Saturday, June 15, 2013

Genesis 37

Today's reading in our daily plan is Genesis 37. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • In this chapter we start reading about a guy named Joseph. Joseph was loved by his father but hated by his brothers because of the extra attention his father gave him.
  • To make matters worse Joseph kept having dreams that his family was bowing down before him. And he was dumb enough to keep telling his brothers (who hated him) about these dreams.
  • Eventually, tired of putting up with Joseph, his brothers sell him into slavery, but tell their father he was killed by wild animals.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • This is really messed up. I mean I've heard of people not liking their siblings but selling them into slavery seems a bit extreme. Have you ever let your anger and resentment get the best of you and done something to extreme because of it?
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?
  • What changes could you make in your life so anger doesn't play a large part in it, and so you don't make resentment-driven decisions you later regret? Maybe starting each day off by praying? Maybe reminding yourself every day of the sins God forgave in you? Maybe talking to God about what you're upset about? What would be a good strategy for you?