The first thing as I read through the book of Genesis is that these great men of God (patriarchs) are not much different to us. In fact, if we were to have a movie made today about these guys, I am fairly sure not many of us would go see it (because of its rating). As well, I am fairly sure many people who have never read the Bible would be shocked to hear that these things happened in the Bible. So what was it that made God still treat these people as His people? His choice! But they do seem to come around in the end, don't they?
Another thing that struck me as I read this was God's preservation of His people. I have read the story of Joseph so many times, but I am always brought back to a realization of God taking care of His people even through the horrible choices of men. Joseph said it like this: "As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive" (Gen 50:20). Think about what really happened to Joseph. We know the end of the story so we seem to think it is okay, but what about when he is sold into slavery? What about when he sits in prison? Hindsight is always 20/20, but what if we think of our situations today knowing that the Lord has a plan, is provident in what is happening? How will that change the way we look at our current situations?
What about you? I would love to hear what has impacted you in your reading this week. Please share a comment so we can all learn from each other.
One last thing, I will keep posting the schedule each week, but will keep them two weeks ahead in case you want to read ahead of the plan. Keep going! Trust me, the result in your life will be worth the journey!
Numbers 9-21 (blog post day)
Numbers 33—Deuteronomy 7
Joshua 15—Judges 3
Judges 4-15 (blog post day)