Bible in 365 Days – Day 18

Focus Chapters:

  • Genesis 47:28-31
  • Genesis 48-50

 

Standout Verse(s):

THE ACTION

Genesis 50:15-18 NLT

But now that their father was dead, Joseph’s brothers became fearful. “Now Joseph will show his anger and pay us back for all the wrong we did to him,” they said. So they sent this message to Joseph: “Before your father died, he instructed us to say to you: ‘Please forgive your brothers for the great wrong they did to you—for their sin in treating you so cruelly.’ So we, the servants of the God of your father, beg you to forgive our sin.”

When Joseph received the message, he broke down and wept. Then his brothers came and threw themselves down before Joseph. “Look, we are your slaves!” they said.

 

THE REACTION

Genesis 50:19-21 NLT

But Joseph replied, “Don’t be afraid of me. Am I God, that I can punish you? You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. No, don’t be afraid. I will continue to take care of you and your children.” So he reassured them by speaking kindly to them.

 

Observation (s):

  1. Joseph, the second highest man in Egypt, recognized that it was not his duty to dole out punishment or judgement on the sins of others, even if these sins are committed against him. He left the judgement and punishment of his brothers to God. Instead he chose to show them love and forgiveness.

    But Joseph replied, “Don’t be afraid of me. Am I God, that I can punish you? You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. .

  2. Joseph’s brothers were punished. Since moving to Egypt, they have lived under the constant fear of punishment from the brother whom they had terribly wrong. Throughout that time, they thought that their only source of protection was their father. It would seem that Jacob also thought the same thing, hence his instructions to his sons.

    But now that their father was dead, Joseph’s brothers became fearful. “Now Joseph will show his anger and pay us back for all the wrong we did to him,” they said. So they sent this message to Joseph: “Before your father died, he instructed us  to say to you: ‘Please forgive your brothers for the great wrong they did to you—for their sin in treating you so cruelly.’ So we, the servants of the God of your father, beg you to forgive our sin.”

  3. Joseph saw beyond the natural of his circumstances to the spiritual matters. He recognized that all the events of his past, including the evil done to him by his brothers, were orchestrated by God in aid of the good needed, saving of lives.

    You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.

 

Application:

Oftentimes when I am wronged by others, I find forgiveness very hard. The greater the wrong, the harder it is to forgive. Sometimes, even when I forgive, I find it hard to be around the person who wronged me because forgiveness does not come with a guarantee of forgetfulness and returned trust. We can learn something from Joseph. He forgave his brothers, leaving it up to God to deal with them. He did not ponder on the negatives but chose to look forward in positivity: rendering forgiveness, reassuring his brothers and ensuring they and their families are cared for. Let us not take it upon ourselves to be the judge, jury and executioner. Let us focus on moving forward, being kind and leaving the sins of our enemies to the eternal Judge.

Additionally, if we begin to look beyond the physical, into the spiritual realms, our perspectives are bound to change. Then we can see, understand and proclaim, “what our enemies meant for our downfall, God meant for good.” We serve a great Orchestrator who means us well. I don’t know about you but I am truly comforted by this.

 

XOXO,
Chañel

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Je Ne Regrette Rien! (I Don’t Regret Anything!)


I sat at my desk working while listening music and the strangest thing happened! James Blunt’s You’re Beautiful started playing and immediately I had a flashback concerning my ex that left me with the hugest grin on my face.

It was two weeks before my 18th birthday at 2am. We were up on the phone again after I had weaseled him into staying up, for the third night in a row. I still can’t believe how he always yielded to me. This time, he was the one asking me to do something. He wanted me to sing him something before we headed to bed. I refused as a plan formulated in my head. The next morning, as I headed off to school, I called him and sang him a rendition of “You’re Beautiful.”

In the early stages of the last few years, my brain focused on the ugly aspects of my past relationship. I was hurt and angry and so, my heart focused on all the reasons he was the enemy. I forgot our good times and the lessons these experiences taught me. Here are a few lessons these better moments taught me:

  1. He gave me my first impromptu driving lesson although, I didn’t get far before he started yelling at me to turn the wheel correctly and I yelled back. That was my first and last lesson from him but it taught me the importance of helping your partner in anyway you can. This means that you should always be open to teaching your partner because neither will know everything.
  2. The first time we met, he tried to flirt with me but called me the wrong name. I ignored him. Later in the day, being the tomboy I was, I climbed up to a cliff only to realize that I couldn’t get down by myself. He ended up being the one to lift me down. That bit of kindness opened my mind to him. This taught me the importance of being careful of how you treat people. You never know when you will need their help.
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A Forgiveness That Healed

One of the persons, in the Bible, who I have a deep admiration for, is David. We all know the story of how David went from being a shepherd boy to king but many of us missed some of the small details that he went through to get there and even what he did, once he got there. In this post, I want to examine a story that has fascinated me in recent times. This is a story of relentless persecution and a forgiveness and mercy that healed all involved.

Many times when we mention forgiveness, we pull on the analogy of Christ’s forgiveness of our sins, yet there are men who had displayed measures of forgiveness that are truly admirable. The books of Samuel tell the stories of how King Saul persecuted David when he realised the glory of God that shined on David. The books tell of the many instances when Saul does everything in his power to kill David or cause him ill-will. These attempts included: 

  1. Throwing javelins at David while he played the harp to calm the evil spirit that had overtaken Saul.
  2. Sending David on dangerous missions in the hope that he would be killed.
  3. Giving David’s wife, his daughter Michal to another man after his threats to David’s life forced David to go on the run.
  4. Setting out with his soldiers to find and kill David.

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