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Read Your Bible Devotional
Read Your Bible Devotional

Episode 12 · 2 years ago

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Hello and welcome to read Your Bible devotional with Pastor Brad Reynolds. We are reading through the Bible in a year. This daily devotional will help keep your heart in mind and God's word. Use your phone to download and listen to Pastor Brad Reynolds Audio podcast. You can find a RSS feedling on our website, www dot do very baptist clarksbridgecom. Welcome back. I'm glad you've joined us again today for our Bible study. We're making our way through genesis. This is disappearing in my son Gavin. He loves this disappearing. In fact, I'll square a little bit on me right here. Hopefully you can see that. But he likes to play with it. He'll squirt some on Daddy, you know, we're him like he just staying my shirt and I'll say,...

...oh no, and he'll just laugh and laugh and a few minutes later, a few seconds later, it disappears. He says, Daddy, it's magic. Not just laugh with even. I said just a Gavin, you're such a joker and he laughs. Do you know, as I thought about that, I thought about God's disappearing. In thought about what God does to make our staves go away. We're going to see in the text today God's disappearing in in fact, no matter how horrid our past is, it does not affect how effective we can be for Jesus Christ. We're going to see in the text today that Jesus himself came through the lineage of incest, evidencing...

God is far greater than our past mistakes, evidencing that the stain of our sin, God applies that disappearing in to it and that sin stain just disappears. Evidencing that no matter what our past, what our sins are, God is bigger, and we see that through the lineage of Christ, as it came through incest. WH'RE IN GENESIS CHAPTER thirty seven through thirty nine, and today we're specifically going to be in chapter thirty eight. Chapter Thirty Eight is an interesting story sandwich between the story of Joseph, Joseph and chapter thirty three. Joseph has these dreams God's going to use him and bless him, and his brothers and even father and mother would about down to him, and his father gives him a code of many colors and his brothers are jealous of this...

...coat so that they decide they're going to kill him and they decide rather than killing him, let's sell him into slavery and in selling him into slavery he'll eventually die anyway. And so that's what they did. They sold him into slavery. They was in a pit for a while. They ate while he languished in the pit, they took that piece of clothing that they hated so much and they took it away from him. They poured blood on it, they made it look like an animal had devoured it, and that's what they told their father. They sold Joseph and the slavery. Then we have this story in chapter thirty eight of Tamar and Judah. But then we get to chapter thirty nine and we see a story of Joseph Being Accused of rape, with potier his life. He hadn't committed it, and he gets imprisoned there in Egypt. But we do have the story of Judah. Judah had three...

...sons. Two of the sons, the oldest one, married a lady by the name of Tamar and he died. And so, as was Jewish custom, then the second born with then need to take the wife and father children through those so that the oldest son could have children. And yet the second son died, Judah refused used to follow the law and give his stunt third son to Taymore, and so she was left without a husband, trying to make it on her own. And Ancient Mesopotamia, and yet there that Near East setting, women typically could not make it on their own. And yet Judah really didn't care. He wasn't going to give her his third son. Not long after his two sons died, his wife died, and so as he was mourning his wife, he went up and Tamar hearing that Judah was...

...coming. She disguised herself as a lady of the evening. Judas succumbed to temptation, not knowing who it was, and had relations with her. And that's what we see in the text today. Verse Thirteen of Chapter Thirty Eight. It was told to Tamore behold, your fatherin law is going up to tim not to share a sheep. So she removed her widows garments that she had had holme since the second born son and died and covered herself with a veil and wrapped herself and sat in the Gateway of Ann which is on the road to Timna. She Shaw that Sheila had grown up and she had not been given to him as a wife. When Judah saw her, he thought she was a heart of for she should cover her face. So he turned aside to her by the road and Sellah, here now, let me come into you, for do not know that she was his daughter in law.

And she said what will you give me that you may come into me, and he said I will see you a young gold from the flock. She said, will you give a pledge until you send it? He said, what Pledge Shall I give you? And she said you're sealed, and your cord and the staff that is in your hand. So he gave them to her and went into her and she can see by him. Now skip down the verse Twenty Four. That was about three months later than Judah was informed. Your daughter in law, Tamar, she's played the heartt she's with child from heart oftry. Judah said, bring her out and let her be burned, as was the law. It was while she was being brought out that she said to him, her father in law, saying I'm with child by the man to whom these things belong, and she said please examine and see whose signet ring chords and staff. For these Judah recognize them and said she...

...is more righteous than I in as much as I did not give her to my son, Sheila, and he did not have relations with her again. Came about at the time she was giving birth. That bold there were twins in her room. Moreover, it took place while she was giving birth. One put out a hand and the midwife took and tied a scarlet thread on his hand, saying this one came out first, but it came and drew back. His hand, that is, brother came out. She said, what a breach you have made for yourself. So he was named Paris. Afterward his brother came out, who had the scarlet thread on his hand, and he was named Zarah. It's very interesting. Jesus comes through this lineage of incests, a father with a daughter in law, Judah, having relations with Tamar, and their son, Paris, is the one from whom David...

...would eventually be born, from whom Jesus would eventually be born. Make no mistake, this truth, evidence is the bigness of our God. This ancestrous ancestry of Jesus throws a wrinkle into those who think they have God figured out. Does God condemn incests? Yes. Is God allergic, so to speak, to sin? Yes, it's contrary to his very nature. Is God in control of all things? Yes. If sin is the opposite of God and God is in control of all things, then how could the perfect, spotless Wagh come through alge birth? Through incests? Perhaps we would do well to consider that, although God is in control of all things, he does not force man to choose right or to choose wrong. Man Can resist God,...

...man can disobey God's word, but this in no way defies God's sovereignty. In fact, it seems that it takes a greater God to be in control when man freely acts then when man is constrained to act as God as determined. It's pretty easy to understand the latter. God determines man to act, man acts accordingly. It's a little bit more difficult to comprehend. Man Freely acts that every wants, and yet God is still in control. The former is easy to comprehend. The latter that stretches the mind, the human mind, to try and understand God, who is beyond our conception. It's proudly easy to grasp God's way of God sovereignly controls man's actions. Becomes a little more complicated if I believe God is in sovereign control, even though man...

...freely acts unbound by any constraint of God. Further, by believing God's in control while man is unbound, we avoid the can undrum of God beginning evil. That would be the opposite of God's nature. God didn't begin evil. God doesn't, from his nature, begets something that is opposite of his nature. Comply such with to imply that God denies himself, something contrary to scripture, something contrary to what we would believe. Yet well, yes, how could God be in control if man can act freely? Such syncretism denies human logic. Does God desires rate to occur? Never. Never. Any person who will ever tell you it's God's desire or will, are his will for...

...this to happen, that he desires right, they're a liar. God never desires. That is God in control. Yes, do rapes occur? Yes. Bringing these truth together stretches of human mind to the point man doesn't and can't fully grasp God. The moment one has god figured out in one's night mine is the moment one is unwittingly diminished God. No wonder if Paul contemplated Israel's choice to come back to God, with God's election of them the hall state. And oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God. How unsearchable are his judgments and his ways past finding out? For Who hath known the mind of the Lord, or Who Hath Been His counselor for if he am and through him into him, are all things to...

...whom be glory forever. Amen, Romans thirty three through thirty six. We would do well to remember these verses the next time we begin explaining God. God is beyond our comprehension. That Jesus is thoughtless. Lam of God would come from incest is beyond our comprehension. He is a big God, which, by the way, should give us hope. He's bigger than my mistakes, he's bigger than my past, he's bigger than your choices and past. If God can bring the Messiah from a lineage of incests, then he can certainly use you to change the world. It doesn't matter what your past is,...

...doesn't matter what your mistakes were. Gods so much bigger than our past and our mistakes. Thank God he's a big God. Let me pray for you, Father. I know listening today, for many, just like me, made a lot of mistakes. We look back at our life and we think, oh my goodness, look at all these stains. I could never be used by God, not like these great men, like Billy Graham, like others. And you say yes, because those stains have disappeared. We may remember, but they're going in your side, removed by the blood of the lamb. Thank you that. You're so much bigger than our past and our mistakes and you really can use us to change the world. Remind us...

...of that and let that guilt which comes from Satan for our past mistakes be gone and let us how your Christ while Reading For tomorrow's Genesis Forty through forty two. Look forward to seeing you.

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