The Lord is My Rock, My Fortress and My Deliverer

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GENESIS 41:17-42:17 | MATTHEW 13:24-46 | PSALM 18:1-15 | PROVERBS 4:1-6

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A Hebrew slave becomes the highest-ranking official in the land of Egypt.  In the ancient world of Egypt, what could be more startling than that!  The incredible story of Joseph continues with the Pharaoh heeding Joseph’s interpretation of his strange dreams which soon come to pass. 

The seven years of abundance are followed by seven lean years, but thanks to Joseph’s wise counsel and oversight, the people are well-prepared to withstand the famine.  Joseph goes on to marry and have two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim– both names chosen with much thought.

And just when Joseph thought he had put his horrific past behind him by forgetting (and perhaps even forgiving) the atrocities committed by his brothers in selling him into slavery and telling his father that he was dead, his past begins to make an appearance in the present. 

The famine in the land reaches north to Canaan as well, and Joseph’s ten brothers are sent by their father Jacob to the prosperous land of Egypt to buy grain and supplies. 

And in a striking twist of fate, unbeknownst to them, they come face-to-face with their brother, Joseph.  Amazing how things work out like that!  God is always in control despite how things might appear.

Turning next to Matthew, we continue with the account of Jesus’ ministry.  Jesus continues to teach in parables, and there is the parable of the weeds, the mustard seed, the yeast, the hidden treasure and the pearl. 

The Kingdom of God is likened to that hidden treasure and the fine pearl.  When you know you’ve got something so very valuable, you don’t think twice in giving up everything else in order to hold on to that treasure.

David’s psalm for the day is yet another passionate one.  He says with utter confidence:

2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.

 And Solomon, wise king of Israel, can’t say enough about getting hold of Wisdom and holding onto her.  He exhorts the reader once again:
6 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
   love her, and she will watch over you.
   my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
May God bless the reading and reflection of His Word.  Amen.

2 thoughts on “The Lord is My Rock, My Fortress and My Deliverer

  1. Today our staff had a morning of reflection and while I was waiting for it to start I turned on my phone and started reading your devotional. (Well, re-reading it, but it’s been a whole year so it was not exactly fresh in my mind.) The moment I finished reading, our staff reflection started with one of my coworkers sharing the sixth chapter of John’s gospel – the story of Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well.

    This wasn’t just any well, John tells us, but was “Jacob’s well,” located on land given by Jacob to his son Joseph. It made me reflect on your devotional and this reading from John. What would the original hearers of this story associate with Jacob’s well? They might think of Jacob coming upon Rachel at the well, falling in love with her, rolling back the stone, watering her father’s flock. And Joseph? They might think of Joseph being thrown in the pit by his brothers, facing the possibility of death, being sold as a slave, being thrown into prison, but finally overcoming this entire series of unfortunate events with an esteemed position in the royal court – and the amazing moment of hidden identity, that you describe today, when his unsuspecting brothers come and request his help.

    So with all of this churning through my mind it led to some good discussion and allowed me to contribute heartily to the morning reflection. Thank you for helping that to happen!

    1. I am so very grateful for your thoughtful commentary, and am greatly blessed in the knowledge that my humble reflections served as aid in your own discussions today.

      Thank you for your readership over the past year. I trust that the exercise was a blessing to you. It is truly remarkable how one may find something new at each reading, and it is very gracious and generous to share these reflections with our fellowmen. God bless you.

      On Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 2:40 PM, Smriti "Simmi" D. Isaac wrote:

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