Genesis 42-50 Old Testament 2022 Lesson 12 March 14-20, 2022

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This is a commentary on Genesis 42-50—the text for Lesson 12, “God Meant It unto Good” in the Come, Follow Me for Individuals and Families manual for 2022. In this lesson Joseph’s brothers will come to Egypt and fulfil his dreams. He will test them and finally reconcile with them in one of the most dramatic stories in the Old Testament. We will see a mighty change of heart in Judah. The process of the atonement will be clearly seen, and Joseph as a type of Christ will be elucidated in some detail. We will consider other Josephs in scripture and their role in these types. Jacob’s deathbed blessing on his twelve sons and his adoption of Ephraim and Manasseh will be discussed. In conclusion we shall take a brief overview of the literary structure of the entire book of Genesis and demonstrate (hopefully) that form is meaning with repentance being the focus of that structure. pp. 47.

2 reviews for Genesis 42-50 Old Testament 2022 Lesson 12 March 14-20, 2022

  1. Marci Zhang

    Thank you for all of your insights. I especially marveled at the correlation between Rachel claiming her menstruation to divert Laban from finding his stolen gods and her dying in childbirth. One thing you did not mention, which had popped into my mind while reading is that during the famine, the Egyptians gave up everything – money, livestock, land and became slaves in exchange for food which I felt was an echo of Esau giving up his birthright for a bowl of lentil soup.

    • tsmith1006_0

      You’re welcome. Thanks for the idea on the Egyptian’s entrance into slavery for food–good insight.

  2. Marci Zhang

    You mention: Modern patriarchs in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints expand and illuminate the
    blessings of these other tribes. Where can I find this information. I am so curious how many of the “lost 10” have been named and where they are located and what their roles are in the last days.

    • tsmith1006_0

      There’s no great source for the other tribes other than Levi (basically the law of Moses description of their role and John the Baptist’s statement to Joseph and Oliver), Judah (we know a lot about the Jews in the last days and their role from various scriptures, and Ephraim (from Hosea, Isaiah, and the Doctrine and Covenants which essentially is a set of commandments for the Church which is now largely Ephraim). The roles of the other ten (since there are 13 tribes) are more obscure. We know most about Benjamin after the first three I mentioned, but then the rest have very thin information in scripture. What I meant by the quote you cited is that when someone is declared part of one of the less common tribes, there might be elements in their personal patriarchal blessing which talk about their role. Since the blessings are sacred and private–we don’t know what’s in them. I’m just speculating that if you could find everyone who had been told they were from Naphtali (for example) and then collate the information in their blessings, you might get a clue as to the role of Naphtali in the latter days. I’ll send you a thing I wrote on Benjamin for a Mom who wanted to know about that tribe since her son was told he was in that one. Best regards, T

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