Jan. 25 In The Saving Business

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Genesis 50:1-Exodus 2:10;  Matthew 16:13-17;  Psalm 21:1-13;  Proverbs 5:16

Through Joseph God saved the Children of Israel from starvation.  They moved to Egypt and they thrived!  Too much so–for the Egyptians eventually forgot about the great famine, about Joseph and his connection to the Hebrews.  The Egyptians felt threatened by the alien peoples living in their country, so they turned up the heat under Joseph’s descendents.  They worked them ruthlessly and they demanded that their baby boys be killed–anything to diminish their influence.

In contrast to the Egyptian’s fear, the Hebrews stood firm in their faith in God.  The Hebrew women “feared God” and refused to obey Pharoah’s orders to drown the baby boys in the Nile.  They let the baby boys live….

One in particular found his way to the daughter of Pharoah’s heart and home.  Moses.  Future deliverer.  God was in the saving business.

 “From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised again.”  Matthew 16:21

Jesus was in the saving business.

Lord God Heavenly Father,  we thank and praise you that you are in the saving business!  You have provided us with the life line through Your Son, Jesus Christ–Jesus who seemingly couldn’t save himself from the sentence of death on a cross.

Lord,  Your ways are not our ways.  It is only by the faith given to us that we can begin to grasp the truth of Your saving business.  Thank you for saving us!  Amen

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.  For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.  What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?  Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?”  Matthew 16:24-26

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