January 16 – Scripture of the Day

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There are many themes found throughout scripture, and throughout Genesis. God’s great love for us, of course.

Stories of faith, honor and redemption.

And stories of forgiveness.

Just a couple days ago, I read the story of Jacob and Esau; a story of many things, including forgiveness.

Today’s scripture is Genesis 45:5-7 and 14-15 which reads:  5 But don’t be upset, and don’t be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives. 6 This famine that has ravaged the land for two years will last five more years, and there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. 7 God has sent me ahead of you to keep you and your families alive and to preserve many survivors.
14 Weeping with joy, he embraced Benjamin, and Benjamin did the same. 15 Then Joseph kissed each of his brothers and wept over them, and after that they began talking freely with him.

In this reading we find the climax of the story about Joseph and his brothers, who sold him into slavery.

Now Joseph’s dreams have come true, and his brothers are bowing to him.

But it is also a story of forgiveness.

And we need to continue reading these stories, so we may be reminded.

Forgiveness.

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Today’s reading: Genesis 42:1-45:15
Tomorrow’s reading: Genesis 45:16-47:27

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