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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