Sunday, March 29, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
God made a covenant with Noah that He would never again flood the earth in this manner. The rainbow is the sign of this promise.
Once again the people of the earth began to increase. The people of the earth began to work together to build a magnificent tower that reached high into the sky and the Lord then scattered them all over the earth by giving them different languages. Because of this the tower was called the tower of Babel.
The Lord found a faithful man who was named Abram. God called Abram to leave his homeland and asked him to travel to an unknown land. God then renamed Abram, Abraham and promised to make his descendants into a great nation even though Abraham and his wife Sarah were nearing a hundred years old and had no children. God fulfilled his promise to them with the birth of Isaac. Isaac was blessed with two sons Esau and Jacob. Jacob was the youngest son but God blessed him and it was through him that the line of God’s chosen people continued. Jacob had twelve sons and one daughter. Jacob’s second youngest son was his favorite son and his name was Joseph. God favored Joseph as well and because of this Joseph’s brothers became jealous to the point of hating Joseph. An opportunity arose when the brothers were far from home to sell Joseph into slavery and they did this very thing. The brothers told their father that Joseph had been killed and Jacob grieved mightily for Joseph.
Joseph continued to be faithful to God in all his ways and God blessed him greatly. Pharaoh, King of Egypt, had a troubling dream that no one could interpret. Joseph was brought in as he was known to be able to interpret dreams and God showed him the meaning of the dream. Egypt was soon to have seven years of plenty, followed by seven years of famine. Joseph was suddenly exalted to second in command in all of Egypt to prepare for the seven years of famine. During the years of famine Joseph’s brothers and father Jacob were dramatically reunited with Joseph as they came to Egypt in search of food. Soon Joseph’s whole family was together living in the best land Egypt had to offer.