January 19 – Daily Notes – Amanda

Genesis 39:1-41:16:

  • 1-6 – Joseph’s life was a series of extreme ups and downs. He was the favorite son and had dreams of ruling over his family, but then was sold into slavery, but now has risen to power in his master’s house. There is more to come.
  • 7-20 – This is one of those rare times when you’re punished for something you are completely innocent of. Joseph must have wondered where God was and what he was doing in this situation.
  • 21-23 – But it is made clear that God had not forsaken Joseph, but sustained him throughout his time in prison.
  • 20-23 – Joseph’s dream interpretations were accurate, but the chief cup bearer not remembering him must have been disheartening.
  • 16 – The Lord has been with Joseph throughout his ups and downs and even though he has experienced some pretty low lows, he continues to give the glory to God and to rely on him.

Matthew 12:46-13:23:

  • 46-50 – Jesus is showing that following him is the most important connection people can have. Commitment to Jesus even trumps the bonds of blood relatives.
  • 10-15 – To some degree, there is protection in not understanding the truths of Jesus’ identity and importance. With knowledge comes responsibility to act accordingly.
  • 18-23 – Jesus explains the parable to the disciples, which rarely happens.

Psalm 17:1-15:

  • This Psalm shows David’s extreme trust in God. Phrases like, “I call upon you, for you will answer me,” and “Hide me in the shadow of your wings,” indicate his steadfast trust in God in the face of trials and enemies. This assures us that God is trustworthy.