Well, we made it. I usually just do one post for Lesson 30 since they are all personal questions. Plus, since I just lost my cat, I’m having a really hard time doing anything right now.
For me, I was impacted by how God can do anything he wants, from choosing who he wants to his punishments and consequences of sin. Unsure of his will for me. I just keep plugging along, hoping it is God’s will.
I always have loved Joseph. He faced so many challenges and struggles in his life, yet God had a plan to save the world (and us) through him. It’s one of the most hopeful stories in the Bible. If you can believe that God has a plan for your life and everything works together for your good, then life will be infintely easier.
I hate these questions. I don’t know. I always hope I’m a better person, but it’s truly hard to see that in my life.
Same as Day 3. I’m truly uncertain.
Keep on shining God’s light as best as I can as a flawed human. That’s all I can do.
Summary of passage: Joseph is a fruitful vine that overflows. Enemies attack but Joseph remains steady because of God who blesses him. His blessings rest on him, the “prince among his brothers”.
Benjamin devours and plunders.
10) Joseph is a fruitful vine: Joseph prospered in Potiphar’s house (Genesis 39:2). Joseph prospers in jail (Genesis 39:21). God elevates Joseph to second in command in Egypt (Genesis 41:41).
Archers attack him: His brothers sold him into slavery (Genesis 37). Potiphar’s wife falsely accuses Joseph (Genesis 39:14).
He remains steady because God helps him: He is falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife but God is with him (Genesis 39:21, 23).
11) The Lord blesses his land with dew from heaven, the deep waters, and the sun and the moon, the choicest gifts of the mountains, the fruitfulness of the hills, the best gifts of earth and God’s favor. He will gore the nations.
12) God shields Benjamin all day and God loves him and can rest secure in Him.
Conclusions: Will echo yesterday’s sentiments: didn’t like this lesson either. I’ll leave it at that.
End Notes: The idea of verses 24-25 is that God’s hands are on Joseph’s hands, helping him to hold his bow steady and defeat his enemies. Just as God’s hands are on our hands as well. Even when we don’t know it.
The tribe of Benjamin was known for its fierceness (devours and plunders). See Judges 19 & 20.