• Father and Sons

    Genesis 42:29–38

    Gentleness is one fruit of the Spirit’s work in us (Gal. 5:22–23). Joseph’s brothers are not perfect, but the way in which they approach their father suggests a new concern for Jacob’s feelings and their ...Read More

  • Consciences Stirred

    Genesis 42:18–28

    Scripture is clear that church discipline is not to be carried out with the aim of vengeance. Instead, restoration must be the aim, and a disciplined person is to be forgiven when he repents (2 Cor. 2:5–11). All ...Read More

  • Joseph’s Accusations

    Genesis 42:7–17

    Confronting someone in sin is always difficult. Perhaps you are a parent who must discipline a child. Maybe you are an elder tasked with confronting a church member engaged in unrepentant sin. Whatever the case, it is hard to speak ...Read More

  • Lord Over His Brothers

    Genesis 42:1–6

    Once again, events converge to bring about the Lord’s plan for His people. A famine “happens” to occur in Canaan and Egypt. Joseph’s brothers “happen” to come before him instead of some other nameless official. Indeed, God is ...Read More

  • Joseph Bears Witness

    Genesis 41:46-57

    Especially in the United States, many people aspire to be the “self-made man.” Yet we who serve Christ know that there is no such thing. God, in his sovereignty, is the one who dictates what makes a man. And a ...Read More

  • Joseph’s Ascendancy

    Genesis 41:37-45

    The Spirit who gave wisdom to Jacob and empowered Christ to rule over all is the same Holy Spirit whom the Father freely grants to His people today (John 14:15–17). Even now He is writing God’s law ...Read More

  • Divine Prophecy

    Genesis 41:33-36

    Some Reformed Christians easily fall prey to fatalistic thinking. We might think that since Jesus said the poor will always be with us (Mark 14:7), it is useless to try to help them. Or, maybe we think that we ...Read More

  • Joseph’s Humility

    Genesis 41:14-32

    Each one of us must join with Paul and confess that “by the grace of God I am what I am” (1 Cor. 15:10). The cross of Jesus Christ and the presence of the Spirit crush any thought of ...Read More

  • Joseph Forgotten?

    Genesis 40:20–23

    Isaiah 49:15 tells us that the unthinkable may even happen at times — a mother forgets her nursing baby. But God will never forget His people. Even when we do not see His helping hand, the Lord remembers us in ...Read More

  • The Bearer of Bad News

    Genesis 40:16-19

    We Reformed Christians are known for our concern for precision in theology and for seeking to preach the unvarnished Word of God. These are good traits indeed. However, we must likewise be eager to hear hard truths when they are ...Read More

  • Joseph’s Plea for Help

    Genesis 40:9–15

    In response to those who said God’s sovereignty over death makes it useless to do anything to prevent that death, John Calvin wrote that we must avail ourselves of any chance we have to preserve our lives. We must ...Read More

  • The Man of Compassion

    Genesis 40:5–8

    The empathy that helps us minister to others is worked in us by the Holy Spirit as we seek to model the compassion of Christ and as He comforts us in our own sufferings. Indeed, as Matthew Henry comments, “Communion ...Read More

  • Two New Prisoners

    Genesis 40:1–4

    Though time in prison could make anyone discouraged, Joseph does not waver from his consistent service. No matter the work he was given to do — overseer of the prison or attendant to the cupbearer and baker — Joseph continued to serve ...Read More

  • Chesed for Joseph

    Genesis 39:21–23

    When God purposes to set His chesed — His covenant love — upon us, there is nothing that can take it away (Rom. 8:38–39). How has the Lord manifested His chesed in your life? What problems and dangers have you ...Read More

  • Imprisoned Again

    Genesis 39:19–20

    One commentator has noted how Joseph’s life proves that “the righteous falls seven times and rises again” (Prov. 24:16). As God’s holy people, we are not free from suffering and failure, but we alone have the hope ...Read More