Today you should read: Genesis 46
I love my wife and I deeply care for my family. It’s hard to imagine life without them. After today’s reading, it’s really hard to imagine the sorrow Jacob went through when he lost Joseph many years earlier.
Jacob probably couldn’t fathom the idea that Joseph was alive. But when he learned of his son’s life and success, he was overjoyed. All he longed for was one more chance to see him. Today, it made me emotional just thinking about it especially when I read verse 30:
Finally, Jacob said to Joseph, “Now I am ready to die, since I have seen your face again and know you are still alive.”
The love and affection that this father had for his son is both inspiring and convicting. It fostered some questions in my mind:
1) Do I long to see Jesus in this way?
2) Do I treasure my walk with God with this kind of passion?
3) Do I invest in my family in a God-honoring way?
I was also gripped by verses 1-5. Jacob (1-2) listened for God’s voice, (3-4) heard God’s voice, and (5) obeyed God’s voice. What a great blueprint for our lives!
I want to close today by looking at the bigger picture. Do you see the Gospel’s reflection in the narrative of Jacob and Joseph? There is remarkable foreshadowing in this story: Jacob, a loving father, lost his son. Joseph, the son, was sold out by his brothers and was imprisoned because of a woman’s jealous and sinful heart. What would be the outcome? The preservation and salvation of Israel.
Fast-forward to the earthly life of Christ. God the Father, in His immeasurable love, sent His Son to us so that we might be saved. All of humanity turned against Him, and the sin of the world – wickedness, evil, malice – was poured onto Jesus’ shoulders. The outcome? Our salvation.
Soli Deo Gloria.
Posted by: Todd Thomas