January 23, 2023
Daily Reading – Genesis 44-45 / Matthew 14
Genesis 45:7 And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:
The birthday cake is ordered, check. The balloons and helium are ordered, check. All the decorations have been purchased, check. The invitations have been sent, check. Does that remind you of the mental maneuvers you went through the last time that you were in charge of putting together a simple birthday party. You had a whole year to plan and prepare, yet the final details seem overwhelming at times. Add to that it is a surprise party so you cannot let the guest of honor find out what you are doing. AHHHH!!!
Now imagine planning a surprise reunion for hundreds of people. There is an entire family of people God is preparing to reunite. A well-thought-out reunion indeed. How long did God plan this? Well according to Genesis 37:2 Joseph was seventeen when he was sold into slavery. Genesis 41:46 says He was thirty when he interpreted Pharaoh’s dream and made second in command. Egypt enjoyed seven years of plenty, and Genesis 45:6 says they had been in famine for two years. This puts Joseph at thirty-nine years old. So, if our math is correct, does that mean God planned this reunion for twenty two years? Actually, it was a lot longer than that. God has every detail of all eternity well planned out. Before Joseph was born, this reunion was in the working. Joseph said, “God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.”
GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:
An even greater reunion was thought-out and planned for those who have accepted Christ as Saviour. Jesus was sent before to preserve you and save your life by a great deliverance.
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