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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Day Twelve - 90 Day Bible Reading Challenge - Genesis 46 - 50 - The Great Adventure A Journey Through the Bible

Day Twelve 
Genesis 46 -50 

As Genesis comes to an end, Joseph’s story illustrates how God can take what man has intended as a great evil and for the sake of the righteous He can turn it for the greater good:  “In time we can discover that God in his almighty providence can bring a good from the consequences of an evil, even a moral evil, caused by his creatures:  “It was not you,” said Joseph to his brother, “who sent me here, but God…You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good to bring it about that many people should be kept alive.”  From the greatest moral evil ever committed – the rejection and murder of God’s only Son, caused by the sins of all men – God, by his grace that “abounded all the more,” brought the greatest  of goods”  the glorification of Christ and our redemption.  But for all that, evil never became a good.”  (# 312 Catechism of the Catholic Church)

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.

These five chapters bring the period of the Patriarchs to a close and set the stage for what is to follow.  You may be tempted to rush through chapters 48 – 49, which record Jacob’s blessings on his 12 sons.  But the details will be important later – the 12 tribes of Israel come from these men and the blessings hint of their future.

Key Verse From the Period of the Patriarchs
“Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.  And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.  I will bless those who bless you, and him who curse you I will curse; and by you all the families of the earth shall bless themselves.”  (Genesis 12: 1-3)

Today’s Reading
Genesis 46 – 50 

Today’s Question
Meditate on Genesis 50:20 – 21.  What do these verses mean to you? 

Discussion Boards for Day Twelve

Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology Joseph and Judah
Catholic Scripture Study Commentary Genesis 46 - 47
Catholic Scripture Study Commentary Genesis 48 - 50
Agape Catholic Bible Study Commentary Genesis 46:1-48:22
Agape Catholic Bible Study Commentary Genesis 49:1 - 50:26

The above 10-minute study was taken from the Great Adventure Bible Study for Catholics. 

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Jacob Blessing the Children of Joseph - Rembrandt 

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