23 01 2011

DAY TWENTY-TWO : Genesis 43 v. 1 – 44 v. 34; Matthew 15 v. 10 – 39; Psalm 13 v. 1 – 6


SECOND JOURNEY TO EGYPT – Judah manages to persuade Jacob to let him take Benjamin to Egypt. Judah, partly responsible for Joseph being sold into slavery now seeks to make amends by promising “I myself will guarantee his safety.”
Joseph invites them all for a special dinner (and they are all afraid of the favour they are bing shown, suspicious of Joseph’s motives.
Joseph is choked with emotion to see his younger brother, Benjamin, and to see all the brothers bowing down before him.
“Joseph hurried out and looked for a place to weep. He went into his private room and wept there.”

THE HIDDEN SILVER CUP – the trick….a silver cup is placed in Benjamin’s sack. When it is discovered, all the brothers return to see Jospeh, as the risk is that Benjamin will become a slave in Egypt (as Joseph had, of course). Judah pleads for Benjamin and offers himself in exchange. How he has changed…

MATTHEW – Jesus states that the Pharisees just don’t get it – they don’t see it ! ‘If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.’
Jesus states that ‘eating with unwashed hands’ does not make us unclean, but the stuff within (evil thoughts, murder, adultery…). 

THE CANAANITE WOMAN – this passage has always intrigued me. It appears she helps change Jesus’s mind that He is not here just for ‘the lost sheep of Israel’ but for all. Certainly her faith is an inspiration to us, to keep seeking Jesus. Her daughter is healed.

JESUS FEEDS FOUR THOUSAND – repeating a previous ‘trick’. Another great crowd, all gathered for healing miracles, have been with Him for up to three days. Jesus takes the bread, gives thanks, breaks the bread and passes it out (this pattern of blessing, breaking and passing bread around will be repeated many, many times over).

PSALM 13  – the psalmist’s cry is ‘how long, O Lord’ before we see some of the things we hope for.  ‘But in Your unfailing love I trust; my heart rejoices in Your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for He has been so good to me.’

My recreated thoughts :

Bread is blessed, broken, shared
The cup of salvation is bought at a price
Freedom is what……..?
Freedom from what……?
Jesus wants us to be completely free…..
How ‘ bout you ?

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