Friday, May 23, 2014

Selections from The Message: Genesis

God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature. God created human beings; he created them godlike, Reflecting God’s nature. When God created the human race, he made it godlike, with a nature akin to God. (Genesis 1:26-27, 5:1)

God looked over everything he had made; it was so good, so very good! (Genesis 1:31)

You’re the God who sees me! Yes! He saw me; and then I saw him! (Genesis 16:13)

Judah said to father. “Let the boy go. I’ll take full responsibility for his safety; it’s my life on the line for his. If I don’t bring him back safe and sound, I’m the guilty one; I’ll take all the blame.” (Genesis 43:8-10)

After their father's funeral, Joseph’s brothers talked among themselves: “What if Joseph is carrying a grudge and decides to pay us back for all the wrong we did him?”

So they sent Joseph a message, “Before his death, your father gave this command: Tell Joseph, ‘Forgive your brothers’ sin—all that wrongdoing. They did treat you very badly.’ Will you do it? Will you forgive the sins of the servants of your father’s God?”

When Joseph received their message, he wept.

Then the brothers went in person to him, threw themselves on the ground before him and said, “We’ll be your slaves.”

Joseph replied, “Don’t be afraid. Do I act for God? Don’t you see, you planned evil against me but God used those same plans for my good, as you see all around you right now—life for many people. Easy now, you have nothing to fear; I’ll take care of you and your children.” He reassured them, speaking with them heart-to-heart. (Genesis 50:15-21)

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