Readings for September 23 to 29

God Uses  Joseph for Good

September 23, 2012

Genesis 37 :3-8, 26-34; 50:15-21

Key Verse: “[Joseph said,] ‘even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as he is

doing today.”‘ Genesis 50:20

Time: About 1750 B.C.E.

Since Last Week: God promised Abraham descendants as numerous as the stars. Abraham became father of Isaac and Ishmael, who were the fathers of the Jewish and Islamic nations. Isaac became father of Jacob, who stole his father’s blessing from his twin, Esau. God renamed Jacob Israel, who became father of the 12 tribes of Israel.

 

Background: The youngest of Jacob’s sons, Joseph, was sold into slavery to Egypt by his brothers. In Egypt, Joseph rose to power and became a great man because of the gift of interpretation of dreams given to him by God. He saved the people from starving during a time of famine by helping them store grain during fruitful years.

Driven to Egypt by the famine, Joseph’s brothers were once again reconciled with him. After their father’s death, the brothers worried that Joseph would finally get his revenge. But Joseph knew that, although the brothers intended their actions for evil, God intended them for good.

Community: In what ways can you reconcile with someone in light of God’s

goodness? How can your community of faith reconcile with one another so that God’s work may be done?

At Home: What gifts has God given you? How can you use your gifts for good?

 

Read This Week:

Monday: Egyptian Midwives Save Hebrew Babies, Exodus 1:1-22

Tuesday: Birth and Youth of Moses, Exodus 2:l-25

Wednesday: God Calls Moses, Exodus 3:1-15

Thursday: Plagues 1-3, Exodus 7:1-8:19

Friday: Plagues 4-6, Exodus 7:20-9:12

Saturday: Plagues 7-9, Exodus 9:13-10:29

Next Week: Passover, Exodus 12:l-13, 13:1-8

 

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