January 18, Exodus 1-2

 

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Today’s reading sets the background for the deliverance of Israel from the bondage of slavery. Many generations have passed since Jacob’s sons had been invited to live in Egypt.  (Exodus 12:40 tells us that the length of stay in Egypt is 430 years.) During this time, the people of Israel have become numerous, but their life in Egypt has become miserable. The last verse of chapter 2 catches my eye. God looked on them and acknowledged them, so says the New King James Version. The New International Version says, “God was concerned about them.”   

God knows our situation. He sees our trouble and is concerned. If a friend says to us that he/she is concerned about us, we are comforted. How much more should we be comforted when God says He is concerned? 

I like the lyrics of the song by Tommy Walker entitled, “He Knows My Name.” The chorus goes like this:

            He knows my name
            He knows my every thought
            He sees each tear that falls
            And hears me when I call

 Amen!

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January 17, Genesis 48-50

 

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You did it!  You are 1/66 of the way through reading the Bible. Don’t stop now. Go back and think through some of the exciting things you have learned.   

A few days ago, we considered the parallel between our waiting on God and His waiting on us. In today’s reading, we see an interesting parallel between the sovereignty of God and the free will choices of man. Notice how the sons of Jacob received a blessing “appropriate” to them (49:28). I am reminded of the New Testament verse that tells us that we will reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7).

The story of Joseph gives us a great illustration of the sovereignty of God accompanying the wise choices of Joseph. In God’s sovereignty, God had to get Joseph to Egypt. Why? In God’s sovereign plan, Joseph would be used to administer during a time of severe famine. In God’s sovereignty, the famine is what brings all of Israel to live in Egypt. Why does Israel need to live in Egypt?  Egypt would have such a disregard for Israel that Israel would not intermarry allowing them to grow into a great nation. I have a saying that goes like this: God’s will is more important than God’s will for your life. It can hardly seem like God’s will when Joseph is sold into slavery. It hardly seems like God’s will when Joseph is put into prison. Only in the end do we realize that God was always at work putting the pieces in place for Israel to grow into a mighty nation. Thank God today when something happens that you do not particularly like. Remind yourself that He is always at work! 

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January 16, Genesis 45-47

 

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There’s something missing in our reading today. We read that Joseph reveals his identity to his brothers. We read that Jacob and the entire family come to live in Egypt. We read that Joseph presents his family to Pharaoh. We usually emphasize forgiveness in these chapters. I believe that Joseph truly forgave even though the words, “I forgive you” are absent. You know why I think that? It’s because of what is missing. What’s missing is any indication that Joseph told either his father or Pharaoh what the brothers had done to him. That is remarkable to me and the perfect example of forgiveness. A good definition of forgiveness is “not holding the wrong to a person’s account.” That’s what Joseph did.  He resisted the opportunity to tell how he had been wronged. Let’s do the same.   

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January 15, Genesis 41-44

 

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I am captured by the way our reading begins today.  We are told that two full years passed. That’s a long time to wait. That’s especially a long time to wait when we feel like we have been treated unfairly to start. Sometimes God calls us to wait. We want to go now, but God says wait. If you are in a waiting period today, thank God for the wait and remind yourself that God has a plan. While sometimes God calls us to wait, other times He calls us to “Go!” The beginning of chapter 42 offers an interesting parallel to the waiting at the beginning of chapter 41. In essence, Jacob says to his sons, “What are you waiting on?” Apparently the sons were just standing around looking at each other. Have you ever been around a group of people when you wanted to say what Jacob said? Maybe today God says to you, “What are you waiting on?” My prayer today is that we would not be ahead of God or behind God, but right in step with Him. It is one thing to be waiting on God, but entirely something else for God to be waiting on us.

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January 14

 

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As we complete our second week of reading, I want you to think again on that phrase from Genesis 18:14.  That’s the phrase that reminds us that there is nothing that is too hard for the LORD.  The same thought is expressed in Jeremiah 32:17 and 27, Matthew 19:26, and Luke 1:37.  Read each of these Scriptures and think about the following difficult things:  

_______________________ is the most difficult thing in my life.  

_______________________ is the most difficult thing in my church.  

_______________________ is the most difficult thing in our world.  

_______________________ is the most difficult lost person that I know.  

Then, pray…”God, though these things seem difficult to me, they are not too difficult for You.” 

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