Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Genesis 42:21-22 (KJV) The Power of the Guilty Conscience

Genesis 42:21-22 (KJV)
And they said one to another, We are verily guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear; therefore is this distress come upon us.And Reuben answered them, saying, Spake I not unto you, saying, Do not sin against the child; and ye would not hear? therefore, behold, also his blood is required.
There is incredible power in the guilty conscience.Two decades after the fact the brothers still attribute this trial to their treachery against Joseph. Reuben still blames his brothers for rejecting his advise about Joseph.
Twenty years later and they are still not over their sin!It has eaten away at them. It has torn them apart if not literally then internally. Joseph has moved on with his life. They have not.
No sin is gotten passed until it is confessed.Only then can the realization happen that Jesus has forgiven and cleansed us.

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Genesis 42:21-22 (KJV) The Power of the Guilty Conscience

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Monday, August 07, 2017

Genesis 42:1-2 (KJV) A Man of Decision

Genesis 42:1-2 (KJV)
Now when Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said unto his sons, Why do ye look one upon another?And he said, Behold, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt: get you down thither, and buy for us from thence; that we may live, and not die.
Jacob had his faults, but he was a man of decision. His industrious nature had made Laban wealthy as well as making himself wealthy. Years had likely slowed his body down but not his mind. There was a need and he knew exactly what to do.
He had heard that there was food in EgyptLikely he had searched for this information. His industry had motivated him to discover what answers existed for their dilemma.
He put his boys to work on itHe did not send servants. He sent men with authority and influence. They had been “twiddling their thumbs” sitting around staring at each other and making no progress. Jacob got them up and active for an answer.
He understood the inherent dangersHe chose not to send Benjamin lest a negative happens. While danger should not prevent action, good sense says that steps must be taken to protect our families and assets while also going after solutions.

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Genesis 42:1-2 (KJV) A Man of Decision

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Sunday, August 06, 2017

Genesis 41:42-43 (KJV) Pride Could Have Ruined Him

Genesis 41:42-43 (KJV)
And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph’s hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck;And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt.
In one day Joseph went from wearing:
  • Prison clothes, to 
  • Clean clothes, to 
  • Royal clothes
Most people couldn’t have handled that. Pride would have destroyed them. One of the best testimonies of Joseph’s character is that this did not.
And it shouldn’t have.
Frankly, Joseph is relatively insignificant in the grander scheme of things. Never is God described as the God of Joseph. He had one job to do. He did it faithfully. When it was finished he faded away.
There came a Pharaoh who knew not Joseph.
It was, in fact, necessary that Joseph be forgotten because it was never God’s intention that Israel remain in Egypt.
Humility is always becoming. It is never inappropriate.
Pride on the other hand….

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Genesis 41:42-43 (KJV) Pride Could Have Ruined Him

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Saturday, August 05, 2017

Genesis 39:2 (KJV) Just One Purpose

Genesis 39:2[1] (KJV)
And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.
The Lord was with Joseph and prospered Joseph. But Joseph was still a slave.
Joseph’s purpose was a distinctive one:
  • His was not the kingly line from which Jesus would come
  • He was not even named among the twelve tribes (though he is seen hidden in the names of his two sons who were among the twelve)
  • The tribes his sons fathered were among the rebellious northern tribes of Israel
Joseph had one purpose in the plan of God; to open the way for Israel into Egypt.
And in fulfilling that purpose he was blessed.
[1] I keep these devotional works in the study notes segment of my Bible app called E-Sword. This devotion is the second one that I have written for this passage of Scripture, the other one being on August 28, 2007 – a full ten years ago. I used to get a little frustrated with myself that I would select the same verse to meditate on a second (and now sometimes a third and fourth time) but I have gotten over that. I believe the Holy Spirit leads me to rethink the same passage. I now find encouragement in noting that I have consistently maintained daily devotional writing for well over ten years. I am blessed no only by my fresh meditations on a particular passage, but also in reviewing what I learned, in this case ten years ago.
Just for kicks, here is that devotional writing to compare with the current one:
Genesis 39:2 KJV
And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.God’s Word views prosperity differently than we usually do.
So far we know that Joseph was
  • Bereaved of his mother
  • Hated by his brothers
  • Sold the Ishameelites
  • Taken to Egypt
  • Sold as a slave to Potiphar
And yet the Bible says he was a prosperous man. The Hebrew word means “to push forward.” By God’s grace Joseph was able to do that regardless of what the circumstances in his life happened to be. He made the most out of every situation, he used it to bring glory to the Lord and he used it to be a testimony to those who were around him.
Prosperity is progress in life. It is overcoming the obstacles and breaking out of the trials so our time is used the best for the glory of the Lord.
In this sense any Christian can be prosperous.

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Genesis 39:2 (KJV) Just One Purpose

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Friday, August 04, 2017

Genesis 39:19-20 (KJV) Thinking As a Father

Genesis 39:19-20 (KJV)
And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spake unto him, saying, After this manner did thy servant to me; that his wrath was kindled.And Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.
It occurred to me that, as Joseph endured these many years of trouble, his father continued on, believing him to be dead. The death of a loved one is something we don’t really get over but with time, we do learn to move passed.
Jacob must have moved on with his life though we know from the Biblical account that he never got over the loss of Joseph.
It might be considered a mercy that Jacob never knew of the trials his favorite son was suffering. As a parent I know that I suffer through every difficulty my boys suffer (at least those ones they tell me about). Jacob was spared the pain of thinking of his son as a slave and then as falsely accused and then as a prisoner.
But as a father, I know, he would have much more desired knowing his boy was alive and suffering than to go on believing him to be dead.

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Genesis 39:19-20 (KJV) Thinking As a Father

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Thursday, August 03, 2017

Genesis 38:27-30 (KJV) An Exercise for the Spirit

Genesis 38:27-30 (KJV)
And it came to pass in the time of her travail, that, behold, twins were in her womb.And it came to pass, when she travailed, that the one put out his hand: and the midwife took and bound upon his hand a scarlet thread, saying, This came out first.And it came to pass, as he drew back his hand, that, behold, his brother came out: and she said, How hast thou broken forth? this breach be upon thee: therefore his name was called Pharez.And afterward came out his brother, that had the scarlet thread upon his hand: and his name was called Zarah.
Types and pictures we might find in the Bible are, necessarily, imperfect. It is impossible that the shadow be exactly as the body. Nevertheless there is profit in exercising the spirit in meditation on those pictures we find within the Holy Word.
We have twins: 
  • One will be the line from which our Savior is born
  • The other will be a line of souls in need of salvation[1]
The one on which the scarlet thread is tied seeks first placeThe flesh of man forever seeks some means of self-redemption. We struggle with the Spirit. We want worship. We want first place, even before God.
But Christ will ultimately prevailWe may not see it today. We might, as it were, tie the first place ribbon on the flesh but it is in haste. Christ will be Lord and every knee shall bow.
Christ is of such grace that it is even among those who fight to defeat Him He offers the scarlet thread of redemption.
[1] This is not to say those in Pharez’s lineage need no saving. Remember, it is an imperfect picture.

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Genesis 38:27-30 (KJV) An Exercise for the Spirit

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Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Genesis 36:31 (KJV) Hardship Led To Heroism

Genesis 36:31 (KJV)
And these are the kings that reigned in the land of Edom, before there reigned any king over the children of Israel.
Genesis chapters 36 and 37 describe the growth of the families of Esau and Jacob. This poignant verse tells us that, despite the fact that Jacob was the one chosen by God to carry the spiritual heritage of their father, Esau’s family grew into a nation long before Israel’s.
We look into the genealogy of Esau and, with the benefit of hindsight, see evil ahead.
And yet they are the first to have leaders: dukes and even kings.
Jacob’s family has early sibling rivalry, heartbreak and even enslavement. They by no means appear to be the blessed between the two brothers.
But God wasn’t finished. Hardship led to heroism. Many of Jacob’ descendants become household names:
  • Joseph 
  • Moses
  • David
  • Jesus
One has to search to find the names of any of Esau’s family.
Stay faithful despite hardship.
God will bless that in the end.

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Genesis 36:31 (KJV) Hardship Led To Heroism

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Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Genesis 34:13-15 (KJV) A Dastardly Thing

Genesis 34:13-15 (KJV)
And the sons of Jacob answered Shechem and Hamor his father deceitfully, and said, because he had defiled Dinah their sister:And they said unto them, We cannot do this thing, to give our sister to one that is uncircumcised; for that were a reproach unto us:But in this will we consent unto you: If ye will be as we be, that every male of you be circumcised;
It is wickedness to deceive someone into committing to a spiritual exercise.
Jacob’s sons, it could be argued, did the more dastardly thing because they used the spiritual exercise as an occasion to take life. Is it not, I would reply, much more dastardly to deceive a soul into believing he is saved?
Our task and responsibility is not:
  • To get as many professions of faith as possible 
  • To fill a building as full as possible 
  • To convince as many as possible to surrender to Christian service 
Our responsibility is to follow Christ and tell as many as possible.
To in any way manipulate them for decisions is to, in some ways, do what Jacob’s sons did.

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Genesis 34:13-15 (KJV) A Dastardly Thing

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Acts 2:25-28 (KJV) This Ends With Joy

Acts 2:25-28 (KJV)
For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.
Peter makes it clear that David’s passage is prophetic of Jesus Christ. Still, David must have had a personal application as he wrote these words.
The passage ends with him being full of joy. That came:
  • By keeping the Lord before his face
  • By not moving from the side of God
  • By resting in the hope of God’s promises
  • By learning the ways of life
The result was:
  • Rejoicing and glad words
  • Assurance of eternal life and
  • Joy in our communion with God

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Acts 2:25-28 (KJV) This Ends With Joy

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Acts 1:6-7 (KJV) Not For Us To Know

Acts 1:6-7 (KJV)
When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. 
There are some things that it is not for us to know. Asking in this case was not wrong. How could they have known they were not to know except they ask? On the other hand, it would have been entirely inappropriate to fixate on that which they were not to know.
People fall into terrible errors attempting to discover those things God has not disclosed. To develop doctrines concerning things about which the Bible is silent is a grave mistake. To attempt to pinpoint the exact time of Christ’s return, for instance, is to exercise oneself in unnecessary activity and to fall prey to folly.
There are some things that are in the Word of God but one’s level of spiritual maturity prevents them from seeing it. Neither the teacher nor the student is wise to force the issue. God will reveal it to them in His own time. Consistent teaching to faithful followers will yield its fruit in its season.

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Acts 1:6-7 (KJV) Not For Us To Know

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Genesis 31:55 (KJV) What A Mess

Genesis 31:55 (KJV)
And early in the morning Laban rose up, and kissed his sons and his daughters, and blessed them: and Laban departed, and returned unto his place.
What a mess we can get ourselves into!
Jacob has Laban behind him and Esau before him. He finishes one conflict to immediately address a second, and both of them are of his own making.
First lessonYou can’t run from consequences.
  • He ran from Laban but Laban caught up to him. 
  • He ran from Esau, but Esau was still before him. 
The best way to deal with consequences is head on. Face them, whatever they may be.
Next lessonLife is filled with these sorts of conflicts.
  • Some of them are directly our making
  • Some of them are because we have a sin nature that must be defeated
  • Some of them are the result of living in a sin filled world and having no choice but to rub shoulders with sinful men
Spiritual growth is the result of addressing these situations one after the other. Running never helps. Avoidance solves nothing. Growth happens when we:
  • Learn from them
  • Deal with them and then 
  • Move on passed them
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Genesis 31:55 (KJV) What A Mess

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Friday, July 28, 2017

John 20:15 (KJV) All That Remains Is To Tell Others

John 20:15 (KJV)
Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.
Having no idea of His resurrection, her concern was in what service she might do for the body of the Lord. Her love for the Lord moved her to ministry. She was up early, ready to render any form of work that would be some aide in the care of Christ’s tomb and, discovering His body was missing, was now willing to take any measure to provide a more appropriate place for Him.
Her servant’s heart was rewarded with more than could have ever been expected. She need provide no further service to Christ’s body.
He is alive!
All that remains is to tell the others.
The servant of the Lord comes with a heart prepared to do whatever must be done:
  • Clean the church house
  • Greet the guests
  • Offer simple assistance 
  • Wrestle in prayer
Great or small the task, the servant is willing.
He quickly discovers that Christ is alive and powerful and is very much in the midst of His people.
All that remains is to tell others.

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John 20:15 (KJV) All That Remains Is To Tell Others

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

John 19:35-37 (KJV) Prove the Bible with the Bible

John 19:35-37 (KJV)
And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.
Increasingly this world attacks the Christian faith by attacking the Bible, the Word of God.
The argument is something like this, “You can’t claim the Bible is true just because the Bible claims to be true.” They call it circular reasoning; one thing to prove the same thing. They call for evidence outside of the Bible. Then they call for evidence outside of faith, but once we give them such evidence, they label it as a faith based subject and dismiss it.
Creation is one example. There is scientific evidence to support Creation. There are holes in the scientific theories of evolution that even their most well regarded evolutionists admit. Yet they refuse to entertain any thought that Creation could be valid because, in their minds, it is faith based.
It will forever be impossible to win the person who refuses to believe the record of the Bible because the Bible is the one record God claims to be irrefutable and authoritative.
The person who rejects the Word of God judges himself to be unworthy of eternal life.

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John 19:35-37 (KJV) Prove the Bible with the Bible

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Genesis 25:11 (KJV) The Family Path

Genesis 25:11 (KJV)
And it came to pass after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac; and Isaac dwelt by the well Lahairoi.
Abraham was:
  • one hundred years old when Isaac was born, 
  • one hundred forty years old when Isaac was married 
  • one hundred sixty years old when Esau and Jacob were born and 
  • one hundred seventy five years old when he died. 
Jacob and Esau were fifteen years old when Abraham died.
And it was after Abraham’s death that God blessed Isaac. This does not mean that his life was miserable prior to his Father’s death but that Abraham remained the spiritual head of the family until his death. Esau and Jacob grew up the better part of their developing years with Abraham, their grandfather, as the patriarchal and spiritual head. They would have been influenced not only by their mother and their father, but also by their grandfather most of their childhood.
God’s plan for Isaac didn’t begin at his marriage or even when he had kids of his own. He remained true to his father, following the will of God for him, until Abraham had died. Only then did God begin to move him in his own direction.
By this time, Isaac, and at least one of his sons, was committed to the same path God had set for Abraham.

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Genesis 25:11 (KJV) The Family Path

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Genesis 24:8 (KJV) Getting Free of an Oath

Genesis 24:8 (KJV)
And if the woman will not be willing to follow thee, then thou shalt be clear from this my oath: only bring not my son thither again.
Swearing an oath is a serious matter. Biblically it is a much greater deal than a legal contract. The terms of a contract are binding and, should a party break their contractual agreement, that issue may be taken to court and settled by the authority of the land. Fines, judgments and other penalties may be enforced upon the offender.
A biblical oath is on a level infinitely greater. The court system has no authority. If an oath is broken there will be no fines or penalties. On the surface, a person can walk away from an oath with little more than some soil on his name.
The difference is that God holds us to our oaths. Spiritually speaking, it is better not to make an oath than to make one and break it.
So the Servant had a legitimate concern. If he swore to bring a bride for Isaac and was not able to accomplish his purpose what was he to do?
We learn here the principle of how to clear an oath:
  • He was to seek the Lord’s guidance
  • He was to fulfill his obligation to the best of his ability and resources but then
  • He was to leave the results in the hands of the Lord
  • He could not force the woman God led him to, to come with him. It would be far worse to force the situation and get a woman God had not led him to. 
The fulfillment of the oath was God’s work, not his.
If he had been faithful with what he had, he would be clear of the oath no matter the results.

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Genesis 24:8 (KJV) Getting Free of an Oath

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Monday, July 24, 2017

John 17:25 (KJV) These Have “Known”

John 17:25 (KJV)
O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. 
Jesus did not say “these have believed that thou hast sent me.” Jesus said, “these have known that thou hast sent me.
  • Faith is not believing what the Bible says is true 
  • Faith is knowing what the Bible says is true
Here is the great difference between the religious and the true believer. Here is also the thing that so confounds the people of the world. Worldlings become increasingly sure that they know nothing at all. Everything they have come to believe to be true is suspect:
  • The history they have learned
  • The science they have studied 
  • The philosophies they have embraced 
It is all to be accepted as only being what they believe to be true at the moment. It could all become different with new knowledge and new discoveries. (About the only thing that is not suspect is their certainty that the Bible is not true.)
Then along comes the Christian. He holds something he knows to be true, that Jesus is of God.
  • He does not merely believe it
  • He most certainly knows it
  • He has no empirical evidence to prove it 
  • He cannot produce hard facts that support it
There is no experiment that can reproduce it but
  • He knows it to be true
He only has one argument at his disposal for those who question him; “Come and see.” Those who know Jesus know Jesus to be God. It’s as plain as that.
  • Some believe He is probably God 
  • Some accept that believing can be beneficial but 
  • Those who know, know
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John 17:25 (KJV) These Have “Known”

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