每日诗歌: 平安夜 (http://www.mbcsfv.org/chinese/library/hymncampanions/009.html)
Genesis 36 [Read]
Genesis 37 [Read]
Matthew 12:1-21 [Read]
This week, we will be reading the life story of the last major character in Genesis -- Joseph. Being the son of Jacob's favorite wife Rachel, Joseph received special treatments from his father since he was young. Though the father meant well, such special treatment caused fierce jealousy among Joseph's brothers. Such jealousy eventually led to his being sold to Egypt. However, as we will see by the end of this week, God can turn man's corruption into blessing while building both Joseph and others along the way.
Jealousy was also the emotion Pharisees felt when they saw the uprising young teacher named Jesus quickly gaining popularity among the Jews. The Pharisees spent all their life studying and teaching the Law, but suddenly this young northerner (Galilee) told them "God desired mercy, not sacrifice" (Matt 12:7). We could imagine their anger, and that and other conflicts between them and Jesus eventually led to the crucifixion of Jesus. Once again, such corruption of man was turned into blessing for many, including you and me.
Being the target of Jealousy is never a pleasant thing. However, it is comforting to know that all such sufferings will be turned into blessing, one way or another, for those who trust God. "In all things God works for the good of those who love him" is not just a good verse to memorize. More importantly, it is a testimony of many who have gone through the fiery furnace of life and overcome at the end. It is comforting, it is encouraging, but most importantly, it is true.
Keep on reading,