• The Land of Egypt

    Exodus 1:8–14

    Pharaoh’s oppression of Israel did not take God by surprise (Gen. 15:12–16), and so we should understand that the trials we encounter do not take Him by surprise either. The blessings of the Lord upon us may ...Read More

  • A Rich Man Buries a Poor Man

    Matthew 27:57–61

    Besides Joseph of Arimathea’s faithfulness in our Lord’s burial, note that Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joseph are also present when Jesus is laid to rest (Matt. 27:56, 61). Matthew Henry writes, “True ...Read More

  • An Angel Visits Joseph

    Matthew 1:18–21

    In mercy, Joseph did not call for the Law’s harshest penalties on the wife he thought unfaithful (Deut. 22:13–21). Depending on the offense and its circumstances, while the church is always called to discipline, it is not ...Read More

  • To Be Continued

    Genesis 50:22–26

    The history of Israel — the history of all those who by faith in Jesus alone are reckoned as God’s people — continues today. The story did not end when God closed the canon of Scripture, the church continues to wait ...Read More

  • Why Sovereignty Matters

    Genesis 50:20–21

    Hear these encouraging comments from John Calvin: “Let the impious busy themselves as they please, let them rage, let them mingle heaven and earth; yet they shall gain nothing by their ardor; and not only shall their impetuosity prove ineffectual ...Read More

  • Joseph and His Brothers

    Genesis 50:15–19

    Joseph never sought revenge on his brothers, but do we do the same when we are sinned against? Yet we are to forgive as well, even if we find it difficult. John Calvin writes that “if we have an arduous ...Read More

  • Joseph Keeps His Pledge

    Genesis 50:4–6

    As we grow older and leave our parents it can be hard to understand what it means to honor our father and mother (Ex. 20:12). Still, this command does not become null and void once we no longer live ...Read More

  • A Mountain for Joseph

    Genesis 48:21–22

    John Calvin comments: “Until our faith rises to lay hold on those things which are removed afar off, we know not what it is to set our seal to the word of God.” The Christian life is future-oriented. We by ...Read More

  • Joseph’s Protest

    Genesis 48:15–20

    John Calvin comments, saying the Lord purposely changed “the law of nature, to teach us that what he freely confers upon us, is entirely the result of his own will.” We tend to think, at least subconsciously, that God chooses ...Read More

  • The Beloved Leader

    Genesis 47:23–26

    John Chrysostom explains what will come to lay people who are a special blessing to their pastors. “If anyone renders a service to those afflicted for God’s sake and carrying the dignity of priesthood, he will …[enjoy a reward ...Read More

  • Joseph Feeds the Earth

    Genesis 47:13–22

    According to John Calvin and Matthew Henry, the famine and relief described in today’s passage remind us that we live and die at God’s mercy. It is easy to forget that we live, move, and have our being ...Read More

  • Father and Son Reunited

    Genesis 46:28–30

    Think today about a relative or friend whom you have not seen for many years. Is the relationship in disrepair? Take time to contact that person and restore the relationship if possible. If there is unrepentant sin, take time to ...Read More

  • God Appears to Jacob

    Genesis 46:1–4

    Matthew Henry wrote: “Whatever low or dark valley we are called into at any time, we may be confident, if God goes down with us into it, that he will surely bring us up again. If he goes with us ...Read More

  • Guilt and Guilt Feelings

    Psalm 51

    Whether we feel guilty or not, all of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). Take time today to repent of your sin and acknowledge this truth. Then pray that your feelings of ...Read More

  • Good News for Jacob

    Genesis 45:25–28

    It is not uncommon to hear people say that they wished they lived during biblical times. Many think that seeing the same mighty acts the saints of old saw would enable them to have stronger faith in the Lord. But ...Read More