Daily Encouragement

January 25 – The Weeping Patriarch

January 25
Genesis 50:1 – Exodus 2:10
Matthew 16:13-17:9
Psalm 21:1-13
Proverbs 5:1-6

Genesis 50:4/6 Side note – Pharaoh was glad to accommodate a diligent and profitable God-fearer who asked for time off for work for a good reason.  50:17 – The first time Joseph wept was 42:24, then 43:30, 45:2, 45:14, 45:15, 46:29, 50:1, and now for the 8th time. Only 15 times does someone weep (once on the site, push Control-F to search for ‘weep’ or ‘wept’) in Genesis – most of the time it’s Joseph. It’s ok for a God-fearing leader to have compassion! 50:24 – an echo of faith in the promise in 15:14. Congrats on finishing your first book of the Bible! Let’s see what happens to Jacob/Israel’s descendants in Egypt.

Exodus 1:22 – Satan is attempting to destroy the Israelites and specifically the line of the Messiah. Haman tried this in Esther 3:13. Herod would try this in Matthew 2:16.

Matthew 16:16 – Once Simon Peter recognized who He was, Jesus could explain what would happen (v.21). Interesting that only now after the disciples had seen Jesus telling John’s disciples that He was the prophesied one (11:4-6), the 5,000 fed (14:21), Jesus walk on the water (14:25), incredible miracles (15:30-31), and the feeding of the 4,000 (15:38), does Peter say what the obvious conclusion is. But Jesus doesn’t let you stop at a confession – He calls for us to take up our cross, and follow me. He wasn’t talking about a nice piece of jewelry, He was talking about the element of execution.

Psalm 21:6-7 – If the king trusts in the Lord, he will be blessed. Let’s pray for our elected officials that they will trust in the Lord so He can bless them. PublicServantsPrayer.org is a great website to remind you to pray for your leaders. I’m subscribed to the Wisconsin prayer list.

Proverbs 5:1 – Hopefully you’ve realized that wisdom is more than just cute sayings on a refrigerator magnet. It’s pretty important. Today we follow up on the strange woman that we met in 2:16, and will meet again in 6:24, 7:5. Other women we’ll meet are the evil woman, the whorish woman, the woman who lacketh understanding, the brawling woman, the angry woman, the contentious woman,  the adulterous woman, the odious woman, and the foolish woman; but we’ll also meet the gracious woman, the fair woman, the virtuous woman, the wise woman, and the God-fearing woman!

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