What a refreshing change! Joseph is presented with an opportunity to sin and he says, NO! It is hard to follow him through these next steps of the story because it is so engrained in us that when we do good things good things happen to us. It’s just not true, and not how God works. Sometime imprisonment is necessary to grow our faith. God was going to use him for big things so he had to make sure his faith was mature.
God used dreams in the OT to communicate with His people. God also provided the interpretation of the dreams. God will always authenticate His prophecy by giving a long term prophecy and a short term prophecy. The short term one has to come true before for the long term one can be trusted. I love how Joseph says that interpreting dreams is God’s business. We can always trust God to authenticate a message. He does not ask us to search around unsure, and in the dark. His message to us will always be clear and authenticated. So beware, friends, of false prophecy.
Jesus did not hate his mother or brothers. He is just saying that family ties don’t trump our devotion to God.
Parables. My favorite part of the Gospels. The Bible Knowledge Commentary says: “A parable, like an illustration, makes a comparison between a known truth and an unknown truth; it throws them alongside each other.”* Isn’t that the coolest thing ever? Jesus takes truth we already understand and uses it to teach us about A TRUTH ABOUT HIM WE DON’T KNOW!!! What in the literal world ya’ll???? Come on!!! That is the most brilliant thing I have ever heard! Jesus is the bomb! As if that is not enough, He tells us that as we listen and seek to understand an abundance of knowledge is given! It is exactly what we have been reading in Proverbs about wisdom. Too cool!
In this parable we learn that to thrive we have to have deep roots, in good soil. He goes on to flesh this out more by saying, understanding God’s word is what makes the seed thrive. Guys! That is what we are doing by being in His Word everyday!
Psalm 17: 1-15
A beautiful prayer from David. The part that says “guard me as you would guard your own eyes,” literally has the connotation of “guard me as the apple of your eye.” That is how confident David is with God’s love.
You mock God and he will mock you. That is a scary thought.
Have a great day! 😘
*Barbieri, Louis A., Jr. “Matthew.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 48–49. Print.