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“When Midianite traders passed by, his brothers pulled Joseph out of the pit and sold him for 20 pieces of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took Joseph to Egypt.” (Genesis 37:28).

January 18, 2021

JOSEPH WAS A CHRISTOLOGICAL TYPE The life of Joseph was a foreshadowing of Christ. Like Christ, he was obedient to his father, rejected by his brethren and even betrayed for pieces of silver. Later, when God raised Joseph up from slavery and imprisonment to rule in Egypt, he even forgave his brethren and saved them

“His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah near Mamre, in the field of Ephron son of Zohar the Hittite” (Genesis 25:9 HCSB).

January 11, 2021

BIBLE HISTORY AND MODERN TIMES Isaac and Ishmael buried their father, Abraham, in the same tomb he had bought to bury Sarah. These two sons became two great peoples. The Jewish nation came from Isaac and the Arab nations from Ishmael. They stood united at their father’s funeral, but enmity has existed between them until

“The Lord said to Abram: ‘Go out from your land, your relatives, and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.'” (Genesis 12:1 HCSB).

January 5, 2021

ANSWERING GOD’S CALL The Lord called a 75 year old man named Abram to leave his father’s house and go to a land that God would show him. And he immediately obeyed God’s call.   Let us consider the implications of this verse. For there are several.   1) God calls. He speaks to those

“So Noah, his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives entered the ark because of the waters of the flood.” (Genesis 7:7 HCSB).

January 3, 2021

HAVE YOU ENTERED GOD’S ARK? There is much about the book of Genesis (From the Greek translation meaning “beginnings”) that troubles the modern mind. In today’s reading we encounter the incredible longevity of man (Methuselah lived to 969 years), the building of an ark to save Noah and his family, and a remnant of the

“Did God really say…?” (Genesis 3:1 HCSB).

January 2, 2021

WHO QUESTIONS GOD’S WORD? The first temptation by the serpent was to question God’s Word. Not to understand it, but to challenge its veracity. Notice Satan’s use of the word, “really.” He did not ask, “Did God say?” He asked did God “reeeally” say. By inserting this one little word he planted a seed of

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1 HCSB).

January 1, 2021

NEW BEGINNINGS It’s a new year and it can be a new “beginning” for us too. For the God that “created the heavens and the earth” is the same God today as He was yesterday. Just as He created all things in the beginning, so He can make us a new creation in Christ and

“And now your two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine” (Genesis 48:5 NKJV).

January 24, 2020

THE ORIGIN OF THE TWELVE TRIBES OF ISRAEL Jacob, who was called Israel, spoke a word over each of his sons from his death bed. He bestowed a double portion to Joseph, giving his two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, equal standing to his own sons. And so, when the twelve tribes of Israel move out

‘And Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The days of the years of my pilgrimage are one hundred and thirty years; few and evil have been the days of the years of my life, and they have not attained to the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage.”’ (Genesis 47:9 NKJV).

January 23, 2020

WE ARE PILGRIMS HERE When Pharaoh asked Jacob his age, he responded that the years of his “pilgrimage” was 130 years. A pilgrimage is a journey taken by a pilgrim, who is steadfastly and intentionally traveling towards a sacred destination. That’s how Jacob saw his life. He considered his life a brief and difficult journey

‘Then Judah stepped forward and said, “Please, my lord, let your servant say just one word to you.”‘ (Genesis 44:18 NKJV).

January 22, 2020

WHEN JUDAH STEPPED FORWARD When Judah, the fourth son of Jacob’s twelve, stepped forward to act as his brother’s representative, the future of his tribe began to unfold. For this is an early indication of Judah’s rise to leadership.   Reuben, the eldest, lost his birthright through sexual misconduct with Jacob’s concubine Bilhah (Gen. 35:22),

“Then Midianite traders passed by; so the brothers pulled Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt” (Genesis 37:28 NKJV).

January 18, 2020

JOSEPH IS A CHRISTOLOGICAL TYPE Jacob’s sons were jealous of their brother, Joseph. He was the favored son of Jacob’s favorite wife, Rachel, who had died giving birth to Benjamin, the youngest. Joseph had made things worse with his brothers by giving their father a bad report of their shepherding. He also had shared his