JANUARY 27, 2023 ~ THEMATIC JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE
JANUARY 27 READING…GENESIS 47 & MATTHEW 21
It is the way and intent of the Lord to bless the world through His people. Our theme today is that the Lord has put us here on the earth to be a blessing…even to the unbelievers. Primarily we are to bless our brothers and sisters in Christ, but we are also to be a blessing to all people. The greatest way we can bless the lost community around us is to share with them the Gospel of Jesus. Joseph blesses his family with the position that God put him in, but he also blesses Pharaoh. Joseph’s wisdom made Pharaoh the richest and most powerful man in the world. By the time of our reading Pharaoh had acquired all the wealth, land, and livestock of the land of Egypt. Were it not for the preparation of Joseph from the dream God gave Pharaoh, Pharaoh would not have been in the position to gain such wealth and power. Joseph’s position allowed him to bless his family, and assure his father that he would be buried back in his land. We are to be a people used of God to bless others…we have not been blessed to boast of our blessings…we have been blessed to be a blessing.
Jesus enters Jerusalem in Matthew 21…about to go through a week that will lead to the cross, a tomb, and the Resurrection. Jesus’ whole life was about making it possible for mankind to know the ultimate blessings of God. Sadly, the same people He came to bless, who cheered Him as He entered Jerusalem, would be there to condemn Him in just a few short days. They were like we are…they wanted a Messiah who would bless them the way they wanted to be bless. It is God who decides for us what blessings we receive, not we ourselves. Mankind perverts everything that is holy from God…Jesus shows this by cleaning out the temple. He speaks to the fig tree, and curses it. He condemns the religious leaders, who have lead the people astray, and away from the blessings of God, into an empty and powerless religion. They rejected Jesus, not seeing that the ultimate blessing for any of us is to know Jesus as Lord and Savior.
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TOMORROW’S READING…GENESIS 48-49 & MATTHEW 22