Jacob) Chapter 1 Study Guide

James (Jacob) Outline

  • Romans 10 | The Misdirected Zeal of Israel, Judah and “gentiles”
  • Romans 10:1 | Paul is sorrowful for the house of Israel’s condition.
  • Romans 10:11 | Yehovah is Lord of all
  • Romans 10:7 | So faith comes from hearing

Romans Chapter 10 Study Guide

Romans Outline

  •  Hebrews 11 | Jacob blesses sons of Joseph- Ephraim & Menasse through faith (the foundation)

Hebrews Chapter 11 Study Guide

Hebrews Outline

Revelation 7,14 | Both houses of Jacob (all 12 tribes and sojourners) are sealed

  • Revelation 7:1 | An angel seals the servants of God in their foreheads.
  • Revelation 7:4 | The number of those who were sealed of the tribes of Israel: 144,000.
  • Revelation 7:9 | Of all the other nations an innumerable multitude, which stand before the throne.
  • Revelation 14:1 | The Lamb standing on Mount Zion with his company of 144,000 sealed.
  • Revelation 14:8 | The fall of Babylon.
  • Revelation 14:15 | The harvest of the world.

Revelation Chapter 7 Study Guide

Revelation Chapter 14 Study Guide

Revelation Outline


Bible Study Commentary

 

We see this week the full spectrum, from Genesis to Revelation, the continual and repetitive picture of 2 becoming 1 yet again just as Adam became “Adam & Eve” and was commanded to “become one flesh”. Last week we saw Isaac and Ismael. Ishmael was promised 12 princes as offspring just as we are seeing the birth of Jacob who will be given 12 sons that will become 12 tribes.

Jacob and Esau are “Two nations in the womb, and two peoples from her body who will be separated” (Gen 25:23) just like Israel’s sons will become 2 nations/ kingdoms/peoples/houses after king David dies. But this early in the Bible-in-a-year, the split has not happened yet on the “historical” timeline of Israel’s history in the OT.

We do see, however, that when we get into the parts of the NT scriptures, the houses had already split and Jesus/ Yeshua has come to restore the lost sheep of the house of Israel (Mt 15:24).

Just as Jacob was given 12 sons, Jesus was given 12 men (Jn 17:12) who will sit on 12 thrones with Him and judge the 12 tribes (Mt 19) of Israel in New Jerusalem going in and out through its 12 gates; there is no “gentile” gate. As Malachi prophesies the corrupted priests and Levites, we see also Jesus/ Yeshua has perfected the priesthood already (Hb 7) and has chosen 12 men who will take the good news of the kingdom to the entire world.

I believe it was in their flesh that the Apostles chose a replacement for Judas/ Judah by casting lots and choosing Mathias, because obviously Jesus/ Yeshua already had plans to call Paul into ministry.

James (Jacob) is one of the earliest letters we have in the NT. We see how quite “coincidentally” the letter from Jacob (Gr Ἰάκωβοs) is written to the 12 tribes. Why we have ended up calling it “James” is anyone’s guess, just as much as why every instance of almost 7 thousand occurrences of the sacred name of God is changed to “the LORD” is anyone’s guess. But we do see evidence that people are seeing this error.

Believing that Paul is the writer of both Romans and Hebrews (it is debatable), we read Paul clarifying that Jesus is the physical manifestation in the flesh of the Word of God; the Torah. In verse 6 he quotes Dt 30:12 saying that the Messiah IS the Torah in the flesh! And just just as the Pentateuch/ Torah was given to Israel to teach all humanity, so was the Messiah given for all humanity! DT 30:14 says:

the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.

Like so many other words of the “New Testament”, this is simply repeated words from the Hebrew Bible with a little clarification or explanation. Faith was always the key factor, which brings us to the famous “faith” chapter in the Bible. By faith, Jacob blessed the sons of Joseph; which means, Jacob obeyed the Holy Spirit that told him to bless Ephraim over Mennasseh (Gen 48:14). This is yet another picture of 1 splitting into 2 as Joseph begins to be represented in the adopting of his 2 sons into Israel.

We end off with the bride of the last days, the 144 thousand, the 12 tribes of Israel restored. But as the result of sin as well ass the adoption of Joseph’s 2 sons we see the 12 tribes of Revelation look a little different than the 12 tribes of Genesis or Numbers. To put it very simply, the last days’ list of tribes doesn’t have Dan or Ephraim listed. Could it be that one of those tribes is a source of anti-Messiah and the other is the one doing the restoring of all-Israel while waiting on the return of the Messiah so God can fulfill the Ezekiel 37 prophesy?

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More New Testament Mentions of Israel

More New Testament Mentions of Jacob


Hidden Aleph-Tav’s

In the Hebrew Scriptures there are hidden aleph-tav’s [את]  that aren’t usually translated into English. But they are very enlightening when we read them in the Hebrew. These are the ones we find in this week’s study:

Concerning the life of Jacob and Esau, in Gen 25:28, both Jacob and Esau have את symbols in front of their names in the beginning of their life together but the LAST time we see the את symbol used in front of Esau’s name in the Torah is in Gen 27:1, on the day Isaac calls to Esau to ask him to hunt him some savory meat so that he (Isaac) may bless Esau as the first born.

Once Jacob deceives Isaac and receives the first born blessing in Esau’s place, we NEVER see the את symbol in front of Esau’s name again in the Torah, even though it is used another 78 times but continues to be only in front of Jacobs name thereafter. The reasoning why Esau has no את symbols after Gen 27:1 is explained by Moses in Gen 25:34 so despised Esau his את birthright! Consequently, not only is it important to notice where the את is placed but also where the את is NOT placed.

 


Bible Study for Kids

It’s sometimes hard to make the Old Testament fun for kids. Try these Children’s activities:

Days of creation coloring


For Deeper Language Learning

Hebrew “Word of the Week” by Hebrew4Christians.com

Greek “Greek of the Week



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Tuesday- 51-72 
Wednesday- 73-89 

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