Before you are one of the most tender, touching passages in the whole Bible. Absolute forgiveness and love on Joseph’s part astounds his sinful brothers and plummet them into a wholly new way of living.
This reading comes on or about Christmas. Approach it as an anticipation of the total love and forgiveness of Jesus. Joseph is a figure of Jesus. As Joseph presents the meaning of his existence to his brothers, hear Jesus saying these same words to you.
Perhaps you have been unfaithful to Jesus, as Joseph’s brothers were to him. The love and acceptance of Joseph is found in infinite measure in Jesus. All you can do is be stunned by this grace. Rejoice along with Jacob, after his heart stood still.
The Saturday passages follow the reading list that Jewish people use in their synagogue worship throughout the world. They are taken from “The Torah,” the first five books of the Bible from Genesis to Deuteronomy that are read each year beginning with autumn.
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Three great divisions of generations place Jesus into the immense tapestry of God’s activity in history. Each of these has fourteen generations—two times the perfect number—seven. They are described by Matthew in the conclusion of the genealogy in v. 17.
The New Testament begins with a grand sweep of the First Covenant. The list is taken from the paternal line. However, the symmetry is interrupted by the mention of foreign women: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Bathesheba. The ways that God worked through these women outside the strictly male, Jewish line, set the stage for the miraculous intervention through Mary. This also anticipates the way in which God’s saving grace would include Gentiles.
The Lord has placed you in the generational list of those who will bear Christ. How will the next generation be brought to worship God because of you?
Create your own Bible Breaths Learn More… Example: Being righteous as Joseph. v. 19
Fridays are dedicated to the Gospels. In the seasons of Advent to Epiphany this year we read Luke 1 2; Matthew 1 7.
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Paul in Galatians will help you ponder in your heart as Mary did. The credentials he offers come from the decisive move of God upon his life on the road to Damascus. Paul first goes to the Arabian Desert, then on to a three-year period in Damascus. God gave the Gospel to Paul, unmediated by anyone else. Damascus was the jolt to Paul; later came the deep, inner preparation of the wondrous Apostle to come. Paul too, has his desert, just as John the Baptist, Jesus, and God’s people in the wilderness.
God’s unique intervention in history through Jesus breaks all the assumptions about how we think God is going to act. God wants to do great things in you by grace. Let God shake you. However, you receive your “wakeup call,” get busy with the daily, inner work of responding to God’s Word … for three years, like Paul!
Find out all about Bible Breaths Learn More… Example: God be glorified in me. v. 24
Thursdays are dedicated to the letters of Paul, other letters, the Book of Acts, and the Book of Revelation. In the seasons of Advent to Epiphany this year we read Titus, Philemon, Galatians and Philippians.
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