midianites

After killing a man, Moses flees Pharaoh and settles in Midian to live (Exodus 2:11 – 2:22)

After Moses reached adulthood, he went to where his own people were and watched them work at hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. He looked around, and seeing no one, he struck the Egyptian dead and hid his body in the sand. The next day, Moses went out and saw two Hebrews fighting each other. He asked the one in the wrong, “Why are you hitting your fellow Hebrew?” The man snarled, “Who made you the ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me like you killed the Egyptian?” Moses was afraid that what he had done had become known to others. When Pharaoh heard this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled to Midian

Joseph taken to Egypt where he is wooed by Potiphar’s wife – God rewards those who are righteous (Genesis 39:1 – 39:23)

After Joseph was sold by his brothers, the Ishmaelites took Joseph to Egypt where he was sold to Potiphar, one of the Pharaoh’s officials (i.e. captain of the guard). God was with Joseph, so he prospered while in captivity. Joseph lived in the home of his Egyptian master. When his master saw God was with Joseph in everything he did, he made him his attendant. Potiphar put Joseph in charge of the household and entrusted everything he owned to his care. Potiphar did not concern himself with anything but the food he ate. As a result, Potiphar was blessed by God both in his house and in the field. Joseph was well built and handsome. After some time, his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said,

Joseph is thrown into a well then sold into slavery by his brothers (Genesis 37:12 – 37:36)

Joseph’s brothers had gone to Shechem to graze their father’s flocks. Israel (Jacob) said to Joseph, “As you know, your brothers are grazing the flocks near Shechem. I am going to send you to them.” Joseph responded, “Very well.” Jacob told Joseph, “Go and see if all is well with your brothers and the flocks and bring word back to me.” Then Joseph set off from the Valley of Hebron. When Joseph arrived in Shechem, a man found him wandering around in the fields. He asked Joseph, “What are you looking for?” Joseph replied, “I am looking for my brothers. Can you tell me where they are grazing their flocks?” “They have moved on from here,” the man answered. “I heard them say, ‘Let’s go to Dothan.’” So Joseph went after his

The death of Abraham (Genesis 25:1 – 25:11)

In later age, Abraham took a new wife, Keturah who bore him six sons, including some lines which would become significant (and enemies of Isaac) in later chapters – the Ashurites (Assyrians), Letushites, Midianites, Shuhites, and Leummites.  Abraham left everything to Isaac and gave gifts to his remaining sons and sent them away to land in the east. Abraham lived to be 175 years old when he died.  His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him with Sarah in the Cave of Machpelah just east of Mamre in the district of Hebron. God blessed Isaac who then went on to live near Beer Lahai Roi (the location, between Kadesh and Bered in southern Palestine, where Isaac was waiting for the return of his future wife, Rebekah). What the story