Tag Archives: Joseph

BIBLE CUSTOMS & CURIOSITIES (EGYPTIAN EMBALMING)

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This is the first of only two references to embalming in the Bible. Like his father, Jacob, Joseph was also embalmed after his death (Genesis 50:26). Continue reading BIBLE CUSTOMS & CURIOSITIES (EGYPTIAN EMBALMING)

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SIGNS & SYMBOLS OF THE BIBLE (EGYPT)

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The Bible most often portrays the land of Egypt as the crucible in which the nation of Israel was forged. But Egypt played an important role earlier, in the lives of Abraham as well as his great-grandson Joseph. Abraham found shelter there during a famine but left in disgrace after lying to the Pharaoh about Sarai (Gen 12:10-20). Joseph was sold into slavery in Egypt and became not only a great blessing to the nation, but also the means by which the rest of his family was kept safe during another devastating famine (Gen 37-46). Eventually Egypt enslaved the young nation and treated them mercilessly for four hundred years. Continue reading SIGNS & SYMBOLS OF THE BIBLE (EGYPT)

BIBLE SIGNS AND SYMBOLS (BETHLEHEM)

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The very name Bethlehem immediately awakens thoughts of carol lyrics and the story of Christmas. Yet the tale of that little town reaches far back into history, when the Promised Land was just a promise. The village is first mentioned, almost as a sad footnote, in the itinerary of Jacob’s trip back from Haran with his growing family, only to have his beloved Rachel go into labor just outside Ephrath (Gen 35:16) and die while giving birth to the youngest of the patriarch’s sons, Benjamin. Her burial place is identified as Bethlehem (Gen 35:19). Continue reading BIBLE SIGNS AND SYMBOLS (BETHLEHEM)

MEN OF THE BIBLE (NICODEMUS: PROGRESSION OF BELIEF)

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Nicodemus was a religious leader, a Pharisee, and a member of the ruling Jewing Sanhedrin. He appears three times in the Gospel of John, and each event shows his growing awareness that Jesus was the Son of God. Continue reading MEN OF THE BIBLE (NICODEMUS: PROGRESSION OF BELIEF)

MEN OF THE BIBLE “THE WISE MEN” HONORING THE KING

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Depending on how the original words are translated, Jesus received visitors who could be referred to as wise men, magi, or astrologers. We don’t know names, how far they traveled, or how many arrived. We usually think there were three of them because they brought three gifts, but there could have been more. Continue reading MEN OF THE BIBLE “THE WISE MEN” HONORING THE KING

MEN OF THE BIBLE (JOSEPH, GOD WORKS IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS)

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can’t help but wonder at the life of Joseph, the favored son of Jacob and firstborn son of Rachel. God led Joseph through a roller coaster of ups and downs which were instrumental in the creation of the nation of Israel. From his status as privileged son, Joseph was sold into slavery by jealous brothers. But God led Joseph to become the servant of an Egyptian official and brought him prosperity.
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HOW TO RESPOND TO GOD’S LEADING

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People communicate in may ways. What about God? Does he have an answering machine? How does he call people, how does he lead them, and how should they respond? Many was a young woman when she was engaged to Joseph. One day the angel Gabriel appeared to her and told her that God had a special mission for her. The Holy Spirit would soon cause her to become pregnant, and she would give birth to God’s Son, Continue reading HOW TO RESPOND TO GOD’S LEADING