Genesis 39-50 Questions and Answers
Genesis 39-50 Summary
Genesis 39-50 concludes the life of Joseph and the book of Genesis. Joseph had a very interesting life. He was sold into slavery by his brothers, who hoped that by doing so, he would die, just not by their hand. Then he was imprisoned as an innocent man. Finally he was promoted to vice-ruler over all of the land of Egypt. Then, he was re-united at last with his family.
Joseph in so many ways is an illustration, a type of Jesus Christ himself. Despite all of his trials, Joseph was a very honorable man. And in all of trials, God was with him. A verse that sums up the life of Joseph is Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
Joseph’s life, and his trials gives us comfort because when we are truly serving God, and want to honor God in our everyday lives, God is with us and He will help us.
Bible Study Questions and Answers
In chapter 39 Joseph did nothing wrong that the LORD was with him. No, he did nothing wrong and he and God both knew it. The LORD was very near to Joseph and encouraged him during this time of trial.
Joseph did not get out of prison in chapter 40, but he will. Yes, you are right.
In Genesis 41:2 what is kine and fatfleshed? “Kine” is referring to cattle. “Fatfleshed” are well-fed, fat, healthy cows.
In Genesis 41:3 what is leanfleshed? “Leansfleshed” refers to sickly skinny cows.
What does “traffick” mean in Genesis 42:34? “Traffick [in]” is the verb form of the noun “traffic”. This means the movement of something over some kind of route.
Why did Joseph’s brothers not recognize him as their brother? It had been several years and Joseph was a teen when they sold him. Now he was dressed in the garb of the Egyptians, he was speaking to them through an interpreter and they never thought they would ever see him alive and was never expecting to see him as a ruler of Egypt.
In Genesis 43 there was a famine but they still had honey, nuts and almonds. Yes, it seems that there was still a bit of exotic food products even though the wheat was failing.
Why did Joseph want to see Benjamin? Benjamin was his full brother and Benjamin was the only one that was not with the others. All of the other brothers were Joseph’s half brothers.
Why did Joseph reveal himself? He wanted to be reunited with his family and he wanted his family to be near him. He was in the position to help his family and that was what he wanted to do for them.
All of Jacob’s family went to Egypt and there were a lot of them. According to Genesis 46:26 there were 66 persons that went with Jacob into Egypt. Genesis 46:26 “All the souls that came with Jacob into Egypt, which came out of his loins, besides Jacob’s sons’ wives, all the souls were threescore and six.”
In Genesis 47:16 what do they mean “if money fail”? This means if and when they run out of money.
In Genesis 47:18 what do they mean that “we will not hide it from my lord”? What they are saying is that they were telling the total truth that they no more money, lands or possessions.
What prophecy has yet to come to pass in Genesis 49:10? “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.” (Genesis 49:10) This verse is a reference to Jesus Christ and His kingdom what we know as the Millennial (1000 year) reign of Christ. Jacob was saying, in prophecy, that Jesus “the sceptre” (modern English spells this as “scepter” – which is a symbol of a ruling king), the lawgiver, would come eventually from the line of Judah. Shiloh is a reference to peace. During the Millennial reign there will be peace.
Jacob had twelve sons and each one was a tribe of Israel. Yes, you are right. Their sons each formed a tribe that was named after them. This is where the Twelve Tribes of Israel began from, each of the twelve sons of Jacob.
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