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Is Joseph trying to preserve them or is he being a control freak? Genesis 47.

Genesis 47 Prelude: “The story has a classic “U” shaped design, moving from a pastoral scene of familial prosperity, through an extended period of adversity and disintegration of the family unit, to a climax of restoration and reuniting of the family unit that result in a greater position of prosperity than when the story began.” Nelson's New Illustrated Bible Commentary Previously we see Joseph giving these instructions to the family. Joseph said to his brothers and to his father's household, "I will go up and tell Pharaoh, and will say to him, 'My brothers and my father's household, who were in the land of Canaan, have come to me; and the men are shepherds, for they have been keepers of livestock; and they have brought their flocks and their herds and all that they have.' "When Pharaoh calls you and says, 'What is your occupation?' you shall say, 'Your servants have been keepers of livestock from our youth even until now, both we and our father…

A short course in Isaiah. Chapter 13 - The message about Babylon.

Now this is where it gets interesting. Isaiah 13:1 NET. This is a message about Babylon that God revealed to Isaiah, son of Amoz: My first question is, what do we know about Isaiah? While this may not seem important to others, I believe that knowing something of Isaiah's background might answer important questions and possibly give me an understanding about this religious garbage that was thrown at me, in an attempt to convince me that Isaiah quoted from some Babylonian mythology. I suppose then that we should not take the things Isaiah said so seriously. As a side note: If I can discredit Isaiah in one area, then perhaps he should be disregarded in all other aspects as well, such as chapter 53 where he describes the horrendous price the Messiah would pay. Pastor John MacArthur tells us that, “Isaiah is quoted directly in the NT over sixty-five times, more than any other OT prophet, and mentioned by name over twenty times.” That tells me that others thought highly of Isaiah's word…