Your Daily Readings – Verse of the Day – Genesis 50:20 – July 23, 2019

Genesis 50:1-26

Yosef fell on his father’s face, wept over him and kissed him. Then Yosef ordered the physicians in his service to embalm his father. So the physicians embalmed Isra’el. Forty days were spent at this, the normal amount of time for embalming. Then the Egyptians mourned for him seventy days.

When the period of mourning was over, Yosef addressed to the household of Pharaoh: “I would like to ask a favor. Tell Pharaoh, ‘My father had me swear an oath. He said, “I am going to die. You are to bury me in my grave, which I dug for myself in the land of Kena‘an.” Therefore, I beg you, let me go up and bury my father; I will return.’” Pharaoh responded, “Go up and bury your father, as he made you swear.”

So Yosef went up to bury his father. With him went all Pharaoh’s servants, the leaders of his household and the leaders of the land of Egypt, along with the entire household of Yosef, his brothers and his father’s household; only their little ones, their flocks and their cattle did they leave in the land of Goshen. Moreover, there went up with him both chariots and horsemen — it was a very large caravan.

10 When they arrived at the threshing-floor in Atad, beyond the Yarden, they raised a loud and bitter lamentation, mourning for his father seven days. 11 When the local inhabitants, the Kena‘ani, saw the mourning on the floor of Atad they said, “How bitterly the Egyptians are mourning!” This is why the place was given the name Avel-Mitzrayim [mourning of Egypt], there beyond the Yarden.

12 His sons did to him as he had ordered them to do — 13 they carried him into the land of Kena‘an and buried him in the cave in the field of Makhpelah, which Avraham had bought, along with the field, as a burial-place belonging to him, from ‘Efron the Hitti, by Mamre.

14 Then, after burying his father, Yosef returned to Egypt, he, his brothers and all who had gone up with him to bury his father.

15 Realizing that their father was dead, Yosef’s brothers said, “Yosef may hate us now and pay us back in full for all the suffering we caused him.” 16 So they sent a message to Yosef which said, “Your father gave this order before he died: 17 ‘Say to Yosef, “I beg you now, please forgive your brothers’ crime and wickedness in doing you harm.”’ So now, we beg of you, forgive the crime of the servants of the God of your father.” Yosef wept when they spoke to him; 18 and his brothers too came, prostrated themselves before him and said, “Here, we are your slaves.” 19 But Yosef said to them, “Don’t be afraid! Am I in the place of God? 20 You meant to do me harm, but God meant it for good — so that it would come about as it is today, with many people’s lives being saved. (vii) 21 So don’t be afraid — I will provide for you and your little ones.” In this way he comforted them, speaking kindly to them.

22 Yosef continued living in Egypt, he and his father’s household. Yosef lived 110 years. (Maftir) 23 Yosef lived to see Efrayim’s great-grandchildren, and the children of M’nasheh’s son Makhir were born on Yosef’s knees.

24 Yosef said to his brothers, “I am dying. But God will surely remember you and bring you up out of this land to the land which he swore to Avraham, Yitz’chak and Ya‘akov.” 25 Then Yosef took an oath from the sons of Isra’el: “God will surely remember you, and you are to carry my bones up from here.” 26 So Yosef died at the age of 110, and they embalmed him and put him in a coffin in Egypt.  (Genesis 50:1-26) Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) Copyright © 1998 by David H. Stern. All rights reserved.

 

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IN THE PITS! -by Gary Wilkerson – David Wilkerson Today – MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2014

IN THE PITS!
by Gary Wilkerson

Starting in Genesis 37, we see Joseph’s story, which reads like an episode of
the television program “Cops.” One of his brothers was a rapist and the
others tried to kill Joseph and eventually sold him into slavery. Even Jacob,
his own father, neglected to step in when Joseph was tormented by his brothers.
Joseph paid a penalty for his family’s dysfunction.

Does this describe you? You have been away from home for years but you still
bear mental scars from your family’s chaos. Or perhaps your chaos is in the
workplace, where others’ willful sins affect you directly. That happened to
Joseph when his boss’s wife tried to seduce him. When Joseph turned her down,
she lied about him vengefully and he was tossed into yet another pit, a
death-row prison.

Scripture makes it clear that with every pit Joseph fell into, God was at work
speeding up the process of achieving His kingdom purposes. I hear God saying of
him: “I want someone who’s willing to endure every test faithfully, so that
I can strategically position him to save My people. I choose Joseph for this
job.”

Think about the incredible trajectory of Joseph’s life. Here was a teenaged
shepherd who within a few years became second in command of the world’s
greatest empire. It makes me want to pray, “God, take me out of my comfort
zone. I want to see You work Your purposes in my life.”

Are you willing to say, “Lord, I’ll gladly go wherever You want me to
go”? I know many Christians who hunger for this kind of faith. They cry out,
“Lord, there has to be more to this walk. I don’t want to just occupy space
on the earth. I want You to work in me so that I can impact Your Kingdom.”

The bigger our dreams for God’s work, the larger our pit will be. Do you
believe God for a marriage that reflects His glory? Then be prepared to have
your marriage tested almost beyond your limits. The truth is, faith throws us
into a pit almost every time. If we want God to use our lives, then we had
better prepare ourselves for a pit.

“You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that
many people should be kept alive, as they are today” (Genesis 50:20, ESV).
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