June 5, 2017
Read: Genesis 45
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Scripture- Genesis 45:5- But don’t be upset, and don’t be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives.
Observations- Joseph holds a big reveal party with his brothers to let them in on the truth he's been holding back from them. Not only does he tell them that he is their long lost brother Joseph, but he quickly offers them mercy (not getting what we deserve) and grace (getting what we don't deserve).
Application- How often in life do we have the privilege of receiving mercy and grace, not only from the hand of God, but from other human beings as well? Think back over the course of your own lifetime to examine the mercy and grace you've received? Jesus taught that to whom much was given much was expected (Luke 12:48), so for those of us who have been given so much mercy and grace, even when we have "good reasons" to hold onto our resentments like Joseph, we get to pay mercy and grace forward in our own lives. How will you do that today?
Prayer- Lord, thank You for the story and example of Joseph. Help me learn how to offer mercy and grace to my brothers and sisters in Christ and those who haven't yet said "Yes!" to being Christ followers in a way that makes Jesus, the center of my life, smile. Guide us to be a church where this is lived out in beautiful and rich ways. Amen.
"Hearing this, a man sitting at the table with Jesus exclaimed, 'What a blessing it will be to attend a banquet in the Kingdom of God!'” (Luke 14:15),