God Calls Moses

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Exodus 1-4 Exodus is the book that contains the great event of the Old Testament: God’s deliverance of his people from the slavery of Egypt. In a sense, the book of Genesis is a prelude preparing us for this event. The Egyptians forget the great blessing Joseph, the Israelite, had been to them. They see his family, which has now grown into a great nation, as a threat instead of an opportunity to enrich their land. They engage …

Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Genesis 48-50 As Jacob nears the end of his life, he looks back and speaks of “the God who has led me all my life long to this day” (48:15 RSV). God is always willing to lead us in ways that are good for us. The only question is, are we ready to follow? It is good to look back and gratefully see the loving hand of God in all that has happened to us. It is even …

Do Not Be Afraid

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Genesis 46-47 Why are the words “Do not be afraid” found so often in the Bible? Because Bible characters were just like us. There were many times when they were afraid. But God tells us that we need not be afraid. Usually, when God tells us this, he gives us this powerful reason: “I myself will go down with you” (46:4 ESV). When we consider the great power of God who could bring the whole vast universe into …

From Anxiety to Exhilaration

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Genesis 43-45 What pressures we must sometimes live under. Consider the predicament of Israel (Jacob). He was between a rock and a hard place. After losing Joseph, he didn’t want to let Benjamin go lest he lose him also. But if he didn’t let him go, they would all starve. Consider how much better the situation was than he thought it was. So often we are in a similar situation. Things may be difficult, but God has promised …

Joseph the Ruler

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Genesis 40-42 Notice Joseph’s sensitivity to the feelings of his fellow prisoners. Notice also how he gives all the glory to God for being able to interpret dreams. And notice how easily the chief butler forgets about Joseph. What a realistic description of human nature we find in these ancient inspired writings. How important that we learn from them what to do and what not to do. God in his mercy reveals the future to Pharaoh so that …