Category Archives : Genesis (Rayburn)


The Final Scene, Gen 50:1-26

Download audio Genesis 50:1-26 Download sermon Text Comment v.1       Remember, God had promised Jacob, when he left Canaan for Egypt that his long-lost son Joseph would “close his eyes.” Now we are reading the fulfillment of that promise. The strong bond between Joseph and Jacob is expressed once more in this dramatic deathbed scene, unparalleled […]


The Testament of Jacob, Gen 49:1-33

Download audio Genesis 49:1-33 Download sermon Text Comment v.1       “…in days to come” literally “in the latter days,” a phrase that only appears in prophetic contexts. Jacob was giving a prophecy here. v.4       Once again in Genesis, the eldest son (as before Cain, Ishmael, Esau, and Er) lost his privileged position because of his sin. […]


The Holy Land, Gen 47:28-31

Download audio Genesis 47:28-31 Download sermon Text Comment v.28     That is, Jacob lived in Egypt with Joseph the same number of years that Joseph had lived with his father in Canaan before he was sold into slavery by his brothers (cf. 37:2). v.29     You remember the similar form of oath taken by Abraham’s servant in […]


Blessing the World, Gen 47:1-28

Download audio Genesis 47:1-28 Download sermon Text Comment v.4       As Joseph had foreseen, Pharaoh asked the brothers about their occupation and they replied as Joseph had coached them to reply (46:31-34). That they came “to sojourn” in Egypt indicates that they did not intend to remain there permanently. v.6       The audience went very well. The […]


Reading the Signs, Gen 43:1-34

Download audio Genesis 43:1-34 Download sermon This 43rd chapter continues the story begun in chapter 42. Here begins the account of the second journey of Jacob’s sons to Egypt, which account will not be concluded until 45:15. The chapter divisions, of course, are arbitrary – they were added long after the Bible was complete – […]