Verse of the Day

Daily Devotion 

By:  Bro. Bob Maynard
 

24 March 2017 Verse of the Day

And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.  (James 3:18 KJV)

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 me in 2 years:

Jacob’s Family Settles in Goshen
Gen 47:1-31  Then Joseph went in and told Pharaoh, and said, “My father and my brothers and their flocks and their herds and all that they have, have come out of the land of Canaan; and behold, they are in the land of Goshen.”  (2)  He took five men from among his brothers and presented them to Pharaoh.  (3)  Then Pharaoh said to his brothers, “What is your occupation?” So they said to Pharaoh, “Your servants are shepherds, both we and our fathers.”  (4)  They said to Pharaoh, “We have come to sojourn in the land, for there is no pasture for your servants’ flocks, for the famine is severe in the land of Canaan. Now, therefore, please let your servants live in the land of Goshen.”  (5)  Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Your father and your brothers have come to you.  (6)  “The land of Egypt is at your disposal; settle your father and your brothers in the best of the land, let them live in the land of Goshen; and if you know any capable men among them, then put them in charge of my livestock.”  (7)  Then Joseph brought his father Jacob and presented him to Pharaoh; and Jacob blessed Pharaoh.  (8)  Pharaoh said to Jacob, “How many years have you lived?”  (9)  So Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The years of my sojourning are one hundred and thirty; few and unpleasant have been the years of my life, nor have they attained the years that my fathers lived during the days of their sojourning.”  (10)  And Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from his presence.  (11)  So Joseph settled his father and his brothers and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had ordered.  (12)  Joseph provided his father and his brothers and all his father’s household with food, according to their little ones.

Joseph and the Famine
 (13)  Now there was no food in all the land, because the famine was very severe, so that the land of Egypt and the land of Canaan languished because of the famine.  (14)  Joseph gathered all the money that was found in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan for the grain which they bought, and Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh’s house.  (15)  When the money was all spent in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came to Joseph and said, “Give us food, for why should we die in your presence? For our money is gone.”  (16)  Then Joseph said, “Give up your livestock, and I will give you food for your livestock, since your money is gone.”  (17)  So they brought their livestock to Joseph, and Joseph gave them food in exchange for the horses and the flocks and the herds and the donkeys; and he fed them with food in exchange for all their livestock that year.  (18)  When that year was ended, they came to him the next year and said to him, “We will not hide from my lord that our money is all spent, and the cattle are my lord’s. There is nothing left for my lord except our bodies and our lands.  (19)  “Why should we die before your eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land for food, and we and our land will be slaves to Pharaoh. So give us seed, that we may live and not die, and that the land may not be desolate.”  (20)  So Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh, for every Egyptian sold his field, because the famine was severe upon them. Thus the land became Pharaoh’s.  (21)  As for the people, he removed them to the cities from one end of Egypt’s border to the other.  (22)  Only the land of the priests he did not buy, for the priests had an allotment from Pharaoh, and they lived off the allotment which Pharaoh gave them. Therefore, they did not sell their land.  (23)  Then Joseph said to the people, “Behold, I have today bought you and your land for Pharaoh; now, here is seed for you, and you may sow the land.  (24)  “At the harvest you shall give a fifth to Pharaoh, and four-fifths shall be your own for seed of the field and for your food and for those of your households and as food for your little ones.”  (25)  So they said, “You have saved our lives! Let us find favor in the sight of my lord, and we will be Pharaoh’s slaves.”  (26)  Joseph made it a statute concerning the land of Egypt valid to this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth; only the land of the priests did not become Pharaoh’s.  (27)  Now Israel lived in the land of Egypt, in Goshen, and they acquired property in it and were fruitful and became very numerous.  (28)  Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years; so the length of Jacob’s life was one hundred and forty-seven years.  (29)  When the time for Israel to die drew near, he called his son Joseph and said to him, “Please, if I have found favor in your sight, place now your hand under my thigh and deal with me in kindness and faithfulness. Please do not bury me in Egypt,  (30)  but when I lie down with my fathers, you shall carry me out of Egypt and bury me in their burial place.” And he said, “I will do as you have said.”  (31)  He said, “Swear to me.” So he swore to him. Then Israel bowed in worship at the head of the bed.
 
Jacob Blesses Ephraim and Manasseh
Gen 48:1-22  Now it came about after these things that Joseph was told, “Behold, your father is sick.” So he took his two sons Manasseh and Ephraim with him.  (2)  When it was told to Jacob, “Behold, your son Joseph has come to you,” Israel collected his strength and sat up in the bed.  (3)  Then Jacob said to Joseph, “God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me,  (4)  and He said to me, ‘Behold, I will make you fruitful and numerous, and I will make you a company of peoples, and will give this land to your descendants after you for an everlasting possession.’  (5)  “Now your two sons, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; Ephraim and Manasseh shall be mine, as Reuben and Simeon are.  (6)  “But your offspring that have been born after them shall be yours; they shall be called by the names of their brothers in their inheritance.  (7)  “Now as for me, when I came from Paddan, Rachel died, to my sorrow, in the land of Canaan on the journey, when there was still some distance to go to Ephrath; and I buried her there on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).”  (8)  When Israel saw Joseph’s sons, he said, “Who are these?”  (9)  Joseph said to his father, “They are my sons, whom God has given me here.” So he said, “Bring them to me, please, that I may bless them.”  (10)  Now the eyes of Israel were so dim from age that he could not see. Then Joseph brought them close to him, and he kissed them and embraced them.  (11)  Israel said to Joseph, “I never expected to see your face, and behold, God has let me see your children as well.”  (12)  Then Joseph took them from his knees, and bowed with his face to the ground.  (13)  Joseph took them both, Ephraim with his right hand toward Israel’s left, and Manasseh with his left hand toward Israel’s right, and brought them close to him.  (14)  But Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it on the head of Ephraim, who was the younger, and his left hand on Manasseh’s head, crossing his hands, although Manasseh was the firstborn.  (15)  He blessed Joseph, and said, “The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, The God who has been my shepherd all my life to this day,  (16)  The angel who has redeemed me from all evil, Bless the lads; And may my name live on in them, And the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; And may they grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.”  (17)  When Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on Ephraim’s head, it displeased him; and he grasped his father’s hand to remove it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head.  (18)  Joseph said to his father, “Not so, my father, for this one is the firstborn. Place your right hand on his head.”  (19)  But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know; he also will become a people and he also will be great. However, his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his descendants shall become a multitude of nations.”  (20)  He blessed them that day, saying, “By you Israel will pronounce blessing, saying, ‘May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh!'” Thus he put Ephraim before Manasseh.  (21)  Then Israel said to Joseph, “Behold, I am about to die, but God will be with you, and bring you back to the land of your fathers.  (22)  “I give you one portion more than your brothers, which I took from the hand of the Amorite with my sword and my bow.”
 
Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


23 March 2017 Verse of the Day

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!  (Romans 11:33 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 me in 2 years:

Joseph Provides for His Brothers and Family
Gen 45:1-28  Then Joseph could not control himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried, “Have everyone go out from me.” So there was no man with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers.  (2)  He wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard of it.  (3)  Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?” But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed at his presence.  (4)  Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Please come closer to me.” And they came closer. And he said, “I am your brother Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt.  (5)  “Now do not be grieved or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.  (6)  “For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting.  (7)  “God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth, and to keep you alive by a great deliverance.  (8)  “Now, therefore, it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh and lord of all his household and ruler over all the land of Egypt.  (9)  “Hurry and go up to my father, and say to him, ‘Thus says your son Joseph, “God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not delay.  (10)  “You shall live in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children’s children and your flocks and your herds and all that you have.  (11)  “There I will also provide for you, for there are still five years of famine to come, and you and your household and all that you have would be impoverished.”‘  (12)  “Behold, your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see, that it is my mouth which is speaking to you.  (13)  “Now you must tell my father of all my splendor in Egypt, and all that you have seen; and you must hurry and bring my father down here.”  (14)  Then he fell on his brother Benjamin’s neck and wept, and Benjamin wept on his neck.  (15)  He kissed all his brothers and wept on them, and afterward his brothers talked with him.  (16)  Now when the news was heard in Pharaoh’s house that Joseph’s brothers had come, it pleased Pharaoh and his servants.  (17)  Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Say to your brothers, ‘Do this: load your beasts and go to the land of Canaan,  (18)  and take your father and your households and come to me, and I will give you the best of the land of Egypt and you will eat the fat of the land.’  (19)  “Now you are ordered, ‘Do this: take wagons from the land of Egypt for your little ones and for your wives, and bring your father and come.  (20)  ‘Do not concern yourselves with your goods, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours.'”  (21)  Then the sons of Israel did so; and Joseph gave them wagons according to the command of Pharaoh, and gave them provisions for the journey.  (22)  To each of them he gave changes of garments, but to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver and five changes of garments.  (23)  To his father he sent as follows: ten donkeys loaded with the best things of Egypt, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain and bread and sustenance for his father on the journey.  (24)  So he sent his brothers away, and as they departed, he said to them, “Do not quarrel on the journey.”  (25)  Then they went up from Egypt, and came to the land of Canaan to their father Jacob.  (26)  They told him, saying, “Joseph is still alive, and indeed he is ruler over all the land of Egypt.” But he was stunned, for he did not believe them.  (27)  When they told him all the words of Joseph that he had spoken to them, and when he saw the wagons that Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of their father Jacob revived.  (28)  Then Israel said, “It is enough; my son Joseph is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.”
 
Joseph Brings His Family to Egypt
Gen 46:1-34  So Israel set out with all that he had, and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac.  (2)  God spoke to Israel in visions of the night and said, “Jacob, Jacob.” And he said, “Here I am.”  (3)  He said, “I am God, the God of your father; do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you a great nation there.  (4)  “I will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also surely bring you up again; and Joseph will close your eyes.”  (5)  Then Jacob arose from Beersheba; and the sons of Israel carried their father Jacob and their little ones and their wives in the wagons which Pharaoh had sent to carry him.  (6)  They took their livestock and their property, which they had acquired in the land of Canaan, and came to Egypt, Jacob and all his descendants with him:  (7)  his sons and his grandsons with him, his daughters and his granddaughters, and all his descendants he brought with him to Egypt.  (8)  Now these are the names of the sons of Israel, Jacob and his sons, who went to Egypt: Reuben, Jacob’s firstborn.  (9)  The sons of Reuben: Hanoch and Pallu and Hezron and Carmi.  (10)  The sons of Simeon: Jemuel and Jamin and Ohad and Jachin and Zohar and Shaul the son of a Canaanite woman.  (11)  The sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.  (12)  The sons of Judah: Er and Onan and Shelah and Perez and Zerah (but Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan). And the sons of Perez were Hezron and Hamul.  (13)  The sons of Issachar: Tola and Puvvah and Iob and Shimron.  (14)  The sons of Zebulun: Sered and Elon and Jahleel.  (15)  These are the sons of Leah, whom she bore to Jacob in Paddan-aram, with his daughter Dinah; all his sons and his daughters numbered thirty-three.  (16)  The sons of Gad: Ziphion and Haggi, Shuni and Ezbon, Eri and Arodi and Areli.  (17)  The sons of Asher: Imnah and Ishvah and Ishvi and Beriah and their sister Serah. And the sons of Beriah: Heber and Malchiel.  (18)  These are the sons of Zilpah, whom Laban gave to his daughter Leah; and she bore to Jacob these sixteen persons.  (19)  The sons of Jacob’s wife Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin.  (20)  Now to Joseph in the land of Egypt were born Manasseh and Ephraim, whom Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera, priest of On, bore to him.  (21)  The sons of Benjamin: Bela and Becher and Ashbel, Gera and Naaman, Ehi and Rosh, Muppim and Huppim and Ard.  (22)  These are the sons of Rachel, who were born to Jacob; there were fourteen persons in all.  (23)  The sons of Dan: Hushim.  (24)  The sons of Naphtali: Jahzeel and Guni and Jezer and Shillem.  (25)  These are the sons of Bilhah, whom Laban gave to his daughter Rachel, and she bore these to Jacob; there were seven persons in all.  (26)  All the persons belonging to Jacob, who came to Egypt, his direct descendants, not including the wives of Jacob’s sons, were sixty-six persons in all,  (27)  and the sons of Joseph, who were born to him in Egypt were two; all the persons of the house of Jacob, who came to Egypt, were seventy.

Jacob and Joseph Reunited
 (28)  Now he sent Judah before him to Joseph, to point out the way before him to Goshen; and they came into the land of Goshen.  (29)  Joseph prepared his chariot and went up to Goshen to meet his father Israel; as soon as he appeared before him, he fell on his neck and wept on his neck a long time.  (30)  Then Israel said to Joseph, “Now let me die, since I have seen your face, that you are still alive.”  (31)  Joseph said to his brothers and to his father’s household, “I will go up and tell Pharaoh, and will say to him, ‘My brothers and my father’s household, who were in the land of Canaan, have come to me;  (32)  and the men are shepherds, for they have been keepers of livestock; and they have brought their flocks and their herds and all that they have.’  (33)  “When Pharaoh calls you and says, ‘What is your occupation?’  (34)  you shall say, ‘Your servants have been keepers of livestock from our youth even until now, both we and our fathers,’ that you may live in the land of Goshen; for every shepherd is loathsome to the Egyptians.”
 
Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


22 March 2017 Verse of the Day

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!  (Romans 11:33 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 me in 2 years:

Joseph’s Brothers Return to Egypt
Gen 43:1-34  Now the famine was severe in the land.  (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.”  (3)  Judah spoke to him, however, saying, “The man solemnly warned us, ‘You shall not see my face unless your brother is with you.’  (4)  “If you send our brother with us, we will go down and buy you food.  (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.'”  (6)  Then Israel said, “Why did you treat me so badly by telling the man whether you still had another brother?”  (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’?”  (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.  (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.  (10)  “For if we had not delayed, surely by now we could have returned twice.”  (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.  (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.  (13)  “Take your brother also, and arise, return to the man;  (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.”  (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.  (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.”  (17)  So the man did as Joseph said, and brought the men to Joseph’s house.  (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.”  (19)  So they came near to Joseph’s house steward, and spoke to him at the entrance of the house,  (20)  and said, “Oh, my lord, we indeed came down the first time to buy food,  (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.  (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.”  (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.  (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.  (25)  So they prepared the present for Joseph’s coming at noon; for they had heard that they were to eat a meal there.  (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.  (27)  Then he asked them about their welfare, and said, “Is your old father well, of whom you spoke? Is he still alive?”  (28)  They said, “Your servant our father is well; he is still alive.” They bowed down in homage.  (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.”  (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.  (31)  Then he washed his face and came out; and he controlled himself and said, “Serve the meal.”  (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.  (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.  (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.
 
Joseph Tests His Brothers
Gen 44:1-34  Then he commanded his house steward, saying, “Fill the men’s sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put each man’s money in the mouth of his sack.  (2)  “Put my cup, the silver cup, in the mouth of the sack of the youngest, and his money for the grain.” And he did as Joseph had told him.  (3)  As soon as it was light, the men were sent away, they with their donkeys.  (4)  They had just gone out of the city, and were not far off, when Joseph said to his house steward, “Up, follow the men; and when you overtake them, say to them, ‘Why have you repaid evil for good?  (5)  ‘Is not this the one from which my lord drinks and which he indeed uses for divination? You have done wrong in doing this.'”  (6)  So he overtook them and spoke these words to them.  (7)  They said to him, “Why does my lord speak such words as these? Far be it from your servants to do such a thing.  (8)  “Behold, the money which we found in the mouth of our sacks we have brought back to you from the land of Canaan. How then could we steal silver or gold from your lord’s house?  (9)  “With whomever of your servants it is found, let him die, and we also will be my lord’s slaves.”  (10)  So he said, “Now let it also be according to your words; he with whom it is found shall be my slave, and the rest of you shall be innocent.”  (11)  Then they hurried, each man lowered his sack to the ground, and each man opened his sack.  (12)  He searched, beginning with the oldest and ending with the youngest, and the cup was found in Benjamin’s sack.  (13)  Then they tore their clothes, and when each man loaded his donkey, they returned to the city.  (14)  When Judah and his brothers came to Joseph’s house, he was still there, and they fell to the ground before him.  (15)  Joseph said to them, “What is this deed that you have done? Do you not know that such a man as I can indeed practice divination?”  (16)  So Judah said, “What can we say to my lord? What can we speak? And how can we justify ourselves? God has found out the iniquity of your servants; behold, we are my lord’s slaves, both we and the one in whose possession the cup has been found.”  (17)  But he said, “Far be it from me to do this. The man in whose possession the cup has been found, he shall be my slave; but as for you, go up in peace to your father.”  (18)  Then Judah approached him, and said, “Oh my lord, may your servant please speak a word in my lord’s ears, and do not be angry with your servant; for you are equal to Pharaoh.  (19)  “My lord asked his servants, saying, ‘Have you a father or a brother?’  (20)  “We said to my lord, ‘We have an old father and a little child of his old age. Now his brother is dead, so he alone is left of his mother, and his father loves him.’  (21)  “Then you said to your servants, ‘Bring him down to me that I may set my eyes on him.’  (22)  “But we said to my lord, ‘The lad cannot leave his father, for if he should leave his father, his father would die.’  (23)  “You said to your servants, however, ‘Unless your youngest brother comes down with you, you will not see my face again.’  (24)  “Thus it came about when we went up to your servant my father, we told him the words of my lord.  (25)  “Our father said, ‘Go back, buy us a little food.’  (26)  “But we said, ‘We cannot go down. If our youngest brother is with us, then we will go down; for we cannot see the man’s face unless our youngest brother is with us.’  (27)  “Your servant my father said to us, ‘You know that my wife bore me two sons;  (28)  and the one went out from me, and I said, “Surely he is torn in pieces,” and I have not seen him since.  (29)  ‘If you take this one also from me, and harm befalls him, you will bring my gray hair down to Sheol in sorrow.’  (30)  “Now, therefore, when I come to your servant my father, and the lad is not with us, since his life is bound up in the lad’s life,  (31)  when he sees that the lad is not with us, he will die. Thus your servants will bring the gray hair of your servant our father down to Sheol in sorrow.  (32)  “For your servant became surety for the lad to my father, saying, ‘If I do not bring him back to you, then let me bear the blame before my father forever.’  (33)  “Now, therefore, please let your servant remain instead of the lad a slave to my lord, and let the lad go up with his brothers.  (34)  “For how shall I go up to my father if the lad is not with me—for fear that I see the evil that would overtake my father?”
 
Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


21 March 2017 Verse of the Day

Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?  (Jeremiah 32:27 KJV)

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 Pharaoh’s Dreams
Gen 41:1-57  Now it happened at the end of two full years that Pharaoh had a dream, and behold, he was standing by the Nile.  (2)  And lo, from the Nile there came up seven cows, sleek and fat; and they grazed in the marsh grass.  (3)  Then behold, seven other cows came up after them from the Nile, ugly and gaunt, and they stood by the other cows on the bank of the Nile.  (4)  The ugly and gaunt cows ate up the seven sleek and fat cows. Then Pharaoh awoke.  (5)  He fell asleep and dreamed a second time; and behold, seven ears of grain came up on a single stalk, plump and good.  (6)  Then behold, seven ears, thin and scorched by the east wind, sprouted up after them.  (7)  The thin ears swallowed up the seven plump and full ears. Then Pharaoh awoke, and behold, it was a dream.  (8)  Now in the morning his spirit was troubled, so he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt, and all its wise men. And Pharaoh told them his dreams, but there was no one who could interpret them to Pharaoh.  (9)  Then the chief cupbearer spoke to Pharaoh, saying, “I would make mention today of my own offenses.  (10)  “Pharaoh was furious with his servants, and he put me in confinement in the house of the captain of the bodyguard, both me and the chief baker.  (11)  “We had a dream on the same night, he and I; each of us dreamed according to the interpretation of his own dream.  (12)  “Now a Hebrew youth was with us there, a servant of the captain of the bodyguard, and we related them to him, and he interpreted our dreams for us. To each one he interpreted according to his own dream.  (13)  “And just as he interpreted for us, so it happened; he restored me in my office, but he hanged him.”  (14)  Then Pharaoh sent and called for Joseph, and they hurriedly brought him out of the dungeon; and when he had shaved himself and changed his clothes, he came to Pharaoh.  (15)  Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have had a dream, but no one can interpret it; and I have heard it said about you, that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.”  (16)  Joseph then answered Pharaoh, saying, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.”  (17)  So Pharaoh spoke to Joseph, “In my dream, behold, I was standing on the bank of the Nile;  (18)  and behold, seven cows, fat and sleek came up out of the Nile, and they grazed in the marsh grass.  (19)  “Lo, seven other cows came up after them, poor and very ugly and gaunt, such as I had never seen for ugliness in all the land of Egypt;  (20)  and the lean and ugly cows ate up the first seven fat cows.  (21)  “Yet when they had devoured them, it could not be detected that they had devoured them, for they were just as ugly as before. Then I awoke.  (22)  “I saw also in my dream, and behold, seven ears, full and good, came up on a single stalk;  (23)  and lo, seven ears, withered, thin, and scorched by the east wind, sprouted up after them;  (24)  and the thin ears swallowed the seven good ears. Then I told it to the magicians, but there was no one who could explain it to me.”  (25)  Now Joseph said to Pharaoh, “Pharaoh’s dreams are one and the same; God has told to Pharaoh what He is about to do.  (26)  “The seven good cows are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years; the dreams are one and the same.  (27)  “The seven lean and ugly cows that came up after them are seven years, and the seven thin ears scorched by the east wind will be seven years of famine.  (28)  “It is as I have spoken to Pharaoh: God has shown to Pharaoh what He is about to do.  (29)  “Behold, seven years of great abundance are coming in all the land of Egypt;  (30)  and after them seven years of famine will come, and all the abundance will be forgotten in the land of Egypt, and the famine will ravage the land.  (31)  “So the abundance will be unknown in the land because of that subsequent famine; for it will be very severe.  (32)  “Now as for the repeating of the dream to Pharaoh twice, it means that the matter is determined by God, and God will quickly bring it about.  (33)  “Now let Pharaoh look for a man discerning and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt.  (34)  “Let Pharaoh take action to appoint overseers in charge of the land, and let him exact a fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt in the seven years of abundance.  (35)  “Then let them gather all the food of these good years that are coming, and store up the grain for food in the cities under Pharaoh’s authority, and let them guard it.  (36)  “Let the food become as a reserve for the land for the seven years of famine which will occur in the land of Egypt, so that the land will not perish during the famine.”

Joseph Rises to Power
 (37)  Now the proposal seemed good to Pharaoh and to all his servants.  (38)  Then Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find a man like this, in whom is a divine spirit?”  (39)  So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has informed you of all this, there is no one so discerning and wise as you are.  (40)  “You shall be over my house, and according to your command all my people shall do homage; only in the throne I will be greater than you.”  (41)  Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.”  (42)  Then Pharaoh took off his signet ring from his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand, and clothed him in garments of fine linen and put the gold necklace around his neck.  (43)  He had him ride in his second chariot; and they proclaimed before him, “Bow the knee!” And he set him over all the land of Egypt.  (44)  Moreover, Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Though I am Pharaoh, yet without your permission no one shall raise his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.”  (45)  Then Pharaoh named Joseph Zaphenath-paneah; and he gave him Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On, as his wife. And Joseph went forth over the land of Egypt.  (46)  Now Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh, king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh and went through all the land of Egypt.  (47)  During the seven years of plenty the land brought forth abundantly.  (48)  So he gathered all the food of these seven years which occurred in the land of Egypt and placed the food in the cities; he placed in every city the food from its own surrounding fields.  (49)  Thus Joseph stored up grain in great abundance like the sand of the sea, until he stopped measuring it, for it was beyond measure.  (50)  Now before the year of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph, whom Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On, bore to him.  (51)  Joseph named the firstborn Manasseh, “For,” he said, “God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household.”  (52)  He named the second Ephraim, “For,” he said, “God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.”  (53)  When the seven years of plenty which had been in the land of Egypt came to an end,  (54)  and the seven years of famine began to come, just as Joseph had said, then there was famine in all the lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was bread.  (55)  So when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried out to Pharaoh for bread; and Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph; whatever he says to you, you shall do.”  (56)  When the famine was spread over all the face of the earth, then Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold to the Egyptians; and the famine was severe in the land of Egypt.  (57)  The people of all the earth came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe in all the earth.
 
Joseph’s Brothers Go to Egypt
Gen 42:1-38  Now Jacob saw that there was grain in Egypt, and Jacob said to his sons, “Why are you staring at one another?”  (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.”  (3)  Then ten brothers of Joseph went down to buy grain from Egypt.  (4)  But Jacob did not send Joseph’s brother Benjamin with his brothers, for he said, “I am afraid that harm may befall him.”  (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.  (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.  (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.”  (8)  But Joseph had recognized his brothers, although they did not recognize him.  (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.”  (10)  Then they said to him, “No, my lord, but your servants have come to buy food.  (11)  “We are all sons of one man; we are honest men, your servants are not spies.”  (12)  Yet he said to them, “No, but you have come to look at the undefended parts of our land!”  (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.”  (14)  Joseph said to them, “It is as I said to you, you are spies;  (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!  (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.”  (17)  So he put them all together in prison for three days.  (18)  Now Joseph said to them on the third day, “Do this and live, for I fear God:  (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,  (20)  and bring your youngest brother to me, so your words may be verified, and you will not die.” And they did so.  (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.”  (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.”  (23)  They did not know, however, that Joseph understood, for there was an interpreter between them.  (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.  (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.  (26)  So they loaded their donkeys with their grain and departed from there.  (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.  (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?”  (29)  When they came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan, they told him all that had happened to them, saying,  (30)  “The man, the lord of the land, spoke harshly with us, and took us for spies of the country.  (31)  “But we said to him, ‘We are honest men; we are not spies.  (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.’  (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.  (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.'”  (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.  (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.”  (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.”  (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.”
 
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Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


20 March 2017 Verse of the Day

Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.  (Colossians 3:16 NASB)

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Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife
Gen 39:1-23  Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an Egyptian officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the bodyguard, bought him from the Ishmaelites, who had taken him down there.  (2)  The LORD was with Joseph, so he became a successful man. And he was in the house of his master, the Egyptian.  (3)  Now his master saw that the LORD was with him and how the LORD caused all that he did to prosper in his hand.  (4)  So Joseph found favor in his sight and became his personal servant; and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he owned he put in his charge.  (5)  It came about that from the time he made him overseer in his house and over all that he owned, the LORD blessed the Egyptian’s house on account of Joseph; thus the LORD’S blessing was upon all that he owned, in the house and in the field.  (6)  So he left everything he owned in Joseph’s charge; and with him there he did not concern himself with anything except the food which he ate. Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance.  (7)  It came about after these events that his master’s wife looked with desire at Joseph, and she said, “Lie with me.”  (8)  But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Behold, with me here, my master does not concern himself with anything in the house, and he has put all that he owns in my charge.  (9)  “There is no one greater in this house than I, and he has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do this great evil and sin against God?”  (10)  As she spoke to Joseph day after day, he did not listen to her to lie beside her or be with her.  (11)  Now it happened one day that he went into the house to do his work, and none of the men of the household was there inside.  (12)  She caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me!” And he left his garment in her hand and fled, and went outside.  (13)  When she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and had fled outside,  (14)  she called to the men of her household and said to them, “See, he has brought in a Hebrew to us to make sport of us; he came in to me to lie with me, and I screamed.  (15)  “When he heard that I raised my voice and screamed, he left his garment beside me and fled and went outside.”  (16)  So she left his garment beside her until his master came home.  (17)  Then she spoke to him with these words, “The Hebrew slave, whom you brought to us, came in to me to make sport of me;  (18)  and as I raised my voice and screamed, he left his garment beside me and fled outside.”  (19)  Now when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spoke to him, saying, “This is what your slave did to me,” his anger burned.  (20)  So Joseph’s master took him and put him into the jail, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined; and he was there in the jail.  (21)  But the LORD was with Joseph and extended kindness to him, and gave him favor in the sight of the chief jailer.  (22)  The chief jailer committed to Joseph’s charge all the prisoners who were in the jail; so that whatever was done there, he was responsible for it.  (23)  The chief jailer did not supervise anything under Joseph’s charge because the LORD was with him; and whatever he did, the LORD made to prosper.
 
Joseph Interprets Two Prisoners’ Dreams
Gen 40:1-23  Then it came about after these things, the cupbearer and the baker for the king of Egypt offended their lord, the king of Egypt.  (2)  Pharaoh was furious with his two officials, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker.  (3)  So he put them in confinement in the house of the captain of the bodyguard, in the jail, the same place where Joseph was imprisoned.  (4)  The captain of the bodyguard put Joseph in charge of them, and he took care of them; and they were in confinement for some time.  (5)  Then the cupbearer and the baker for the king of Egypt, who were confined in jail, both had a dream the same night, each man with his own dream and each dream with its own interpretation.  (6)  When Joseph came to them in the morning and observed them, behold, they were dejected.  (7)  He asked Pharaoh’s officials who were with him in confinement in his master’s house, “Why are your faces so sad today?”  (8)  Then they said to him, “We have had a dream and there is no one to interpret it.” Then Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell it to me, please.”  (9)  So the chief cupbearer told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, “In my dream, behold, there was a vine in front of me;  (10)  and on the vine were three branches. And as it was budding, its blossoms came out, and its clusters produced ripe grapes.  (11)  “Now Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand; so I took the grapes and squeezed them into Pharaoh’s cup, and I put the cup into Pharaoh’s hand.”  (12)  Then Joseph said to him, “This is the interpretation of it: the three branches are three days;  (13)  within three more days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your office; and you will put Pharaoh’s cup into his hand according to your former custom when you were his cupbearer.  (14)  “Only keep me in mind when it goes well with you, and please do me a kindness by mentioning me to Pharaoh and get me out of this house.  (15)  “For I was in fact kidnapped from the land of the Hebrews, and even here I have done nothing that they should have put me into the dungeon.”  (16)  When the chief baker saw that he had interpreted favorably, he said to Joseph, “I also saw in my dream, and behold, there were three baskets of white bread on my head;  (17)  and in the top basket there were some of all sorts of baked food for Pharaoh, and the birds were eating them out of the basket on my head.”  (18)  Then Joseph answered and said, “This is its interpretation: the three baskets are three days;  (19)  within three more days Pharaoh will lift up your head from you and will hang you on a tree, and the birds will eat your flesh off you.”  (20)  Thus it came about on the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, that he made a feast for all his servants; and he lifted up the head of the chief cupbearer and the head of the chief baker among his servants.  (21)  He restored the chief cupbearer to his office, and he put the cup into Pharaoh’s hand;  (22)  but he hanged the chief baker, just as Joseph had interpreted to them.  (23)  Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.
 
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Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


19 March 2017 Verse of the Day

Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; For the LORD GOD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation.  (Isaiah 12:2 NASB)

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Joseph’s Dreams
Gen 37:1-36  Now Jacob lived in the land where his father had sojourned, in the land of Canaan.  (2)  These are the records of the generations of Jacob. Joseph, when seventeen years of age, was pasturing the flock with his brothers while he was still a youth, along with the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives. And Joseph brought back a bad report about them to their father.  (3)  Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his sons, because he was the son of his old age; and he made him a varicolored tunic.  (4)  His brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers; and so they hated him and could not speak to him on friendly terms.  (5)  Then Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more.  (6)  He said to them, “Please listen to this dream which I have had;  (7)  for behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and lo, my sheaf rose up and also stood erect; and behold, your sheaves gathered around and bowed down to my sheaf.”  (8)  Then his brothers said to him, “Are you actually going to reign over us? Or are you really going to rule over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.  (9)  Now he had still another dream, and related it to his brothers, and said, “Lo, I have had still another dream; and behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.”  (10)  He related it to his father and to his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have had? Shall I and your mother and your brothers actually come to bow ourselves down before you to the ground?”  (11)  His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in mind.

Joseph Sold by His Brothers
 (12)  Then his brothers went to pasture their father’s flock in Shechem.  (13)  Israel said to Joseph, “Are not your brothers pasturing the flock in Shechem? Come, and I will send you to them.” And he said to him, “I will go.”  (14)  Then he said to him, “Go now and see about the welfare of your brothers and the welfare of the flock, and bring word back to me.” So he sent him from the valley of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.  (15)  A man found him, and behold, he was wandering in the field; and the man asked him, “What are you looking for?”  (16)  He said, “I am looking for my brothers; please tell me where they are pasturing the flock.”  (17)  Then the man said, “They have moved from here; for I heard them say, ‘Let us go to Dothan.'” So Joseph went after his brothers and found them at Dothan.  (18)  When they saw him from a distance and before he came close to them, they plotted against him to put him to death.  (19)  They said to one another, “Here comes this dreamer!  (20)  “Now then, come and let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; and we will say, ‘A wild beast devoured him.’ Then let us see what will become of his dreams!”  (21)  But Reuben heard this and rescued him out of their hands and said, “Let us not take his life.”  (22)  Reuben further said to them, “Shed no blood. Throw him into this pit that is in the wilderness, but do not lay hands on him”—that he might rescue him out of their hands, to restore him to his father.  (23)  So it came about, when Joseph reached his brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his tunic, the varicolored tunic that was on him;  (24)  and they took him and threw him into the pit. Now the pit was empty, without any water in it.  (25)  Then they sat down to eat a meal. And as they raised their eyes and looked, behold, a caravan of Ishmaelites was coming from Gilead, with their camels bearing aromatic gum and balm and myrrh, on their way to bring them down to Egypt.  (26)  Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it for us to kill our brother and cover up his blood?  (27)  “Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.” And his brothers listened to him.  (28)  Then some Midianite traders passed by, so they pulled him up and lifted Joseph out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. Thus they brought Joseph into Egypt.  (29)  Now Reuben returned to the pit, and behold, Joseph was not in the pit; so he tore his garments.  (30)  He returned to his brothers and said, “The boy is not there; as for me, where am I to go?”  (31)  So they took Joseph’s tunic, and slaughtered a male goat and dipped the tunic in the blood;  (32)  and they sent the varicolored tunic and brought it to their father and said, “We found this; please examine it to see whether it is your son’s tunic or not.”  (33)  Then he examined it and said, “It is my son’s tunic. A wild beast has devoured him; Joseph has surely been torn to pieces!”  (34)  So Jacob tore his clothes, and put sackcloth on his loins and mourned for his son many days.  (35)  Then all his sons and all his daughters arose to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. And he said, “Surely I will go down to Sheol in mourning for my son.” So his father wept for him.  (36)  Meanwhile, the Midianites sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, Pharaoh’s officer, the captain of the bodyguard.
 
Judah and Tamar
Gen 38:1-30  And it came about at that time, that Judah departed from his brothers and visited a certain Adullamite, whose name was Hirah.  (2)  Judah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite whose name was Shua; and he took her and went in to her.  (3)  So she conceived and bore a son and he named him Er.  (4)  Then she conceived again and bore a son and named him Onan.  (5)  She bore still another son and named him Shelah; and it was at Chezib that she bore him.  (6)  Now Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, and her name was Tamar.  (7)  But Er, Judah’s firstborn, was evil in the sight of the LORD, so the LORD took his life.  (8)  Then Judah said to Onan, “Go in to your brother’s wife, and perform your duty as a brother-in-law to her, and raise up offspring for your brother.”  (9)  Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so when he went in to his brother’s wife, he wasted his seed on the ground in order not to give offspring to his brother.  (10)  But what he did was displeasing in the sight of the LORD; so He took his life also.  (11)  Then Judah said to his daughter-in-law Tamar, “Remain a widow in your father’s house until my son Shelah grows up”; for he thought, “I am afraid that he too may die like his brothers.” So Tamar went and lived in her father’s house.  (12)  Now after a considerable time Shua’s daughter, the wife of Judah, died; and when the time of mourning was ended, Judah went up to his sheepshearers at Timnah, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite.  (13)  It was told to Tamar, “Behold, your father-in-law is going up to Timnah to shear his sheep.”  (14)  So she removed her widow’s garments and covered herself with a veil, and wrapped herself, and sat in the gateway of Enaim, which is on the road to Timnah; for she saw that Shelah had grown up, and she had not been given to him as a wife.  (15)  When Judah saw her, he thought she was a harlot, for she had covered her face.  (16)  So he turned aside to her by the road, and said, “Here now, let me come in to you”; for he did not know that she was his daughter-in-law. And she said, “What will you give me, that you may come in to me?”  (17)  He said, therefore, “I will send you a young goat from the flock.” She said, moreover, “Will you give a pledge until you send it?”  (18)  He said, “What pledge shall I give you?” And she said, “Your seal and your cord, and your staff that is in your hand.” So he gave them to her and went in to her, and she conceived by him.  (19)  Then she arose and departed, and removed her veil and put on her widow’s garments.  (20)  When Judah sent the young goat by his friend the Adullamite, to receive the pledge from the woman’s hand, he did not find her.  (21)  He asked the men of her place, saying, “Where is the temple prostitute who was by the road at Enaim?” But they said, “There has been no temple prostitute here.”  (22)  So he returned to Judah, and said, “I did not find her; and furthermore, the men of the place said, ‘There has been no temple prostitute here.'”  (23)  Then Judah said, “Let her keep them, otherwise we will become a laughingstock. After all, I sent this young goat, but you did not find her.”  (24)  Now it was about three months later that Judah was informed, “Your daughter-in-law Tamar has played the harlot, and behold, she is also with child by harlotry.” Then Judah said, “Bring her out and let her be burned!”  (25)  It was while she was being brought out that she sent to her father-in-law, saying, “I am with child by the man to whom these things belong.” And she said, “Please examine and see, whose signet ring and cords and staff are these?”  (26)  Judah recognized them, and said, “She is more righteous than I, inasmuch as I did not give her to my son Shelah.” And he did not have relations with her again.  (27)  It came about at the time she was giving birth, that behold, there were twins in her womb.  (28)  Moreover, it took place while she was giving birth, one put out a hand, and the midwife took and tied a scarlet thread on his hand, saying, “This one came out first.”  (29)  But it came about as he drew back his hand, that behold, his brother came out. Then she said, “What a breach you have made for yourself!” So he was named Perez.  (30)  Afterward his brother came out who had the scarlet thread on his hand; and he was named Zerah.
 
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Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


18 March 2017 Verse of the Day

This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger;  (James 1:19 NASB)

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God Blesses and Renames Jacob
Gen 35:1-29  Then God said to Jacob, “Arise, go up to Bethel and live there, and make an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you fled from your brother Esau.”  (2)  So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Put away the foreign gods which are among you, and purify yourselves and change your garments;  (3)  and let us arise and go up to Bethel, and I will make an altar there to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and has been with me wherever I have gone.”  (4)  So they gave to Jacob all the foreign gods which they had and the rings which were in their ears, and Jacob hid them under the oak which was near Shechem.  (5)  As they journeyed, there was a great terror upon the cities which were around them, and they did not pursue the sons of Jacob.  (6)  So Jacob came to Luz (that is, Bethel), which is in the land of Canaan, he and all the people who were with him.  (7)  He built an altar there, and called the place El-bethel, because there God had revealed Himself to him when he fled from his brother.  (8)  Now Deborah, Rebekah’s nurse, died, and she was buried below Bethel under the oak; it was named Allon-bacuth.  (9)  Then God appeared to Jacob again when he came from Paddan-aram, and He blessed him.  (10)  God said to him, “Your name is Jacob; You shall no longer be called Jacob, But Israel shall be your name.” Thus He called him Israel.  (11)  God also said to him, “I am God Almighty; Be fruitful and multiply; A nation and a company of nations shall come from you, And kings shall come forth from you.  (12)  “The land which I gave to Abraham and Isaac, I will give it to you, And I will give the land to your descendants after you.”  (13)  Then God went up from him in the place where He had spoken with him.  (14)  Jacob set up a pillar in the place where He had spoken with him, a pillar of stone, and he poured out a drink offering on it; he also poured oil on it.  (15)  So Jacob named the place where God had spoken with him, Bethel.

The Deaths of Rachel and Isaac
 (16)  Then they journeyed from Bethel; and when there was still some distance to go to Ephrath, Rachel began to give birth and she suffered severe labor.  (17)  When she was in severe labor the midwife said to her, “Do not fear, for now you have another son.”  (18)  It came about as her soul was departing (for she died), that she named him Ben-oni; but his father called him Benjamin.  (19)  So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).  (20)  Jacob set up a pillar over her grave; that is the pillar of Rachel’s grave to this day.  (21)  Then Israel journeyed on and pitched his tent beyond the tower of Eder.  (22)  It came about while Israel was dwelling in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father’s concubine, and Israel heard of it. Now there were twelve sons of Jacob—  (23)  the sons of Leah: Reuben, Jacob’s firstborn, then Simeon and Levi and Judah and Issachar and Zebulun;  (24)  the sons of Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin;  (25)  and the sons of Bilhah, Rachel’s maid: Dan and Naphtali;  (26)  and the sons of Zilpah, Leah’s maid: Gad and Asher. These are the sons of Jacob who were born to him in Paddan-aram.  (27)  Jacob came to his father Isaac at Mamre of Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had sojourned.  (28)  Now the days of Isaac were one hundred and eighty years.  (29)  Isaac breathed his last and died and was gathered to his people, an old man of ripe age; and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.
 
Esau’s Descendants
Gen 36:1-43  Now these are the records of the generations of Esau (that is, Edom).  (2)  Esau took his wives from the daughters of Canaan: Adah the daughter of Elon the Hittite, and Oholibamah the daughter of Anah and the granddaughter of Zibeon the Hivite;  (3)  also Basemath, Ishmael’s daughter, the sister of Nebaioth.  (4)  Adah bore Eliphaz to Esau, and Basemath bore Reuel,  (5)  and Oholibamah bore Jeush and Jalam and Korah. These are the sons of Esau who were born to him in the land of Canaan.  (6)  Then Esau took his wives and his sons and his daughters and all his household, and his livestock and all his cattle and all his goods which he had acquired in the land of Canaan, and went to another land away from his brother Jacob.  (7)  For their property had become too great for them to live together, and the land where they sojourned could not sustain them because of their livestock.  (8)  So Esau lived in the hill country of Seir; Esau is Edom.  (9)  These then are the records of the generations of Esau the father of the Edomites in the hill country of Seir.  (10)  These are the names of Esau’s sons: Eliphaz the son of Esau’s wife Adah, Reuel the son of Esau’s wife Basemath.  (11)  The sons of Eliphaz were Teman, Omar, Zepho and Gatam and Kenaz.  (12)  Timna was a concubine of Esau’s son Eliphaz and she bore Amalek to Eliphaz. These are the sons of Esau’s wife Adah.  (13)  These are the sons of Reuel: Nahath and Zerah, Shammah and Mizzah. These were the sons of Esau’s wife Basemath.  (14)  These were the sons of Esau’s wife Oholibamah, the daughter of Anah and the granddaughter of Zibeon: she bore to Esau, Jeush and Jalam and Korah.  (15)  These are the chiefs of the sons of Esau. The sons of Eliphaz, the firstborn of Esau, are chief Teman, chief Omar, chief Zepho, chief Kenaz,  (16)  chief Korah, chief Gatam, chief Amalek. These are the chiefs descended from Eliphaz in the land of Edom; these are the sons of Adah.  (17)  These are the sons of Reuel, Esau’s son: chief Nahath, chief Zerah, chief Shammah, chief Mizzah. These are the chiefs descended from Reuel in the land of Edom; these are the sons of Esau’s wife Basemath.  (18)  These are the sons of Esau’s wife Oholibamah: chief Jeush, chief Jalam, chief Korah. These are the chiefs descended from Esau’s wife Oholibamah, the daughter of Anah.  (19)  These are the sons of Esau (that is, Edom), and these are their chiefs.  (20)  These are the sons of Seir the Horite, the inhabitants of the land: Lotan and Shobal and Zibeon and Anah,  (21)  and Dishon and Ezer and Dishan. These are the chiefs descended from the Horites, the sons of Seir in the land of Edom.  (22)  The sons of Lotan were Hori and Hemam; and Lotan’s sister was Timna.  (23)  These are the sons of Shobal: Alvan and Manahath and Ebal, Shepho and Onam.  (24)  These are the sons of Zibeon: Aiah and Anah—he is the Anah who found the hot springs in the wilderness when he was pasturing the donkeys of his father Zibeon.  (25)  These are the children of Anah: Dishon, and Oholibamah, the daughter of Anah.  (26)  These are the sons of Dishon: Hemdan and Eshban and Ithran and Cheran.  (27)  These are the sons of Ezer: Bilhan and Zaavan and Akan.  (28)  These are the sons of Dishan: Uz and Aran.  (29)  These are the chiefs descended from the Horites: chief Lotan, chief Shobal, chief Zibeon, chief Anah,  (30)  chief Dishon, chief Ezer, chief Dishan. These are the chiefs descended from the Horites, according to their various chiefs in the land of Seir.  (31)  Now these are the kings who reigned in the land of Edom before any king reigned over the sons of Israel.  (32)  Bela the son of Beor reigned in Edom, and the name of his city was Dinhabah.  (33)  Then Bela died, and Jobab the son of Zerah of Bozrah became king in his place.  (34)  Then Jobab died, and Husham of the land of the Temanites became king in his place.  (35)  Then Husham died, and Hadad the son of Bedad, who defeated Midian in the field of Moab, became king in his place; and the name of his city was Avith.  (36)  Then Hadad died, and Samlah of Masrekah became king in his place.  (37)  Then Samlah died, and Shaul of Rehoboth on the Euphrates River became king in his place.  (38)  Then Shaul died, and Baal-hanan the son of Achbor became king in his place.  (39)  Then Baal-hanan the son of Achbor died, and Hadar became king in his place; and the name of his city was Pau; and his wife’s name was Mehetabel, the daughter of Matred, daughter of Mezahab.  (40)  Now these are the names of the chiefs descended from Esau, according to their families and their localities, by their names: chief Timna, chief Alvah, chief Jetheth,  (41)  chief Oholibamah, chief Elah, chief Pinon,  (42)  chief Kenaz, chief Teman, chief Mibzar,  (43)  chief Magdiel, chief Iram. These are the chiefs of Edom (that is, Esau, the father of the Edomites), according to their habitations in the land of their possession.
 
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Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


17 March 2017 Verse of the Day

Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.  (2 Corinthians 9:7 KJV)

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Jacob Meets Esau
Gen 33:1-20  Then Jacob lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, Esau was coming, and four hundred men with him. So he divided the children among Leah and Rachel and the two maids.  (2)  He put the maids and their children in front, and Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph last.  (3)  But he himself passed on ahead of them and bowed down to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.  (4)  Then Esau ran to meet him and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.  (5)  He lifted his eyes and saw the women and the children, and said, “Who are these with you?” So he said, “The children whom God has graciously given your servant.”  (6)  Then the maids came near with their children, and they bowed down.  (7)  Leah likewise came near with her children, and they bowed down; and afterward Joseph came near with Rachel, and they bowed down.  (8)  And he said, “What do you mean by all this company which I have met?” And he said, “To find favor in the sight of my lord.”  (9)  But Esau said, “I have plenty, my brother; let what you have be your own.”  (10)  Jacob said, “No, please, if now I have found favor in your sight, then take my present from my hand, for I see your face as one sees the face of God, and you have received me favorably.  (11)  “Please take my gift which has been brought to you, because God has dealt graciously with me and because I have plenty.” Thus he urged him and he took it.  (12)  Then Esau said, “Let us take our journey and go, and I will go before you.”  (13)  But he said to him, “My lord knows that the children are frail and that the flocks and herds which are nursing are a care to me. And if they are driven hard one day, all the flocks will die.  (14)  “Please let my lord pass on before his servant, and I will proceed at my leisure, according to the pace of the cattle that are before me and according to the pace of the children, until I come to my lord at Seir.”  (15)  Esau said, “Please let me leave with you some of the people who are with me.” But he said, “What need is there? Let me find favor in the sight of my lord.”  (16)  So Esau returned that day on his way to Seir.  (17)  Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built for himself a house and made booths for his livestock; therefore the place is named Succoth.  (18)  Now Jacob came safely to the city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when he came from Paddan-aram, and camped before the city.  (19)  He bought the piece of land where he had pitched his tent from the hand of the sons of Hamor, Shechem’s father, for one hundred pieces of money.  (20)  Then he erected there an altar and called it El-Elohe-Israel.
 
The Defiling of Dinah
Gen 34:1-31  Now Dinah the daughter of Leah, whom she had borne to Jacob, went out to visit the daughters of the land.  (2)  When Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, the prince of the land, saw her, he took her and lay with her by force.  (3)  He was deeply attracted to Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the girl and spoke tenderly to her.  (4)  So Shechem spoke to his father Hamor, saying, “Get me this young girl for a wife.”  (5)  Now Jacob heard that he had defiled Dinah his daughter; but his sons were with his livestock in the field, so Jacob kept silent until they came in.  (6)  Then Hamor the father of Shechem went out to Jacob to speak with him.  (7)  Now the sons of Jacob came in from the field when they heard it; and the men were grieved, and they were very angry because he had done a disgraceful thing in Israel by lying with Jacob’s daughter, for such a thing ought not to be done.  (8)  But Hamor spoke with them, saying, “The soul of my son Shechem longs for your daughter; please give her to him in marriage.  (9)  “Intermarry with us; give your daughters to us and take our daughters for yourselves.  (10)  “Thus you shall live with us, and the land shall be open before you; live and trade in it and acquire property in it.”  (11)  Shechem also said to her father and to her brothers, “If I find favor in your sight, then I will give whatever you say to me.  (12)  “Ask me ever so much bridal payment and gift, and I will give according as you say to me; but give me the girl in marriage.”  (13)  But Jacob’s sons answered Shechem and his father Hamor with deceit, because he had defiled Dinah their sister.  (14)  They said to them, “We cannot do this thing, to give our sister to one who is uncircumcised, for that would be a disgrace to us.  (15)  “Only on this condition will we consent to you: if you will become like us, in that every male of you be circumcised,  (16)  then we will give our daughters to you, and we will take your daughters for ourselves, and we will live with you and become one people.  (17)  “But if you will not listen to us to be circumcised, then we will take our daughter and go.”  (18)  Now their words seemed reasonable to Hamor and Shechem, Hamor’s son.  (19)  The young man did not delay to do the thing, because he was delighted with Jacob’s daughter. Now he was more respected than all the household of his father.  (20)  So Hamor and his son Shechem came to the gate of their city and spoke to the men of their city, saying,  (21)  “These men are friendly with us; therefore let them live in the land and trade in it, for behold, the land is large enough for them. Let us take their daughters in marriage, and give our daughters to them.  (22)  “Only on this condition will the men consent to us to live with us, to become one people: that every male among us be circumcised as they are circumcised.  (23)  “Will not their livestock and their property and all their animals be ours? Only let us consent to them, and they will live with us.”  (24)  All who went out of the gate of his city listened to Hamor and to his son Shechem, and every male was circumcised, all who went out of the gate of his city.  (25)  Now it came about on the third day, when they were in pain, that two of Jacob’s sons, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brothers, each took his sword and came upon the city unawares, and killed every male.  (26)  They killed Hamor and his son Shechem with the edge of the sword, and took Dinah from Shechem’s house, and went forth.  (27)  Jacob’s sons came upon the slain and looted the city, because they had defiled their sister.  (28)  They took their flocks and their herds and their donkeys, and that which was in the city and that which was in the field;  (29)  and they captured and looted all their wealth and all their little ones and their wives, even all that was in the houses.  (30)  Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You have brought trouble on me by making me odious among the inhabitants of the land, among the Canaanites and the Perizzites; and my men being few in number, they will gather together against me and attack me and I will be destroyed, I and my household.”  (31)  But they said, “Should he treat our sister as a harlot?”
 
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Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


16 March 2017 Verse of the Day

For the LORD is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations.  (Psalms 100:5 NASB)

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Jacob Flees from Laban
Gen 31:1-55  Now Jacob heard the words of Laban’s sons, saying, “Jacob has taken away all that was our father’s, and from what belonged to our father he has made all this wealth.”  (2)  Jacob saw the attitude of Laban, and behold, it was not friendly toward him as formerly.  (3)  Then the LORD said to Jacob, “Return to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you.”  (4)  So Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to his flock in the field,  (5)  and said to them, “I see your father’s attitude, that it is not friendly toward me as formerly, but the God of my father has been with me.  (6)  “You know that I have served your father with all my strength.  (7)  “Yet your father has cheated me and changed my wages ten times; however, God did not allow him to hurt me.  (8)  “If he spoke thus, ‘The speckled shall be your wages,’ then all the flock brought forth speckled; and if he spoke thus, ‘The striped shall be your wages,’ then all the flock brought forth striped.  (9)  “Thus God has taken away your father’s livestock and given them to me.  (10)  “And it came about at the time when the flock were mating that I lifted up my eyes and saw in a dream, and behold, the male goats which were mating were striped, speckled, and mottled.  (11)  “Then the angel of God said to me in the dream, ‘Jacob,’ and I said, ‘Here I am.’  (12)  “He said, ‘Lift up now your eyes and see that all the male goats which are mating are striped, speckled, and mottled; for I have seen all that Laban has been doing to you.  (13)  ‘I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a pillar, where you made a vow to Me; now arise, leave this land, and return to the land of your birth.'”  (14)  Rachel and Leah said to him, “Do we still have any portion or inheritance in our father’s house?  (15)  “Are we not reckoned by him as foreigners? For he has sold us, and has also entirely consumed our purchase price.  (16)  “Surely all the wealth which God has taken away from our father belongs to us and our children; now then, do whatever God has said to you.”  (17)  Then Jacob arose and put his children and his wives upon camels;  (18)  and he drove away all his livestock and all his property which he had gathered, his acquired livestock which he had gathered in Paddan-aram, to go to the land of Canaan to his father Isaac.  (19)  When Laban had gone to shear his flock, then Rachel stole the household idols that were her father’s.  (20)  And Jacob deceived Laban the Aramean by not telling him that he was fleeing.  (21)  So he fled with all that he had; and he arose and crossed the Euphrates River, and set his face toward the hill country of Gilead.  (22)  When it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob had fled,  (23)  then he took his kinsmen with him and pursued him a distance of seven days’ journey, and he overtook him in the hill country of Gilead.  (24)  God came to Laban the Aramean in a dream of the night and said to him, “Be careful that you do not speak to Jacob either good or bad.”  (25)  Laban caught up with Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the hill country, and Laban with his kinsmen camped in the hill country of Gilead.  (26)  Then Laban said to Jacob, “What have you done by deceiving me and carrying away my daughters like captives of the sword?  (27)  “Why did you flee secretly and deceive me, and did not tell me so that I might have sent you away with joy and with songs, with timbrel and with lyre;  (28)  and did not allow me to kiss my sons and my daughters? Now you have done foolishly.  (29)  “It is in my power to do you harm, but the God of your father spoke to me last night, saying, ‘Be careful not to speak either good or bad to Jacob.’  (30)  “Now you have indeed gone away because you longed greatly for your father’s house; but why did you steal my gods?”  (31)  Then Jacob replied to Laban, “Because I was afraid, for I thought that you would take your daughters from me by force.  (32)  “The one with whom you find your gods shall not live; in the presence of our kinsmen point out what is yours among my belongings and take it for yourself.” For Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen them.  (33)  So Laban went into Jacob’s tent and into Leah’s tent and into the tent of the two maids, but he did not find them. Then he went out of Leah’s tent and entered Rachel’s tent.  (34)  Now Rachel had taken the household idols and put them in the camel’s saddle, and she sat on them. And Laban felt through all the tent but did not find them.  (35)  She said to her father, “Let not my lord be angry that I cannot rise before you, for the manner of women is upon me.” So he searched but did not find the household idols.  (36)  Then Jacob became angry and contended with Laban; and Jacob said to Laban, “What is my transgression? What is my sin that you have hotly pursued me?  (37)  “Though you have felt through all my goods, what have you found of all your household goods? Set it here before my kinsmen and your kinsmen, that they may decide between us two.  (38)  “These twenty years I have been with you; your ewes and your female goats have not miscarried, nor have I eaten the rams of your flocks.  (39)  “That which was torn of beasts I did not bring to you; I bore the loss of it myself. You required it of my hand whether stolen by day or stolen by night.  (40)  “Thus I was: by day the heat consumed me and the frost by night, and my sleep fled from my eyes.  (41)  “These twenty years I have been in your house; I served you fourteen years for your two daughters and six years for your flock, and you changed my wages ten times.  (42)  “If the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had not been for me, surely now you would have sent me away empty-handed. God has seen my affliction and the toil of my hands, so He rendered judgment last night.”  (43)  Then Laban replied to Jacob, “The daughters are my daughters, and the children are my children, and the flocks are my flocks, and all that you see is mine. But what can I do this day to these my daughters or to their children whom they have borne?  (44)  “So now come, let us make a covenant, you and I, and let it be a witness between you and me.”  (45)  Then Jacob took a stone and set it up as a pillar.  (46)  Jacob said to his kinsmen, “Gather stones.” So they took stones and made a heap, and they ate there by the heap.  (47)  Now Laban called it Jegar-sahadutha, but Jacob called it Galeed.  (48)  Laban said, “This heap is a witness between you and me this day.” Therefore it was named Galeed,  (49)  and Mizpah, for he said, “May the LORD watch between you and me when we are absent one from the other.  (50)  “If you mistreat my daughters, or if you take wives besides my daughters, although no man is with us, see, God is witness between you and me.”  (51)  Laban said to Jacob, “Behold this heap and behold the pillar which I have set between you and me.  (52)  “This heap is a witness, and the pillar is a witness, that I will not pass by this heap to you for harm, and you will not pass by this heap and this pillar to me, for harm.  (53)  “The God of Abraham and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge between us.” So Jacob swore by the fear of his father Isaac.  (54)  Then Jacob offered a sacrifice on the mountain, and called his kinsmen to the meal; and they ate the meal and spent the night on the mountain.  (55)  Early in the morning Laban arose, and kissed his sons and his daughters and blessed them. Then Laban departed and returned to his place.
 
Jacob Fears Esau
Gen 32:1-32  Now as Jacob went on his way, the angels of God met him.  (2)  Jacob said when he saw them, “This is God’s camp.” So he named that place Mahanaim.  (3)  Then Jacob sent messengers before him to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the country of Edom.  (4)  He also commanded them saying, “Thus you shall say to my lord Esau: ‘Thus says your servant Jacob, “I have sojourned with Laban, and stayed until now;  (5)  I have oxen and donkeys and flocks and male and female servants; and I have sent to tell my lord, that I may find favor in your sight.”‘”  (6)  The messengers returned to Jacob, saying, “We came to your brother Esau, and furthermore he is coming to meet you, and four hundred men are with him.”  (7)  Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed; and he divided the people who were with him, and the flocks and the herds and the camels, into two companies;  (8)  for he said, “If Esau comes to the one company and attacks it, then the company which is left will escape.”  (9)  Jacob said, “O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O LORD, who said to me, ‘Return to your country and to your relatives, and I will prosper you,’  (10)  I am unworthy of all the lovingkindness and of all the faithfulness which You have shown to Your servant; for with my staff only I crossed this Jordan, and now I have become two companies.  (11)  “Deliver me, I pray, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau; for I fear him, that he will come and attack me and the mothers with the children.  (12)  “For You said, ‘I will surely prosper you and make your descendants as the sand of the sea, which is too great to be numbered.'”  (13)  So he spent the night there. Then he selected from what he had with him a present for his brother Esau:  (14)  two hundred female goats and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams,  (15)  thirty milking camels and their colts, forty cows and ten bulls, twenty female donkeys and ten male donkeys.  (16)  He delivered them into the hand of his servants, every drove by itself, and said to his servants, “Pass on before me, and put a space between droves.”  (17)  He commanded the one in front, saying, “When my brother Esau meets you and asks you, saying, ‘To whom do you belong, and where are you going, and to whom do these animals in front of you belong?’  (18)  then you shall say, ‘These belong to your servant Jacob; it is a present sent to my lord Esau. And behold, he also is behind us.'”  (19)  Then he commanded also the second and the third, and all those who followed the droves, saying, “After this manner you shall speak to Esau when you find him;  (20)  and you shall say, ‘Behold, your servant Jacob also is behind us.'” For he said, “I will appease him with the present that goes before me. Then afterward I will see his face; perhaps he will accept me.”  (21)  So the present passed on before him, while he himself spent that night in the camp.

Jacob Wrestles with God
 (22)  Now he arose that same night and took his two wives and his two maids and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok.  (23)  He took them and sent them across the stream. And he sent across whatever he had.  (24)  Then Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him until daybreak.  (25)  When he saw that he had not prevailed against him, he touched the socket of his thigh; so the socket of Jacob’s thigh was dislocated while he wrestled with him.  (26)  Then he said, “Let me go, for the dawn is breaking.” But he said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”  (27)  So he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.”  (28)  He said, “Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel; for you have striven with God and with men and have prevailed.”  (29)  Then Jacob asked him and said, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And he blessed him there.  (30)  So Jacob named the place Peniel, for he said, “I have seen God face to face, yet my life has been preserved.”  (31)  Now the sun rose upon him just as he crossed over Penuel, and he was limping on his thigh.  (32)  Therefore, to this day the sons of Israel do not eat the sinew of the hip which is on the socket of the thigh, because he touched the socket of Jacob’s thigh in the sinew of the hip.
 
Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


15 March 2017 Verse of the Day

For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.  (Psalms 84:11 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 me in 2 years:

Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel
Gen 29:1-35  Then Jacob went on his journey, and came to the land of the sons of the east.  (2)  He looked, and saw a well in the field, and behold, three flocks of sheep were lying there beside it, for from that well they watered the flocks. Now the stone on the mouth of the well was large.  (3)  When all the flocks were gathered there, they would then roll the stone from the mouth of the well and water the sheep, and put the stone back in its place on the mouth of the well.  (4)  Jacob said to them, “My brothers, where are you from?” And they said, “We are from Haran.”  (5)  He said to them, “Do you know Laban the son of Nahor?” And they said, “We know him.”  (6)  And he said to them, “Is it well with him?” And they said, “It is well, and here is Rachel his daughter coming with the sheep.”  (7)  He said, “Behold, it is still high day; it is not time for the livestock to be gathered. Water the sheep, and go, pasture them.”  (8)  But they said, “We cannot, until all the flocks are gathered, and they roll the stone from the mouth of the well; then we water the sheep.”  (9)  While he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep, for she was a shepherdess.  (10)  When Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother’s brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother’s brother, Jacob went up and rolled the stone from the mouth of the well and watered the flock of Laban his mother’s brother.  (11)  Then Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted his voice and wept.  (12)  Jacob told Rachel that he was a relative of her father and that he was Rebekah’s son, and she ran and told her father.  (13)  So when Laban heard the news of Jacob his sister’s son, he ran to meet him, and embraced him and kissed him and brought him to his house. Then he related to Laban all these things.  (14)  Laban said to him, “Surely you are my bone and my flesh.” And he stayed with him a month.  (15)  Then Laban said to Jacob, “Because you are my relative, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?”  (16)  Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.  (17)  And Leah’s eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful of form and face.  (18)  Now Jacob loved Rachel, so he said, “I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.”  (19)  Laban said, “It is better that I give her to you than to give her to another man; stay with me.”  (20)  So Jacob served seven years for Rachel and they seemed to him but a few days because of his love for her.  (21)  Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife, for my time is completed, that I may go in to her.”  (22)  Laban gathered all the men of the place and made a feast.  (23)  Now in the evening he took his daughter Leah, and brought her to him; and Jacob went in to her.  (24)  Laban also gave his maid Zilpah to his daughter Leah as a maid.  (25)  So it came about in the morning that, behold, it was Leah! And he said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? Was it not for Rachel that I served with you? Why then have you deceived me?”  (26)  But Laban said, “It is not the practice in our place to marry off the younger before the firstborn.  (27)  “Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also for the service which you shall serve with me for another seven years.”  (28)  Jacob did so and completed her week, and he gave him his daughter Rachel as his wife.  (29)  Laban also gave his maid Bilhah to his daughter Rachel as her maid.  (30)  So Jacob went in to Rachel also, and indeed he loved Rachel more than Leah, and he served with Laban for another seven years.

Jacob’s Children
 (31)  Now the LORD saw that Leah was unloved, and He opened her womb, but Rachel was barren.  (32)  Leah conceived and bore a son and named him Reuben, for she said, “Because the LORD has seen my affliction; surely now my husband will love me.”  (33)  Then she conceived again and bore a son and said, “Because the LORD has heard that I am unloved, He has therefore given me this son also.” So she named him Simeon.  (34)  She conceived again and bore a son and said, “Now this time my husband will become attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.” Therefore he was named Levi.  (35)  And she conceived again and bore a son and said, “This time I will praise the LORD.” Therefore she named him Judah. Then she stopped bearing.
 
Gen 30:1-43  Now when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, she became jealous of her sister; and she said to Jacob, “Give me children, or else I die.”  (2)  Then Jacob’s anger burned against Rachel, and he said, “Am I in the place of God, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?”  (3)  She said, “Here is my maid Bilhah, go in to her that she may bear on my knees, that through her I too may have children.”  (4)  So she gave him her maid Bilhah as a wife, and Jacob went in to her.  (5)  Bilhah conceived and bore Jacob a son.  (6)  Then Rachel said, “God has vindicated me, and has indeed heard my voice and has given me a son.” Therefore she named him Dan.  (7)  Rachel’s maid Bilhah conceived again and bore Jacob a second son.  (8)  So Rachel said, “With mighty wrestlings I have wrestled with my sister, and I have indeed prevailed.” And she named him Naphtali.  (9)  When Leah saw that she had stopped bearing, she took her maid Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as a wife.  (10)  Leah’s maid Zilpah bore Jacob a son.  (11)  Then Leah said, “How fortunate!” So she named him Gad.  (12)  Leah’s maid Zilpah bore Jacob a second son.  (13)  Then Leah said, “Happy am I! For women will call me happy.” So she named him Asher.  (14)  Now in the days of wheat harvest Reuben went and found mandrakes in the field, and brought them to his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, “Please give me some of your son’s mandrakes.”  (15)  But she said to her, “Is it a small matter for you to take my husband? And would you take my son’s mandrakes also?” So Rachel said, “Therefore he may lie with you tonight in return for your son’s mandrakes.”  (16)  When Jacob came in from the field in the evening, then Leah went out to meet him and said, “You must come in to me, for I have surely hired you with my son’s mandrakes.” So he lay with her that night.  (17)  God gave heed to Leah, and she conceived and bore Jacob a fifth son.  (18)  Then Leah said, “God has given me my wages because I gave my maid to my husband.” So she named him Issachar.  (19)  Leah conceived again and bore a sixth son to Jacob.  (20)  Then Leah said, “God has endowed me with a good gift; now my husband will dwell with me, because I have borne him six sons.” So she named him Zebulun.  (21)  Afterward she bore a daughter and named her Dinah.  (22)  Then God remembered Rachel, and God gave heed to her and opened her womb.  (23)  So she conceived and bore a son and said, “God has taken away my reproach.”  (24)  She named him Joseph, saying, “May the LORD give me another son.”

Jacob’s Prosperity
 (25)  Now it came about when Rachel had borne Joseph, that Jacob said to Laban, “Send me away, that I may go to my own place and to my own country.  (26)  “Give me my wives and my children for whom I have served you, and let me depart; for you yourself know my service which I have rendered you.”  (27)  But Laban said to him, “If now it pleases you, stay with me; I have divined that the LORD has blessed me on your account.”  (28)  He continued, “Name me your wages, and I will give it.”  (29)  But he said to him, “You yourself know how I have served you and how your cattle have fared with me.  (30)  “For you had little before I came and it has increased to a multitude, and the LORD has blessed you wherever I turned. But now, when shall I provide for my own household also?”  (31)  So he said, “What shall I give you?” And Jacob said, “You shall not give me anything. If you will do this one thing for me, I will again pasture and keep your flock:  (32)  let me pass through your entire flock today, removing from there every speckled and spotted sheep and every black one among the lambs and the spotted and speckled among the goats; and such shall be my wages.  (33)  “So my honesty will answer for me later, when you come concerning my wages. Every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats and black among the lambs, if found with me, will be considered stolen.”  (34)  Laban said, “Good, let it be according to your word.”  (35)  So he removed on that day the striped and spotted male goats and all the speckled and spotted female goats, every one with white in it, and all the black ones among the sheep, and gave them into the care of his sons.  (36)  And he put a distance of three days’ journey between himself and Jacob, and Jacob fed the rest of Laban’s flocks.  (37)  Then Jacob took fresh rods of poplar and almond and plane trees, and peeled white stripes in them, exposing the white which was in the rods.  (38)  He set the rods which he had peeled in front of the flocks in the gutters, even in the watering troughs, where the flocks came to drink; and they mated when they came to drink.  (39)  So the flocks mated by the rods, and the flocks brought forth striped, speckled, and spotted.  (40)  Jacob separated the lambs, and made the flocks face toward the striped and all the black in the flock of Laban; and he put his own herds apart, and did not put them with Laban’s flock.  (41)  Moreover, whenever the stronger of the flock were mating, Jacob would place the rods in the sight of the flock in the gutters, so that they might mate by the rods;  (42)  but when the flock was feeble, he did not put them in; so the feebler were Laban’s and the stronger Jacob’s.  (43)  So the man became exceedingly prosperous, and had large flocks and female and male servants and camels and donkeys.
 
Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 



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