February 11, Reading 1 – Genesis 50

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SAA Notes

Genesis ends with two funerals – Jacob’s and Joseph’s. Joseph’s brothers’ behaviour is so typical of after-funeral family conferences. There can be much anger and resentment. We need to take Joseph as our example at such times.

SJA Notes

There is much weeping in this passage.

The Egyptians wept for Jacob’s death seventy days.

The whole household of Pharaoh and the elders of Egypt, along with Jacob’s family, journey into Canaan and weep there for him seven day.

So remarkable it is that this is marked by the inhabitants of the land.

But look now at Joseph.

“Joseph wept when they spoke to him.”

The brothers thought Joseph would turn on them in revenge for what they had done. Still, aching in their hearts, was their treachery, their evil deeds as younger men, hating their brother.

But Joseph wept at their words.

Because great was his trust in God, and in the sovereignty of God’s powerful will.

“Do not fear, for am I in the place of God?”

This is a strong word for all of us, as God’s people. He works good through our bad, through the bad of those around us! God will not be short-changed or thwarted, no mind can outsmart Him, no mighty strength overpower Him.

He is the all-powerful, all-seeing, all-knowing, all-everywhere God!

Hallelujah, what a God we have!

* Dear Lord,

Please help us see what You want for us today from Your word.

Please may we be encouraged in the witness of Joseph.

Mark us as a faithful people, trusting in Your sovereign hand at work for our good, even though we see Your plans but dimly.

Please make us more like Jesus today Lord.

Amen.

February 9, Reading 1 – Genesis 47:27-48:22

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Manasseh and Ephraim are at least between 7 years of age and their early teens, when Jacob blesses them. Jacob acts as God’s prophet with his two grandsons. He makes no mistake when he blesses Ephraim, the second born with the first-born blessing. Notice that Jacob is the first use the phrase: “the LORD is my shepherd.” (48:15)