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  •  SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2012

    Genesis 42

    Scripture: Genesis 42:1-24

    Observation: The famine has extended to all parts, and Jacob's family in Canaan is feeling the effects. Jacob tells his sons to go to Egypt and get food - all but Benjamin, his youngest. By now Joseph is governor in Egypt, and to get food they must go to see him. Many years have passed, and Joseph's brothers don't recognize him, but Joseph recognizes them. He accuses them of coming as spies and gives them a test to see if they are what they say they are, honest men looking for food. They are to leave one of their brothers behind, and he will be put in jail until the other brothers return with their youngest brother. They are terrified; they believe this is punishment brought upon them for the way they treated Joseph years before. Reuben angrily reminds them that he told them not to do this but they wouldn't listen, and now they are paying the consequences. All this time Joseph is listening and understands every word.

    Application: We may think we've gotten away with things done in the past, but the past has a way of catching up with us. These brothers lived with the torture of what they'd done, so that now, over 20 years later, they are still living under the shadow of their sinful action. I know what it's like to make a mistake and regret it for the rest of my life, but I also know about saving grace. I know Jesus is forgiving, and I know He gives second chances. This is a great comfort, but not an excuse to sin. I don't want to live like Joseph's brothers, awaiting consequences to my actions at every turn.

    Prayer: Father, I am thankful to You for Your forgiveness. I have sinned over and over, and even now, knowing how You hate sin, I am not free from it, but I know Your loving kindness overextends itself. Do not allow me to use this grace in a way that is unworthy, Lord, but instead help me to live a life that glorifies You. I want a life filled with good consequences, not bad ones. I want the world to see Jesus through my life. Thank You Father. In Christ Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

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