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January 18 - Morning

"Before the years of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph by Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On. Joseph named his firstborn Manasseh and said, 'It is because God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household.' "

- Genesis 41:51

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Joseph Refrains from Bitterness and God's Plan Prospers    

Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers at the age of 17. Joseph entered the service of Pharaoh at the age of 30 and in Joseph’s 37th year the famine began. Joseph began to save Egypt twenty years after having been sold into Egypt. It was before the seven years of famine began (age 37-44) that Joseph had two sons. (Jacob had also spent twenty years in Padan Aram; Abram had spent around twenty years waiting for the promised son.)

The name of the first son still echoes Joseph’s painful past. But, the name Manasseh seems to be Joseph’s way of saying that the bitterness, betrayal and disappointment of the 13 years of bondage (age 17-30 years) had begun to make sense. There was a purpose that began to reach fulfillment during those early years of Joseph’s service to Pharaoh as vizier of Egypt. By definition, the Egyptian vizier position that Joseph filled was that of a civil officer with vice regal powers who acted as chancellor.

Joseph gives God the credit for having “made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household.” Joseph has a new home, a new position, a new source of prosperity and a new family. Whatever Joseph had lost, he has regained. Joseph had prospered without becoming bitter, without giving up and without striking back in vengeance. Joseph had moved on from his past because he remained faithful to God, but also because he trusted that God would remain faithful to him. Joseph did not become bitter and God prospered Joseph in the plan he had created for Joseph.
  Christian Quote from Church History
"Comparison is the root of all feelings of inferiority."
- James Dobson
Something to Ponder??

Six Worldviews common in the Western World:

1. Secular Humanism - the concept that God does not exist. The scientific method determines truth through logic, reason and proof through our five senses. The goal is for humans, the highest form of life, to live good, satisfied lives.

2. Existentialism - life has no objective meaning, so we live a life of misery that ends in death while we seek to create something meaningful. The universe is chaotic and meaningless. There is no God, which means there are no absolutes. We are guided by our own personal preferences.

3. Nihilism - nothing is real and everything is random and imagined. There is no purpose, so, ife is empty and pointless. Since life has no value, everything is permissible, yet we will find nothing fulfilling.

4. Postmodernism - there is no overreaching purpose that ties everything together. All we have is our own experiences and feelings which cannot be judged right or wrong by anyone else. Nor do we have any basis for judging someone else's actions or decisions. Whatever a person feels is right for them. The only goals are to survive life comfortably while we express ourselves.

5. Eastern Mysticism - "deity" is not the Western concept of a holy being with personality. The essence of "god" is a universal condition. Each one of us has this "god" or the ability to attain this universal condition. Facts, history, reality and morality are not real and do not matter. We will have a future in another life form, but there is no ultimate judgment and no end of the universe because matter is eternal. The goal is to achieve a condition of unity with this everlasting physical universe.

6. Christian Theism - based on the concept of a living God who is eternal, omnipotent, omniscient and holy. God has created the universe with order and created man to live in this physical world. God, a spiritual being, seeks to secure a relationship with man through Jesus Christ who removed the barrier of man's sin and rebellion that separates man from God. There are absolutes revealed in natural law and in the written Word of God. Man is created with the purpose of using, developing and enjoying the material and order God established while living in obedience to God's holiness. Each man will be judged, and those who have accepted God's offer of Jesus will be spared eternal damnation.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information
'Elohim (Hb) - God (Eng) - 'elohim is the Hebrew word that means "deity," and "God." 'Elohim is also used to refer to "rulers," "judges," "divine ones," "angles," "gods," and, since it is not gender specific, also, "goddess," The -im ending on 'elohim makes this Hebrew word plural, or plural intensive when used with singular verbs as it does in Genesis 1:1.   Daniel, Nehemiah and Esther all served in the citadel of the ancient city of Susa. The city of Susa has been excavated. (Details here and here) Also, the palace of Darius I, or the citadel where Daniel, Nehemiah and Ester ruled, Nehemiah served and where Daniel saw the vision of the Ram and the Goat, has been discovered in Susa.
(Daniel 8:2; Details here.)
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I let the offenses of the past determine my current attitude?
Does bitterness restrict my ability to capture the future?
I will pray for those who have caused me pain, and forget the past so I can see God's future for me.
  "An unfriendly man pursues selfish ends; he defies
all soundjudgment."
- Proverbs 18:1
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Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC

The beginning of Kedorlaomer's victory in Genesis 14.
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The Canaanite water tunnel that was used to bring water from the Pool of Siloam before Hezekiah's Tunnel was cut. This was cut from the top down
and filled in with large stones that were dropped from the top and wedged
into this V-shaped tunnel. These stones can be seen in other photos
and while in the tunnel.
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