February 3, Reading 1 – Genesis 41:1-49

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SAA Notes

God’s timing is perfect. He has purposed that Joseph will not only save his family in the coming famine, he will save the entire nation of Egypt. No doubt, Joseph blessed the circumstances he once cursed, that left him in a stinking prison for years.

SJA Notes

Joseph has gone through some trials to get to this point, and his spiritual maturity has grown alongside.

Joseph is clear – God is the one who interprets. God has the power here, Joseph is the obedient vessel.

And that’s important. Joseph submits under God’s sovereign will, and delivers God’s word to Pharaoh.

He doesn’t run away from going before the most powerful person in the country and witnessing to God’s power and majesty.

Instead he gets clean, has a shave and faithfully steps up.

The other side of the Pharaoh meeting is important too.

Joseph acquits himself faithfully. He follows the wisdom God has laid out. He stores up grain in great abundance, like the sand of the sea, when he would have been tempted to stop and relax a little.

We can be encouraged and exhorted from this passage. God’s sovereign will at work, working good from evil. Joseph’s humble and faithful witness, and his working out of God’s will.

* Father God,

Thank You for working in Joseph’s life. Thank You that through Joseph You brought salvation for Your people.

Thank You that Joseph points us to Jesus, the one who saves us from our sin and the justice we deserve for our sin.

Please show us what we need to know today from Your word.

Please write Your word on our hearts, that we might not sin against You.

Amen.

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