Saturday, December 3
Genesis 37:2; Genesis 45:4 These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was pasturing the flock with his brothers. He was a boy with the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father's wives. And Joseph brought a bad report of them to their father...
We take a big picture approach to Joseph today through two passages. In Genesis 37 we learn of Joseph's dreams, the hatred of his brothers and that his brothers sold him into slavery. Fast forward to Genesis 45. Joseph is now second in command of Egypt. His brothers have come to buy grain during the famine, and Joseph reveals his identity to them. What a dramatic contrast in circumstances and quite the journey for Joseph between the two.
As I thought about it all, one clear message stood out to me--God had a plan for Joseph and He loved and sustained Joseph every step of the way through it.
So what does Joseph's story communicate to you about managing through your ups and downs? What did these two passages show you about God and your relationship with Him? Tami W.
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