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Daily Reflections February 21, 2017

February 21, 2018 By: FBC Staff

Exodus 4 When considering Exodus 4 in a short summary such as this, selection can be a real challenge. Let’s briefly consider some of the themes in this chapter which are each no doubt worthy of our full attention. First, notice God’s provision and Moses’ fear. After commissioning him for the task and assuring Moses of His help and presence with numerous miracles, Moses responds: “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else” (Exodus 4:13 ESV). In the presence of a powerful, miracle-working God,...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections February 16, 2018

February 15, 2018 By: FBC Staff

Genesis 49 The story of Joseph and Jacob are coming to an end as they approach death. In this chapter, Jacob calls his sons together and blesses them. Interestingly, we notice that a few of them receive curses rather than blessing. In both cases, this sets the stage for the rest of the Old Testament and gives a hint to what the nation of Israel would look like. Some of the phrases and blessings are hard to interpret because of the imagery that is used and lack of knowledge about some of...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections February 14, 2018

February 14, 2018 By: FBC Staff

Genesis 47 Moses is meticulous in describing the expansive wealth that Joseph has earned for Pharaoh. Through his prudence, Joseph took possession of every piece of land in all of Egypt, with the exception of the land of the priests. It is no wonder why Pharaoh treated Joseph and his family with such generosity. While it is certainly not the main point, this text is a reminder that we can cooperate with God’s plans and purposes simply by working hard at the job placed before us. Without...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections February 9, 2018

February 09, 2018 By: FBC Staff

Genesis 42 A long time has passed since Joseph’s father and brothers have been in the picture. He has been in Egypt for twenty years, moving all the way from the position of an imprisoned slave to the second in command of the entire nation. He even has his own family now. We’re told that he has even began putting his sordid past out of his mind: ““For,” he said, “God has made me forget all my hardship and all my father's house.” (Genesis 41:51b). But in this chapter, the brothers come back...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections February 7, 2018

February 07, 2018 By: FBC Staff

Genesis 40 Our text today is not particularly difficult to understand. Joseph finds himself in prison following the deceitful accusation that was levied against him by Potiphar’s wife. There, he meets two fellow prisoners he discovers to be the king’s cup-bearer and the king’s baker. Both of these men have dreams, and Joseph rightly interprets that these dreams indicate their fate. The cup-bearer will be restored to his position in three days and the baker will be executed. Joseph then asks...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections February 2, 2018

February 02, 2018 By: FBC Staff

Genesis 34 There is very little, if anything, to commend in this chapter. Lust, deception, cowardice, and foolish revenge make the perfect storm here. So why is this narrative here? How can it help us besides instructing us not to follow these examples? This narrative shows and encourages us that God’s grace conquers in spite of human sin. This is not an isolated passage, it fits within the storyline of Jacob. In chapter 28, God tells Jacob, “I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections January 31, 2018

January 31, 2018 By: FBC Staff

Genesis 32 Today’s text is both mysterious and wonderful. The thoughtful reader can’t help but walk away from Genesis 32 with a laundry list of questions. Why did God wrestle with Jacob? Was the man in this account an early revelation of Jesus Christ? Why did God allow Jacob to have some semblance of success? Surely God could have easily won that match had He so desired. And why did He leave Jacob with a limp? As I ponder these questions myself, Romans 15:4 springs to my...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections January 26, 2018

January 26, 2018 By: FBC Staff

Genesis 27 The narratives in Genesis are more than just interesting stories told to give us material for bed-time. These are stories that highlight the nature of God and man. If we neglect to see ourselves and God within them, then we have missed their purpose. This chapter shows us the sovereignty of God to accomplish his divine will. Jacob’s deception in this chapter should not be commended. But it is noteworthy that his sinful act only served to accomplish the will of God. This may not be...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections January 24, 2018

January 24, 2018 By: FBC Staff

Genesis 25 In today’s chapter we see the continuation of God’s line of promise. God miraculously provided Abraham and Sarah with their son Isaac. Isaac’s wife Rebekah was also barren, and this led him to plead with the Lord for her womb to be opened. God answered this prayer and allowed Rebekah to become pregnant with twins. God promised her that he would build two mighty nations from these boys and that the older would go on to serve the younger. The younger, of course, was Jacob. Jacob will...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections January 19, 2018

January 19, 2018 By: FBC Staff

Genesis 20 After Abraham’s bold questioning of God’s extent of mercy, one might assume that he has matured into a perfected model of morality. However, we find in this chapter that he is still flawed. He did not learn from his experience with Pharaoh in chapter 12 and thus falls into a very similar position.  We ought to first notice that this is at least the second time where a half-truth has not only threatened Abraham but also those around him. In a desire for personal preservation,...Continue Reading

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