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Sunrise over Mountains


Genesis 40:1-23, 35:28-29; 41:1-57

Reading Time: 15-20 Minutes


with Pastor Sylvia Laughlin (6 minutes)

JAN 15, 2023




Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. ~2 Corinthians 5:17


"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic to which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Everyone in my country knows the pledge and can mindlessly recite it when asked. But many don’t believe it, and few adhere to it. Every nation and empire crumbles from within. Often the empire arises unified under a man, a vision, or a belief. Once power is achieved, division occurs, and weakness ensues. The current rancor in our nation is awful and hateful. It goes far beyond the leaders of either side. Go on social media and hate towards the other side is what you will find. This holds true for politics and nations, but also for Christianity. In Galatians 3:28, we read, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” God’s Word unifies, man traditions divides. Augustine has been credited with saying, “In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things, charity.” But in our biblically illiterate society no one knows or understands what the essentials are. Even the leaders of many denominations boldly make statements which clearly contradict God’s Word. What God has simplified, man has complicated. Where God has given us a clear path, man has wrongly created multiple false paths, sadly often doing so in the name of God.

Though Pharoah worshiped false gods as did much of Egypt, when faced with impending doom as predicted by the dreams of Pharoah, then interpreted by God through Joseph, the nation unified. We read of the dreams and their interpretations in Genesis 41:17-32. We see the response of Pharoah in Genesis 41:38-41, “And Pharoah said to his servants, “Can we find such a one as this man in whom is the Spirit of God?” Then Pharoah said to Joseph, “Inasmuch as God has shown you all of this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you. You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you.” And Pharoah said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.” Through Joseph, Egypt survived and thrived during the famine, because they became “one Nation under God.” When Jesus was miraculously healing people, he came under attack from the religious leaders. We read His response in Matthew 12:25, “But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.” Jesus concludes this section in 12:30, “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.”

The only perfect government will be a monarchy during the Millennial Kingdom, with King Jesus on the throne as depicted in Revelation 20:4-6. Unfortunately, many who claim to be under God have taken up positions against those that God stands for. God has bestowed to us, His children, His Word, His love letter to us. We don’t deserve this and have not earned it, but we have lovingly been given it. But this love letter must be opened and read and meditated upon if it is to transform hearts and minds. We can continue to follow man and various leaders to our peril, or we can choose to follow God unified under the truth of the Bible.


"If you can’t fly, then run, If you can’t run, then walk, If you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward." - Martin Luther King Jr.

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