God intended it for good …

O Lord, my Protector,
Remind me daily of your plan working even through my struggles, not only for my good, but as a blessing to others.

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Jesus is a descendant of one of Jacob’s twelve sons. The three oldest, Reuben and Simeon and Levi, are disqualified by their sinful actions. And last week we saw that fourth-born Judah had more than his share of sinful actions. But today’s passage shows a new Judah. Something happened. He seems to be a new man! He doesn’t blame others; he takes responsibility. He is willing to be imprisoned in Egypt to save his father from misery. As you will read in several days, Judah receives his father’s blessing to be Jesus’ ancestor (“the scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff”).

I love this story of redemption. God’s desire is to redeem us, to bring about true transformation, so that we are new. So that we aren’t the person we were. Like Judah, we can be redeemed—freed from captivity to sin and restored to a life-transforming relationship with our Father!

Read Genesis 44-45.
Audio: https://www.biblegateway.com/audio/dramatized/niv/Gen.44-Gen.45


For your journal time today, listen to “I’ve Been Redeemed”; let the words speak from your heart to your Redeemer.


Read Genesis 46-48.
Audio: https://www.biblegateway.com/audio/dramatized/niv/Gen.46-Gen.48


Read Genesis 49-50. We’ll finish Genesis today.
Audio: https://www.biblegateway.com/audio/dramatized/niv/Gen.49-Gen.50

After you finish, here’s a “50:20 Vision” post to think about.


Read Exodus 1-4.
Audio: https://www.biblegateway.com/audio/dramatized/niv/Exod.1-Exod.4


Read Exodus 5-7.
Audio: https://www.biblegateway.com/audio/dramatized/niv/Exod.5-Exod.7


Find a quiet spot and let God speak to you with this video by John Piper, “God Wrote a Book.” He wakens our dead, bored souls. He inspires, guides, empowers us to make our lives count. If we stay in bed, we miss the miracle!

Read Psalms 28-29.
Audio: https://www.biblegateway.com/audio/dramatized/niv/Ps.28-Ps.29


Read Psalm 32.
Audio: https://www.biblegateway.com/audio/dramatized/niv/Ps.32-Ps.32