Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday, January 15th: Genesis 36-38, Matthew 10: 21-42 ~ Nathan

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Genesis 36-38, Matthew 10: 21-42

I've read and heard this story of Joseph many times, and what stood out to me today was the story from his brothers' point of view. How often haven't I complained or been frustrated with someone who's had an easier time with something, than me? Joseph's brothers didn't like him very much because he was favored by their father, and they wanted to get rid of him once and for all.

When Joseph told his brothers about his dreams, things got worse,

Genesis 37: 20
“Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams"


Joseph's brothers didn't know the end of the story and how things would eventually turn out - Joseph would actually help them survive later on.

How often don't I judge someone on one action? Or on one period in their lives? God has forgiven me, and He can do anything. I don't want to judge someone on a past mistake, but want to rather give them another chance, just like God does when He forgives me.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Genesis 39-40; Matthew 11

3 comments:

Tammy Reimer said...

Joseph's decision to tell his brothers his dream was not a wise one, but certainly not worth a penalty of death! Thankfully Reuben interceded somewhat on Joseph's behalf, but he didn't stick his neck out too far, something he would later regret. How far are we willing to go to do what's right?

kjad said...

Mathew 10:39 says "Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it." I really like this verse because it tells us we need to remember that our life here on earth isn't our final destination. Losing our life on earth, is gaining eternal life in heaven.

Jody said...

Even though Reuben was remorseful about what they did to Joseph, he still let it happen. We need to take action in our conviction or it's useless!