God can use horrific sin (even sibling rivalry) to bring about His great plans but we mustn’t use this as justification to sin.
Pray The Word and Prepare for The Word
Psalm 119: 65 You have done many good things for me, LORD, just as you promised. 66 I believe in your commands; now teach me good judgment and knowledge. 67 I used to wander off until you disciplined me; but now I closely follow your word. 68 You are good and do only good; teach me your decrees.
Lord, continue to teach me today so I do not wander.
Read - Genesis 37-38 -
Chapter 37 introduces Joseph as a favored child who is hated by his less-favored brothers. As parents (or even friends or employers), how can we learn from this so that we can honor all?
Joseph has dreams from God but nobody believes them. How can we know that a dream is a prophetic glimpse from God? In this time, we must test such things by whether they prove true and align with the Bible.
Can you imagine selling your own sibling into slavery? This story will come around full circle as most bad choices do.
Chapter 38 is an interruption in the story of Joseph that will pick back up in tomorrow’s reading. Many wonder why it is in the Bible especially as it is filled with immoral and illicit behavior. It is here to remind us that, at all times, God is working out His plan and that He is doing so through His Creation - even though we are sinful.
Lord, help me to love all whom you put around me in a way that honors you and blesses them!
Fast-Forward to the Genealogy of Jesus in Matthew Chapter 1 to see how Genesis 38 finds its way into the story of redemption. God can use anything including our lives - no matter our past!
Joseph would be used mightily in preserving the Israelites and keeping the story of “Mending” on track. Judah, although “Marred” would play a mighty role in the coming of Jesus.