Jacob blessed Joseph's sons, but he didn't bless them how he should have. His words shaped the way these two sons' future for generations.
But his father refused and said, "I know, my son, I know. He also shall become a people, and he also shall be great. Nevertheless, his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his offspring shall become a multitude of nations."
Have you ever wondered why Joseph isn't one of the 12 tribes of Israel? He's one of Jacob's 12 sons, why doesn't he have his own tribe?
And now your two sons, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; Ephraim and Manasseh shall be mine, as Reuben and Simeon are.
Joseph saved Egypt and his family by storing food for the famine that he knew was coming, but he also is the reason the Israelite ended up being slaves to the Egyptians.
So Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh, for all the Egyptians sold their fields, because the famine was severe on them. The land became Pharaoh's. As for the people, he made servants of them from one end of Egypt to the other.
Joseph's brothers spoke before they thought about the consequences. They basically promised to let themselves be put to death.
Whichever of your servants is found with it shall die, and we also will be my Lord's servants."
When Joseph interpreted Pharaoh's dream, he also gave him a plan of what to do about it. God doesn't just give touchy feely advice, He give practical instructions you can use.
Let Pharaoh proceed to appoint overseers over the land and take one-fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt during the seven plentiful years.
Joseph didn't take the credit when he interpreted Pharaoh's dream. He gave all the credit to God. We need to do the same.
Joseph answered Pharaoh, "It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer."
Joseph thought that the cup bearer would talk to Pharaoh and get him out of jail, but instead he had to wait for another two years.
Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.
Joseph quickly became the head servant in Potiphar's household, the lead prisoner in jail, then the second in command of a whole nation. God wants to promote His people into high places, we just need to act in a way that'll make Him do it. Key Verse: So Joseph found favor in his sight and attended him, and he made him overseer of his house and put him in charge of all that he had. Genesis 39:4 And: And the keeper of the prison put Joseph in charge of all the prisoners who were in the prison. Whatever was done there, he was the one who did it. Genesis 39:22
Joseph did something pretty dumb when he told his brothers about his prophetic dream. He should have asked for Godly wisdom before he told them about it.
Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers they hated him even more.
I read this verse and something crazy happened! Even though I've read it tons of times, this verse never really clicked in my head. It changes the entire story of Jacob for me.
It's important to read the Bible more than once. If you don't, you're going to miss a lot of little things. Some of these things might be something God wants to use to transform your life.
Now the days of Isaac were 180 years. And Isaac breathed his last, and he died and was gathered to his people, old and full of days. And his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.
Jacob and Esau were brothers, but they hated each other their whole lives. Jacob thought for sure Esau was going to kill him, but what Esau did surprised everyone!
But Esau ran to meet him and embraced him and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.
After working for and being cheated by Laban for 20 years, Jacob finally packed up and left. Even though he spent 20 years being cheated and lied to, Jacob was very wealthy.
So Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah into the field where his flock was and said to them, "I see that your father does not regard me with favor as he did before. But the God of my father has been with me.
Do you know why you believe the things you believe? If someone was to ask why you're a Christian, could you answer them? It's important to think thorough your beliefs and be able to give a defense for your faith.
Christ suffered and He called us to suffer as well. Persecution and suffering is something we should expect as Christians. The world around us seems more and more against Christian morality, but no real persecution or suffering has happened yet.
Some Christians say they can just have God and they don't need other believers around them. The Bible says several time this isn't true. James also tell us we need someone to confess our sins to. Why is this so important? Let's talk about that today.
Have you ever asked God for something and He didn't give it to you? The Bible has so many verses saying all you need to do is ask, but it still seems like He doesn't always give you what you pray for. James gives us an idea of one reason why this is.
Making decisions can be tough. Both options might look good and you're not sure which one to chose. God wants us to come to Him when making decisions like this, but even when we do it's still not always clear how He wants us to chose. Here's your guide to making those kinds of choices.
God loves people who are steadfast. But when you are that kind of person, it's easy to think you aren't doing anything, that your life is insignificant. What does it mean to be steadfast and how do you know if that's the kind of person you are? Let's talk about that today.
How often do you think about the leaders God placed in your life? When was the last time you stopped to thank them for their leadership? Do you ever pray God would bless them? All leadership is placed in your life by God. Honor them.
Do you dwell on the sins of your past? God doesn't remember those sins once He's forgiven you. Christ paid for those sins, so they're gone. God no longer holds you accountable for those sins, so you don't need to either.
Do you have a vision for your future? Does it seem like God is taking forever to actually get you to where He told you He's going to take you? God expects us to wait with faith and patience to receive the vision He gives us.
The Bible is everywhere; it's the most published book in the world. Is that why it's special? The Bible isn't special because there's so many copies of it, there's so many copies because it's so special.
Jesus didn't like the Pharisees because they followed the law, but were prideful and hypocritical about it. It's important to remember who we were before we met Christ so we don't fall into the same trap.
Prayer is a key pillar in our Christian walk. It is the way we communicate with God, and build a relationship with Him. Even though it's so important, prayer is one of the easiest things to forget to do in my walk with Christ. Is it the same for you?
People who do bad things sometimes get away with it. We see it in high profile cases and we see it between kindergartners. But the Bible promises that no sin ever goes unpunished. How does God do that? let's talk about it today.
Were you told that your life would be easier when you became a Christian? Do you only worship and praise God when he blesses you? Paul tells us he knows how to live with little and he know how to live with much. Being a Christian doesn't mean you're going to be rich.
We are commanded to preach the Gospel, but sometimes it seem like people are doing it for the wrong reasons. Other times you might not be sure the person preaching is even a Christian. What should you do?
Family is one of God's biggest priorities, that's why being a father is a serious undertaking. A Christian father should teach and discipline his children according to the Bible. He must also make sure he doesn't act in a way that closes the open door he has with his children.
How should a man treat his wife? How should a woman treat her husband? What does the Bible say about husbands and wives? What does God think about all this? Does it really even matter? Does Christ really care how each individual marriage functions as long as everyone is still a Christian? Ephesians 5 answers all these questions.
The last couple days we've been talking about doing good. It's not my fault, that's the part of the Bible we're in! Paul tells the Galatians to good good whenever possible, especially to other Christians.
Even though we are supposed to be sons of God, it often feels like we are still slaves to God and even the would around us. What's the difference between a slave and a son? They don't feel any different, but they are.
Following the Old Testament law does not bring salvation. If it did, Jesus didn't need to die on the cross. Only faith in Jesus can save us. But there are still churches around that tell you to follow some or all of the Law. Let's talk about that today.
The bible clearly tells us the sins that will keep us out of heaven. It's easy to see people in the world who are committing these sins and judge them for it. But what we need to remember is at one time, we were in the same boat as the sinners we see around us. It's Christ's love that saved us, and it's Christ's love that can save the sinners around us.
Judge not lest you be judged. It's a verse used all the time about judging, but it's not all the Bible says about the topic. Is there times when you should judge the people around you? Let's take a look at another verse that talks about judgments.
Sharing your faith seems binary. Either the person you talk to becomes a Christian, or they don't. But that's not the way God sees it. When you share your faith, you are either planting a seed, or you are watering a seed someone else planted. It's God who provides the growth.
As Christians, many of us look at the world fondly wishing we could do some of the things we know are wrong. We even think about our old sinful life and remember it as all good instead of how it really was. Let's talk about this today.
It's amazing when we hear stories of people giving their life for someone they love. But you never hear stories of people dying for people on death row. Jesus died for everyone on death row. He even died for you and me.
The Bereans didn't just take what Paul was teaching for granted. They spent time and energy reading the Bible to see if what he was saying was true before they decided to follow his teaching. Let's talk and pray about this today.
In the first century, there were judaizers who said that Christians must also follow the law in the old testament to have salvation in Jesus. Today, there are modern judaizers who are saying the same thing. We discuss and pray about this it today's Daily D.
God sets authority in place. He honors those authorities even if they don't rule the way they should.
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I haven't had a new podcast for a little over a month. The reason isn't because I stopped reading my Bible, it's because my dad died. Today, instead of the normal format I would like to take some time to tell you about my dad.