Grace to the Nations

Daily Reading – Genesis 41

Psalm 105

16 When he (God) summoned a famine on the land
    and broke all supply of bread,
17 he had sent a man ahead of them,
    Joseph, who was sold as a slave.
18 His feet were hurt with fetters;
    his neck was put in a collar of iron;
19 until what he had said came to pass,
    the word of the Lord tested him.
20 The king sent and released him;
    the ruler of the peoples set him free;
21 he made him lord of his house
    and ruler of all his possessions,
22 to bind his princes at his pleasure
    and to teach his elders wisdom.

23 Then Israel came to Egypt;
    Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.
24 And the Lord made his people very fruitful
    and made them stronger than their foes.

God is sovereign over history. The nation of Egypt was the breadbasket of Africa and the river delta benefited from the soil brought to its shores in the rainy seasons. It was rare for Egypt to experience famine, but God is in control.

In Psalm 105 we see God’s view of the events surrounding Joseph’s sojourn in Egypt. It was God who summoned the famine to come, and we see he uses it according to his pleasure and his will.

God sent Egypt a Jew from Canaan to deliver them from the pain and suffering of famine. This Jew was 30 years old when he entered into the service of the King. When the famine became severe all the nations of the earth came to Egypt to find deliverance.

“And those from a strange land who join themselves to the Lord, to serve Him and to love His name, to be His servants, and keep the Day of Rest holy, and keep My agreement, even those I will bring to My holy mountain and give them joy in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and gifts will be received on My altar. For My house will be called a house of prayer for all people.” The Lord God Who gathers the people of Israel from other lands says, “I will gather yet others to them, besides those already gathered.” Isaiah 56:6-8

Pagans from around the world who abandon the spiritual famine of sin and come to a Jew from Canaan for deliverance will be wth God on his holy mountain and he will give them joy.

The Emmaus Trail is a devotional study that explores the theme of God reconciling himself to the world through the redemption of his Son which is found in all of Scripture. 

Luke 24

That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.” And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. 

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