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Sunrise over Mountains

TODAYS BIBLE READING:
 

Genesis 45:16-47:27

Reading Time: 15-20 Minutes

BREAD CRUMBS COMMENTARY FOR TODAYS READING

with Pastor Jed Robyn (3 minutes)

jan 17, 2023

DAY 17 IN THE APP

TODAYS WORSHIP

THIS WEEKS MEMORY VERSE

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

A FEW THOUGHTS...

As God’s ambassadors on earth, we come from a position to the ungodly possessing something that they don’t have. We mistakenly allow earthly distinctions to override God’s distinctions. When boldness is called for, we all too often act sheepishly. As God’s ambassadors, we get to bless others. This means godly children get to bless godless parents, godly employees get to bless godless employers. May we never forget our calling as Peter stated it in 1 Peter 2:9, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;”.

We read in Genesis 47:7-10, “Then Joseph brought in his father Jacob and set him before Pharoah; and Jacob blessed Pharoah. Pharoah said to Jacob, “How old are you?” And Jacob said to Pharoah, “The days of the years of my pilgrimage are one hundred and thirty 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 pilgrimage.” So Jacob blessed Pharoah, and went out from before Pharoah.” Who was Pharoah? The leader of the world. Who was Jacob? A poor, old Bedouin from a famine-stricken land. Yet who blessed who? Jacob, who from every earthly vantage point was far inferior, blessed Pharoah. Jacob has something far superior to anything that Pharoah had. He had a relationship with the One, True God.

We miss this fact constantly. Appearances are not everything. We, as Christians, should not be intimidated by social stature, appearances, or position. When Jesus resides in our hearts, our power exceeds that of any non-believer. As His ambassadors, as His priests we not only have the ability to bless, we have the power to bless. All too often we forget this, and approach others intimidated because of position. We read in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear (but the Greek word used actually means timidity), but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Paul realized this, that it was not his strength, but the Holy Spirit who resided within him who gave him strength, as Paul remarked in 2 Corinthians 12:10, “Therefore I take pleasures in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” Lastly, if you fear you won’t have the right words to say, remember the promise from Jesus, Himself in Matthew 10:19-20, “But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.” We have the power of the Holy Spirit, but He will not override our free will. It is up to us to leave behind intimidation and to walk forth boldly in His strength.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

"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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