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    Christian Devotional – January 11, 2019

    Peace. Joseph is at peace with his situation, circumstances, and everything that has happened his life. Now at the end, after his father’s death, while he is dealing with his brothers’ uncertainty, Joseph shares what he has learned from God about the reason why all of this happened in the first place. Read Genesis 50:20. As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. Genesis 50:20 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/gen.50.20.NASB Joseph wanted his brothers to understand what he understood. That while they made a choice that was wrong, God was able to use what…

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    Christian Devotional – January 10, 2019

    Joseph’s brothers were nervous. Actually, they were downright terrified. Joseph had been so nice and cool about the huge wrong they had done him. But, was he just waiting until Jacob died to see about getting revenge? Well, now that Jacob has died, what is Joseph going to do with them? Read Genesis 50:14-21. But Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in God’s place? Genesis 50:19 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/gen.50.19.NASB Joseph understood what many of us are still learning and that is about who is actually in charge of judging others. And it’s not us. We can hold people accountable for their actions, but God is the…

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    Christian Devotional – January 9, 2019

    Jacob died and made his sons promise to bury him in Canaan. So, off they head to Canaan with s very large company of people. Read Genesis 50:4-14. Now when the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning at the threshing floor of Atad, they said, “This is a grievous mourning for the Egyptians.” Therefore it was named Abel-mizraim, which is beyond the Jordan. Genesis 50:11 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/gen.50.11.NASB This would have been a strange sight for the locals to see such a large company of people and especially Egyptian officials coming to Canaan to bury this person. Yet Joseph and his brothers did exactly what Jacob asked them…

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    Christian Devotional – January 8, 2019

    The death of Jacob. Joseph had finally been reunited with his father and then he passes away. Chapter 49 of Genesis deals primarily with the various blessings that Jacob gives before he dies and then read Genesis 50:1-3. Then Joseph fell on his father’s face, and wept over him and kissed him. Genesis 50:1 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/gen.50.1.NASB Jacob has died and Joseph is listed as the only one who mourns him. None of the others are listed as weeping for him or looking to take care of the responsibilities involved with burial or carrying out his last wishes. Joseph handled all that. Joseph treated his father in death the same way…

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    Christian Devotional – January 7, 2019

    It’s really the first time we see Joseph flustered. I mean, throughout the entire story of his life, we’ve read about how he has accepted everything that has come his way. Now, in Genesis 48:13-22, Joseph tries to change what is happening. When Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on Ephraim’s head, it displeased him; and he grasped his father’s hand to remove it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head. Genesis 48:17 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/gen.48.17.NASB I’m sure Joseph had heard the stories of how Jacob had stolen the birthright and blessing intended for his older brother from his father Isaac. Yet, when he took his two sons to…

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    Christian Devotional – January 6, 2019

    Expectations. We all have some level expectations that we work toward. Israel (Jacob) had expectations about Joseph, but those were based on the lie that Joseph was dead. Now that he knows he is alive, he got to do several things that he never expected. Read Genesis 48:1-12. Israel said to Joseph, “I never expected to see your face, and behold, God has let me see your children as well.” Genesis 48:11 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/gen.48.11.NASB God does unexpected things in our lives all the time. Just when we think we know what is coming, God turns the tables in a way that only He can. God’s plans, while not always expected,…

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    Christian Devotional – January 5, 2019

    What do we associate with and where is our focus? Jacob had gone to Egypt and was going to live in Egypt, but he wasn’t of Egypt. He made that very clear with his final request. Read Genesis 47:27-31. but when I lie down with my fathers, you shall carry me out of Egypt and bury me in their burial place.” And he said, “I will do as you have said.” Genesis 47:30 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/gen.47.30.NASB Jacob knew that even though he and his family were here for now, this was not their home and this was not their promise. So Jacob asked to be carried back, in death, where he…

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    Christian Devotional – January 4, 2019

    Grateful slaves. The people of Egypt went through one of the worst economic times ever and yet they lived through it. They were grateful for that. Read Genesis 47:10-26. So they said, “You have saved our lives! Let us find favor in the sight of my Lord, and we will be Pharaoh’s slaves.” Genesis 47:25 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/gen.47.25.NASB Now, at the end, all that they owned belonged to Pharaoh, but they had their lives and would have had no way to survive the famine on their own. The had to rely on Pharaoh and Pharaoh relied on Joseph, who relied on God. The people were saved because of Joseph and what…

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    Christian Devotional – January 3, 2019

    The blessing. Joseph brings his father to Pharaoh and there is a blessing that occurs, but maybe not the way we would expect. Read Genesis 47:7-9. Then Joseph brought his father Jacob and presented him to Pharaoh; and Jacob blessed Pharaoh. Genesis 47:7 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/gen.47.7.NASB Wait, what? Pharaoh, the ruler of the largest kingdom on earth at that time, has received a blessing from a old shepherd. That sort of seems backwards. We would expect to see the rich and powerful Pharaoh being the one blessing Jacob. However, Pharaoh recognized that Jacob was the one with the true power because he had God. Is God so evident in our lives…

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    Christian Devotional – January 2, 2019

    Trust. We have seen how much the Pharaoh trusts Joseph with stuff and now we see an example of just how completely Pharaoh trusts Joseph regarding people. Read Genesis 47:1-6. The land of Egypt is at your disposal; settle your father and your brothers in the best of the land, let them live in the land of Goshen; and if you know any capable men among them, then put them in charge of my livestock.” Genesis 47:6 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/gen.47.6.NASB Joseph brings some of his brothers to meet Pharaoh where he learns their occupation and what they are desiring to do here in Egypt. Pharaoh trust Joseph so completely that he…