• Genesis 38



    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.

    SATURDAY, JULY 21, 2012

    Genesis 38

    Scripture:  Genesis chapter 38

    Observation:  Judah, Jacob's fourth son, comes into the picture almost as an interlude.  He has 3 sons, Er, Onan and Shelah.  The oldest son, Er, takes a wife, Tamar.  Er was a wicked man, and God ends his life early and with no children.  So Judah tells Onan to take Tamar as his wife so as to give Er descendants, but Onan doesn't like the idea of having children for his brother, so he does what he can to keep Tamar from getting pregnant.  For his wickedness Onan is also put to death.  Judah must now give Tamar to Shelah as his wife, but he doesn't want to; he blames Tamar for the death of his sons and decides it's best to keep Shelah from Tamar.  He uses the excuse that Shelah is too young, and Tamar must go to her father's house and wait for Shelah to grow up.  Tamar soon realizes her father-in-law has no intention of marrying her to his son.  She hears that Judah's wife has died, and that he is in Timnah with his sheepshearers, and she acts.  She takes off her widow's clothes, dresses as a prostitute with her face covered, and sits by the road where she knows Judah will pass.  When he sees her, he comes over and asks her for her services.  He promises to pay with a young goat, and she asks for security - his signet, cord and staff.  He agrees, and sleeps with her. She then goes home and dresses again in her widow's garb.  Judah tries to send the young goat but finds that no one knows who this prostitute is that he seeks, so he decides to keep quiet about the matter.  In time Judah hears that his daughter-in-law is pregnant, and he calls for her to be put to death for immorality.  But Tamar has proof of who got her pregnant, and Judah realizes he's been tricked because of his own unrighteousness.  Tamar gives birth to twins, Perez and Zerah.  Perez is in the genealogical lineage of Christ (Matthew 1:3).

    Application:  It's easy to try and blame others for the unrighteousness of ourselves or our loved ones, but God sees the truth and acts justly.  We should never question God's justice, because He knows all and is righteous.  He will take that which is wrong and make it right, and He will use the unlikely to fulfill His purpose.

    Prayer:  Father, no one is good on this earth.  Even the most godly person is still a sinner.  Help me to see people as You see them, not better or worse than myself, but all worthy of compassion and forgiveness, because Jesus died for all, and all who call upon the name of Jesus are saved.  You will carry out judgement and punishment; it's not for me to decide who is worthy in Your eyes.  I ask only that You find me worthy, and show me those areas in my life that need correcting and changing so that I too may be found righteous.  In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

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