Tuesday, October 23, 2018

A few thoughts from today's Bible reading

(Bible text below thoughts)

More than 20 years had passed since Joseph had been sold by his brothers to Ishmaelite merchants and now in God's divine turnaround of circumstances, they stood before the very brother they had persecuted, calling themselves honest men.

"Joseph's brothers came, and bowed themselves down to him with their faces to the earth." This they would do four times in the coming months. God's divine justice put Joseph's brothers in a vulnerable position, requesting their brother for food. Long back when Joseph had gone to check how they were doing, they had sat down to eat after throwing him in a pit. They decided to kill his dreams by killing him, but he narrowly escaped because of the intervention of Judah. Now here was Joseph standing tall because the dreams that he saw 20 years back were not of his own imagination; they were God's plans for him.

If you have a God given dream of blessing, treasure it. It will come true in God's time. No power in the universe can kill God's good plans for his chosen ones. He reigns supreme. Praise God. 

[Now Jacob saw that there was grain in Egypt, and Jacob said to his sons, "Why do you look at one another?" He said, "Behold, I have heard that there is grain in Egypt. Go down there, and buy for us from there, so that we may live, and not die." Joseph's ten brothers went down to buy grain from
Egypt. But Jacob didn't send Benjamin, Joseph's brother, with his brothers; for he said, "Lest perhaps 
harm happen to him." The sons of Israel came to buy among those who came, for the famine was in the land of Canaan. Joseph was the governor over the land. It was he who sold to all the people 
of the land. Joseph's brothers came, and bowed themselves down to him with their faces to the 
earth. Joseph saw his brothers, and he recognized them, but acted like a stranger to them, and 
spoke roughly with them. He said to them, "Where did you come from?" They said, "From the land 
of Canaan to buy food." Joseph recognized his brothers, but they didn't recognize him. 
Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed about them, and said to them, "You 
are spies! You have come to see the nakedness 
of the land."  They said to him, "No, my lord, but your servants have come to buy food. We are all 
one man's sons; we are honest men. Your servants are not spies." He said to them, "No, but you 
have come to see the nakedness of the land!" They said, "We, your servants, are twelve brothers, the 
sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and behold, the youngest is today with our father, and 
one is no more." (Genesis 42:1-13)]

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