February 7, Reading 1 – Genesis 45

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SAA Notes

God’s promise to Jacob: All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring, begins to be fulfilled with Joseph. Joseph saves millions from famine, including his own family. Joseph wept! Joseph is deservedly a much loved Biblical character, and one who mirrors his Master.

SJA Notes

“So it was not you who sent me here, but God.”

Joseph has an eternal perspective here, seeing the things of God.

But how hard it can be (and must have been to get there for Joseph) – His brothers sold him into slavery!

All the hardship that Joseph suffered, and all the blessing and honor, he openly points to God’s sovereignty and power.

It was clear to Joseph that God had ordained him into this position (and through all the ups and downs) for the saving of many people, including his family.

We can be encouraged to remember God’s sovereign will when wrestling with what is happening in our lives, _and_ His love for us!

* Dear Lord God,

Thank You for Your love for us.

Thank You that You do care for us and work things together for our good.

Please help us to remember when we go through hard times, that You are at work.

Please fix our eyes on Jesus!

Amen.

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