Verse of the Day

Daily Devotion 

By:  Bro. Bob Maynard
 

7 June 2018 Verse of the Day

I will magnify Myself, sanctify Myself, and make Myself known in the sight of many nations; and they will know that I am the LORD.’  (Ezekiel 38:23 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.  Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church:

The Birth of Moses
Exo 2:1
  Now a man of the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman, 
Exo 2:2  and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. 
Exo 2:3  But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. 
Exo 2:4  His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him. 
Exo 2:5  Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it. 
Exo 2:6  She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said. 
Exo 2:7  Then his sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?” 
Exo 2:8  “Yes, go,” she answered. So the girl went and got the baby’s mother. 
Exo 2:9  Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him. 
Exo 2:10  When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, “I drew him out of the water.” 
Moses Flees to Midian
Exo 2:11  One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. 
Exo 2:12  Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 
Exo 2:13  The next day he went out and saw two Hebrews fighting. He asked the one in the wrong, “Why are you hitting your fellow Hebrew?” 
Exo 2:14  The man said, “Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and thought, “What I did must have become known.” 
Exo 2:15  When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well. 
Exo 2:16  Now a priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came to draw water and fill the troughs to water their father’s flock. 
Exo 2:17  Some shepherds came along and drove them away, but Moses got up and came to their rescue and watered their flock. 
Exo 2:18  When the girls returned to Reuel their father, he asked them, “Why have you returned so early today?” 
Exo 2:19  They answered, “An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds. He even drew water for us and watered the flock.” 
Exo 2:20  “And where is he?” Reuel asked his daughters. “Why did you leave him? Invite him to have something to eat.” 
Exo 2:21  Moses agreed to stay with the man, who gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses in marriage. 
Exo 2:22  Zipporah gave birth to a son, and Moses named him Gershom, saying, “I have become a foreigner in a foreign land.” 
God Hears Israel’s Groaning
Exo 2:23  During that long period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. 
Exo 2:24  God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. 
Exo 2:25  So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them. 

The Burning Bush
Exo 3:1
  Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 
Exo 3:2  There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. 
Exo 3:3  So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.” 
Exo 3:4  When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.” 
Exo 3:5  “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” 
Exo 3:6  Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God. 
Exo 3:7  The LORD said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. 
Exo 3:8  So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 
Exo 3:9  And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. 
Exo 3:10  So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” 
Exo 3:11  But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” 
Exo 3:12  And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.” 
Exo 3:13  Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” 
Exo 3:14  God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.'” 
Exo 3:15  God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ “This is my name forever, the name you shall call me from generation to generation. 
Exo 3:16  “Go, assemble the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—appeared to me and said: I have watched over you and have seen what has been done to you in Egypt. 
Exo 3:17  And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—a land flowing with milk and honey.’ 
Exo 3:18  “The elders of Israel will listen to you. Then you and the elders are to go to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. Let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the LORD our God.’ 
Exo 3:19  But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand compels him. 
Exo 3:20  So I will stretch out my hand and strike the Egyptians with all the wonders that I will perform among them. After that, he will let you go. 
Exo 3:21  “And I will make the Egyptians favorably disposed toward this people, so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed. 
Exo 3:22  Every woman is to ask her neighbor and any woman living in her house for articles of silver and gold and for clothing, which you will put on your sons and daughters. And so you will plunder the Egyptians.”  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



6 June 2018 Verse of the Day

and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.  (1 Peter 2:24 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.  Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church:

Gen 50:1  Joseph threw himself on his father and wept over him and kissed him. 
Gen 50:2  Then Joseph directed the physicians in his service to embalm his father Israel. So the physicians embalmed him, 
Gen 50:3  taking a full forty days, for that was the time required for embalming. And the Egyptians mourned for him seventy days. 
Gen 50:4  When the days of mourning had passed, Joseph said to Pharaoh’s court, “If I have found favor in your eyes, speak to Pharaoh for me. Tell him, 
Gen 50:5  ‘My father made me swear an oath and said, “I am about to die; bury me in the tomb I dug for myself in the land of Canaan.” Now let me go up and bury my father; then I will return.'” 
Gen 50:6  Pharaoh said, “Go up and bury your father, as he made you swear to do.” 
Gen 50:7  So Joseph went up to bury his father. All Pharaoh’s officials accompanied him—the dignitaries of his court and all the dignitaries of Egypt— 
Gen 50:8  besides all the members of Joseph’s household and his brothers and those belonging to his father’s household. Only their children and their flocks and herds were left in Goshen. 
Gen 50:9  Chariots and horsemen also went up with him. It was a very large company. 
Gen 50:10  When they reached the threshing floor of Atad, near the Jordan, they lamented loudly and bitterly; and there Joseph observed a seven-day period of mourning for his father. 
Gen 50:11  When the Canaanites who lived there saw the mourning at the threshing floor of Atad, they said, “The Egyptians are holding a solemn ceremony of mourning.” That is why that place near the Jordan is called Abel Mizraim. 
Gen 50:12  So Jacob’s sons did as he had commanded them: 
Gen 50:13  They carried him to the land of Canaan and buried him in the cave in the field of Machpelah, near Mamre, which Abraham had bought along with the field as a burial place from Ephron the Hittite. 
Gen 50:14  After burying his father, Joseph returned to Egypt, together with his brothers and all the others who had gone with him to bury his father. 
God’s Good Purposes
Gen 50:15  When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph holds a grudge against us and pays us back for all the wrongs we did to him?” 
Gen 50:16  So they sent word to Joseph, saying, “Your father left these instructions before he died: 
Gen 50:17  ‘This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly.’ Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father.” When their message came to him, Joseph wept. 
Gen 50:18  His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. “We are your slaves,” they said. 
Gen 50:19  But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? 
Gen 50:20  You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. 
Gen 50:21  So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them. 
The Death of Joseph
Gen 50:22  Joseph stayed in Egypt, along with all his father’s family. He lived a hundred and ten years 
Gen 50:23  and saw the third generation of Ephraim’s children. Also the children of Makir son of Manasseh were placed at birth on Joseph’s knees. 
Gen 50:24  Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die. But God will surely come to your aid and take you up out of this land to the land he promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” 
Gen 50:25  And Joseph made the Israelites swear an oath and said, “God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up from this place.” 
Gen 50:26  So Joseph died at the age of a hundred and ten. And after they embalmed him, he was placed in a coffin in Egypt. 

Israel Increases Greatly in Egypt
Exo 1:1
  These are the names of the sons of Israel who went to Egypt with Jacob, each with his family: 
Exo 1:2  Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah; 
Exo 1:3  Issachar, Zebulun and Benjamin; 
Exo 1:4  Dan and Naphtali; Gad and Asher. 
Exo 1:5  The descendants of Jacob numbered seventy in all; Joseph was already in Egypt. 
Exo 1:6  Now Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation died, 
Exo 1:7  but the Israelites were exceedingly fruitful; they multiplied greatly, increased in numbers and became so numerous that the land was filled with them. 
Pharaoh Oppresses Israel
Exo 1:8  Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt. 
Exo 1:9  “Look,” he said to his people, “the Israelites have become far too numerous for us. 
Exo 1:10  Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.” 
Exo 1:11  So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh. 
Exo 1:12  But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites 
Exo 1:13  and worked them ruthlessly. 
Exo 1:14  They made their lives bitter with harsh labor in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their harsh labor the Egyptians worked them ruthlessly. 
Exo 1:15  The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, 
Exo 1:16  “When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool, if you see that the baby is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.” 
Exo 1:17  The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live. 
Exo 1:18  Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, “Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?” 
Exo 1:19  The midwives answered Pharaoh, “Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive.” 
Exo 1:20  So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous. 
Exo 1:21  And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own. 
Exo 1:22  Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Every Hebrew boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.”  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



5 June 2018 Verse of the Day

For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.  (2 Corinthians 6:2 NIV)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.  Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church:

Jacob Blesses Ephraim and Manasseh
Gen 48:1
  Some time later Joseph was told, “Your father is ill.” So he took his two sons Manasseh and Ephraim along with him. 
Gen 48:2  When Jacob was told, “Your son Joseph has come to you,” Israel rallied his strength and sat up on the bed. 
Gen 48:3  Jacob said to Joseph, “God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and there he blessed me 
Gen 48:4  and said to me, ‘I am going to make you fruitful and increase your numbers. I will make you a community of peoples, and I will give this land as an everlasting possession to your descendants after you.’ 
Gen 48:5  “Now then, your two sons born to you in Egypt before I came to you here will be reckoned as mine; Ephraim and Manasseh will be mine, just as Reuben and Simeon are mine. 
Gen 48:6  Any children born to you after them will be yours; in the territory they inherit they will be reckoned under the names of their brothers. 
Gen 48:7  As I was returning from Paddan, to my sorrow Rachel died in the land of Canaan while we were still on the way, a little distance from Ephrath. So I buried her there beside the road to Ephrath” (that is, Bethlehem). 
Gen 48:8  When Israel saw the sons of Joseph, he asked, “Who are these?” 
Gen 48:9  “They are the sons God has given me here,” Joseph said to his father. Then Israel said, “Bring them to me so I may bless them.” 
Gen 48:10  Now Israel’s eyes were failing because of old age, and he could hardly see. So Joseph brought his sons close to him, and his father kissed them and embraced them. 
Gen 48:11  Israel said to Joseph, “I never expected to see your face again, and now God has allowed me to see your children too.” 
Gen 48:12  Then Joseph removed them from Israel’s knees and bowed down with his face to the ground. 
Gen 48:13  And Joseph took both of them, Ephraim on his right toward Israel’s left hand and Manasseh on his left toward Israel’s right hand, and brought them close to him. 
Gen 48:14  But Israel reached out his right hand and put it on Ephraim’s head, though he was the younger, and crossing his arms, he put his left hand on Manasseh’s head, even though Manasseh was the firstborn. 
Gen 48:15  Then he blessed Joseph and said, “May the God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked faithfully, the God who has been my shepherd all my life to this day, 
Gen 48:16  the Angel who has delivered me from all harm —may he bless these boys. May they be called by my name and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac, and may they increase greatly on the earth.” 
Gen 48:17  When Joseph saw his father placing his right hand on Ephraim’s head he was displeased; so he took hold of his father’s hand to move it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head. 
Gen 48:18  Joseph said to him, “No, my father, this one is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head.” 
Gen 48:19  But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know. He too will become a people, and he too will become great. Nevertheless, his younger brother will be greater than he, and his descendants will become a group of nations.” 
Gen 48:20  He blessed them that day and said, “In your name will Israel pronounce this blessing: ‘May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh.'” So he put Ephraim ahead of Manasseh. 
Gen 48:21  Then Israel said to Joseph, “I am about to die, but God will be with you and take you back to the land of your fathers. 
Gen 48:22  And to you I give one more ridge of land than to your brothers, the ridge I took from the Amorites with my sword and my bow.” 

Jacob Blesses His Sons
Gen 49:1
  Then Jacob called for his sons and said: “Gather around so I can tell you what will happen to you in days to come. 
Gen 49:2  “Assemble and listen, sons of Jacob; listen to your father Israel. 
Gen 49:3  “Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might, the first sign of my strength, excelling in honor, excelling in power. 
Gen 49:4  Turbulent as the waters, you will no longer excel, for you went up onto your father’s bed, onto my couch and defiled it. 
Gen 49:5  “Simeon and Levi are brothers— their swords are weapons of violence. 
Gen 49:6  Let me not enter their council, let me not join their assembly, for they have killed men in their anger and hamstrung oxen as they pleased. 
Gen 49:7  Cursed be their anger, so fierce, and their fury, so cruel! I will scatter them in Jacob and disperse them in Israel. 
Gen 49:8  “Judah, your brothers will praise you; your hand will be on the neck of your enemies; your father’s sons will bow down to you. 
Gen 49:9  You are a lion’s cub, Judah; you return from the prey, my son. Like a lion he crouches and lies down, like a lioness—who dares to rouse him? 
Gen 49:10  The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he to whom it belongs shall come and the obedience of the nations shall be his. 
Gen 49:11  He will tether his donkey to a vine, his colt to the choicest branch; he will wash his garments in wine, his robes in the blood of grapes. 
Gen 49:12  His eyes will be darker than wine, his teeth whiter than milk. 
Gen 49:13  “Zebulun will live by the seashore and become a haven for ships; his border will extend toward Sidon. 
Gen 49:14  “Issachar is a rawboned donkey lying down among the sheep pens. 
Gen 49:15  When he sees how good is his resting place and how pleasant is his land, he will bend his shoulder to the burden and submit to forced labor. 
Gen 49:16  “Dan will provide justice for his people as one of the tribes of Israel. 
Gen 49:17  Dan will be a snake by the roadside, a viper along the path, that bites the horse’s heels so that its rider tumbles backward. 
Gen 49:18  “I look for your deliverance, LORD. 
Gen 49:19  “Gad will be attacked by a band of raiders, but he will attack them at their heels. 
Gen 49:20  “Asher’s food will be rich; he will provide delicacies fit for a king. 
Gen 49:21  “Naphtali is a doe set free that bears beautiful fawns. 
Gen 49:22  “Joseph is a fruitful vine, a fruitful vine near a spring, whose branches climb over a wall. 
Gen 49:23  With bitterness archers attacked him; they shot at him with hostility. 
Gen 49:24  But his bow remained steady, his strong arms stayed limber, because of the hand of the Mighty One of Jacob, because of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel, 
Gen 49:25  because of your father’s God, who helps you, because of the Almighty, who blesses you with blessings of the skies above, blessings of the deep springs below, blessings of the breast and womb. 
Gen 49:26  Your father’s blessings are greater than the blessings of the ancient mountains, than the bounty of the age-old hills. Let all these rest on the head of Joseph, on the brow of the prince among his brothers. 
Gen 49:27  “Benjamin is a ravenous wolf; in the morning he devours the prey, in the evening he divides the plunder.” 
Jacob’s Death and Burial
Gen 49:28  All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is what their father said to them when he blessed them, giving each the blessing appropriate to him. 
Gen 49:29  Then he gave them these instructions: “I am about to be gathered to my people. Bury me with my fathers in the cave in the field of Ephron the Hittite, 
Gen 49:30  the cave in the field of Machpelah, near Mamre in Canaan, which Abraham bought along with the field as a burial place from Ephron the Hittite. 
Gen 49:31  There Abraham and his wife Sarah were buried, there Isaac and his wife Rebekah were buried, and there I buried Leah. 
Gen 49:32  The field and the cave in it were bought from the Hittites.” 
Gen 49:33  When Jacob had finished giving instructions to his sons, he drew his feet up into the bed, breathed his last and was gathered to his people.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



4 June 2018 Verse of the Day

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.  (Romans 12:9 NIV)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.  Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church:

Joseph Brings His Family to Egypt
Gen 46:1
  So Israel set out with all that was his, and when he reached Beersheba, he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. 
Gen 46:2  And God spoke to Israel in a vision at night and said, “Jacob! Jacob!” “Here I am,” he replied. 
Gen 46:3  “I am God, the God of your father,” he said. “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there. 
Gen 46:4  I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will surely bring you back again. And Joseph’s own hand will close your eyes.” 
Gen 46:5  Then Jacob left Beersheba, and Israel’s sons took their father Jacob and their children and their wives in the carts that Pharaoh had sent to transport him. 
Gen 46:6  So Jacob and all his offspring went to Egypt, taking with them their livestock and the possessions they had acquired in Canaan. 
Gen 46:7  Jacob brought with him to Egypt his sons and grandsons and his daughters and granddaughters—all his offspring. 
Gen 46:8  These are the names of the sons of Israel (Jacob and his descendants) who went to Egypt: Reuben the firstborn of Jacob. 
Gen 46:9  The sons of Reuben: Hanok, Pallu, Hezron and Karmi. 
Gen 46:10  The sons of Simeon: Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jakin, Zohar and Shaul the son of a Canaanite woman. 
Gen 46:11  The sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath and Merari. 
Gen 46:12  The sons of Judah: Er, Onan, Shelah, Perez and Zerah (but Er and Onan had died in the land of Canaan). The sons of Perez: Hezron and Hamul. 
Gen 46:13  The sons of Issachar: Tola, Puah, Jashub and Shimron. 
Gen 46:14  The sons of Zebulun: Sered, Elon and Jahleel. 
Gen 46:15  These were the sons Leah bore to Jacob in Paddan Aram, besides his daughter Dinah. These sons and daughters of his were thirty-three in all. 
Gen 46:16  The sons of Gad: Zephon, Haggi, Shuni, Ezbon, Eri, Arodi and Areli. 
Gen 46:17  The sons of Asher: Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi and Beriah. Their sister was Serah. The sons of Beriah: Heber and Malkiel. 
Gen 46:18  These were the children born to Jacob by Zilpah, whom Laban had given to his daughter Leah—sixteen in all. 
Gen 46:19  The sons of Jacob’s wife Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin. 
Gen 46:20  In Egypt, Manasseh and Ephraim were born to Joseph by Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On. 
Gen 46:21  The sons of Benjamin: Bela, Beker, Ashbel, Gera, Naaman, Ehi, Rosh, Muppim, Huppim and Ard. 
Gen 46:22  These were the sons of Rachel who were born to Jacob—fourteen in all. 
Gen 46:23  The son of Dan: Hushim. 
Gen 46:24  The sons of Naphtali: Jahziel, Guni, Jezer and Shillem. 
Gen 46:25  These were the sons born to Jacob by Bilhah, whom Laban had given to his daughter Rachel—seven in all. 
Gen 46:26  All those who went to Egypt with Jacob—those who were his direct descendants, not counting his sons’ wives—numbered sixty-six persons. 
Gen 46:27  With the two sons who had been born to Joseph in Egypt, the members of Jacob’s family, which went to Egypt, were seventy in all. 
Jacob and Joseph Reunited
Gen 46:28  Now Jacob sent Judah ahead of him to Joseph to get directions to Goshen. When they arrived in the region of Goshen, 
Gen 46:29  Joseph had his chariot made ready and went to Goshen to meet his father Israel. As soon as Joseph appeared before him, he threw his arms around his father and wept for a long time. 
Gen 46:30  Israel said to Joseph, “Now I am ready to die, since I have seen for myself that you are still alive.” 
Gen 46:31  Then Joseph said to his brothers and to his father’s household, “I will go up and speak to Pharaoh and will say to him, ‘My brothers and my father’s household, who were living in the land of Canaan, have come to me. 
Gen 46:32  The men are shepherds; they tend livestock, and they have brought along their flocks and herds and everything they own.’ 
Gen 46:33  When Pharaoh calls you in and asks, ‘What is your occupation?’ 
Gen 46:34  you should answer, ‘Your servants have tended livestock from our boyhood on, just as our fathers did.’ Then you will be allowed to settle in the region of Goshen, for all shepherds are detestable to the Egyptians.” 

Jacob’s Family Settles in Goshen
Gen 47:1
  Joseph went and told Pharaoh, “My father and brothers, with their flocks and herds and everything they own, have come from the land of Canaan and are now in Goshen.” 
Gen 47:2  He chose five of his brothers and presented them before Pharaoh. 
Gen 47:3  Pharaoh asked the brothers, “What is your occupation?” “Your servants are shepherds,” they replied to Pharaoh, “just as our fathers were.” 
Gen 47:4  They also said to him, “We have come to live here for a while, because the famine is severe in Canaan and your servants’ flocks have no pasture. So now, please let your servants settle in Goshen.” 
Gen 47:5  Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Your father and your brothers have come to you, 
Gen 47:6  and the land of Egypt is before you; settle your father and your brothers in the best part of the land. Let them live in Goshen. And if you know of any among them with special ability, put them in charge of my own livestock.” 
Gen 47:7  Then Joseph brought his father Jacob in and presented him before Pharaoh. After Jacob blessed Pharaoh, 
Gen 47:8  Pharaoh asked him, “How old are you?” 
Gen 47:9  And Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The years of my pilgrimage are a hundred and thirty. My years have been few and difficult, and they do not equal the years of the pilgrimage of my fathers.” 
Gen 47:10  Then Jacob blessed Pharaoh and went out from his presence. 
Gen 47:11  So Joseph settled his father and his brothers in Egypt and gave them property in the best part of the land, the district of Rameses, as Pharaoh directed. 
Gen 47:12  Joseph also provided his father and his brothers and all his father’s household with food, according to the number of their children. 
Joseph and the Famine
Gen 47:13  There was no food, however, in the whole region because the famine was severe; both Egypt and Canaan wasted away because of the famine. 
Gen 47:14  Joseph collected all the money that was to be found in Egypt and Canaan in payment for the grain they were buying, and he brought it to Pharaoh’s palace. 
Gen 47:15  When the money of the people of Egypt and Canaan was gone, all Egypt came to Joseph and said, “Give us food. Why should we die before your eyes? Our money is all gone.” 
Gen 47:16  “Then bring your livestock,” said Joseph. “I will sell you food in exchange for your livestock, since your money is gone.” 
Gen 47:17  So they brought their livestock to Joseph, and he gave them food in exchange for their horses, their sheep and goats, their cattle and donkeys. And he brought them through that year with food in exchange for all their livestock. 
Gen 47:18  When that year was over, they came to him the following year and said, “We cannot hide from our lord the fact that since our money is gone and our livestock belongs to you, there is nothing left for our lord except our bodies and our land. 
Gen 47:19  Why should we perish before your eyes—we and our land as well? Buy us and our land in exchange for food, and we with our land will be in bondage to Pharaoh. Give us seed so that we may live and not die, and that the land may not become desolate.” 
Gen 47:20  So Joseph bought all the land in Egypt for Pharaoh. The Egyptians, one and all, sold their fields, because the famine was too severe for them. The land became Pharaoh’s, 
Gen 47:21  and Joseph reduced the people to servitude, from one end of Egypt to the other. 
Gen 47:22  However, he did not buy the land of the priests, because they received a regular allotment from Pharaoh and had food enough from the allotment Pharaoh gave them. That is why they did not sell their land. 
Gen 47:23  Joseph said to the people, “Now that I have bought you and your land today for Pharaoh, here is seed for you so you can plant the ground. 
Gen 47:24  But when the crop comes in, give a fifth of it to Pharaoh. The other four-fifths you may keep as seed for the fields and as food for yourselves and your households and your children.” 
Gen 47:25  “You have saved our lives,” they said. “May we find favor in the eyes of our lord; we will be in bondage to Pharaoh.” 
Gen 47:26  So Joseph established it as a law concerning land in Egypt—still in force today—that a fifth of the produce belongs to Pharaoh. It was only the land of the priests that did not become Pharaoh’s. 
Gen 47:27  Now the Israelites settled in Egypt in the region of Goshen. They acquired property there and were fruitful and increased greatly in number. 
Gen 47:28  Jacob lived in Egypt seventeen years, and the years of his life were a hundred and forty-seven. 
Gen 47:29  When the time drew near for Israel to die, he called for his son Joseph and said to him, “If I have found favor in your eyes, put your hand under my thigh and promise that you will show me kindness and faithfulness. Do not bury me in Egypt, 
Gen 47:30  but when I rest with my fathers, carry me out of Egypt and bury me where they are buried.” “I will do as you say,” he said. 
Gen 47:31  “Swear to me,” he said. Then Joseph swore to him, and Israel worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



3 June 2018 Verse of the Day

Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.  (James 4:7 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.  Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

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Joseph Tests His Brothers
Gen 44:1
  Now Joseph gave these instructions to the steward of his house: “Fill the men’s sacks with as much food as they can carry, and put each man’s silver in the mouth of his sack. 
Gen 44:2  Then put my cup, the silver one, in the mouth of the youngest one’s sack, along with the silver for his grain.” And he did as Joseph said. 
Gen 44:3  As morning dawned, the men were sent on their way with their donkeys. 
Gen 44:4  They had not gone far from the city when Joseph said to his steward, “Go after those men at once, and when you catch up with them, say to them, ‘Why have you repaid good with evil? 
Gen 44:5  Isn’t this the cup my master drinks from and also uses for divination? This is a wicked thing you have done.'” 
Gen 44:6  When he caught up with them, he repeated these words to them. 
Gen 44:7  But they said to him, “Why does my lord say such things? Far be it from your servants to do anything like that! 
Gen 44:8  We even brought back to you from the land of Canaan the silver we found inside the mouths of our sacks. So why would we steal silver or gold from your master’s house? 
Gen 44:9  If any of your servants is found to have it, he will die; and the rest of us will become my lord’s slaves.” 
Gen 44:10  “Very well, then,” he said, “let it be as you say. Whoever is found to have it will become my slave; the rest of you will be free from blame.” 
Gen 44:11  Each of them quickly lowered his sack to the ground and opened it. 
Gen 44:12  Then the steward proceeded to search, beginning with the oldest and ending with the youngest. And the cup was found in Benjamin’s sack. 
Gen 44:13  At this, they tore their clothes. Then they all loaded their donkeys and returned to the city. 
Gen 44:14  Joseph was still in the house when Judah and his brothers came in, and they threw themselves to the ground before him. 
Gen 44:15  Joseph said to them, “What is this you have done? Don’t you know that a man like me can find things out by divination?” 
Gen 44:16  “What can we say to my lord?” Judah replied. “What can we say? How can we prove our innocence? God has uncovered your servants’ guilt. We are now my lord’s slaves—we ourselves and the one who was found to have the cup.” 
Gen 44:17  But Joseph said, “Far be it from me to do such a thing! Only the man who was found to have the cup will become my slave. The rest of you, go back to your father in peace.” 
Gen 44:18  Then Judah went up to him and said: “Pardon your servant, my lord, let me speak a word to my lord. Do not be angry with your servant, though you are equal to Pharaoh himself. 
Gen 44:19  My lord asked his servants, ‘Do you have a father or a brother?’ 
Gen 44:20  And we answered, ‘We have an aged father, and there is a young son born to him in his old age. His brother is dead, and he is the only one of his mother’s sons left, and his father loves him.’ 
Gen 44:21  “Then you said to your servants, ‘Bring him down to me so I can see him for myself.’ 
Gen 44:22  And we said to my lord, ‘The boy cannot leave his father; if he leaves him, his father will die.’ 
Gen 44:23  But you told your servants, ‘Unless your youngest brother comes down with you, you will not see my face again.’ 
Gen 44:24  When we went back to your servant my father, we told him what my lord had said. 
Gen 44:25  “Then our father said, ‘Go back and buy a little more food.’ 
Gen 44:26  But we said, ‘We cannot go down. Only if our youngest brother is with us will we go. We cannot see the man’s face unless our youngest brother is with us.’ 
Gen 44:27  “Your servant my father said to us, ‘You know that my wife bore me two sons. 
Gen 44:28  One of them went away from me, and I said, “He has surely been torn to pieces.” And I have not seen him since. 
Gen 44:29  If you take this one from me too and harm comes to him, you will bring my gray head down to the grave in misery.’ 
Gen 44:30  “So now, if the boy is not with us when I go back to your servant my father, and if my father, whose life is closely bound up with the boy’s life, 
Gen 44:31  sees that the boy isn’t there, he will die. Your servants will bring the gray head of our father down to the grave in sorrow. 
Gen 44:32  Your servant guaranteed the boy’s safety to my father. I said, ‘If I do not bring him back to you, I will bear the blame before you, my father, all my life!’ 
Gen 44:33  “Now then, please let your servant remain here as my lord’s slave in place of the boy, and let the boy return with his brothers. 
Gen 44:34  How can I go back to my father if the boy is not with me? No! Do not let me see the misery that would come on my father.” 

Joseph Provides for His Brothers and Family
Gen 45:1
  Then Joseph could no longer control himself before all his attendants, and he cried out, “Have everyone leave my presence!” So there was no one with Joseph when he made himself known to his brothers. 
Gen 45:2  And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard him, and Pharaoh’s household heard about it. 
Gen 45:3  Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still living?” But his brothers were not able to answer him, because they were terrified at his presence. 
Gen 45:4  Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! 
Gen 45:5  And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. 
Gen 45:6  For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping. 
Gen 45:7  But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. 
Gen 45:8  “So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt. 
Gen 45:9  Now hurry back to my father and say to him, ‘This is what your son Joseph says: God has made me lord of all Egypt. Come down to me; don’t delay. 
Gen 45:10  You shall live in the region of Goshen and be near me—you, your children and grandchildren, your flocks and herds, and all you have. 
Gen 45:11  I will provide for you there, because five years of famine are still to come. Otherwise you and your household and all who belong to you will become destitute.’ 
Gen 45:12  “You can see for yourselves, and so can my brother Benjamin, that it is really I who am speaking to you. 
Gen 45:13  Tell my father about all the honor accorded me in Egypt and about everything you have seen. And bring my father down here quickly.” 
Gen 45:14  Then he threw his arms around his brother Benjamin and wept, and Benjamin embraced him, weeping. 
Gen 45:15  And he kissed all his brothers and wept over them. Afterward his brothers talked with him. 
Gen 45:16  When the news reached Pharaoh’s palace that Joseph’s brothers had come, Pharaoh and all his officials were pleased. 
Gen 45:17  Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Tell your brothers, ‘Do this: Load your animals and return to the land of Canaan, 
Gen 45:18  and bring your father and your families back to me. I will give you the best of the land of Egypt and you can enjoy the fat of the land.’ 
Gen 45:19  “You are also directed to tell them, ‘Do this: Take some carts from Egypt for your children and your wives, and get your father and come. 
Gen 45:20  Never mind about your belongings, because the best of all Egypt will be yours.'” 
Gen 45:21  So the sons of Israel did this. Joseph gave them carts, as Pharaoh had commanded, and he also gave them provisions for their journey. 
Gen 45:22  To each of them he gave new clothing, but to Benjamin he gave three hundred shekels of silver and five sets of clothes. 
Gen 45:23  And this is what he sent to his father: ten donkeys loaded with the best things of Egypt, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain and bread and other provisions for his journey. 
Gen 45:24  Then he sent his brothers away, and as they were leaving he said to them, “Don’t quarrel on the way!” 
Gen 45:25  So they went up out of Egypt and came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan. 
Gen 45:26  They told him, “Joseph is still alive! In fact, he is ruler of all Egypt.” Jacob was stunned; he did not believe them. 
Gen 45:27  But when they told him everything Joseph had said to them, and when he saw the carts Joseph had sent to carry him back, the spirit of their father Jacob revived. 
Gen 45:28  And Israel said, “I’m convinced! My son Joseph is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.”  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



2 June 2018 Verse of the Day

Even to your old age I will be the same, And even to your graying years I will bear you! I have done it, and I will carry you; And I will bear you and I will deliver you.  (Isaiah 46:4 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.  Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

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Joseph’s Brothers Go to Egypt
Gen 42:1
  Now Jacob saw that there was grain in Egypt, and Jacob said to his sons, “Why are you staring at one another?” 
Gen 42:2  He said, “Behold, I have heard that there is grain in Egypt; go down there and buy some for us from that place, so that we may live and not die.” 
Gen 42:3  Then ten brothers of Joseph went down to buy grain from Egypt. 
Gen 42:4  But Jacob did not send Joseph’s brother Benjamin with his brothers, for he said, “I am afraid that harm may befall him.” 
Gen 42:5  So the sons of Israel came to buy grain among those who were coming, for the famine was in the land of Canaan also. 
Gen 42:6  Now Joseph was the ruler over the land; he was the one who sold to all the people of the land. And Joseph’s brothers came and bowed down to him with their faces to the ground. 
Gen 42:7  When Joseph saw his brothers he recognized them, but he disguised himself to them and spoke to them harshly. And he said to them, “Where have you come from?” And they said, “From the land of Canaan, to buy food.” 
Gen 42:8  But Joseph had recognized his brothers, although they did not recognize him. 
Gen 42:9  Joseph remembered the dreams which he had about them, and said to them, “You are spies; you have come to look at the undefended parts of our land.” 
Gen 42:10  Then they said to him, “No, my lord, but your servants have come to buy food. 
Gen 42:11  “We are all sons of one man; we are honest men, your servants are not spies.” 
Gen 42:12  Yet he said to them, “No, but you have come to look at the undefended parts of our land!” 
Gen 42:13  But they said, “Your servants are twelve brothers in all, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and behold, the youngest is with our father today, and one is no longer alive.” 
Gen 42:14  Joseph said to them, “It is as I said to you, you are spies; 
Gen 42:15  by this you will be tested: by the life of Pharaoh, you shall not go from this place unless your youngest brother comes here! 
Gen 42:16  “Send one of you that he may get your brother, while you remain confined, that your words may be tested, whether there is truth in you. But if not, by the life of Pharaoh, surely you are spies.” 
Gen 42:17  So he put them all together in prison for three days. 
Gen 42:18  Now Joseph said to them on the third day, “Do this and live, for I fear God: 
Gen 42:19  if you are honest men, let one of your brothers be confined in your prison; but as for the rest of you, go, carry grain for the famine of your households, 
Gen 42:20  and bring your youngest brother to me, so your words may be verified, and you will not die.” And they did so. 
Gen 42:21  Then they said to one another, “Truly we are guilty concerning our brother, because we saw the distress of his soul when he pleaded with us, yet we would not listen; therefore this distress has come upon us.” 
Gen 42:22  Reuben answered them, saying, “Did I not tell you, ‘Do not sin against the boy’; and you would not listen? Now comes the reckoning for his blood.” 
Gen 42:23  They did not know, however, that Joseph understood, for there was an interpreter between them. 
Gen 42:24  He turned away from them and wept. But when he returned to them and spoke to them, he took Simeon from them and bound him before their eyes. 
Gen 42:25  Then Joseph gave orders to fill their bags with grain and to restore every man’s money in his sack, and to give them provisions for the journey. And thus it was done for them. 
Gen 42:26  So they loaded their donkeys with their grain and departed from there. 
Gen 42:27  As one of them opened his sack to give his donkey fodder at the lodging place, he saw his money; and behold, it was in the mouth of his sack. 
Gen 42:28  Then he said to his brothers, “My money has been returned, and behold, it is even in my sack.” And their hearts sank, and they turned trembling to one another, saying, “What is this that God has done to us?” 
Gen 42:29  When they came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan, they told him all that had happened to them, saying, 
Gen 42:30  “The man, the lord of the land, spoke harshly with us, and took us for spies of the country. 
Gen 42:31  “But we said to him, ‘We are honest men; we are not spies. 
Gen 42:32  ‘We are twelve brothers, sons of our father; one is no longer alive, and the youngest is with our father today in the land of Canaan.’ 
Gen 42:33  “The man, the lord of the land, said to us, ‘By this I will know that you are honest men: leave one of your brothers with me and take grain for the famine of your households, and go. 
Gen 42:34  ‘But bring your youngest brother to me that I may know that you are not spies, but honest men. I will give your brother to you, and you may trade in the land.'” 
Gen 42:35  Now it came about as they were emptying their sacks, that behold, every man’s bundle of money was in his sack; and when they and their father saw their bundles of money, they were dismayed. 
Gen 42:36  Their father Jacob said to them, “You have bereaved me of my children: Joseph is no more, and Simeon is no more, and you would take Benjamin; all these things are against me.” 
Gen 42:37  Then Reuben spoke to his father, saying, “You may put my two sons to death if I do not bring him back to you; put him in my care, and I will return him to you.” 
Gen 42:38  But Jacob said, “My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he alone is left. If harm should befall him on the journey you are taking, then you will bring my gray hair down to Sheol in sorrow.” 

Joseph’s Brothers Return to Egypt
Gen 43:1
  Now the famine was severe in the land. 
Gen 43:2  So it came about when they had finished eating the grain which they had brought from Egypt, that their father said to them, “Go back, buy us a little food.” 
Gen 43:3  Judah spoke to him, however, saying, “The man solemnly warned us, ‘You shall not see my face unless your brother is with you.’ 
Gen 43:4  “If you send our brother with us, we will go down and buy you food. 
Gen 43:5  “But if you do not send him, we will not go down; for the man said to us, ‘You will not see my face unless your brother is with you.'” 
Gen 43:6  Then Israel said, “Why did you treat me so badly by telling the man whether you still had another brother?” 
Gen 43:7  But they said, “The man questioned particularly about us and our relatives, saying, ‘Is your father still alive? Have you another brother?’ So we answered his questions. Could we possibly know that he would say, ‘Bring your brother down’?” 
Gen 43:8  Judah said to his father Israel, “Send the lad with me and we will arise and go, that we may live and not die, we as well as you and our little ones. 
Gen 43:9  “I myself will be surety for him; you may hold me responsible for him. If I do not bring him back to you and set him before you, then let me bear the blame before you forever. 
Gen 43:10  “For if we had not delayed, surely by now we could have returned twice.” 
Gen 43:11  Then their father Israel said to them, “If it must be so, then do this: take some of the best products of the land in your bags, and carry down to the man as a present, a little balm and a little honey, aromatic gum and myrrh, pistachio nuts and almonds. 
Gen 43:12  “Take double the money in your hand, and take back in your hand the money that was returned in the mouth of your sacks; perhaps it was a mistake. 
Gen 43:13  “Take your brother also, and arise, return to the man; 
Gen 43:14  and may God Almighty grant you compassion in the sight of the man, so that he will release to you your other brother and Benjamin. And as for me, if I am bereaved of my children, I am bereaved.” 
Gen 43:15  So the men took this present, and they took double the money in their hand, and Benjamin; then they arose and went down to Egypt and stood before Joseph. 
Gen 43:16  When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to his house steward, “Bring the men into the house, and slay an animal and make ready; for the men are to dine with me at noon.” 
Gen 43:17  So the man did as Joseph said, and brought the men to Joseph’s house. 
Gen 43:18  Now the men were afraid, because they were brought to Joseph’s house; and they said, “It is because of the money that was returned in our sacks the first time that we are being brought in, that he may seek occasion against us and fall upon us, and take us for slaves with our donkeys.” 
Gen 43:19  So they came near to Joseph’s house steward, and spoke to him at the entrance of the house, 
Gen 43:20  and said, “Oh, my lord, we indeed came down the first time to buy food, 
Gen 43:21  and it came about when we came to the lodging place, that we opened our sacks, and behold, each man’s money was in the mouth of his sack, our money in full. So we have brought it back in our hand. 
Gen 43:22  “We have also brought down other money in our hand to buy food; we do not know who put our money in our sacks.” 
Gen 43:23  He said, “Be at ease, do not be afraid. Your God and the God of your father has given you treasure in your sacks; I had your money.” Then he brought Simeon out to them. 
Gen 43:24  Then the man brought the men into Joseph’s house and gave them water, and they washed their feet; and he gave their donkeys fodder. 
Gen 43:25  So they prepared the present for Joseph’s coming at noon; for they had heard that they were to eat a meal there. 
Gen 43:26  When Joseph came home, they brought into the house to him the present which was in their hand and bowed to the ground before him. 
Gen 43:27  Then he asked them about their welfare, and said, “Is your old father well, of whom you spoke? Is he still alive?” 
Gen 43:28  They said, “Your servant our father is well; he is still alive.” They bowed down in homage. 
Gen 43:29  As he lifted his eyes and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother’s son, he said, “Is this your youngest brother, of whom you spoke to me?” And he said, “May God be gracious to you, my son.” 
Gen 43:30  Joseph hurried out for he was deeply stirred over his brother, and he sought a place to weep; and he entered his chamber and wept there. 
Gen 43:31  Then he washed his face and came out; and he controlled himself and said, “Serve the meal.” 
Gen 43:32  So they served him by himself, and them by themselves, and the Egyptians who ate with him by themselves, because the Egyptians could not eat bread with the Hebrews, for that is loathsome to the Egyptians. 
Gen 43:33  Now they were seated before him, the firstborn according to his birthright and the youngest according to his youth, and the men looked at one another in astonishment. 
Gen 43:34  He took portions to them from his own table, but Benjamin’s portion was five times as much as any of theirs. So they feasted and drank freely with him.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



1 June 2018 Verse of the Day

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me.  (2 Corinthians 12:9 HCSB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.  Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

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Joseph Interprets Two Prisoners’ Dreams
Gen 40:1  Now some time later, the cupbearer (butler) and the baker for the king of Egypt offended their lord, Egypt’s king. 
Gen 40:2  Pharaoh (Sesostris II) was extremely angry with his two officials, the chief of the cupbearers and the chief of the bakers. 
Gen 40:3  He put them in confinement in the house of the captain of the guard, in the same prison where Joseph was confined. 
Gen 40:4  The captain of the guard put Joseph in charge of them, and he served them; and they continued to be in custody for some time. 
Gen 40:5  Then the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were confined in the prison, both dreamed a dream in the same night, each man with his [own significant] dream and each dream with its [personal] interpretation. 
Gen 40:6  When Joseph came to them in the morning and looked at them, [he saw that] they were sad and depressed. 
Gen 40:7  So he asked Pharaoh’s officials who were in confinement with him in his master’s house, “Why do you look so down-hearted today?” 
Gen 40:8  And they said to him, “We have [each] dreamed [distinct] dreams and there is no one to interpret them.” So Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Please tell me [your dreams].” 
Gen 40:9  So the chief cupbearer told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, “In my dream there was a grapevine in front of me; 
Gen 40:10  and on the vine were three branches. Then as soon as it budded, its blossoms burst open, and its clusters produced ripe grapes [in rapid succession]. 
Gen 40:11  Now Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand, and I took the grapes and squeezed them into Pharaoh’s cup; then I placed the cup into Pharaoh’s hand.” 
Gen 40:12  Then Joseph said to him, “This is the interpretation of it: the three branches represent three days; 
Gen 40:13  within three more days Pharaoh will lift up your head (present you in public) and restore you to your position; and you will [again] put Pharaoh’s cup into his hand just as [you did] when you were his cupbearer. 
Gen 40:14  Only think of me when it goes well with you, and please show me kindness by mentioning me to Pharaoh and get me out of this house. 
Gen 40:15  For in fact I was taken (stolen) from the land of the Hebrews by [unlawful] force, and even here I have done nothing for which they should put me in the dungeon.” 
Gen 40:16  When the chief baker saw that the interpretation [of the dream] was good, he said to Joseph, “I also dreamed, and [in my dream] there were three cake baskets on my head; 
Gen 40:17  and in the top basket there were some of all sorts of baked food for Pharaoh, but the birds [of prey] were eating [these foods] out of the basket on my head.” 
Gen 40:18  Joseph answered, “This is the interpretation of it: the three baskets represent three days; 
Gen 40:19  within three more days Pharaoh will lift up your head and will hang you on a tree (gallows, pole), and [you will not so much as be given a burial, but] the birds will eat your flesh.” 
Gen 40:20  Now on the third day, [which was] the Pharaoh’s birthday, he [released the two men from prison and] made a feast for all his servants; and he lifted up the head of the chief cupbearer and the head of the chief baker [that is, presented them in public] among his servants. 
Gen 40:21  He restored the chief cupbearer to his office, and the cupbearer [once again] put the cup into Pharaoh’s hand; 
Gen 40:22  but Pharaoh hanged the chief baker, just as Joseph had interpreted [the meaning of the dreams] to them. 
Gen 40:23  Yet [even after all that] the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot [all about] him. 

Joseph Interprets Pharaoh’s Dreams
Gen 41:1
  Now it happened at the end of two full years that Pharaoh dreamed that he was standing by the Nile. 
Gen 41:2  And lo, there came up out of the Nile seven [healthy] cows, sleek and handsome and fat; and they grazed in the reed grass [in a marshy pasture]. 
Gen 41:3  Then behold, seven other cows came up after them out of the Nile, ugly and gaunt and raw-boned, and stood by the fat cows on the bank of the Nile. 
Gen 41:4  Then the ugly and gaunt and raw-boned cows ate up the seven sleek and fat cows. Then Pharaoh awoke. 
Gen 41:5  Then he fell asleep and dreamed a second time; and behold, seven ears of grain came up on a single stalk, plump and good. 
Gen 41:6  Then behold, seven ears [of grain], thin and dried up by the east wind, sprouted after them. 
Gen 41:7  Then the thin ears swallowed the seven plump and full ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and it was a dream. 
Gen 41:8  So when morning came his spirit was troubled and disturbed and he sent and called for all the magicians and all the wise men of Egypt. And Pharaoh told them his dreams, but no one could interpret them to him. 
Gen 41:9  Then the chief cupbearer spoke to Pharaoh, saying, “I would mention my faults today. 
Gen 41:10  [Two years ago] Pharaoh was angry with his servants, and he put me in confinement in the house of the captain of the guard, both me and the chief baker. 
Gen 41:11  We dreamed a dream on the same night, he and I; each of us dreamed according to [the significance of] the interpretation of his own dream. 
Gen 41:12  Now there was with us [in the prison] a young man, a Hebrew, servant to the captain of the guard; and we told him, and he interpreted our dreams for us, to each man according to the significance of his own dream. 
Gen 41:13  And just as he interpreted [the dreams] for us, so it happened; I was restored to my office [as chief cupbearer], and the baker was hanged.” 
Gen 41:14  Then Pharaoh sent and called for Joseph, and they hurriedly brought him out of the dungeon; and when Joseph shaved himself and changed his clothes [making himself presentable], he came to Pharaoh. 
Gen 41:15  Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have dreamed a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it; and I have heard it said about you that you can understand a dream and interpret it.” 
Gen 41:16  Joseph answered Pharaoh, “It is not in me [to interpret the dream]; God [not I] will give Pharaoh a favorable answer [through me].” 
Gen 41:17  So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “In my dream, I was standing on the bank of the Nile; 
Gen 41:18  and seven fat, sleek and handsome cows came up out of the river, and they grazed in the reed grass [of a marshy pasture]. 
Gen 41:19  Lo, seven other cows came up after them, very ugly and gaunt [just skin and bones]; such emaciated animals as I have never seen in all the land of Egypt. 
Gen 41:20  And the lean and ugly cows ate up the first seven fat cows. 
Gen 41:21  Yet when they had devoured them, it could not be detected that they had eaten them, because they were still as thin and emaciated as before. Then I awoke [but again I fell asleep and dreamed]. 
Gen 41:22  I saw in my [second] dream, seven ears [of grain], plump and good, growing on a single stalk; 
Gen 41:23  and lo, seven [other] ears, withered, thin, and scorched by the east wind, sprouted after them; 
Gen 41:24  and the thin ears devoured the seven good ears. Now I told this to the magicians and soothsayers, but there was no one who could explain it [to me].” 
Gen 41:25  Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “The [two] dreams are one [and the same and have one interpretation]; God has shown Pharaoh what He is about to do. 
Gen 41:26  The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good ears are seven years; the [two] dreams are one [and the same]. 
Gen 41:27  The seven thin and ugly cows that came up after them are seven years; and also the seven thin ears, dried up and scorched by the east wind, they are seven years of famine and hunger. 
Gen 41:28  This is the message just as I have told Pharaoh: God has shown Pharaoh what He is about to do. 
Gen 41:29  Listen very carefully: seven years of great abundance will come throughout all the land of Egypt; 
Gen 41:30  but afterward seven years of famine and hunger will come, and [there will be such desperate need that] all the great abundance [of the previous years] will be forgotten in the land of Egypt [as if it never happened], and famine and destitution will ravage and destroy the land. 
Gen 41:31  So the great abundance will become forgotten in the land because of that subsequent famine, for it will be very severe. 
Gen 41:32  That the dream was repeated twice to Pharaoh [and in two different ways] indicates that this matter is fully determined and established by God, and God will bring it to pass very quickly. 
Gen 41:33  So now let Pharaoh [prepare ahead and] look for a man discerning and clear-headed and wise, and set him [in charge] over the land of Egypt [as governor under Pharaoh]. 
Gen 41:34  Let Pharaoh take action to appoint overseers and officials over the land, and set aside one-fifth [of the produce] of the [entire] land of Egypt in the seven years of abundance. 
Gen 41:35  Let them gather [as a tax] all [of the fifth of] the food of these good years that are coming, and store up grain under the direction and authority of Pharaoh, and let them guard the food [in fortified granaries] in the cities. 
Gen 41:36  That food shall be put [in storage] as a reserve for the land against the seven years of famine and hunger which will occur in the land of Egypt, so that the land (people) will not be ravaged during the famine.” 
Joseph Rises to Power
Gen 41:37  Now the plan seemed good to Pharaoh and to all of his servants. 
Gen 41:38  So Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find a man like this [a man equal to Joseph], in whom is the divine spirit [of God]?” 
Gen 41:39  Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since [your] God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and clear-headed and wise as you are. 
Gen 41:40  You shall have charge over my house, and all my people shall be governed according to your word and pay respect [to you with reverence, submission, and obedience]; only in [matters of] the throne will I be greater than you [in Egypt].” 
Gen 41:41  Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you [in charge] over all the land of Egypt.” 
Gen 41:42  Then Pharaoh took off his signet ring from his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand, and dressed him in [official] vestments of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck. 
Gen 41:43  He had him ride in his second chariot; and runners proclaimed before him, “[Attention,] bow the knee!” And he set him over all the land of Egypt. 
Gen 41:44  Moreover, Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Though I am Pharaoh, yet without your permission shall no man raise his hand [to do anything] or set his foot [to go anywhere] in all the land of Egypt [all classes of people shall submit to your authority].” 
Gen 41:45  Then Pharaoh named Joseph Zaphenath-paneah; and he gave him Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera, priest of On (Heliopolis in Egypt), as his wife. And Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt [to inspect and govern it]. 
Gen 41:46  Now Joseph [had been in Egypt thirteen years and] was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh, king of Egypt. Joseph departed from the presence of Pharaoh and went through all the land of Egypt [performing his duties]. 
Gen 41:47  In the seven abundant years the earth produced handfuls [for each seed planted]. 
Gen 41:48  And Joseph gathered all the [surplus] food of the seven [good] years in the land of Egypt and stored [enormous quantities of] the food in the cities. He stored away in every city the food [collected] from its own surrounding fields. 
Gen 41:49  Thus Joseph gathered and stored up grain in great abundance like the sand of the sea, until he stopped counting it, for it could not be measured. 
Gen 41:50  Now two sons were born to Joseph before the years of famine came, whom Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera, priest of On, bore to him. 
Gen 41:51  Joseph named the firstborn Manasseh (causing to forget), for he said, “God has made me forget all my trouble and hardship and all [the sorrow of the loss of] my father’s household.” 
Gen 41:52  He named the second [son] Ephraim (fruitfulness), for “God has caused me to be fruitful and very successful in the land of my suffering.” 
Gen 41:53  When the seven years of plenty came to an end in the land of Egypt, 
Gen 41:54  the seven years of famine began to come, just as Joseph had said [they would]; the famine was in all the [surrounding] lands, but in the land of Egypt there was bread (food). 
Gen 41:55  So when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried out to Pharaoh for food; and Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph; do whatever he says to you.” 
Gen 41:56  When the famine was spread over all the land, Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold [surplus grain] to the Egyptians; and the famine grew [extremely] severe in the land of Egypt. 
Gen 41:57  And [the people of] all countries came to Egypt to Joseph to buy grain, because the famine was severe over all the [known] earth.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



31 May 2018 Verse of the Day

I have asked one thing from the LORD; it is what I desire: to dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, gazing on the beauty of the LORD and seeking Him in His temple.  (Psalms 27:4 HCSB)

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Judah and Tamar
Gen 38:1
  At that time, Judah left his brothers and went down to stay with a man of Adullam named Hirah. 
Gen 38:2  There Judah met the daughter of a Canaanite man named Shua. He married her and made love to her; 
Gen 38:3  she became pregnant and gave birth to a son, who was named Er. 
Gen 38:4  She conceived again and gave birth to a son and named him Onan. 
Gen 38:5  She gave birth to still another son and named him Shelah. It was at Kezib that she gave birth to him. 
Gen 38:6  Judah got a wife for Er, his firstborn, and her name was Tamar. 
Gen 38:7  But Er, Judah’s firstborn, was wicked in the LORD’s sight; so the LORD put him to death. 
Gen 38:8  Then Judah said to Onan, “Sleep with your brother’s wife and fulfill your duty to her as a brother-in-law to raise up offspring for your brother.” 
Gen 38:9  But Onan knew that the child would not be his; so whenever he slept with his brother’s wife, he spilled his semen on the ground to keep from providing offspring for his brother. 
Gen 38:10  What he did was wicked in the LORD’s sight; so the LORD put him to death also. 
Gen 38:11  Judah then said to his daughter-in-law Tamar, “Live as a widow in your father’s household until my son Shelah grows up.” For he thought, “He may die too, just like his brothers.” So Tamar went to live in her father’s household. 
Gen 38:12  After a long time Judah’s wife, the daughter of Shua, died. When Judah had recovered from his grief, he went up to Timnah, to the men who were shearing his sheep, and his friend Hirah the Adullamite went with him. 
Gen 38:13  When Tamar was told, “Your father-in-law is on his way to Timnah to shear his sheep,” 
Gen 38:14  she took off her widow’s clothes, covered herself with a veil to disguise herself, and then sat down at the entrance to Enaim, which is on the road to Timnah. For she saw that, though Shelah had now grown up, she had not been given to him as his wife. 
Gen 38:15  When Judah saw her, he thought she was a prostitute, for she had covered her face. 
Gen 38:16  Not realizing that she was his daughter-in-law, he went over to her by the roadside and said, “Come now, let me sleep with you.” “And what will you give me to sleep with you?” she asked. 
Gen 38:17  “I’ll send you a young goat from my flock,” he said. “Will you give me something as a pledge until you send it?” she asked. 
Gen 38:18  He said, “What pledge should I give you?” “Your seal and its cord, and the staff in your hand,” she answered. So he gave them to her and slept with her, and she became pregnant by him. 
Gen 38:19  After she left, she took off her veil and put on her widow’s clothes again. 
Gen 38:20  Meanwhile Judah sent the young goat by his friend the Adullamite in order to get his pledge back from the woman, but he did not find her. 
Gen 38:21  He asked the men who lived there, “Where is the shrine prostitute who was beside the road at Enaim?” “There hasn’t been any shrine prostitute here,” they said. 
Gen 38:22  So he went back to Judah and said, “I didn’t find her. Besides, the men who lived there said, ‘There hasn’t been any shrine prostitute here.'” 
Gen 38:23  Then Judah said, “Let her keep what she has, or we will become a laughingstock. After all, I did send her this young goat, but you didn’t find her.” 
Gen 38:24  About three months later Judah was told, “Your daughter-in-law Tamar is guilty of prostitution, and as a result she is now pregnant.” Judah said, “Bring her out and have her burned to death!” 
Gen 38:25  As she was being brought out, she sent a message to her father-in-law. “I am pregnant by the man who owns these,” she said. And she added, “See if you recognize whose seal and cord and staff these are.” 
Gen 38:26  Judah recognized them and said, “She is more righteous than I, since I wouldn’t give her to my son Shelah.” And he did not sleep with her again. 
Gen 38:27  When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb. 
Gen 38:28  As she was giving birth, one of them put out his hand; so the midwife took a scarlet thread and tied it on his wrist and said, “This one came out first.” 
Gen 38:29  But when he drew back his hand, his brother came out, and she said, “So this is how you have broken out!” And he was named Perez. 
Gen 38:30  Then his brother, who had the scarlet thread on his wrist, came out. And he was named Zerah. 

Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife
Gen 39:1
  Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there. 
Gen 39:2  The LORD was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. 
Gen 39:3  When his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD gave him success in everything he did, 
Gen 39:4  Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned. 
Gen 39:5  From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the LORD blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the LORD was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field. 
Gen 39:6  So Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph’s care; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate. Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, 
Gen 39:7  and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me!” 
Gen 39:8  But he refused. “With me in charge,” he told her, “my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. 
Gen 39:9  No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” 
Gen 39:10  And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her. 
Gen 39:11  One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants was inside. 
Gen 39:12  She caught him by his cloak and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house. 
Gen 39:13  When she saw that he had left his cloak in her hand and had run out of the house, 
Gen 39:14  she called her household servants. “Look,” she said to them, “this Hebrew has been brought to us to make sport of us! He came in here to sleep with me, but I screamed. 
Gen 39:15  When he heard me scream for help, he left his cloak beside me and ran out of the house.” 
Gen 39:16  She kept his cloak beside her until his master came home. 
Gen 39:17  Then she told him this story: “That Hebrew slave you brought us came to me to make sport of me. 
Gen 39:18  But as soon as I screamed for help, he left his cloak beside me and ran out of the house.” 
Gen 39:19  When his master heard the story his wife told him, saying, “This is how your slave treated me,” he burned with anger. 
Gen 39:20  Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined. But while Joseph was there in the prison, 
Gen 39:21  the LORD was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. 
Gen 39:22  So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there. 
Gen 39:23  The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’s care, because the LORD was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



30 May 2018 Verse of the Day

For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.  (Galatians 5:13 NASB)

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Esau’s Descendants
Gen 36:1
  This is the account of the family line of Esau (that is, Edom). 
Gen 36:2  Esau took his wives from the women of Canaan: Adah daughter of Elon the Hittite, and Oholibamah daughter of Anah and granddaughter of Zibeon the Hivite— 
Gen 36:3  also Basemath daughter of Ishmael and sister of Nebaioth. 
Gen 36:4  Adah bore Eliphaz to Esau, Basemath bore Reuel, 
Gen 36:5  and Oholibamah bore Jeush, Jalam and Korah. These were the sons of Esau, who were born to him in Canaan. 
Gen 36:6  Esau took his wives and sons and daughters and all the members of his household, as well as his livestock and all his other animals and all the goods he had acquired in Canaan, and moved to a land some distance from his brother Jacob. 
Gen 36:7  Their possessions were too great for them to remain together; the land where they were staying could not support them both because of their livestock. 
Gen 36:8  So Esau (that is, Edom) settled in the hill country of Seir. 
Gen 36:9  This is the account of the family line of Esau the father of the Edomites in the hill country of Seir. 
Gen 36:10  These are the names of Esau’s sons: Eliphaz, the son of Esau’s wife Adah, and Reuel, the son of Esau’s wife Basemath. 
Gen 36:11  The sons of Eliphaz: Teman, Omar, Zepho, Gatam and Kenaz. 
Gen 36:12  Esau’s son Eliphaz also had a concubine named Timna, who bore him Amalek. These were grandsons of Esau’s wife Adah. 
Gen 36:13  The sons of Reuel: Nahath, Zerah, Shammah and Mizzah. These were grandsons of Esau’s wife Basemath. 
Gen 36:14  The sons of Esau’s wife Oholibamah daughter of Anah and granddaughter of Zibeon, whom she bore to Esau: Jeush, Jalam and Korah. 
Gen 36:15  These were the chiefs among Esau’s descendants: The sons of Eliphaz the firstborn of Esau: Chiefs Teman, Omar, Zepho, Kenaz, 
Gen 36:16  Korah, Gatam and Amalek. These were the chiefs descended from Eliphaz in Edom; they were grandsons of Adah. 
Gen 36:17  The sons of Esau’s son Reuel: Chiefs Nahath, Zerah, Shammah and Mizzah. These were the chiefs descended from Reuel in Edom; they were grandsons of Esau’s wife Basemath. 
Gen 36:18  The sons of Esau’s wife Oholibamah: Chiefs Jeush, Jalam and Korah. These were the chiefs descended from Esau’s wife Oholibamah daughter of Anah. 
Gen 36:19  These were the sons of Esau (that is, Edom), and these were their chiefs. 
Gen 36:20  These were the sons of Seir the Horite, who were living in the region: Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah, 
Gen 36:21  Dishon, Ezer and Dishan. These sons of Seir in Edom were Horite chiefs. 
Gen 36:22  The sons of Lotan: Hori and Homam. Timna was Lotan’s sister. 
Gen 36:23  The sons of Shobal: Alvan, Manahath, Ebal, Shepho and Onam. 
Gen 36:24  The sons of Zibeon: Aiah and Anah. This is the Anah who discovered the hot springs in the desert while he was grazing the donkeys of his father Zibeon. 
Gen 36:25  The children of Anah: Dishon and Oholibamah daughter of Anah. 
Gen 36:26  The sons of Dishon: Hemdan, Eshban, Ithran and Keran. 
Gen 36:27  The sons of Ezer: Bilhan, Zaavan and Akan. 
Gen 36:28  The sons of Dishan: Uz and Aran. 
Gen 36:29  These were the Horite chiefs: Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah, 
Gen 36:30  Dishon, Ezer and Dishan. These were the Horite chiefs, according to their divisions, in the land of Seir. 
Gen 36:31  These were the kings who reigned in Edom before any Israelite king reigned: 
Gen 36:32  Bela son of Beor became king of Edom. His city was named Dinhabah. 
Gen 36:33  When Bela died, Jobab son of Zerah from Bozrah succeeded him as king. 
Gen 36:34  When Jobab died, Husham from the land of the Temanites succeeded him as king. 
Gen 36:35  When Husham died, Hadad son of Bedad, who defeated Midian in the country of Moab, succeeded him as king. His city was named Avith. 
Gen 36:36  When Hadad died, Samlah from Masrekah succeeded him as king. 
Gen 36:37  When Samlah died, Shaul from Rehoboth on the river succeeded him as king. 
Gen 36:38  When Shaul died, Baal-Hanan son of Akbor succeeded him as king. 
Gen 36:39  When Baal-Hanan son of Akbor died, Hadad succeeded him as king. His city was named Pau, and his wife’s name was Mehetabel daughter of Matred, the daughter of Me-Zahab. 
Gen 36:40  These were the chiefs descended from Esau, by name, according to their clans and regions: Timna, Alvah, Jetheth, 
Gen 36:41  Oholibamah, Elah, Pinon, 
Gen 36:42  Kenaz, Teman, Mibzar, 
Gen 36:43  Magdiel and Iram. These were the chiefs of Edom, according to their settlements in the land they occupied. This is the family line of Esau, the father of the Edomites. 

Joseph’s Dreams
Gen 37:1
  Jacob lived in the land where his father had stayed, the land of Canaan. 
Gen 37:2  This is the account of Jacob’s family line. Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was tending the flocks with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives, and he brought their father a bad report about them. 
Gen 37:3  Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate robe for him. 
Gen 37:4  When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him. 
Gen 37:5  Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. 
Gen 37:6  He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: 
Gen 37:7  We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.” 
Gen 37:8  His brothers said to him, “Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?” And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said. 
Gen 37:9  Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” 
Gen 37:10  When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, “What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?” 
Gen 37:11  His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind. 
Joseph Sold by His Brothers
Gen 37:12  Now his brothers had gone to graze their father’s flocks near Shechem, 
Gen 37:13  and Israel said to Joseph, “As you know, your brothers are grazing the flocks near Shechem. Come, I am going to send you to them.” “Very well,” he replied. 
Gen 37:14  So he said to him, “Go and see if all is well with your brothers and with the flocks, and bring word back to me.” Then he sent him off from the Valley of Hebron. When Joseph arrived at Shechem, 
Gen 37:15  a man found him wandering around in the fields and asked him, “What are you looking for?” 
Gen 37:16  He replied, “I’m looking for my brothers. Can you tell me where they are grazing their flocks?” 
Gen 37:17  “They have moved on from here,” the man answered. “I heard them say, ‘Let’s go to Dothan.'” So Joseph went after his brothers and found them near Dothan. 
Gen 37:18  But they saw him in the distance, and before he reached them, they plotted to kill him. 
Gen 37:19  “Here comes that dreamer!” they said to each other. 
Gen 37:20  “Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams.” 
Gen 37:21  When Reuben heard this, he tried to rescue him from their hands. “Let’s not take his life,” he said. 
Gen 37:22  “Don’t shed any blood. Throw him into this cistern here in the wilderness, but don’t lay a hand on him.” Reuben said this to rescue him from them and take him back to his father. 
Gen 37:23  So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe—the ornate robe he was wearing— 
Gen 37:24  and they took him and threw him into the cistern. The cistern was empty; there was no water in it. 
Gen 37:25  As they sat down to eat their meal, they looked up and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead. Their camels were loaded with spices, balm and myrrh, and they were on their way to take them down to Egypt. 
Gen 37:26  Judah said to his brothers, “What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood? 
Gen 37:27  Come, let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him; after all, he is our brother, our own flesh and blood.” His brothers agreed. 
Gen 37:28  So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt. 
Gen 37:29  When Reuben returned to the cistern and saw that Joseph was not there, he tore his clothes. 
Gen 37:30  He went back to his brothers and said, “The boy isn’t there! Where can I turn now?” 
Gen 37:31  Then they got Joseph’s robe, slaughtered a goat and dipped the robe in the blood. 
Gen 37:32  They took the ornate robe back to their father and said, “We found this. Examine it to see whether it is your son’s robe.” 
Gen 37:33  He recognized it and said, “It is my son’s robe! Some ferocious animal has devoured him. Joseph has surely been torn to pieces.” 
Gen 37:34  Then Jacob tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and mourned for his son many days. 
Gen 37:35  All his sons and daughters came to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. “No,” he said, “I will continue to mourn until I join my son in the grave.” So his father wept for him. 
Gen 37:36  Meanwhile, the Midianites sold Joseph in Egypt to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



29 May 2018 Verse of the Day

This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.  (John 17:3 NASB)

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The Defiling of Dinah
Gen 34:1
  Now Dinah, the daughter Leah had borne to Jacob, went out to visit the women of the land. 
Gen 34:2  When Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, the ruler of that area, saw her, he took her and raped her. 
Gen 34:3  His heart was drawn to Dinah daughter of Jacob; he loved the young woman and spoke tenderly to her. 
Gen 34:4  And Shechem said to his father Hamor, “Get me this girl as my wife.” 
Gen 34:5  When Jacob heard that his daughter Dinah had been defiled, his sons were in the fields with his livestock; so he did nothing about it until they came home. 
Gen 34:6  Then Shechem’s father Hamor went out to talk with Jacob. 
Gen 34:7  Meanwhile, Jacob’s sons had come in from the fields as soon as they heard what had happened. They were shocked and furious, because Shechem had done an outrageous thing in Israel by sleeping with Jacob’s daughter—a thing that should not be done. 
Gen 34:8  But Hamor said to them, “My son Shechem has his heart set on your daughter. Please give her to him as his wife. 
Gen 34:9  Intermarry with us; give us your daughters and take our daughters for yourselves. 
Gen 34:10  You can settle among us; the land is open to you. Live in it, trade in it, and acquire property in it.” 
Gen 34:11  Then Shechem said to Dinah’s father and brothers, “Let me find favor in your eyes, and I will give you whatever you ask. 
Gen 34:12  Make the price for the bride and the gift I am to bring as great as you like, and I’ll pay whatever you ask me. Only give me the young woman as my wife.” 
Gen 34:13  Because their sister Dinah had been defiled, Jacob’s sons replied deceitfully as they spoke to Shechem and his father Hamor. 
Gen 34:14  They said to them, “We can’t do such a thing; we can’t give our sister to a man who is not circumcised. That would be a disgrace to us. 
Gen 34:15  We will enter into an agreement with you on one condition only: that you become like us by circumcising all your males. 
Gen 34:16  Then we will give you our daughters and take your daughters for ourselves. We’ll settle among you and become one people with you. 
Gen 34:17  But if you will not agree to be circumcised, we’ll take our sister and go.” 
Gen 34:18  Their proposal seemed good to Hamor and his son Shechem. 
Gen 34:19  The young man, who was the most honored of all his father’s family, lost no time in doing what they said, because he was delighted with Jacob’s daughter. 
Gen 34:20  So Hamor and his son Shechem went to the gate of their city to speak to the men of their city. 
Gen 34:21  “These men are friendly toward us,” they said. “Let them live in our land and trade in it; the land has plenty of room for them. We can marry their daughters and they can marry ours. 
Gen 34:22  But the men will agree to live with us as one people only on the condition that our males be circumcised, as they themselves are. 
Gen 34:23  Won’t their livestock, their property and all their other animals become ours? So let us agree to their terms, and they will settle among us.” 
Gen 34:24  All the men who went out of the city gate agreed with Hamor and his son Shechem, and every male in the city was circumcised. 
Gen 34:25  Three days later, while all of them were still in pain, two of Jacob’s sons, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brothers, took their swords and attacked the unsuspecting city, killing every male. 
Gen 34:26  They put Hamor and his son Shechem to the sword and took Dinah from Shechem’s house and left. 
Gen 34:27  The sons of Jacob came upon the dead bodies and looted the city where their sister had been defiled. 
Gen 34:28  They seized their flocks and herds and donkeys and everything else of theirs in the city and out in the fields. 
Gen 34:29  They carried off all their wealth and all their women and children, taking as plunder everything in the houses. 
Gen 34:30  Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You have brought trouble on me by making me obnoxious to the Canaanites and Perizzites, the people living in this land. We are few in number, and if they join forces against me and attack me, I and my household will be destroyed.” 
Gen 34:31  But they replied, “Should he have treated our sister like a prostitute?” 

God Blesses and Renames Jacob
Gen 35:1
  Then God said to Jacob, “Go up to Bethel and settle there, and build an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you were fleeing from your brother Esau.” 
Gen 35:2  So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Get rid of the foreign gods you have with you, and purify yourselves and change your clothes. 
Gen 35:3  Then come, let us go up to Bethel, where I will build an altar to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and who has been with me wherever I have gone.” 
Gen 35:4  So they gave Jacob all the foreign gods they had and the rings in their ears, and Jacob buried them under the oak at Shechem. 
Gen 35:5  Then they set out, and the terror of God fell on the towns all around them so that no one pursued them. 
Gen 35:6  Jacob and all the people with him came to Luz (that is, Bethel) in the land of Canaan. 
Gen 35:7  There he built an altar, and he called the place El Bethel, because it was there that God revealed himself to him when he was fleeing from his brother. 
Gen 35:8  Now Deborah, Rebekah’s nurse, died and was buried under the oak outside Bethel. So it was named Allon Bakuth. 
Gen 35:9  After Jacob returned from Paddan Aram, God appeared to him again and blessed him. 
Gen 35:10  God said to him, “Your name is Jacob, but you will no longer be called Jacob; your name will be Israel.” So he named him Israel. 
Gen 35:11  And God said to him, “I am God Almighty; be fruitful and increase in number. A nation and a community of nations will come from you, and kings will be among your descendants. 
Gen 35:12  The land I gave to Abraham and Isaac I also give to you, and I will give this land to your descendants after you.” 
Gen 35:13  Then God went up from him at the place where he had talked with him. 
Gen 35:14  Jacob set up a stone pillar at the place where God had talked with him, and he poured out a drink offering on it; he also poured oil on it. 
Gen 35:15  Jacob called the place where God had talked with him Bethel. 
The Deaths of Rachel and Isaac
Gen 35:16  Then they moved on from Bethel. While they were still some distance from Ephrath, Rachel began to give birth and had great difficulty. 
Gen 35:17  And as she was having great difficulty in childbirth, the midwife said to her, “Don’t despair, for you have another son.” 
Gen 35:18  As she breathed her last—for she was dying—she named her son Ben-Oni. But his father named him Benjamin. 
Gen 35:19  So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem). 
Gen 35:20  Over her tomb Jacob set up a pillar, and to this day that pillar marks Rachel’s tomb. 
Gen 35:21  Israel moved on again and pitched his tent beyond Migdal Eder. 
Gen 35:22  While Israel was living in that region, Reuben went in and slept with his father’s concubine Bilhah, and Israel heard of it. Jacob had twelve sons: 
Gen 35:23  The sons of Leah: Reuben the firstborn of Jacob, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar and Zebulun. 
Gen 35:24  The sons of Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin. 
Gen 35:25  The sons of Rachel’s servant Bilhah: Dan and Naphtali. 
Gen 35:26  The sons of Leah’s servant Zilpah: Gad and Asher. These were the sons of Jacob, who were born to him in Paddan Aram. 
Gen 35:27  Jacob came home to his father Isaac in Mamre, near Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had stayed. 
Gen 35:28  Isaac lived a hundred and eighty years. 
Gen 35:29  Then he breathed his last and died and was gathered to his people, old and full of years. And his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard




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