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Sometimes, I'm pleasantly surprised by the complementary themes in our OT and NT readings. Today is one of those days. In Genesis 40:8 and 41:16, Joseph explains that any wisdom he possesses is not from himself, but from God. This theme is also in our NT reading today in Jesus' explanation of His parable of the sower. From MT 13:23, those who receive seed on the good soil (like Joseph for example) "hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces".

I like the Proverbs reading today much more than David's Psalm. In Proverbs we are instructed in the importance our Lord places in being humble. Contrast that with David's attitude in his Psalm, which I find almost offensive. Doesn't David seem opposite of humble? Yes, his prayer acknowledges God, but isn't his attitude almost self-righteous? Almost telling God rather than seeking to listen to God?

Many times at work, I feel surrounded like David was. I am actually going to copy this Psalm and bring to work. My prayers have been answered in the past, pray for me now! I am going to need it.

I really have enjoyed the Bible teachings lately. I pray that or will be as humble as Joseph. I'm just thankful that my workplace that God has blessed me with a wonderful job I don't believe it's in
don't believe it's in my ability or anything I think it's really from God has blessed me at my work jobs in workplace in that he is no respecter person and he
will bless anyone who seeks him word and his name he honors all


Genesis 39-41:16

I’m not sure if my brain is functioning so early this morning, and maybe I’m hallucinating, but again I’m seeing something in the text that I have certainly read but never seen before, which ties into the admonishment in the Book of Isaiah Jesus refers to in today’s New Testament reading:
He said, "Go and tell these people: 'Listen continually, but don't understand! Look continually, but don't perceive!' Make the hearts of these people calloused; make their ears deaf and their eyes blind! Otherwise they might see with their eyes and hear with their ears, their hearts might understand and they might repent and be healed."
(Isaiah 6:9-10 NET.)

Joseph’s story is a picture of the world of the believer and the traps and temptations that God’s people faced before Messiah and after Messiah. This story also points to the coming salvation of God’s people, Israel and spiritual Israel, the church, and toward the Hope of the world, Jesus Christ (I think what I just said is redundant). One of these illustrations is the suffering servant, for doing right (righteous) and dealing in truth, Joseph is taunted by sin and then sin’s lies has him imprisoned. Jesus came to deal with our sin and paid the price by hanging on a tree, going down into the prison of death, the grave, he conquered it and sin, then rose from the grave. Joseph rose up from his death in the prison.

The number seven, seven cows, seven heads of wheat, represents the fullness of time, when the time was right Jacob showed up to interpret the dream and that interpretation, born of God, would deliver the people from the death of lack of bread. One of Jesus’ name is the Bread of Life.

But when the proper time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born subject to [the regulations of] the Law,
(Galatians 4:4 AMP)

Everything in this narrative relates to Jesus Christ, everything. As we read though the Old Testament, we will see types and shadows of the things to come (for those who are new to reading through the Bible that are alluded to in these couple of chapters. We will read about the sacrifice system (cows) God places in the Temple, we will read about the fruit of the Vine (New Wine-in the New Testament) and the “grain” offering that is given allusion to with Pharaoh’s cup bearer (wine) and his baker (his bread contains yeast, which represents the world’s sin).

All of this stuff may have been written about in commentaries, but I’ve said this before and I’ll probably repeat it often, “Revelation is not revelation until it is revelation to you.”

I am so excited that I can hardly sit still long enough to finish typing this out so again,

Grace and peace,
Ramona

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