Archive | January 2013

A little behind, sorry

Today’s read is Genesis 36-41

I am sorry that I am giving you an extra long read, but I promise it is an interesting and fast read. This is the story of when Joseph is sold by his brothers and eventually ends up in Egypt. If you remember the last post I had it was when Jacob is called Israel and Israel is born. Now in these passages we read how Israel came to Egypt. It is important that you note the way they come because it establishes them here in this country and lays the ground work for the book of Exodus.

In the middle of our chapters we read about Judah and Tamar and that is a very strange story. Neither of them are in the right and both are sinfully wrong. What I want you to take from that is God can and does redeem us and He will use all of what we do the good and the bad for His purpose. Now this does not mean that you can go out and sin and God will use it, I am just telling you that God can use you even though you sin. He can take the bad and make it for good and we will read more about that tomorrow with Joseph. God knows we are humans and sinful and fallen. He is not surprised by our sins, He is saddened not surprised. He will take our sins and toss them as far as the east is from the west and He will redeem us but nothing will stop the will of God and if God wills it than it shall be done regardless of our actions.

Joseph is sold and ends up first in Potiphars house and then in jail and now he is moved to Pharaoh’s and is 2nd in command. Most of us are familiar with this story thanks to Andrew Lloyd Weber and his play. We know that God interprets the dreams of the butler and baker for Joseph and later on God interprets the dreams for Joseph with Pharaoh. All of this is what puts Joseph in the right place at the right time.

I especially like these chapters because they happened to be read by me while I was moving and now am closer to take care of Gary. Gary lives in residential treatment center and I live in a town home. How God moved me in this direction and on this path and then provided every day is…. well it is amazing because it is God and only God can do something this amazing. That is what we will read about tomorrow with Joseph and his brothers.

I am sorry that I was away for so long, I was moving and got behind. I am back and I hope you understand and I thank you for sticking with me.

God bless

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January 20, 2013

Today’s read is Genesis 36-41

I am sorry that I am giving you an extra long read, but I promise it is an interesting and fast read. This is the story of when Joseph is sold by his brothers and eventually ends up in Egypt. If you remember the last post I had it was when Jacob is called Israel and Israel is born. Now in these passages we read how Israel came to Egypt. It is important that you note the way they come because it establishes them here in this country and lays the ground work for the book of Exodus.

In the middle of our chapters we read about Judah and Tamar and that is a very strange story. Neither of them are in the right and both are sinfully wrong. What I want you to take from that is God can and does redeem us and He will use all of what we do the good and the bad for His purpose. Now this does not mean that you can go out and sin and God will use it, I am just telling you that God can use you even though you sin. He can take the bad and make it for good and we will read more about that tomorrow with Joseph. God knows we are humans and sinful and fallen. He is not surprised by our sins, He is saddened not surprised. He will take our sins and toss them as far as the east is from the west and He will redeem us but nothing will stop the will of God and if God wills it than it shall be done regardless of our actions.

Joseph is sold and ends up first in Potiphars house and then in jail and now he is moved to Pharaoh’s and is 2nd in command. Most of us are familiar with this story thanks to Andrew Lloyd Weber and his play. We know that God interprets the dreams of the butler and baker for Joseph and later on God interprets the dreams for Joseph with Pharaoh. All of this is what puts Joseph in the right place at the right time.

I especially like these chapters because they happened to be read by me while I was moving and now am closer to take care of Gary. Gary lives in residential treatment center and I live in a town home. How God moved me in this direction and on this path and then provided every day is…. well it is amazing because it is God and only God can do something this amazing. That is what we will read about tomorrow with Joseph and his brothers.

I am sorry that I was away for so long, I was moving and got behind. I am back and I hope you understand and I thank you for sticking with me.

God bless

Don’t be a Joseph

Today’s Reading Genesis 36 & 37

Today’s Verse: Genesis 37: 5

Once Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more.

Nobody likes the favored child for two reasons. One, they want to be favored and two, the favored child usually holds it over the others that they are favored. This is exactly what happens in the story of Joseph. Josephs is the 11th son born to Israel (Jacob) Israel loves Joseph so much because he came from his favorite wife Rachel. Israel loved Joseph so much that he gave to him and only to him a special garment to wear to signify his importance to his father. Joseph was also his fathers snitch. Israel would send Joseph in the fields to spy on his brothers and bring back to their father a report. Joseph loved this attention and the spot light. The eleven boys born before him didn’t.

As children of God we tend to be rather smug in our standing. We proudly tells others we are going to heaven, we worship the One true God, we have Jesus in our lives. While all of this is true it is not pride or boasting that should come from our lips but invitations to join in and share in the same relationship. It should always be our goal to encourage others to want to be favored by God and called His own. If we are off putting we will be hated. We need to be gracious and loving and most of all inviting.

This means we can’t start any gospel sharing message with a list of do’s and do not’s. We should never point out their sins and tell them how wrong they are no matter how wrong they are! Jesus did not walk up to people and confront them in this way. Jesus walked and when He sees them He invites them to walk with Him or dine with Him. He is invitational and He is God so He has all the right to be judgmental but He isn’t. We need to really read and learn from Him and not from self righteous people.

Joseph behaved so badly that his own brothers wanted to kill him. Try not to behave that way.