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Forgiveness is just the tip of the iceberg

The Word Without Walls Podcast

Release Date: 05/27/2020

Bible Study--Genesis in Hebrews show art Bible Study--Genesis in Hebrews

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Everything in the Bible and human history is a result of what is recorded in Genesis 1--3. Biblical history points to and then flows from the fulfillment of God’s promises of a Savior, evident in the Gospels that record the life of Jesus, the incarnate Son of God, conceived by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary. Paul’s letter to the Hebrews in the New Testament is intensely focused on Genesis (and Exodus) for understanding the human condition and God’s redemptive work for our lives.

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Bible Study--Genesis 50:1-26 show art Bible Study--Genesis 50:1-26

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Jacob’s burial is recorded, followed by his sons' fear of Joseph and plea for mercy. Genesis concludes with a simple statement of what all of history reveals, especially the life of Jesus, the life of Job, and Paul’s observation in Romans 8:28 and 2 Corinthians 4:16-18: God makes all things work together for good.

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Bible Study--Genesis 49:1-33 show art Bible Study--Genesis 49:1-33

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Jacob’s last words to his other sons are a reflection on each son’s history and character. We might also find it interesting to remember Jacob’s words about each son as we read their history in the rest of the Old Testament. Notice how much more time Jacob spends on Judah, from whom the promised Savior will descend according to his human nature.

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Bible Study--Genesis 48:1-22 show art Bible Study--Genesis 48:1-22

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Jacob blesses Joseph’s sons, reversing birth order against Joseph’s complaint, impressing us again with the contrast between the less significant formalities of physical life and the truly significant substantiveness of the life that God works in us by means of His promises.

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Bible Study--Genesis 47:1-31 show art Bible Study--Genesis 47:1-31

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The famine continues and Joseph’s wise service to Pharaoh is impressive.  Over the years, the people spend their money, livestock, lands, and then their own lives for bread; thus they are impoverished and Pharaoh is enriched. Still, Joseph lets the people live in their homes and on their lands and keep four-fifths of what they grow while continuing to deliver one-fifth to Pharaoh. Is this also illustrative of our life in this body in this world? We are bound in so many ways because of our physical life, appetites, and limitations, yet God grants us liberty while we live here. Contrast...

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Bible Study--Genesis 46:1-34 show art Bible Study--Genesis 46:1-34

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Joseph sends for Jacob, and Jacob journeys to Egypt. Jacob’s life is especially illustrative of the children of God (also known as children of promise, which is illustrative of our regenerate soul). Jacob’s sojourn in this world (in his physical body) includes time in Egypt. Jacob’s family is reunited and he receives Joseph back from the dead with the addition of Joseph’s two sons. Jacob will pass away in body in Egypt, but will be buried with his father Isaac and grandfather Abraham back in the Promised Land. The next book of Old Testament history is Exodus, which will record how...

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Bible Study--Genesis 45:1-28 show art Bible Study--Genesis 45:1-28

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Joseph reveals himself to his brothers.  Best of all, he explains how all this was God’s doing to make Joseph a servant/leader who could manage the grain to preserve life. Notice how Joseph sends provisions and carts for Jacob and the family, which is the physical evidence of the brothers’ report that Joseph was alive – physical means of confirming God’s Word as God has been doing all along and does for us still in the sacraments.

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Bible Study--Genesis 44:1-34 show art Bible Study--Genesis 44:1-34

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Joseph finishes working out his test for the brothers.  This test will bring Judah to confess the guilt of the brothers, how justice as a function of God’s creation found them out, and most of all, Judah’s intercession and offer of himself as substitute--all indicative and foreshadowing of the Son of God who will become a son of Judah and accomplish what Judah could not.

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Bible Study--Genesis 43:1-34 show art Bible Study--Genesis 43:1-34

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Joseph’s brothers return with Benjamin. Note well how Judah is the speaker; his history is in exact contrast with that of the Savior that will come from his descendants.  Note also how Judah does indicate the nature of the Savior when he offers to sacrifice himself if necessary to return Benjamin to Jacob.

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Bible Study--Genesis 42:1-38 show art Bible Study--Genesis 42:1-38

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Joseph’s brothers come to Egypt and Joseph begins to test them. The brothers cannot possibly figure out what’s going on, but God by way of Joseph knows exactly what the purpose and result of this trial is--reconciliation!

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When people speak of the Gospel, they often reduce it to just the forgiveness of sins.  But it's so much more than that!  This episode discusses the thirteen attributes of the Gospel.  

To access a PDF version of the list of the thirteen attributes of the Gospel, visit wordwithoutwalls.com.