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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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Day 28 - Genesis 28

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 28. DEVOTIONAL: "Behold a Ladder set up on the Earth, and the top of it reached to Heaven." -Genesis 28:12 All men feel that earth and heaven touch at the horizons of the distant past and future; but we ought to feel that the present moment of time and this bit of the world's surface are linked with heaven. This is what the ladder ...

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Day 27 - Genesis 27

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 27. DEVOTIONAL: "Esau cried with an exceeding great and bitter cry." -Genesis 27:34 On this incident the writer to the Hebrews founds the impressive lesson, that the choices of the past may cast a bitter and irrevocable shadow on all our future. When he afterward desired to inherit blessing he was rejected; for he found no place of...

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Day 26 - Genesis 26

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 26. DEVOTIONAL: "Because that Abraham obeyed My Voice and kept My Charge." - Genesis 26:5 It is awful to realize how our sins may repeat themselves in our children. Here is Isaac following in the precise steps of Abraham, who had acted in a similar manner towards Sarah when entering Egypt. In each case there was a sad lapse of fait...

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Day 25 - Genesis 25

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 25. DEVOTIONAL: "Isaac dwelt by the well Lahai-roi."Genesis 25:11 Hagar had once found deliverance there and Ishmael had drank from the water so graciously revealed by the God who liveth and seeth the sons of men; but this was a merely casual visit, such as worldlings pay to the Lord in times of need, when it serves their turn. The...

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Day 24 - Genesis 24

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 24. DEVOTIONAL: "I being in the way, the Lord led me." Genesis24:27 We have to be so one with God that we do not continually need to ask for guidance. Sanctification means that we are made the children of God, and the natural life of a child is obedience until he wishes to be disobedient, then instantly there is ...

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Day 23 - Genesis 23

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 23. DEVOTIONAL: "I am a Stranger and a Sojourner." -Genesis 23:4 The minute details of this purchase are recorded to emphasize the fact that, though the whole land was Abraham's by the Divine gift, he would not enter on its possession until God's time was come. We may be sure of certain blessingsours in God's safe keepingthough the...

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Day 22 - Genesis 22

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 22. DEVOTIONAL: Abraham built an altar; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar Genesis 22:9 This event is a picture of the mistake we make in thinking that the ultimate God wants of us is the sacrifice of death. What God wants is the sacrificethroughdeath which enables us to do what Jesus did, that is, sac...

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Day 21 - Genesis 21

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 21. DEVOTIONAL: "And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me."Genesis 21:6 It was far above the power of nature, and even contrary to its laws, that the aged Sarah should be honoured with a son; and even so it is beyond all ordinary rules that I, a poor, helpless, undone sinner, should find...

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Day 20 - Genesis 20

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 20. DEVOTIONAL: "I also withheld thee from sinning against Me." -Genesis 20:6 As we review our lives, we can see many occasions on which our feet had well-nigh goneour steps were on the very brink of the precipice. Another inch, and we should have brought shame on Christ and lasting remorse to ourselves. To what can we attribute ou...

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Day 19 - Genesis 19

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 19. DEVOTIONAL: "Abraham got up early to the place where he stood before the Lord, and looked." -Genesis 19:27 There was not much sleep that night for this loyal heart! With the spring of day he was where, probably, Lot, years before, had looked on the face of the country, and beheld it as a garden of the Lord. But how great the ...

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Day 18 - Genesis 18

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 18. DEVOTIONAL: "Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing?" Genesis 18:17 The Delights of His Friendship.Genesis 18 brings out the delight of true friendship with God, as compared with simply feeling His presence occasionally in prayer. This friendship means being so intimately in touch with God that you never even need ...

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Day 17 - Genesis 17

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 17. DEVOTIONAL: "Walk before me and be thou Perfect" -Genesis 17:1 God precedes his commands with such revelations of Himself, that obedience is rendered easily possible. Before calling Abram to perfection, He described himself as El Shaddai, the Almighty. What may we not do if we learn to avail ourselves of the all might of God?...

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Day 16 - Genesis 16

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 16. The Bible's main way of talking about God's relationship to humanity is the image of a partnership. This video on covenants traces the way God entered into a series of formal relationships with various human partners in order to rescue the world through Jesus, the ultimate covenant partner. DEVOTIONAL: "Return to thy Mistress...

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Day 15 - Genesis 15

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 15. DEVOTIONAL: "When the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and behold, horror and great darkness fell upon him." Genesis 15:12

Whenever God gives a vision to a Christian, it is as if He puts him in "the shadow of His hand" (Isaiah 49:2). The saint's duty is to be still and listen. Ther...

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Day 14 - Genesis 14

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 14. DEVOTIONAL: "And he blessed him and said:"Blessed be Abram of God Most High,Possessor of heaven and earth;-Genesis 14:19 It was to Melchizedek, the lonely king-priest living outside the busy rush of the world, that this new name of God was given. There are some to whom God gives these direct revelations of Himself, that they ma...

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Day 13 - Genesis 13

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 13. DEVOTIONAL: "If you take the left, then I will go to the right; or, if you go to the right, then I will go to the left." Genesis 13:9

As soon as you begin to live the life of faith in God, fascinating and physically gratifying possibilities will open up before you. These things are yours by right, but if you ar...

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Day 12 - Genesis 12

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 12. Below is a helpful overview of the second section of Genesis, published by The Bible Project. DEVOTIONAL: "And hepitched his tent, having Beth-el on the west and Ai on the east: and there he builded an altar." Genesis 12:8

Worship is giving God the best that He has given you. Be careful what you do with th...

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Day 11 - Genesis 11

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 11. DEVOTIONAL: "Come,let Us go down and thereconfuse their language, that they may not understand one another's speech."Genesis 11:7 God comes down into human life. Though the world is corrupt and full of violence; though his arch-enemy has taught man to dread and hate Him; though attempts are on foot to resist Him in open rebelli...

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Day 10 - Genesis 10

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 10. DEVOTIONAL: "From thesethe coastlandpeoplesof the Gentiles were separated into their lands, everyone according to his language, according to their families, into their nations."Genesis 10:5 Few realize the treasures that lie in this heap of names. This chapter is the key to ancient histories and contains many of the names that ...

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Day 9 - Genesis 9

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 9. DEVOTIONAL: "I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between Me and the earth."Genesis9:13 It is the will of God that human beings should get into moral relationship with Him, and His covenants are for this purpose. "Why does not God save me?" He has saved me, but I have not entered into relations...

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Day 8 - Genesis 8

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 8. DEVOTIONAL: "The dove came in to him in the evening." Genesis 8:11

Blessed be the Lord for another day of mercy, even though I am now weary with its toils. Unto the preserver of men lift I my song of gratitude. The dove found no rest out of the ark, and therefore returned to it; and my soul has learned yet more fu...

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Day 7 - Genesis 7

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 7. DEVOTIONAL: "The Lord shut him in." Genesis 7:16

Noah was shut in away from all the world by the hand of divine love. The door of electing purpose interposes between us and the world which lieth in the wicked one. We are not of the world even as our Lord Jesus was not of the world. Into the sin, the gaiety, the purs...

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Day 6 - Genesis 6

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 6. DEVOTIONAL: "This is the genealogy of Noah.Noah was a just man,perfect in his generations. Noahwalked with God." Genesis 6:9

The eyes of God went to and fro over the ancient world, where sin reigned unchecked, to discover one grateful spectacle. But they were doomed to disappointment, till they lighted on Noah. He f...

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Day 5 - Genesis 5

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 5. DEVOTIONAL: "Enoch walked with God." Genesis 5:24

The test of a man's religious life and character is not what he does in the exceptional moments of life, but what he does in the ordinary times, when there is nothing tremendous or exciting on. The worth of a man is revealed in his attitude to ordinary things when he...

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Day 4 - Genesis 4

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 4. DEVOTIONAL: "Abel was a keeper of sheep." Genesis 4:2 As a shepherd Abelsanctified his work to the glory of God, and offered a sacrifice of blood upon his altar, and the Lord had respect unto Abel and his offering.This early type of our Lord is exceedingly clear and distinct. Like the first streak of light which tinges the east ...

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Day 3 - Genesis 3

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 3. DEVOTIONAL: "Thevoice of theLordGod walking in the garden in thecool of the day." Genesis 3:8 Thus God started man in an ideal home. Memories of Eden, exquisite as dreams, weave the background of human life. Fellowship with the Creator, who walked its glades; its river, trees, and fruits; its blessed companionship; its light and...

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Day 2 - Genesis 2

For today, read throughGenesis chapter 2. While yesterday's video from The Bible Project provided an overview of the first section of Genesis, today's video gives some insight into the overall theme of the beginning of this book. DEVOTIONAL: "Then theLordGod tookthe man and put him in the garden of Eden totend and keep it." Genesis 2:15 Thus God started man in an ide...

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Day 1 - Genesis 1

For today, read through Genesis chapter 1. Below is a helpful overview of the first section of Genesis, published by The Bible Project. DEVOTIONAL: "And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness."Genesis 1:4 Light might well be good since it sprang from that fiat of goodness, "Let there be light." We who enjoy it should be more ...

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