Potiphar thought highly of Joseph, and Joseph became his assistant; he appointed Joseph head of his household and put everything he had under Joseph’s supervision.
If you were reading this Bible plan back in the fall, you’ll recall the prophet Daniel whom we were reading on Mondays. The story of Joseph here in the book of Genesis has much in common with Daniel. Both were young men held captive in foreign lands; both advanced to high places in the governments of those places, because they had the power to interpret dreams of others. Joseph’s and Daniel’s hearts were like the clear lens of a telescope that could look out, not only into the dark places of the night, but into the dark places of others’ souls.
They received these gifts from God because they were open to receive them. They could be trusted with the things of God. How about you? Will you allow God to use you whenever God wants to? To be open to this, there needs to be a good bit of time spent being aware of God—God’s power and God’s love for you. When you get in touch with this love, the next think you’ll begin to sense in your being is that God has something special for you to do in life. Just as for the cast of characters in this week’s reading—Ruth, Zechariah and Joseph—God’s got some very special plans for you.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
God’s wisdom working within 40:9ff
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.
Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the second part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…