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Day 50 - Genesis 50

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 50. DEVOTIONAL: "God meant it for good. -Genesis 50:20 God's deeper meanings! We are apt to see a malicious meaning; are we equally apt to detect the Divine and benevolent one? Our enemies are many, and they hate us with perfect hatred; they are ever laying their plots, and working their unholy purposes. But there is a greater and ...

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Day 49 - Genesis 49

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 49. DEVOTIONAL: "His bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob." -Genesis 49:24 That strength which God gives to His Josephs isrealstrength; it is not a boasted valour, a fiction, a thing of which men talk, but which ends in smoke; it is true-divine strength.Why does...

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Day 48 - Genesis 48

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 48. DEVOTIONAL: "Behold, thy son Joseph cometh." - Genesis 48:2 How needful Joseph was to Jacob! The aged patriarch could not die without seeing him. His presence lit the dark valley. His hands closed the tired eyes of the aged pilgrim. And Joseph was as quick to come at the first intimation of his father's desire to see him. There...

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Day 47 - Genesis 47

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 47. DEVOTIONAL: "Thou hast saved our lives: We will be Pharaoh's servants.' -Genesis 47:25 Nothing less would have extorted such an acknowledgment from those proud Egyptians. They were willing to serve their savior. No doubt, had there been no provision made by Joseph, the streets would have been filled by emaciated skeletons picki...

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Day 46 - Genesis 46

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 46. DEVOTIONAL: "Fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation: I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again." -Genesis 46:3,4 Jacob must have shuddered at the thought of leaving the land of his father's sojourning, and dwelling among heathen strangers. It wasa n...

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Day 45 - Genesis 45

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 45. DEVOTIONAL: "God did send me before you." -Genesis 45:5 There was great delicacy in Joseph's command, "Cause every man to go out from me." He did not want to expose his brethren; yet he wanted to say words which could not be understood by the curious courtiers. Then he made himself known, and said, "Be not grieved, nor angry, f...

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Day 44 - Genesis 44

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 44. DEVOTIONAL: "And I said, Surely he is torn to pieces." -Genesis 44:28 These are words caught from his Father's mouth by Judah; and here repeated, in his most pathetic intercession, with the hope of softening the Governors heart, and moving him to spare Benjamin at least. They are very sad, and, without doubt, justified by the v...

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Day 43 - Genesis 43

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 43. DEVOTIONAL: "Every man's money was in the mouth of his sack" -Genesis 43:21 Joseph, who gave corn to save his own brethren and the Gentiles from starvation, is a type of Him who gives the bread of life to Jew and Greekto all that hunger and come to Him for supplies. And in this return of the full money in the sack's mouth, we a...

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Day 42 - Genesis 42

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 42. DEVOTIONAL: "There is corn in Egypt." - Genesis 42:2 Famine pinched all the nations, and it seemed inevitable that Jacob and his family should suffer great want; but the God of providence, who never forgets the objects of electing love, had stored a granary for His people by giving the Egyptians warning of the scarcity, and lea...

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Day 41 - Genesis 41

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 41. DEVOTIONAL: "Only in the throne will I be greater than thou." - Genesis41:40 I have to account to God for the way in which I rule my body under His domination. Paul said he did not "frustrate the grace of God" make it of no effect. The grace of God is absolute, the salvation of Jesus is perfect, it is d...

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Day 40 - Genesis 40

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 40. DEVOTIONAL: "Wherefore look ye so sadly today?" -Genesis 40:7 We may learn from Joseph the true method of bearing grief. Joseph might have become moody and sullen, absorbed in his own misfortunes, and pessimistic about the course of human life. How far removed from all this was his behavior! He filled his time with ministry.Th...

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Day 39 - Genesis 39

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 39. DEVOTIONAL: "He left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out."Genesis 39:12 In contending with certain sins there remains no mode of victory but by flight. The ancient naturalists wrote much of basilisks, whose eyes fascinated their victims and rendered them easy victims; so the mere gaze of wickedness puts us in s...

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Day 38 - Genesis 38

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 38. DEVOTIONAL: Judah Genesis 38:1 This was the destined heir of the birthright of which Reuben had shown himself unworthy; and yet this chapter is a dark story of his unbridled passion. O my soul, remember that the possibilities of all these sins are latent in thee! Thou mightest have been as one of these men or women but for th...

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Day 37 - Genesis 37

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 37. DEVOTIONAL: "They took him and cast him into a pit." -Genesis 37:24 It is impossible to read this inimitable story without detecting in the water-mark of the paper on which it is written the name JESUS. Indeed, we lose much of the beauty and force of these early Scriptures if we fail to observe the references to the life, chara...

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Day 36 - Genesis 36

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 36. DEVOTIONAL: "The Kings that reigned in Edom before there reigned any king over Israel." -Genesis 36:31 Apparently Esau had the best and happiest lot. What he escaped.For him there were no few and evil days of pilgrimage; nor the pressure of famine; nor the going down into Egypt; nor the forty years of wanderings in the desert;...

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Day 35 - Genesis 35

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 35. DEVOTIONAL: "She called his name Ben-oni (son of sorrow), but his father called him Benjamin (son of my right hand)."Genesis 35:18 To every matter there is a bright as well as a dark side. Rachel was overwhelmed with the sorrow of her own travail and death; Jacob, though weeping the mother's loss, could see the mercy of the chi...

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Day 34 - Genesis 34

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 34. DEVOTIONAL: "Ye have troubled me to make me to stink among the Inhabitants of the Land." -Genesis 34:30 The Bible does not hesitate to hold the mirror up to our fallen nature, or show us what we are. Here is Israel, the prince with God, who had power with man, in a very sorry plight. His children had involved him in it; but fir...

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Day 33 - Genesis 33

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 33. DEVOTIONAL: "I will lead on softly Until I come unto my lord unto Seir." -Genesis 33:14 This was rather unworthy of the man who, the night before, had seen the face of God, and learned to prevail. The man who had seen God, and prevailed, was doubtful of his newly-given blessing! He did not realize that it would carry him throug...

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Day 32 - Genesis 32

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 32. DEVOTIONAL: "And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good."Genesis 32:12 When Jacob was on the other side of the brook Jabbok, and Esau was coming with armed men, he earnestly sought God's protection, and as a master reason he pleaded, "And Thou saidst, I will surely do thee good." Oh, the force of that plea! He was holding God ...

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Day 31 - Genesis 31

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 31. DEVOTIONAL: "Take heed to thyself that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad." -Genesis 31:24 This visitation of God made a deep impression on Laban. He refers to it afterwards as restraining him from injuring his runaway son-in-law. Jacob, too, was struck by it. It is very wonderful to find the Holy God casting the mantle...

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Day 30 - Genesis 30

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 30. DEVOTIONAL: "The Lord has blessed me for thy sake." -Genesis 30:27 Laban requested the longer stay of Jacob because he felt sure that the Divine blessings had been brought by, him into his home. It was a selfish, low motive for desiring the postponement of his departure; and Laban was destined, alas! to be terribly undeceived. ...

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Day 29 - Genesis 29

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 29. DEVOTIONAL: "And Laban said, It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn."Genesis 29:26 We do not excuse Laban for his dishonesty, but we scruple not to learn from the custom which he quoted as his excuse. There are some things which must be taken in order, and if we would win the second we m...

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