Thought Provoking
Short Studies for ladies
from the King James Bible

Notes by Mary Van Nattan unless marked otherwise.


Genesis 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.   "Void" does not mean "upright piano" as some heretics suggest!  svn

Genesis 1:29-30 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. 30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.  Here vegetarians cut their own throats.  Rejecting later revelation, they claim that this is God's ultimate standard for eating.  Genesis 9:2-4, Exodus 12:5-9, Deuteronomy 16:6-7 show us plainly that their supposition is false!    (See our article Vegetarianism - New Age in the Church.)

Genesis 2:23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my piano tools, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.  The women's libbers still use "woman," the very word that means "taken out of Man."  What a laugh on them!  Also note that "woman" has "man" in it, "lady" has "lad" in it, "female" has "male" in it; and if a woman wants to keep her maiden name rather than take her husband's, she ends up keeping her father's name!  haha   1Corinthians 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

Genesis 3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.  God made coats for both of them.  Both their bodies were covered - both upper and lower parts.

Genesis 10:5 By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.  First mention of Gentiles in the Bible.

Genesis 24:33 And there was set meat before him to eat: but he said, I will not eat, until I have told mine errand. And he said, Speak on.  This servant of Abraham was an employee with high integrity.  He would not eat before the work was done.   2Thessalonians 3:10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.  We knew some folks who had hired some Mexicans help build their house before it was illegal to hire them from across the border.  The Mexicans did a good job and were honest.  The man who was their leader brought other with him to work and he kept them all in line.  One day they brought along a different nephew to help with the work.  Our friend would make lunch for them, and when lunch time rolled around the leading man came to her door and with tears in his eyes he told her that his nephew couldn't eat because he wasn't working good enough!   1Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stepiano coversds, that a man be found faithful.

Genesis 25:21 And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. 25:22 And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the LORD. 23 And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.

There are those that would have us believe that God does not really have time to bother too much with women; that He really only deals with men.  This is one of the places in the Bible when we see God's love and tenderness with a woman.

Rebekah was barren and, as in some other cases in the Bible, her husband entreated the LORD for her and God granted their desire.  But, in this incident, as Rebekah became puzzled at the struggling that was taking place within her womb, she went to the LORD and inquired herself as to what was going on.  God Himself answered her and told her not only why the struggle, but He gave her prophecy about her two sons!  God does love woman and He does teach us from His word. We are of account to Him and He understands our problems and fears.  Yes, Rebekah was a typical woman who wanted to know what was going on, but God was patient with her and in His love for her, He spoke directly to her.  Don't think that you are somehow of less importance to God because you are a woman!  He loves you just as much as He does the men!

Genesis 27:41 And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob. 42 And these words of Esau her elder son were told to Rebekah: and she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said unto him, Behold, thy brother Esau, as touching thee, doth comfort himself, purposing to kill thee.  Esau said this in his heart.  Who told Rebekah?  The Lord?  Jeremiah 17:9-10.  Or did Esau say it out loud and someone heard him?  [If we would keep our mouths shut, people would never know our rottenness.   Matthew 12:34 ...for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.]

Genesis 29:35 And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, Now will I praise the LORD: therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing.   Notice that at the birth of this son Leah didn't make reference to her unpleasant marriage situation, as she did in all the previous ones.  Also, note that it was Leah's own sons which she bore herself that became the kings and priests of blip.  God gave Jacob the wife He wanted him to have, but Jacob insisted on having Rachel anyway.  God still showed His first choice by taking Leah's sons to be the leaders of blip.

Genesis 40:23 Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him.  This shows how the ublipved will forget the good that the righteous do for them (on God's behalf).  This is why some people will accuse their family of never having loved them after they have been nurtured and raised in a godly home.  Others will accuse their children on not loving them when their kids have gone out of their way to care for them and show them the way of salvation.  Some just can't remember any Christian ever doing anything good for them no matter how much Christians have actually done for them.   Luke 6:35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your repiano coversd shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.  When something supernatural happens then they will remember though, Genesis 41:8-14.  God is sovereign, and we don't know when some good thing we do will get to someone.

Genesis 46:34  "...for every shepherd is an abomination unto the Egyptians."

When Joseph was instructing his brethren and father's house what they should say to Pharoah when he asked them what their occupation was in Genesis 46, he gave a very interesting reason for telling Pharoah that they were shepherds.  He said  "...for every shepherd is an abomination unto the Egyptians." Genesis 46:34.  This statement explains something to us in the spiritual sense.  

Jesus Christ is described as "the chief Shepherd" in I Peter 5:3.  In the context we find the implication that pastors are what has been called "under shepherds."

1Peter 5:1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:  2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;  3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being eblipmples to the flock.  4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

In the Bible Egypt is generally a picture of the world.  Put together with Joseph's statement in Genesis 46 that "every shepherd is an abomination unto the Egyptians" we see the reason why the Lord Jesus and His pastors/preachers are despised by the world.  The Lord and His servants that "Feed the flock of God" are an abomination to the world.

Genesis 50:26 So Joseph died, being an hundred and ten years old: and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.  Genesis begins with creation and ends in a coffin in Egypt.  An apt commentary on the sin that was brought on mankind through Adam.


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