Don’t Fall Out By the Way (Genesis 45)

Genesis 45:24 24 So he sent his brethren away, and they departed: and he said unto them, See that ye fall not out by the way. This is a beautiful chapter of reconciliation as Joseph reveals himself to his brothers and as they weep over each other after years of separation. There is shock and […]

Real Repentance (Genesis 44)

Genesis 44:12–13 And he searched, and began at the eldest, and left at the youngest: and the cup was found in Benjamin’s sack. Then they rent their clothes, and laded every man his ass, and returned to the city. The stage was nicely set for the brothers to do to Benjamin what they did to Joseph. […]

The Rejected One Is Our Redeemer

Genesis 43:33 “And they sat before him, the firstborn according to his birthright, and the youngest according to his youth: and the men marvelled one at another.” The possibility that Joseph is a type of Christ is almost too obvious to miss in this account of Joseph and his brothers. With that in mind, consider […]

Remember the Dream God Gave (Genesis 42)

Genesis 42:9 And Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed of them… Years before, Joseph dreamed an impossible dream – all his brothers and his mother and father bowing down to him. Now, his brothers are there before him bowing down and asking for help. As they do, Joseph’s mind flashes back to the cackles of […]

Only God Has the Answer of Peace (Genesis 41)

Genesis 41:16 And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace. God’s purpose in raising up Joseph was to be a testimony to the king of the most powerful country on earth. His message to Pharoah was, “You don’t need me (or any other man)! You need […]

Hopes Given, Dashed, and Fulfilled (Genesis 40)

Genesis 40:14 But think on me when it shall be well with thee, and shew kindness, I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house: Joseph goes through many cycles of feeling hopeful that God is going to use Him and then having his hopes […]

An Overwhelming Sense of God and His Purpose (Genesis 39)

Genesis 39:2 2 And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. The character of Joseph in this chapter and throughout his life is remarkable. He resists anger, sexual temptation, bitterness, and impatience. All through his life, he seems to show […]

God is the Hero! (Genesis 38)

Genesis 38:1 “And it came to pass at that time, that Judah went down from his brethren, and turned in to a certain Adullamite, whose name was Hirah.” Sometimes, we talk about the heroes of the faith, maybe based on Hebrews 11. But as I read the Bible, I am amazed at how flawed pretty much […]