April 21, 2017

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Reading along with us in Genesis? Here’s today’s reading:

Genesis 41 (ESV)

After two whole years, Pharaoh dreamed that he was standing by the Nile, 2 and behold, there came up out of the Nile seven cows, attractive and plump, and they fed in the reed grass. 3 And behold, seven other cows, ugly and thin, came up out of the Nile after them, and stood by the other cows on the bank of the Nile. 4 And the ugly, thin cows ate up the seven attractive, plump cows. And Pharaoh awoke. 5 And he fell asleep and dreamed a second time. And behold, seven ears of grain, plump and good, were growing on one stalk. 6 And behold, after them sprouted seven ears, thin and blighted by the east wind. 7 And the thin ears swallowed up the seven plump, full ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and behold, it was a dream. 8 So in the morning his spirit was troubled, and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt and all its wise men. Pharaoh told them his dreams, but there was none who could interpret them to Pharaoh … Continue Reading

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  1. God’s timing….God kept Joseph safe and close at hand in the prison for two years so that when the time was right for the good plan to be set in motion Joepsh was “remembered”, and again the power of God was evident to all and Joseph trustworthy.

  2. Once again I find myself apologizing for not posting here in a long time. It has been a busy few weeks for me with water issues in my office, Holy week responsibilities and taking some time off during school vacation. It has distracted me from taking personal devotional time in the word on a few nights, but the accountability that this page represents has been one of the factors that has helped me fight off the excuses and other distractions that would have made it worse. So I have been following along in Genesis but have not had a chance to post until now.

    In general terms, I was just struck by the amazing grace of God in choosing the patriarchs of Israel. Really culminating in choosing Jacob to be the one who would carry on the promise. What an unlikely candidate for God’s blessing and call. How dysfunctional this family of Isaac and Jacob were with the intrigue, deception, and favoritism that we find in these chapters. Certainly grace does not condone such things, but chooses to work in spite of it. Certainly makes me grateful for that grace meeting me in my failure and sin and keeping me connected to a God that provides power also by that grace that helps me overcome.

    But things do seem to improve with Joseph, don’t they? Prideful in the beginning from the revelations given him and the favoritism shown, but humbled (most likely) by being sold and made a slave. But the cream always rises to the top. He shows his character by spurring Potiphar’s wife’s advances and by his patience while in prison. The song sung by my girls a few weeks ago comes to mind….in God;s hands, your life is not falling apart but coming together. How true for Joseph…how true for us. I hope I have the faith to wait on God’s plan faithfully rather than turning to my own devices.

    I also want to thank the few who are persevering in posting..hoping and praying more will join us. If not in posting, at least in commitment to the Word!

  3. I read John 17 and 18 tonight, and commented there.

    “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13

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