The story of Joseph’s life is found in Genesis 37 and 39-50. Throughout Joseph’s life, he suffered unjustly. He was a human and so he was imperfect, but he did not do anything to deserve to be sold as a slave by his own brothers or to later be thrown into jail. In fact, if he had sinned with Potiphar’s wife, he may not have been thrown in jail at all.
“The Lord has sworn
and will not change his mind:
‘You are a priest forever,
in the order of Melchizedek.’ – Psalm 110:4
The above Psalm is a prophecy about the priesthood of Jesus in the order of Melchizedek. The story of Melchizedek is contained in Genesis chapter 14. Abram rescued his nephew Lot who had been captured after the city of Sodom and her allies were defeated in battle. Abram rounded up his fighting men and some others to help and went and defeated the victors, freeing Lot and the other captives. After winning the victory this scene occurs,
Genesis 3 in the garden of Eden, Adam and Eve are tempted by the serpent to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, which God had forbidden in chapter 2. They fall into the serpent’s temptation and after eating the fruit,
Why do we have a hard time fully accepting the grace that is offered through Christ?
By “fully” I mean completely, from beginning to end. Similar to my previous devotion about trying to earn forgiveness and righteousness, we often try to do as much as we are capable of and then rely on God to cover the rest. Even if that means all we think we can do is 0.00001 percent of what is needed and rely on God for 99.99999 percent of the work. We still try to “do our part.”
What period of life are you looking forward to right now? When you graduate? When you get married? When you have the right job or house, or can start a family? When you’ve gotten your kids through school or paid off that house? When you can retire?
Sometimes it feels like we are always looking ahead to when we will really be able to “start living”. If we can just make it to a certain point, then that is when life is really happening and we can get everything together and feel like we are making it somewhere.
Exodus chapters 3 and 4 is the story of Moses before the burning bush. At the very beginning of Moses’s encounter with God, the Lord makes this statement.
“Do not come any closer,’ God said. ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” – Exodus 3:5
What made the ground around the bush holy? Was there something special about the area that made it more holy than any other place?