January 13, Genesis 37-40

 

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In three of these four chapters, we read about Joseph. (Chapter 38 details the life of Judah—I don’t think we covered his story in Children’s Sunday School either.) In many ways, Joseph is the hero of the story for me. Joseph was faithful no matter the circumstances. Here’s the way I like to summarize the life of Joseph. First, he was sold by his brothers. Next, he was sold out by Potiphar’s wife. Then, he was “sold-down-the-river” by the king’s cupbearer. The last verse of chapter 40 indicates that Joseph was forgotten by the cupbearer. In many ways, Joseph was forgotten many times, but never by God. Joseph was not only remembered by God, but God was always with him. So, here’s the lesson: Sometimes we do all the right things, and all the wrong things happen. When you feel like your life is going that way, remember Joseph. Have faith in God, He is at work in your life even though you may not see His work. When something does not go your way today, remember that God is in charge!

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January 12, Genesis 32-36

 

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Yesterday and today we have read about Jacob. Here’s what I see about Jacob. His life can be summarized by four spiritual milestones.  The first two milestones were read yesterday. First, Jacob was arrested by God (chapter 28) soon after his departure to the land of his mother. God is in control, but Jacob would need to come under the control of God. Jacob’s transformation is not yet complete, but I think it begins here with a ladder. Second, Jacob wasredirected by God to go back to the land of his fathers (chapter 31). Third, Jacob was restored by God (chapter 32). Finally, Jacob is reassured by God (chapter 35). God confirmed with Jacob the covenant of Abraham. In three of these four milestones, Jacob built an altar to the LORD to declare his praise. Take a moment today to reflect on some of your spiritual milestones. Then ask yourself whether you are still living by the direction that these milestones pointed.

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January 11, Genesis 27-31

 

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Yesterday, we read about Isaac and Rebekah’s source of grief because of their daughters-in-law.  We read a little more striking statement today in Genesis 27:46.  Now, we learn that Rebekah is disgusted with living because of these women.  She is not sure that life is worth living if Jacob would do the same as Esau.  Now, certainly she was right in wanting the best for her son.  But, you know what?  I don’t think God ever wants us to get to the place where our satisfaction in life is dependent on what someone else does.  Ask God to show you if you are allowing the actions of someone else to rob you of your joy. The other thing to observe in this verse is the place that it plays in giving a reason for Rebekah to ask Isaac to send Jacob off to search for a wife among her people.  If not for her displeasure, which of course was introduced earlier, Isaac would not have called Jacob, blessed him, and commanded him to Paddan Aram.  What is all of this?  Deception?  Yes.  Bitterness?  Yes.  Sin? Probably so.  But, you know what else?  The sovereignty of God!  Absolutely! Jacob’s life is saved from the angry hands of Esau.  Jacob will soon become the continuation of a promise made to his grandfather Abraham.

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January 10, Genesis 25-26

 

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I can’t say I remember this part of the story in Sunday School as a kid.  The teachers skipped it for a good reason too.  We wouldn’t have understood.  But as you get older, you understand.  I’m talking about the last two verses of Genesis 26.  Almost as an after thought, we read that Esau married two Hittites and they were a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah.  Now, no mother-in-law or father-in-law need say “Amen,” but perhaps many want to agree.   

Now, here’s what I think is going on to cause the grief.  These Hittite women were not followers of the God of Abraham and Isaac.  Though God would give this law a little later, we observe in these chapters today that Esau did not make the best choices in life.  He chose on the basis of immediate gratification rather than long term satisfaction.  Remember it was a one-time meal that caused him to give his birthright to his brother. 

If your children have married, you are stuck.  Pray every day and make the best of every day.  You will be glad you did.  If you have children yet to marry, pray every day that they will learn to make wise choices so that when that time comes to make one of life’s ultimate choices they will choose according to God’s standards and not the standards of the world.

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January 9, Genesis 21-24

 

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Since chapter 12, one thing has dominated the story line—a son for Abraham and Sarah. That’s why chapter 22 is hard to fathom.  After all the years of no son, now God asks Abraham to sacrifice his son as a burnt offering.  What strikes me about this scene is how the story seems to crawl to a snail’s pace.  Sometimes the Bible summarizes large blocks of time in a single sentence while other times minutes take sentences.  As I think about it, maybe our lives are like that.  We breeze through the easy moments and even say about them, “That was a breeze.”  Similarly, the difficult moments of life seem frozen in time.  So, does the beginning of this New Year find you in a slow moment?  Take heart.  God may be asking you to put all on the altar.  When you do, you will find that He is always the LORD Provider.

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