Bible Reading Blog — January 13, 2016

13 Jan

Today’s Readings — Genesis 43-50 & Mark 2:18-22

Have you ever thought about how the story of Joseph is a fulfillment of the promise to Abraham? In Genesis 12, God says to Abraham, “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all the peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

We see these promises unfold in the life of Joseph. He saves the sons of Jacob, his brothers, so that in Egypt Israel becomes a great nation. Joseph is blessed by God through many trials to rise to second in power in all Egypt. His name becomes great and he is a blessing to others. Those who favored Joseph were blessed mightily (Pharaoh, the Egyptians, other nations who came to Egypt for food, his brothers when they recognized their sin) and those who were against Joseph were cursed (the baker in chapter 41, Potiphar’s wife, Joseph’s brothers before their repentance). And all the people of that whole part of the world were blessed through Joseph’s life.

We know of course that Jesus is the ultimate fulfillment of the Abrahamic covenant, but it is exciting to see that even by the end of Genesis, God is already proving true to His promises. The other thing to note is that God’s way of fulfilling His promises is often through suffering. So we must bear that in mind when we are in the valley.

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