Today’s reading is Genesis 49-50.

After Jacob died, Joseph’s brothers feared he would finally punish them for their sin against him. Joseph responded with the famous, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good…” What grace. This is not just a message for Israel, but a foreshadowing for us. Is there that small fear in you that when you actually stand before God in judgment He will punish you for the crucifixion of Jesus? (after all, He went to the cross for your sins) But what we will hear from Jesus is, “You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.” Our sin put Jesus on the cross. We didn’t mean anything good by our sin. But God let our sin take Jesus to the cross to accomplish the good of our salvation. Praise the Lord!

Monday’s reading is Exodus 1-2.

A Word for Our Kids

Hey kids, did you notice Joseph kept his word to his father? Jacob asked Joseph to take an  oath to bury him in his homeland. Though Joseph had to get special permission from Pharaoh to do so, he kept his word to his dad. I hope you realize your commitments to your parents are utterly important. Say what you’ll do and do what you say. Honor your commitments to them just like Joseph did.

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