Trek through Genesis
Scripture reading for January 17th: Genesis 50, Exodus 1-4
Key Scriptures: Exodus 4:29-31 “Moses and Aaron brought together all the elders of the Israelites, and Aaron told them everything the Lord had said to Moses. He also performed the signs before the people, and they believed. And when they heard that the Lord was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped.”
God saw the misery of His people in Egypt and heard their cry for mercy. He acted by appearing to Moses and calling him and his brother Aaron to go and demonstrate His power to His people and the Egyptians. His goal was that His people would worship Him and enter into a relationship for eternity.
Cause for Joy: Our Lord and God cares for the needs of His people and is concerned enough to act to bring the needed help! “No one takes this honor upon himself; he must be called by God, just as Aaron was. So Christ also did not take upon Himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to Him, “You are My Son; today I have become your father.” (Hebrews 5:4-5)
Scripture reading for January 16th: Genesis 46-49
Key Scriptures: Genesis 47:29-31 “When the time drew near for Israel (Jacob) to die, he called for his son Joseph and said to him, “If I have found favor in your eyes, put your hand under my thigh and promise that you will show me kindness and faithfulness. Do not bury me in Egypt, but when I rest with my fathers, carry me out of Egypt and bury me where they are buried.” “I will do as you say,” he said. “Swear to me,” he said. Then Joseph swore to him, and Israel worshiped as he leaned on top of his staff.”
Jacob had lived in Egypt for seventeen years and knew that his departure was coming soon. He called Joseph and gave him instructions for the burial of his bones. He wanted to rest in the land of promise with those of faith who had preceded him in death. When this was assured by Joseph, he worshiped his God as he leaned on his staff!
Cause for rejoicing: God gives us vision concerning eternal life, removing the fear of death from our hearts! His promises are sure! “By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff. By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions about his bones.” (Hebrews 11:21-22)
Scripture reading for January 13th: Genesis 41-45
Key Scriptures: Genesis 45:4-7 “Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close by me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will not be plowing and reaping. But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.”
God has planed for our needs before they even dawn on us. Here God prepared to save His people by sending one of the brothers ahead into Egypt and placing him in a position of authority. In like manner, God sent His Son Jesus into the world to save lives and bring about the greatest deliverance ever known to man!
Reason for rejoicing: God sent His only Son into the world that the world may be saved through Him! “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” (John 3:16-17)
Scripture reading for January 12th: Genesis 37-40
Key Scriptures: Genesis 39:6-10 “Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, Come to bed with me!” But he refused. “With me in charge,” he told her, “my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?”
Because Joseph walked with God and respected His word, he was keenly aware of boundaries. As a slave, he respected his master. As an Israelite, he respected God’s commands. He knew that adultery was a sin and a “wicked” thing in God’s sight. This kept him from temptation. God’s presence in his life empowered Joseph to flee a powerful trap set by Satan!
Thankful for power to resist: God promises to deliver us from evil and the Evil One. We must resist temptation and flee from evil. “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” (1st Corinthians 10:13)
Scripture reading for January 11th: Genesis 28-31
Key Scriptures: Genesis 28:10-13 “Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Haran. When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the hearth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. There above it stood the Lord, and He said, “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying.”
Jacob was traveling when he stopped for the night to rest. At this resting place, he had a dream given by God. This dream revealed a stairway to heaven with angels going up and down. The Lord was at the top and spoke to him! He assured Jacob of a fulfillment of the covenant that God had made with Abraham and Isaac. God would be with him and bless all nations through his seed! The angel armies were with him and for him! Praise the Lord!
Cause for rejoicing: God knows where we are as covenant people. He promises to be with us and fulfill all He has spoken! Angels are present to minister to us! “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” (Hebrews 1:14)
Scripture reading for January 10th: Genesis 23-27
Key Scriptures: Genesis 24:12-15 “Then he prayed, “O Lord, God of my master Abraham, give me success today, and show kindness to my master Abraham. See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water. May it be that when I say to a girl, ‘Please let down your jar that I any have a drink,’ and she says, “Drink, and I’ll water your camels too’–let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master.” Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder.”
God hears and answers prayer. Abraham was getting old and Isaac, his son needed a wife. Abraham sent his chief servant on a mission to find a wife from among his own kinsmen. The servant prayed for God’s guidance and favor. God answered before he could finish the prayer!
Cultivating thankfulness: Believers give thanks for all things and know that God hears and answers prayer! “For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:8)
Scripture reading for January 9th: Genesis 23-27
Cause for Thanksgiving: Genesis 26:1-3, 13-14 “Now there was a famine in the land–besides the earlier famine of Abraham’s time–and Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines in Gerar. The Lord appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live. Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you.” “. . .Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundred-fold, because the Lord blessed him. The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy. He had so many flocks and herds and servants that the Philistines envied him.”
Isaac was caught in a famine and sought help. The Lord God appeared to him with instructions to stay put and He would bless him. Isaac obeyed the Lord and God blessed him in a land of famine with a “hundred-fold” return and wealth that caused envy of the heathen!
Thanks to our Lord: Jesus promises up to a “hundred-fold return” to those who heard the Word of God and acted on it! We are in on a secret that gives us wealth beyond measure in the heavenly realm! “But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown.” (Matthew 13:23)
Scripture reading for January 6th: Genesis 19-22
Growing in Thanksgiving: Genesis 22:1-3, 14 “Sometime later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.” Early the next morning, Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about.” “. . .”So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”
God asked Abraham to do a difficult thing: sacrifice his beloved son Isaac. Abraham obeyed and at the last second, God provided a ram in place of Isaac. “Jehovah Jireh” was the name Abraham gave the place on the mountain where “God provided” the ram!
Thanksgiving: God provided His own beloved Son, Jesus Christ, as the substitute for our sins. He was offered on a cross of wood he carried in the same location as Abraham’s son! “For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
Scripture reading for January 5th: Genesis 14-18
Cause for Rejoicing: Genesis 14:16-20 “He (Abram) recovered all the goods and brought back his relative Lot and his possessions together with the women and the other people. . .Then Melchizedek, King of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. And Blessed be God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.”
Abram’s nephew Lot and his family and servants were taken captive by desert marauders. When Abram heard about it he pursued them and he recovered Lot and all that was lost! On his return, a mysterious king, Melchizedek met him with a meal of bread and wine and blessed him in the name of the Creator, God Most High. This so moved Abram, that he gave this Priest/King a tenth (tithe) of all the spoils. This came before the law about tithing!
Cause for rejoicing: God restores what is lost! He defeats our enemies and blesses us with a meal of bread and wine! We joyfully give our tithe and honor our Creator/Priest/King! “This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of the Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him, and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. first, his name means “king of righteousness” then also, “king of Salem” means “king of peace. Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, like the Son of God he remains a priest forever.” (Hebrews 7:1-3)
Scripture reading for January 4th: Genesis 10-13
Call to Joy: Genesis 12:1-3 “The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.” “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
God’s call to a shepherd, Abram, who lived in the region of Babylon, was a call to adventure. It was a journey into the unknown with promises that stirred hope and joy! Becoming a great nation and blessed by God Himself was a grand promise. God defending him from his enemies and then causing him to be a blessing to the whole earth was joy-inducing! All that was required was a walk with God to a place He would reveal!
Rejoice: Believers in Jesus are now heirs of these promises to Abraham! “You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. . . .If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Galatians 3:26, 28)