Genesis 50

  1. Comparing 50:1-13 with 28:13-15, reflect how faithful God had been in the fulfilment of his promises even in Jacob’s own lifetime. Cf. Ps. 146:5, 6.
  2. Why were the brothers slow to believe that Joseph had forgiven them?
    What was Joseph’s reaction?
    Do we ever similarly grieve God?
  3. How long a time elapsed between Jacob’s coming to Egypt and Joseph’s death?
    What took place during those years?
    See verses 22, 25) the more conspicuous?
    Cf. Heb. 11:22.


Genesis 49

  1. Consider how diverse and unpromising were the human materials that God chose for the fulfilment of his purposes. Cf. Deut. /:7, 8; 9:4, 5. One secret of how God could do this is described in verses 24, 25a. Is this a secret of victory that you have learnt for yourself? Cf. phil. 4:13; 2 Cor. 12:9.
  2. Consider especially Reuben, Judah and Joseph. In whom was the promise of verse 10 fulfilled? (See mg. for sense; cf. Ezek. 21:27.) Cf. also 1 Chr. 5:1, 2.

Genesis 47:13-48:22

  1. By their own confession, what did Joseph do for the people of Egypt?
    How did he remain true to his father’s God amid all the pressures of his office?
  2. What different points of view produced the two retrospects of Jacob in 47:9 and 84:15, 16?
    Which is more worthy of our imitation?
  3. Note Jacob’s confident faith and prayer for his two grandsons. Cf. Heb. 11:21; Gen. 18:18, 19; Deut. 6:4-7; Ps. 78:5-7. What can we learn from this concerning the privilege and responsibility of Christian parenthood?

Genesis 46:1-47:12

  1. In what way would the fulfillment of the promise in 46:3 be easier in Egypt than in the nomadic conditions of Canaan?
    What can we learn from this of God’s providence?
  2. What trail in Joseph is revealed by his management of Jacob’s arrival?
    Cf. Is 11:2.
  3. How does this passage illustrate, typically or otherwise:
    (a) John 14:6;
    (b) 2 Cor. 4:17, 18?


Genesis 45

  1. What were the reasons for Joseph’s intensity of feeling in verses 1-15?
    What was his attitude to the sufferings that preceded the reconciliation?
    What can we learn from this of God’s longing to reconcile his sinful creatures, at whatever cost?
  2. What blessings did the restoration of family harmony bring with it?

Genesis 44

  1. How do the actions of Joseph’s brothers in this chapter show a real change in them?
    Contrast their behavior towards their father and another beloved son in 37:18-31.
  2. Observe how in this second visit to Egypt Judah takes the lead; see 43:3, 8; 44:14, 16, 18.
    What qualities are revealed in his speech in verses 18-34?
    How does this teach us that we should not despair of anyone?
    See 37:26, 27; 38:1; Ps.119:59.

Genesis 43

  1. Why did Jacob yield to Judah’s appeal when he had refused the earlier appeal of Reuben in 42:37, 38?
  2. Why do you think Joseph’s gave Benjamin a portion five times as large as to the others?
    Was it affection for Benjamin or a further test for his brothers?
    See 37:4.