Okay, now for my review in Genesis. In chapters 45-50 there were a few things that stood out to me. Taxes for one. Chapter 47:24 where it talks about giving 1/5th of their stuff to Pharoah may be the very first taxes ever, I think. We just can’t escape them. :)
First things first, we’re moving on from Genesis. We read all the way through Genesis this summer and got to know it better than we ever have before. Isn’t that exciting?!? I loved it and although it was a crazy busy summer so that I couldn’t give our book reviews a lot of time and thought, I still read and learned much. So congrats to all of you who read along with us throughout the summer! :)
Now we’ll be moving on to the book of Acts. I’m pretty excited about it too. After our pastor preached on a part of Acts in June I knew we’d read it next. And I already know what we’re doing after Acts too and I’m so excited about that one that we just have to finish up with Acts ASAP. :) So hold on to your hats folks, we’re movin and groovin this round. We’ll start with Acts chapters 1-7 for next Friday. I’m getting serious about the Bible reading again. I want to do a lot and of course it’s much more exciting when there is a group doing it together and seeing the Lord work in everyone’s life. Woo hoo, bring it on! :) I’d have done it in three weeks instead of four but won’t discourage anyone. This is a busy time of year and we’re all working back into our routines so we’ll work into reading more later. :)
The right kind of faith in our God that I mentioned last review, the kind that Joseph had, showed up in his life again in these chapters. He understood that all credit was to be given to God. Mister man, this verse is a whole sermon in itself,
“So now it was not you who sent me here, but God;” 45:8
Can I say that about all the things in my life? Can I say that about the yucky stuff and my mistakes and bad memories, that it was not others, or me, or Satan that brought me to the low places. It was God. He “is working for us a far more exceeding weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2Cor.4:17&18. Joseph knew there was more at work here than just the nasty brothers with a hate on for him. It brings new meaning to me. What we look on as terrible things, hard things, hurtful things, God looks on with a bigger picture. It’s not that I won’t hurt or feel anything when God brings them to pass but I need to gain that new perspective through them. I need to remember as Joseph did that God is working things for his glory and that’s what matters.
Yep, I was impressed with Joseph. I finally found that hero of the Bible I wanted to see. He wasn’t perfect, but he had a good attitude, he worked hard, he trusted the Lord, he didn’t give into temptation, he was trustworthy, dependable and had a good reputation with all those around him even in those very dark days. He even forgave those who had caused him the pain in the first place. And through all of this he didn’t pat himself on the back, he kept pointing out to everyone that it was not in him, it was in God that all this was so. I’ll want to chat with Joseph someday and get to know him better but until then I’ll have to just keep checking out Genesis and learning all I can from there. He truly is a great example to me.
Also I had to feel sorry for Jacob. To think that he knew full well he had messed up a lot (I understand how he feels) and putting his life in a nutshell to Pharoah he says, “few and evil have been the days of the years of my life” 47:9. How sad is that. God needs to continue to teach me and lead me so I don’t have to say that when I go, and hopefully He’ll give me enough time to do it because it’s going to take a while.
When Jacob looked at his sons he saw the good, the bad and the ugly. A reminder here to take the time to focus on each child individually as I raise my own. All 12 boys raised by the same father but some turned out and some didn’t. Jacob was obviously a man who had favourites, that’s an obvious lesson in itself. But getting to know each child early on and training them so that we don’t end up knowing the sad truth about our children too late is an important thing to remember. I don’t want to end up with a Reuben- great & powerful but unstable. Niether do I want a Simeon or Levi- angry and cruel, or any of the other brothers who had a great failing indeed. I would love to be able to say of my children like Jacob did of Judah – great, prosperous and just, or Shiloh – a born leader whom people will gladly follow in right ways, or a Zebulun (love this one) – he shall become a haven for ships. Sounds strong and sure don’t you think? :)
Anyway, these are a couple lessons I got from this passage: 1. Give God all the credit for the good and the bad, because even the bad is good where God is working. 2. Don’t give in, never give up no matter how hard and bad you think it is. Be faithful and do what’s right, all the time! 3.Be careful with every decision I make and ponder where it will lead me. I don’t want to say as Jacob did that my life has been short and more sinful that good. 4. Be a good example and get to know each of my children better. Train them in the way they should go, get right down to their hearts instead of just concentrating on obedience.
There was a lot more there but I’ll not go on and on and on with it all. Hopefully I’ll see a review or two to read later on. :) If you are new and would like to join in on Book Review Friday now is a perfect time to start. Since we’re starting our new book in Acts this week and we’d love to have you come along! Read up on Book Review Friday if you’d like and and there are even instructions on how to copy and paste a link in Mr.Linky so we can all read your review next Friday.