Who’s Image Is This?

TODAY’S DAILY READING: Genesis 43-44 & Matthew 22

Old Testament: Genesis 43- Don’t Wait

Genesis 43:10
“For if we had not lingered, surely by now we would have returned this second time.”

2015/01/img_1361.jpgWe have no way of knowing how long Simeon remained incarcerated in Egypt, while his brothers attempted to convince Jacob to send them back. The assumption is, quite some time passed, since it would have been foolish to make the lengthy and dangerous journey to Egypt and not purchase enough… Read More

Genesis 44- That’s Heavy Man

Genesis 44:16
“Then Judah said, ‘What shall we say to my lord? What shall we speak? Or how shall we clear ourselves? God has found out the iniquity of your servants; here we are, my lord’s slaves, both we and he also with whom the cup was found.’”

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Guilt is a powerful emotion, and very effective motivator. We can all think of times when we have been “guilted” into doing something we did not want to do. But perhaps the greatest impact guilt has on us, is not what it gets us to do, but what it keeps us from doing. I can only imagine how the guilt must have haunted Joseph’s brothers all those years. I imagine every time something went wrong they must have, at the very least, considered it to be the hand of God … Read More

Matthew 22- Who’s Image Is This

Matthew 22:20 ”
“And He said to them, ‘Whose image and inscription is this?’”

2015/01/img_1362.jpgAs the cross approaches, so does the opposition to Jesus. The religious leaders are desperately trying to turn the people against Jesus. In this case, they sent the young Pharisees, and the Herodians, a political sect that favored the Jews being ruled by Rome. When they arrived, they must have thought they had come up with the perfect question. No matter how Jesus answered, He would end up polarizing himself. “Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar?” If Jesus says “yes”, he will find himself at odds with… Read More

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