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Having been thrown in prison unjustly, Joseph continues to have success because the Lord is with him and he crosses paths with the Pharaoh's cupbearer and baker. After both men have dreams, Joseph immediately declares that God has the right interpretation of their dreams and he calls the men to tell him their dreams. Joseph obviously knows himself to be blessed by God and a knowledge of God's truth. Joseph's declaring to the men the right interpretation of their dreams is the actions of a true prophet of God. The original audience of the story would have recognized this. God's revelation given to His covenant people for their redemption from sin resides with Joseph. Joseph's interpretation of their dreams is correct. While Joseph had asked the cupbearer to remember him when he got out so that Joseph too can be released, the cupbearer forgets him--at least initially. But the cupbearer will eventually remember. It takes time for God's truth to bear fruit. Genesis 40 is a picture of the truth that God's revelation of truth to and through his covenant people eventually bears fruit--it sets God's people free from what enslaves or imprisons them.
The blood of Christ was not only necessary but it HAD to be the blood of Christ. Why? Listen and find out.
Words matter. In fact, words matter so much that the Bible shows us God spoke all of creation into existence. Of course there are people who doubt this reality...and they use words to prove their point...and I rest my case that words matter. Yet more important than words is our perception of God. Simply stated, a distorted view of God leads to dysfunction. This is why it is vital to understand God as the Bible (not culture, or another person, or anything else) portrays Him. An amazing way The Church can help people get a more accurate picture of God is by sharing our stories. Many people cannot relate to God for one valid reason or another...but people can relate to a friend they know. And when the friend of a person far from God shares their story...amazing things can happen.
The storm catches up to Jonah and threatens his life, and the lives of all the mariners on the ship bound for Tarshish. What happens next? Because the storms of life don't automatically make us better people. We have a choice to make, and Jonah chooses wisely.
God gave us his amazing creation for our use, for us to rule over. We failed to rule over it, instead, we let it rule over us. Now we live in a frustrating and dangerous world, full of death and destruction. We don't see the world in subjection to us, but we do see Jesus, who has overcome the frustration of creation in his life, death and resurrection, and now calls us forward into his renewed creation.
Justified By His Grace As A Gift
In 1:5-16, Paul explains why Titus’ appointment of qualified leadership (vv. 5-9) and opposition to unqualified leadership (vv. 10-16) in the Cretan churches is so important, namely because there are many false teachers in Crete turning people away from the centrality of the gospel (1:11, 14). In order to help Titus and the churches recognize and oppose ungodly leadership, Paul gives 12 characteristics of false teachers and 2 action steps to take in order to prevent them from harming the church.
There are two simple truths every follower of Jesus must know. In fact, these two truths are so significant that even people not following Jesus ought to know them. Yet knowing them and applying them are two totally different things. May God give you the strength to apply and therefore be shaped by them.
After Jacob wrestles with God, he then meets Esau and his warriors. Jacob's response changes from being an attempt to atone for his own sin and appease Esau to recognizing that he was undeserving of the covenant blessing. So, he offers it back to Esau by bowing down to him. Yet, before Jacob can say anything Esau embraces him. Esau had been reconciled in his heart to his brother apart from anything Jacob had done. God was at work, both in Jacob's life and Esau's. We learn in this encounter that God is at work apart from the actions of those who receive his blessing, that the recipients of God's blessing demonstrate humility and graciousness because they know themselves to have been dealt with mercifully and graciously by God, and that while God brings reconciliation between those who have salvation and those who do not, this does not then mean that the Christian and non-Christian are pursuing the same things.