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January 18 - Evening

"So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God.
 He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his
entire household and ruler of all Egypt."

- Genesis 45:8

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Giving God Credit Instead of Blaming Men and Glorifying Self    

Ultimately Joseph was sent by God to Egypt ahead of his family to prepare the way for deliverance from the coming famine. There were an infinite number of ways that God could have got Joseph into the right place just like there were an immeasurable number of scenarios to would get him there at the right time. But, God allowed his brothers, the sons of Jacob, to envy him, to hate him, to betray him, to sell him and to lie about him in order to work his plan. This plan would create physical deliverance, but it would also allow for spiritual growth, increased insight and the development of wisdom and character.

In the Hebrew language, Joseph’s words are emphatic that it was not his brothers who were ultimately responsible when he literally says,

“Not you (plural), you (plural) sent me, but (adversative) God!”

Indeed, the brothers are guilty of a wide range of sins that include, but are not limited to, jealousy, betrayal, lying, deception, selfish ambition, faithlessness towards men and God, etc. These sins are real and are the result of the brothers’ own evil nature. These sins are not caused by God, and will be produce the harvest of sin:

“When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’ For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.” – James 1:13-14

The sons of Jacob are responsible for their sin, but Joseph is telling them that ultimately they have not thwarted God’s plan. Everything is still on track if they are willing and ready to participate and be obedient. This is good news! They have been forgiven and God is ready to receive them back into the very plan their sin helped create!

Is this a green light for sinning? The Apostle Paul answers that question in Romans:

“What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?”

God has made Joseph:

father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.”

The use of the phrase “father to Pharaoh” would indicate that Joseph is held in high esteem and honor by Pharaoh who looks to him for advice and guidance as a son would his father. The NIV word “ruler” is from the Hebrew word adon which also means “lord” and “master.” To be adon of Pharaoh’s “entire household” means Joseph has absolute control over the state of Egypt and its treasury. The NIV word “ruler” is from the Hebrew mosel which indicates that in addition to advising Pharaoh and serving as the master of the treasury and the affairs of the state of Egypt, Joseph was also in a position to rule and govern the land of Egypt. All of this power will be fully manifest during the seven years of famine.

In all of this revelation of himself to his brothers Joseph does not boast or brag about what he has accomplished, but is instead talking about what amazing things the Lord has done. Joseph does not say:

“I am father to Pharaoh. I am lord of his entire household and I have become ruler of all Egypt,”

Instead, Joseph makes those very same points but gives God the sincere credit when he says:

“He (God) made me father to Pharaoh. (God has made me) lord of Pharaoh’s entire household and ruler of all Egypt.”

Joseph wants his brothers to be amazed and impressed, but only with what God has done in Joseph’s life.

  Christian Quote from Church History

"The media has gone from 'Father knows best' to
'Father knows nothing at all.' "
- D. James Kennedy






Something to Ponder??
100 AD - the Bible had been translated into 6 languages. 500 AD - the Bible had been translated into 13 languages.
1000 AD - the Bible had been translated into 17 languages 1500 AD - the Bible had been translated into 34 languages.
1800 AD - the Bible had been translated into 67 languages.
1900 AD - the Bible had been translated into 537 languages. 
2000 AD - the Bible had been translated into 2,233 languages.
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information




Chara (Gr) - Joy (Eng) - chara is a Greek word for "joy," "gladness," and "rejoicing." Chara is used to describe something beyond the temporal experience of a happy situation. Chara is an emotion grounded in eternal truths and future expectations that are independent of situations in life.


The Herodian wall at Hebron that was built by Herod to serve as a monumaent around the Cave of Machpelah uses the same style of Ashlar stones as Herod used on the Jewish Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The Cave of Machpelah is the burial site purchased by Abraham to bury his wife Sarah (Gen. 23). Also buried there are Isaac, Jacob, Rebecca, Leah and Abraham himself. What can still be seen in Hebron is Herod’s use of the appearance of pilasters that extend up the walls. These pilasters in Hebron are similar to what appeared on the Temple Mount Wall, but was destroyed by the Romans. This monument in Hebron is the only structure of Herod’s that still remains intact, although the remains of many Herodian structures and engineering feats still exist. (Details here and here. Images here. Temple diagram here.)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I blame men for my failures?
Do I praise myself for my success?
I will not let men limit me, because God can work his good plan in spite of the opposition of men.
And, I will not use my success to glorify myself, because God is the source of my strength.
  "A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions."
- Proverbs 18:2
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
(morning only) Job 12 Genesis 21
Prayer for Today
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Enough income to
meet your needs
Hearts of servants Police Unreached Hausa people dominant in Niger and northern Nigeria
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC
The first century pedestrian gate located under today's Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's northern city wall. The stone decorative molding, the pillar bases and the Roman arch can still be seen as well as the pavement. The exact date of this gate is either 117 during the time of the Roman Emperor Hadrian (A.D. 117–138) or 40-44 AD from the days of Herod Agrippa I (Acts 12)
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Kedorlaomer Finishes his destruction in Genesis 14.
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