Tag: Joseph

  • Biblical Principle #253: Israel’s Law Against Kidnapping

    Biblical Principles List Principle Under the Law of Moses, God instructed Israel how to administer justice when kidnappings occurred. Explanation GOD gave the following instructions in the Law about kidnapping: 17 Whoever kidnaps one of the children of Israel and overcomes and sells him, and he is found with him, let him surely die. Exodus…

  • Biblical Principle #103: God Allows Suffering for the Greater Good

    Biblical Principles List Principle God allows temporary suffering for the greater collective good. Explanation GOD knows everything, including the future. GOD loves us and wants what is best for us. GOD has the power to do anything and everything. Because GOD has complete knowledge and the power to do anything, His love motivates Him to…

  • Biblical Principle #99: Humans Elevated Above Heavenly Creatures

    Biblical Principles List Principle The heavenly creatures—the first sun, moon, and stars of creation—are brought lower than GOD’s elect humans. Explanation Genesis 37 records two dreams that Joseph, son of Jacob, had: 5 Then Joseph had a dream, and reported it to his brothers. 6 Thus he said to them, “Hear this dream I dreamed:…

  • Biblical Principle #98: Joseph Was a Shadow of Jesus

    Biblical Principles List Principle Joseph was a shadow of Jesus. Explanation We have previous observed that the Bible is full of shadows—images that point forward towards the person—of Jesus. We noted this with Melchizedek. The truth is that every righteous person in Scripture provides us some form of shadow towards Jesus. Joseph is no exception. Consider the…

  • Biblical Principle #97: God Communicated Through Dreams

    Biblical Principles List Principle God communicated through dreams and visions. Explanation Throughout the Bible, GOD spoke or communicated with individuals in multiple ways. Sometimes He spoke directly with them, as He did with Adam, Eve, Cain, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Other times, GOD revealed messages through visions and dreams. GOD told Moses’ siblings: 6 Then…

  • October 21 – Jesus, the Wise Young Boy

    Reading Matt. 2:1-23 Luke 2:39-52 Devotional Some period of time (probably around 6 months) after Jesus was born in Bethlehem, Magi from the east came to visit “the king of the Jews“. The Magi were sorcerers, magicians or wizards, from a country in the east (probably Persia). They were familiar with the prophecies of the…

  • October 20 – Jesus is Born

    Reading Luke 1:5-80 Matt. 1:18-25a Luke 2:1-38 Devotional Finally, after almost 10 months of daily reading, we reach the second most important event in human history—Jesus is born! (The most important event would be Jesus’ death, of course.) Let’s recap the major events of today’s reading. After 400 years of silence, GOD sends a message…

  • October 19 – The Genealogies of Jesus

    Reading Matt. 1:1-17 Luke 3:23b-38 Devotional Today’s reading is a listing of the family lineage of Jesus. Matthew records the ancestry from Joseph’s perspective (Jesus’ earthly father), whereas Luke apparently records it from Mary’s perspective (Jesus’ mother). There are several righteous people among Jesus’ forefathers, including Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Boaz (husband of Ruth), David, Asa,…

  • January 21 – Recognizing GOD’s Blessings

    Reading Gen. 47:29–50:26 Devotional GOD had blessed Jacob mightily throughout his life, and just before he died Jacob said this to his son Joseph and his grandsons Ephraim and Manasseh: “God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, the God who has fed me all my life long to this day, the Angel who…

  • January 20 – True Forgiveness and Seventeen Years

    Reading Gen. 45:16-47:28 Devotional Joseph was 17 years old when he was thrown into the pit and sold to the Ishmaelites as a slave. It is pretty safe to assume that at some point during his suffering Joseph felt a sense of anger toward his brothers for their mistreatment. But by the time Joseph revealed…