April 28, 2017

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

Genesis 48 (ESV)

After this, Joseph was told, “Behold, your father is ill.” So he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim. 2 And it was told to Jacob, “Your son Joseph has come to you.” Then Israel summoned his strength and sat up in bed. 3 And Jacob said to Joseph, “God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me, 4 and said to me, ‘Behold, I will make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will make of you a company of peoples and will give this land to your offspring after you for an everlasting possession.’ 5 And now your two sons, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; Ephraim and Manasseh shall be mine, as Reuben and Simeon are. 6 And the children that you fathered after them shall be yours. They shall be called by the name of their brothers in their inheritance. 7 As for me, when I came from Paddan, to my sorrow Rachel died in the land of Canaan on the way, when there was still some distance to go to Ephrath, and I buried her there on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).” … Continue Reading

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  1. Tonight, after finishing the gospel of John, I wanted to read Peter’s letters. I started with 1 Peter and read 1 Peter 1 and 2. My favorite thing about Peter is his boldness in the face of persecution and threats of flogging, imprisonment, and death throughout the book of Acts. Before Jesus was crucified, Peter was a man who vacillated between fear and courage. But after the Holy Spirit came upon him in power in Jerusalem, he was a different man!! BOLD! I pray for courage like Peter’s.

    In 1 Peter 1 and 2, Peter places such great emphasis on obedience:

    “Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’ And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.” 1 Peter 1:13-19

  2. I left a comment here last week, but I guess I didn’t press to post….so summation: isn’t it good when people forget us that God doesn’t (ie like the cup bearer and Joseph), also thank God for His amazing sovereign plan that means when people make plans for evil, God can change it for good, and lastly, isn’t it great that the Egyptians bless the people of Israel with material goods on the way into Egypt as well as on the way out?

    Feel free to discuss any other thoughts I have on this section with me personally…

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