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Friday, March 7, 2014

Day Eleven - 90 Day Bible Reading Challenge - Genesis 41 - 45 - The Great Adventure A Journey Through the Bible

Day Eleven 
Genesis 41 - 45 

Bible Time Period:  Patriarchs 
In the time of the Patriarchs, you called Abraham and promised his children land, a royal kingdom, and worldwide blessing:  Help me to trust in your promises today.

The good that God can bring from evil comes out clearly in the readings today.  Joseph, sold into slavery, is destined to become the savior of Egypt and the surrounding nations -  not to mention of those who handed him over.  Watch how this forerunner of our Lord reconciles his brothers to their father in the process.

Today’s Reading
Genesis 41 – 45 

Today’s Question
Do you see any change in Judah’s character by the end of Genesis 44?  How has he grown?  

The New Testament is hidden in the Old and the Old Testament is revealed in the New
“In the Genesis narrative both Joseph and Judah prefigure Jesus’ redeeming work of salvation.  Joseph, the beloved son of his father, was sent to his brother.  His brothers rejected him and sought his death.  They got rid of him through the agency of a third party (the slave traders), but God took their evil intention and through His grace brought about the means of the brothers’ salvation and the restoration of Jacob’s family through Joseph’s sufferings and elevation to the Vizier of Egypt.  In the same way Jesus, the beloved Son of God the Father, was sent to His “brothers” who rejected Him and sought His death, using the Roman governor.  What was a great evil in crucifying God the Son became, through God’s grace, a great act of redemption for mankind in Jesus’ atoning death and Resurrection which resulted in the gift of salvation being offered to His “brothers” and all “brothers” and “sisters” in the human family.

Judah’s willingness to sacrifice his life for Benjamin prefigured the willing sacrifice of his descendant, Jesus of Nazareth, for His “brothers” in the family of man.  Judah was the first person in Sacred Scripture who willing offered his own life to preserve the life of another; an act of self-sacrifice that healed the breach caused by the sin against Joseph and healed the disunity within his own family.  His unselfish love for his father and brother and his willingness to sacrifice his own life prefigures Christ’s freely offered atoning death on the altar of the Cross which healed the breach sin caused between God and man in the human family.” Agape Catholic Bible Study Lesson 17 Genesis 41:1 – 43:14   

Discussion Boards for Day Eleven 
Catholic Scripture Study Supplementary Notes Genesis 42 - 43
Catholic Scripture Study Supplementary Notes Genesis 44 - 45
Agape Catholic Bible Study Commentary Genesis 41:1 -43:14
Agape Catholic Bible Study Commentary Genesis 43:15 - 45:28
The above 10-minute study was taken from the Great Adventure Bible Study for Catholics. 

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Joseph and His Brothers - Franz Anton Maulbertsch

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