January 15, 2021

God's Good Purposes

Genesis 46–50

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Joseph Brings His Family to Egypt

So Israel took his journey with all that he had and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. And God spoke to Israel in visions of the...

Joseph Brings His Family to Egypt

So Israel took his journey with all that he had and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. And God spoke to Israel in visions of the night and said, “Jacob, Jacob.” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make you into a great nation. I myself will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also bring you up again, and Joseph's hand shall close your eyes.”

Then Jacob set out from Beersheba. The sons of Israel carried Jacob their father, their little ones, and their wives, in the wagons that Pharaoh had sent to carry him. They also took their livestock and their goods, which they had gained in the land of Canaan, and came into Egypt, Jacob and all his offspring with him, his sons, and his sons' sons with him, his daughters, and his sons' daughters. All his offspring he brought with him into Egypt.

Now these are the names of the descendants of Israel, who came into Egypt, Jacob and his sons. Reuben, Jacob's firstborn, and the sons of Reuben: Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi. 10 The sons of Simeon: Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jachin, Zohar, and Shaul, the son of a Canaanite woman. 11 The sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari. 12 The sons of Judah: Er, Onan, Shelah, Perez, and Zerah (but Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan); and the sons of Perez were Hezron and Hamul. 13 The sons of Issachar: Tola, Puvah, Yob, and Shimron. 14 The sons of Zebulun: Sered, Elon, and Jahleel. 15 These are the sons of Leah, whom she bore to Jacob in Paddan-aram, together with his daughter Dinah; altogether his sons and his daughters numbered thirty-three.

16 The sons of Gad: Ziphion, Haggi, Shuni, Ezbon, Eri, Arodi, and Areli. 17 The sons of Asher: Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi, Beriah, with Serah their sister. And the sons of Beriah: Heber and Malchiel. 18 These are the sons of Zilpah, whom Laban gave to Leah his daughter; and these she bore to Jacob—sixteen persons.

19 The sons of Rachel, Jacob's wife: Joseph and Benjamin. 20 And to Joseph in the land of Egypt were born Manasseh and Ephraim, whom Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera the priest of On, bore to him. 21 And the sons of Benjamin: Bela, Becher, Ashbel, Gera, Naaman, Ehi, Rosh, Muppim, Huppim, and Ard. 22 These are the sons of Rachel, who were born to Jacob—fourteen persons in all.

23 The son 1 of Dan: Hushim. 24 The sons of Naphtali: Jahzeel, Guni, Jezer, and Shillem. 25 These are the sons of Bilhah, whom Laban gave to Rachel his daughter, and these she bore to Jacob—seven persons in all.

26 All the persons belonging to Jacob who came into Egypt, who were his own descendants, not including Jacob's sons' wives, were sixty-six persons in all. 27 And the sons of Joseph, who were born to him in Egypt, were two. All the persons of the house of Jacob who came into Egypt were seventy.

Jacob and Joseph Reunited

28 He had sent Judah ahead of him to Joseph to show the way before him in Goshen, and they came into the land of Goshen. 29 Then Joseph prepared his chariot and went up to meet Israel his father in Goshen. He presented himself to him and fell on his neck and wept on his neck a good while. 30 Israel said to Joseph, “Now let me die, since I have seen your face and know that you are still alive.” 31 Joseph said to his brothers and to his father's household, “I will go up and tell Pharaoh and will say to him, ‘My brothers and my father's household, who were in the land of Canaan, have come to me. 32 And the men are shepherds, for they have been keepers of livestock, and they have brought their flocks and their herds and all that they have.’ 33 When Pharaoh calls you and says, ‘What is your occupation?’ 34 you shall say, ‘Your servants have been keepers of livestock from our youth even until now, both we and our fathers,’ in order that you may dwell in the land of Goshen, for every shepherd is an abomination to the Egyptians.”

Jacob's Family Settles in Goshen

So Joseph went in and told Pharaoh, “My father and my brothers, with their flocks and herds and all that they possess, have come from the land of Canaan. They are now in the land of Goshen.” And from among his brothers he took five men and presented them to Pharaoh. Pharaoh said to his brothers, “What is your occupation?” And they said to Pharaoh, “Your servants are shepherds, as our fathers were.” They said to Pharaoh, “We have come to sojourn in the land, for there is no pasture for your servants' flocks, for the famine is severe in the land of Canaan. And now, please let your servants dwell in the land of Goshen.” Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Your father and your brothers have come to you. The land of Egypt is before you. Settle your father and your brothers in the best of the land. Let them settle in the land of Goshen, and if you know any able men among them, put them in charge of my livestock.”

Then Joseph brought in Jacob his father and stood him before Pharaoh, and Jacob blessed Pharaoh. And Pharaoh said to Jacob, “How many are the days of the years of your life?” And Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The days of the years of my sojourning are 130 years. Few and evil have been the days of the years of my life, and they have not attained to the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their sojourning.” 10 And Jacob blessed Pharaoh and went out from the presence of Pharaoh. 11 Then Joseph settled his father and his brothers and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded. 12 And Joseph provided his father, his brothers, and all his father's household with food, according to the number of their dependents.

Joseph and the Famine

13 Now there was no food in all the land, for the famine was very severe, so that the land of Egypt and the land of Canaan languished by reason of the famine. 14 And Joseph gathered up all the money that was found in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan, in exchange for the grain that they bought. And Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh's house. 15 And when the money was all spent in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came to Joseph and said, “Give us food. Why should we die before your eyes? For our money is gone.” 16 And Joseph answered, “Give your livestock, and I will give you food in exchange for your livestock, if your money is gone.” 17 So they brought their livestock to Joseph, and Joseph gave them food in exchange for the horses, the flocks, the herds, and the donkeys. He supplied them with food in exchange for all their livestock that year. 18 And when that year was ended, they came to him the following year and said to him, “We will not hide from my lord that our money is all spent. The herds of livestock are my lord's. There is nothing left in the sight of my lord but our bodies and our land. 19 Why should we die before your eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land for food, and we with our land will be servants to Pharaoh. And give us seed that we may live and not die, and that the land may not be desolate.”

20 So Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh, for all the Egyptians sold their fields, because the famine was severe on them. The land became Pharaoh's. 21 As for the people, he made servants of them 2 from one end of Egypt to the other. 22 Only the land of the priests he did not buy, for the priests had a fixed allowance from Pharaoh and lived on the allowance that Pharaoh gave them; therefore they did not sell their land.

23 Then Joseph said to the people, “Behold, I have this day bought you and your land for Pharaoh. Now here is seed for you, and you shall sow the land. 24 And at the harvests you shall give a fifth to Pharaoh, and four fifths shall be your own, as seed for the field and as food for yourselves and your households, and as food for your little ones.” 25 And they said, “You have saved our lives; may it please my lord, we will be servants to Pharaoh.” 26 So Joseph made it a statute concerning the land of Egypt, and it stands to this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth; the land of the priests alone did not become Pharaoh's.

27 Thus Israel settled in the land of Egypt, in the land of Goshen. And they gained possessions in it, and were fruitful and multiplied greatly. 28 And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years. So the days of Jacob, the years of his life, were 147 years.

29 And when the time drew near that Israel must die, he called his son Joseph and said to him, “If now I have found favor in your sight, put your hand under my thigh and promise to deal kindly and truly with me. Do not bury me in Egypt, 30 but let me lie with my fathers. Carry me out of Egypt and bury me in their burying place.” He answered, “I will do as you have said.” 31 And he said, “Swear to me”; and he swore to him. Then Israel bowed himself upon the head of his bed. 3

Jacob Blesses Ephraim and Manasseh

After this, Joseph was told, “Behold, your father is ill.” So he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim. And it was told to Jacob, “Your son Joseph has come to you.” Then Israel summoned his strength and sat up in bed. And Jacob said to Joseph, “God Almighty 4 appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me, and said to me, ‘Behold, I will make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will make of you a company of peoples and will give this land to your offspring after you for an everlasting possession.’ And now your two sons, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; Ephraim and Manasseh shall be mine, as Reuben and Simeon are. And the children that you fathered after them shall be yours. They shall be called by the name of their brothers in their inheritance. As for me, when I came from Paddan, to my sorrow Rachel died in the land of Canaan on the way, when there was still some distance 5 to go to Ephrath, and I buried her there on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).”

When Israel saw Joseph's sons, he said, “Who are these?” Joseph said to his father, “They are my sons, whom God has given me here.” And he said, “Bring them to me, please, that I may bless them.” 10 Now the eyes of Israel were dim with age, so that he could not see. So Joseph brought them near him, and he kissed them and embraced them. 11 And Israel said to Joseph, “I never expected to see your face; and behold, God has let me see your offspring also.” 12 Then Joseph removed them from his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth. 13 And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel's left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel's right hand, and brought them near him. 14 And Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it on the head of Ephraim, who was the younger, and his left hand on the head of Manasseh, crossing his hands (for Manasseh was the firstborn). 15 And he blessed Joseph and said,

“The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked,
    the God who has been my shepherd all my life long to this day,
16  the angel who has redeemed me from all evil, bless the boys;
    and in them let my name be carried on, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac;
    and let them grow into a multitude 6 in the midst of the earth.”

17 When Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on the head of Ephraim, it displeased him, and he took his father's hand to move it from Ephraim's head to Manasseh's head. 18 And Joseph said to his father, “Not this way, my father; since this one is the firstborn, put your right hand on his head.” 19 But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know. He also shall become a people, and he also shall be great. Nevertheless, his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his offspring shall become a multitude 7 of nations.” 20 So he blessed them that day, saying,

“By you Israel will pronounce blessings, saying,
‘God make you as Ephraim and as Manasseh.’”

Thus he put Ephraim before Manasseh. 21 Then Israel said to Joseph, “Behold, I am about to die, but God will be with you and will bring you again to the land of your fathers. 22 Moreover, I have given to you rather than to your brothers one mountain slope 8 that I took from the hand of the Amorites with my sword and with my bow.”

Jacob Blesses His Sons

Then Jacob called his sons and said, “Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you what shall happen to you in days to come.

Assemble and listen, O sons of Jacob,
    listen to Israel your father.

Reuben, you are my firstborn,
    my might, and the firstfruits of my strength,
    preeminent in dignity and preeminent in power.
Unstable as water, you shall not have preeminence,
    because you went up to your father's bed;
    then you defiled it—he went up to my couch!

Simeon and Levi are brothers;
    weapons of violence are their swords.
Let my soul come not into their council;
    O my glory, be not joined to their company.
For in their anger they killed men,
    and in their willfulness they hamstrung oxen.
Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce,
    and their wrath, for it is cruel!
I will divide them in Jacob
    and scatter them in Israel.

Judah, your brothers shall praise you;
    your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies;
    your father's sons shall bow down before you.
Judah is a lion's cub;
    from the prey, my son, you have gone up.
He stooped down; he crouched as a lion
    and as a lioness; who dares rouse him?
10  The scepter shall not depart from Judah,
    nor the ruler's staff from between his feet,
until tribute comes to him; 9
    and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.
11  Binding his foal to the vine
    and his donkey's colt to the choice vine,
he has washed his garments in wine
    and his vesture in the blood of grapes.
12  His eyes are darker than wine,
    and his teeth whiter than milk.

13  Zebulun shall dwell at the shore of the sea;
    he shall become a haven for ships,
    and his border shall be at Sidon.

14  Issachar is a strong donkey,
    crouching between the sheepfolds. 10
15  He saw that a resting place was good,
    and that the land was pleasant,
so he bowed his shoulder to bear,
    and became a servant at forced labor.

16  Dan shall judge his people
    as one of the tribes of Israel.
17  Dan shall be a serpent in the way,
    a viper by the path,
that bites the horse's heels
    so that his rider falls backward.
18  I wait for your salvation, O LORD.

19  Raiders shall raid Gad, 11
    but he shall raid at their heels.

20  Asher's food shall be rich,
    and he shall yield royal delicacies.

21  Naphtali is a doe let loose
    that bears beautiful fawns. 12

22  Joseph is a fruitful bough,
    a fruitful bough by a spring;
    his branches run over the wall. 13
23  The archers bitterly attacked him,
    shot at him, and harassed him severely,
24  yet his bow remained unmoved;
    his arms 14 were made agile
by the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob
    (from there is the Shepherd, 15 the Stone of Israel),
25  by the God of your father who will help you,
    by the Almighty 16 who will bless you
    with blessings of heaven above,
blessings of the deep that crouches beneath,
    blessings of the breasts and of the womb.
26  The blessings of your father
    are mighty beyond the blessings of my parents,
    up to the bounties of the everlasting hills. 17
May they be on the head of Joseph,
    and on the brow of him who was set apart from his brothers.

27  Benjamin is a ravenous wolf,
    in the morning devouring the prey
    and at evening dividing the spoil.”

Jacob's Death and Burial

28 All these are the twelve tribes of Israel. This is what their father said to them as he blessed them, blessing each with the blessing suitable to him. 29 Then he commanded them and said to them, “I am to be gathered to my people; bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite, 30 in the cave that is in the field at Machpelah, to the east of Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field from Ephron the Hittite to possess as a burying place. 31 There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife. There they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife, and there I buried Leah— 32 the field and the cave that is in it were bought from the Hittites.” 33 When Jacob finished commanding his sons, he drew up his feet into the bed and breathed his last and was gathered to his people.

Then Joseph fell on his father's face and wept over him and kissed him. And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father. So the physicians embalmed Israel. Forty days were required for it, for that is how many are required for embalming. And the Egyptians wept for him seventy days.

And when the days of weeping for him were past, Joseph spoke to the household of Pharaoh, saying, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, please speak in the ears of Pharaoh, saying, ‘My father made me swear, saying, “I am about to die: in my tomb that I hewed out for myself in the land of Canaan, there shall you bury me.” Now therefore, let me please go up and bury my father. Then I will return.’” And Pharaoh answered, “Go up, and bury your father, as he made you swear.” So Joseph went up to bury his father. With him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his household, and all the elders of the land of Egypt, as well as all the household of Joseph, his brothers, and his father's household. Only their children, their flocks, and their herds were left in the land of Goshen. And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen. It was a very great company. 10 When they came to the threshing floor of Atad, which is beyond the Jordan, they lamented there with a very great and grievous lamentation, and he made a mourning for his father seven days. 11 When the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning on the threshing floor of Atad, they said, “This is a grievous mourning by the Egyptians.” Therefore the place was named Abel-mizraim; 18 it is beyond the Jordan. 12 Thus his sons did for him as he had commanded them, 13 for his sons carried him to the land of Canaan and buried him in the cave of the field at Machpelah, to the east of Mamre, which Abraham bought with the field from Ephron the Hittite to possess as a burying place. 14 After he had buried his father, Joseph returned to Egypt with his brothers and all who had gone up with him to bury his father.

God's Good Purposes

15 When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “It may be that Joseph will hate us and pay us back for all the evil that we did to him.” 16 So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this command before he died: 17 ‘Say to Joseph, “Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.”’ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him. 18 His brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.” 19 But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? 20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people 19 should be kept alive, as they are today. 21 So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

The Death of Joseph

22 So Joseph remained in Egypt, he and his father's house. Joseph lived 110 years. 23 And Joseph saw Ephraim's children of the third generation. The children also of Machir the son of Manasseh were counted as Joseph's own. 20 24 And Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die, but God will visit you and bring you up out of this land to the land that he swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.” 25 Then Joseph made the sons of Israel swear, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here.” 26 So Joseph died, being 110 years old. They embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.

Footnotes

[1] 46:23 Hebrew sons
[2] 47:21 Samaritan, Septuagint, Vulgate; Hebrew he removed them to the cities
[3] 47:31 Hebrew; Septuagint staff
[4] 48:3 Hebrew El Shaddai
[5] 48:7 Or about two hours' distance
[6] 48:16 Or let them be like fish for multitude
[7] 48:19 Hebrew fullness
[8] 48:22 Or one portion of the land; Hebrew shekem, which sounds like the town and district called Shechem
[9] 49:10 By a slight revocalization; a slight emendation yields (compare Septuagint, Syriac, Targum) until he comes to whom it belongs; Hebrew until Shiloh comes, or until he comes to Shiloh
[10] 49:14 Or between its saddlebags
[11] 49:19 Gad sounds like the Hebrew for raiders and raid
[12] 49:21 Or he gives beautiful words, or that bears fawns of the fold
[13] 49:22 Or Joseph is a wild donkey, a wild donkey beside a spring, his wild colts beside the wall
[14] 49:24 Hebrew the arms of his hands
[15] 49:24 Or by the name of the Shepherd
[16] 49:25 Hebrew Shaddai
[17] 49:26 A slight emendation yields (compare Septuagint) the blessings of the eternal mountains, the bounties of the everlasting hills
[18] 50:11 Abel-mizraim means mourning (or meadow) of Egypt
[19] 50:20 Or a numerous people
[20] 50:23 Hebrew were born on Joseph's knees

God's Good Purposes



Key Verse | Genesis 50:19-21

But Joseph said to them, "Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones." Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

Bio | Tara Jensen

I was born and raised in Athens, Georgia. Go Dawgs! I've been married for 22 years to David, and we have two children: Sam and Faith. God used us to launch re|engage at our church in Dallas, Georgia, in 2017, and then the Lord unexpectedly moved us to Dallas, Texas, in June 2019. I now have the pleasure of serving with re|engage as a part of the Watermark Institute this year. God has redeemed my life in ways I never thought possible through suffering. His purposes are good, and His faithful love has no limit.

Central Truth

Evil cannot overcome God's good plan for your life and His glory.

Devotional | Genesis 46–50

Culture encourages living and making decisions according to our feelings—do what makes you happy. This mentality makes us god over our own lives. Joseph's brothers were evil to him, and...

Culture encourages living and making decisions according to our feelings—do what makes you happy. This mentality makes us god over our own lives. Joseph's brothers were evil to him, and Joseph suffered greatly after they sold him into slavery. But in Genesis 50:19, Joseph reminds his brothers that he is not God and has no right to seek revenge against them. He goes on to say that he sees God's goodness to him and to others in what they intended for evil. Joseph's response is the result of years of trusting and waiting on the Lord. He was sold by his brothers and waited 22 years to see God's good purposes revealed.

When I am wronged or suffering comes, I most naturally want to find a way to stop it. But we see in Genesis 39-45 that Joseph chose to trust God and continue serving Him faithfully through his suffering. Joseph was hurt by his brothers, but he trusted God's good purposes and didn't allow his feelings to lead him.

In 2006, I discovered my husband was pursuing another woman. I was devastated, and the culture around me immediately said, "Girl, you deserve better. Let him go." I'm deeply thankful for God's grace in protecting me from following my feelings. God did have better for me—for us both—and redeemed our lives and marriage from the pit, one faithful step at a time. God's will and perfect plan can always be trusted. There is no evil that can change His good purposes (Job 42:2).

We see this in the life of Jesus as well. In Acts 4:27-28, we are reminded that Jesus died on the cross according to God's power and will. We all know God's good purposes in the evil done to Jesus. As God used Joseph to save many people from death, God made a way for us all to be rescued from our slavery to sin in the perfect sacrifice of Jesus' life on the cross (2 Corinthians 5:21).

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Discussion Questions

1. In what areas of your life have you allowed the culture to inaccurately shape your view of God or your circumstances? Do you most often follow your feelings or God's truth?

2. Joseph became an advocate and protector for those who failed to protect him. How does Joseph's heart of forgiveness and faith in God challenge you in your own suffering?

3. Write down the ways you can see God's good purposes for suffering in your life. Thank God for His good plan and pray that He will continue to reveal His good purposes to you.

9 Comments available

Michael Scaman 5 months ago

“Jacob, Jacob.” And he said, “Here I am.” God speaks to Jacob in terms of close familiarity repeating Jacob’s name twice as an encouragement.

Doubling a name suggests familiarity.

Michael Scaman 5 months ago

Genesis starts with a garden and end with a coffin. Redemption needed.

Maddox Linder 5 months ago

Great job with this message! This being the first time I read through this part of scripture, I was amazed at the calmness and security Joseph felt in the midst of his dying father and sinful brothers. It is awesome how he trusted God and was a vessel for His plan by providing for Jacob’s family and forgiving his brothers.

Linda Green 5 months ago

Thank you, Tara, to be willing to live these verses and let God bring good. So thankful that He redeems our broken lives when we commit them to Him. Your key verse is one of my favorites.

Question 2 is powerful- thinking of my believing grandmother caring for her dying father who had abandoned his wife and nine children many years earlier.

Bill Roberson linked Romans 8:31 “…If God be for us, who can be against us?” to Genesis 50:20. Great verses to combat fear of man.

Sue Bohlin 5 months ago

Thanks, Tara.

I had to chuckle at 46:28 in NLT. “As they neared their destination, Jacob sent Judah ahead to meet Joseph and get directions to the region of Goshen.”

It’s in the Bible: men CAN ask for directions! Ha!

Greg Jones 5 months ago

“Gather around so I can tell you what will happen to you in days to come.“(Genesis49:1)

This is predictive prophecy by Jacob for his sons, Israel, Judah and Joseph getting the most words. Prophecy associated to patterns develops later.

Genesis lays a foundation. Separate tribes will come together to claim a land. A short lasting monarchy will develop. Division will follow, two nations will emerge. A Northern kingdom defeated will be dispersed, lost, spread throughout the Assyrian empire. Judah and temple remain to be later defeated/exiled by Babylonians. After 70 year exile-return 2nd temple Judah is established.

The Genesis-No nation yet, no religion yet, just dysfunction and acknowledgment of a certain God with primal worship mixed in.

Mustard seed faith…oh and Jacob gave Joseph a separate mountain.(Genesis48:22)

Hope Harris 5 months ago

GM JTJ Peeps,

This morning I am focused on the Blessing The story of Genesis prompts me to consider God’s plan to redeem and reclaim through Jacobs blessing upon his sons.

Secondly I am reminded that within the Jewish tradition people are encouraged to bless God for every aspect of their daily experience. This in turn can create an attitude of gratitude. Most often this expression of Blessing G_d starts with this short prayer:

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה’ אֱ-לֹהֵינוּ, מֶלֶך הָעוֹלָם…

Transliteration: Barukh ata Adonai Eloheinu, melekh ha’olam…

Translation: “Blessed are You, LORD our God, King of the universe…”

I will leave you with my favorite version of the Elevation Worship song the Blessing.

https://youtu.be/OA1tVs7VNcY

Hugh Stephenson 5 months ago

Q3 – My purpose was peace, comfort and security. But God had a better idea. He loves me so much that He has provided to me purpose, plans and passion. He uses His refining fire to burn off impurities and to sanctify me for His work, (Zechariah 13:9, 1 Peter 1:6-7, James 1:2-4, Romans 5:3-5, Isaiah 30:20-21)

Hugh Stephenson 5 months ago

Q1 – Pre-Watermark/salvation my views were largely cultural views; God was distant and uninvolved most of the time. I was only roughly familiar with being made “in God’s image”, (Genesis 1:26-27). How incredibly liberating it has been to have a much more accurate understanding of who He is and therefore who I am, https://www.gotquestions.org/image-of-God.html, https://reasons.org/explore/publications/nrtb-e-zine/read/nrtb-e-zine/2011/08/01/imago-dei-what-does-it-mean.

The culture gives me one view of my circumstances; I say more. He says enough.

I don’t have enough _______ so I need more. More, more, MORE!!

God PROMISES me He is ENOUGH. Sufficient, sovereign and supreme, (2 Corinthians 12:9).

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