Reading for January 17, 2018:  Genesis 44 – 45

So he sent his brethren away, and they departed: and he said unto them, See that ye fall not out by the way. Genesis 45:24 (KJV)

In the reading of today’s text, we find Joseph has revealed his identity to his brothers. Now in chapter 45 verse 24, he is sending them back to Jacob to bring him to Egypt to live, at least through the five years of famine that remain.

Joseph’s statement in the NKJV reads…

“See that you do not become troubled along the way.” Genesis 45:24b

Joseph’s brothers could have been so laden with guilt from their actions of 20 or so years previous to this that he realizes they need a word of comfort and encouragement from him.  Do not be distracted by self-condemnation, constant reminders of the bad in the past, or the condemnation of the enemy.

You have been forgiven.  I have forgiven you.  Just like a word from God.  Just like Jesus as He was being nailed to the cross; every nail piercing a hand, then another, then His feet; and He says, “Father, forgive them they know not what they are doing” (Luke 23:34).

That same message is for all who have sought God’s forgiveness through Jesus’s death, burial, and resurrection.  All sin has been paid for through His death, the sin, the shame, the guilt, the condemnation has all been carried away as far as east is from west and left there, and His resurrection assures us of the victory that is His, and that is eternal life.

When you are in Christ Jesus you are forgiven, you are clean, whole, and baptized in the Spirit.

Reading for January 18, 2018: Genesis 46 – 48

 

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