Consider How God Sees the People Around Us | 07

AUTHOR: Holy Scripture

READ:

Read or listen to Genesis 50:15–21.

When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said to one another, “If Joseph is holding a grudge against us, he will certainly repay us for all the suffering we caused him.”

So they sent this message to Joseph, “Before he died your father gave a command: ‘Say this to Joseph: Please forgive your brothers’ transgression and their sin—the suffering they caused you.’ Therefore, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when their message came to him. His brothers also came to him, bowed down before him, and said, “We are your slaves!”

But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You planned evil against me; God planned it for good to bring about the present result—the survival of many people. Therefore don’t be afraid. I will take care of you and your children.” And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

What does Joseph’s response to his brothers communicate about his understanding of who God is? In what way is Joseph’s response related to the passage you read on Tuesday? What insights do you gain about your life when you consider these two passages?

The written Scripture is CSB, however, the audio Scripture is ESV.

FOCUS:

Think about your pastors. Write down the name of a pastor you want to encourage.

PRAY:

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you see the pastor you named with his eyes. What do you see? Pray according to the insight you gained and ask the Holy Spirit to bring to mind a Scripture passage that you can pray over him or her.

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Week 7 of 8 Contemplation

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