Sounder SIGN UP FOR FREE
Read Your Bible Devotional
Read Your Bible Devotional

Episode 13 · 2 years ago

RYBD013

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

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 Clark spridgecom. Welcome back. I'm glad you're here joining us again as we're making our way through the Bible. This year we're in genesis and are reading for today is genesis forty through forty two. Have with me a little milk bone. Hope you can see that. Okay. It reminds me of bones and digging up bones and kind of entitled devotion...

...today when God digs up bones. The phrase digging up bones is an English idiom referring to individuals who intentionally, perhaps with malicious intent, look into past mistakes or secrets, especially with regard to relationships. Someone who looks into past mistakes, especially with regard to relationships. Hence God digging up bones. Randy Travis sang a song with the same title. Some of the lyrics of the song is our last night I dug your picture out from my old dresser drawer, set it on the table and I talk to it till four, read some old love letters right up till the break of dawn. Yeah, I've been sitting alone digg enough bones. Then I went through our jewelry. I...

...found our wedding rings, but mine on my finger. I gave yours a fleeing across this lonely bedroom of our recent broken own. Yet a night I'm sitting alone, digging up bones. I'm digging up bones, I'm digging up bones, exuming things it's better left alone, zooming things that are better left alone. There's a lot in our past that none of us won't anyone to exum we don't want anyone to bring up some of those mistakes in our past. We buried our mistakes, we've tried to forgive them, we don't want to remember them and we don't want anyone prying about and looking into our past. This next statement my surprise us. The there are times when God, of all people, digs up our past. The bones that God chooses to...

...dig up are the ones we never repented. God doesn't dig up our bones for the world to see. Nor does God dig them up to humiliate us. In fact, God usually confronts US privately. He digs our bones up to bring about the repentance that we never had in the first place. Well, you may have forgotten about your past mistakes if you never ask God to forgive you, if you still refuse to admit I was wrong, that it was sin. God, would you forgive me of that past? If you've never done that, then you can expect God to dig it up to bring about repentance, to have those sins. Yo, Joseph's brothers would come to...

...realize this is they made a mistake years ago. They had maybe forgot. The God digs it up to bring about repentance, restoration fellowship. Well, genesis forty, we see that Joseph has been in prison because of the accusation that was made for him. We see that some of the prisoners had dreams, and Joseph's and Turpretson. We see that Pharaoh has a dream and Joseph and turpret's Pharaoh's dream. Chapter Forty One. Joseph is then promoted. We see a famine in the land and Joseph being promoted second in charge. Well, basically, Pharaoh put him in charge of everything over the entire land of Egypt. He gathers in, he saves so that that dream he had of the famine coming, that he was prepared to provide food to the Egyptians and...

...in that famine that extended to Egypt and beyond Egypt, Joseph's brothers lived and his family lived and his brothers, who had sold him into slavery into Egypt years ago, are now having to go into Egypt because there's someone in Egypt who's prepared for the famine. You can get food in Egypt. Until the brothers, hearing this, decide to go to Egypt. Notice chapter forty two versus thirteen and following, and I'll read this, but they said they're talking to Joseph. The brothers have come to Egypt. They're standing before Joseph. Joseph knows who they are. They don't know who Joseph is. They think Joseph is just an Egyptian who's in charge of all these things, and so he's talking to him, he's confronting them, he said. They say to...

Joseph, as he inquires, your servants are twelve brothers. He says. Tell me about your family, your servants, are twelve brothers at all, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan. And behold, the youngest is still with our father today, right now. They left him back. Jacob wasn't going to let Benjamin Go. He had already lost Joseph. Didn't want to lose Benjamin too. So those two happened to be his favorite. So he lost Joseph. He's holding on to Benjamin. Send the brothers out to get food. The youngest is with our father and one is no longer alive. They thought Joseph had died, which would have been typical of someone sold in the slavery of that day in age in Egypt. Joseph said to them, it is as I said to you. You are spies. By this, you will be tested by the life of Phayree. You shall...

...not go from this place unless your youngest brother comes here seein one of you back that he may get your brother while you remain confined, that your words may be tested whether there is truth in you. But if not, by the life of Pharaoh, surely you are spies. So we put them all together in prison for three days. He's now. Joseph said to them on the third day. Do this and live, for I fear God. If you are honest man, let one of your brothers be confined in your prison, but as for the rest of you, go carry grain for the famine of your households. Bring your youngest brother to me, so your words may be verified and you will not die. And they did so. Then they said to one another, truly, we are guilty concerning our brother, because we saw the distress in his soul when he was in the pit, when...

...he pleaded with us. Yet we would not listen. Therefore, this distress has come upon us. Reuben answered him, saying, did I not tell you? Do not see in against the boy? You would not listen. Now comes the reckoning, for is what God sees all. God sees what we do, he sees what we think, even in private. Thus we ask ourselves, what is our private life look like? Was it look like when no one else around? What are our thoughts look like? What our actions look like? God and sees it all. He knows it all. These brothers had hid this sin. It was a private see in between those...

...brothers against their other brother. They didn't tell their father, they didn't tell their mother, they didn't tell anyone they had hit it, but they had repented. Now God's going to dig up this bone, he's going to exum it so that he can bring about repentance and restoration. As you contemplate your private sins, remember God, Saul, and soon we will either repent or God will bring trials into our life for repentance. God loves his children and he disciplines those whom he loves. Jacob's children and see him by selling their brother in a bondage. And now Joseph Blood is being required of them. Verse Twenty Two. Now comes the reckoning for his blood. Years Later, God confronts them, years later, after their lives had change, after perhaps...

...some of them had forgotten their sin, after they had attempted to cover up their sin with no repentance. God uncovers it, he digs it up, he brings it back to mind. Now they will give an account not so much much to their earthly father, but to God. Joseph spiritual maturity, on the other hand, is seen throughout this energet interchange. He first tests them to see if they had treated Benjamin the way they had treated him. He knew that Benjamin was favored second to him. He knew if they would kill him, what would they do to Benjamin, who would now be the favorite? He was asking about their family, seeing if they had hurt Benjamin. Later he tests them to see if they would hurt Benjamin. Will see...

...that as our devotions continue. Yet now he points them to God. Notice verse eighteen. He says I fear God. He's pointing them to God. It is immediately after he speaks of his fear of God and his tests of them that they begin thinking of giving an account to God for what they did. In Joseph. God is so amazingly gracious and forgiving. But God doesn't gloss over our sin, our sins, even the secret ones or the ones we've longed for gotten. God knows and he is so loving to convict us. If you and I do not repent or have not repented, his amazing grace compels him to bring trials and discipline in our lives in order to bring us to repentance. The brothers have been reminded, and soon they would fully...

...repent and thereby enjoy restored relationship, and relationships destroyed by sin would be rebuilt through repentance and forgiveness. You see what God's doing. He's not just bringing up for no reason. There's a relationship that had been destroyed, their relationship with chosen and as they come about repenting of their sins and thus changing their actions. And Joseph sees it, God's going to reveal broken relationships because of repentance. He draws repentance, he digs up bones, not to punish us but to bless us, to bring about repentance so he can bless those areas of our lives. Praise be unto our reconciling God, reconciling us to each other, reconciling us to himself. He's a god of peace, peace between...

God and us, peace between us and others. Praise God that my past mistakes for under the blood of Jesus as our yours. But if God ever digs up bones in our arts, it's those that we haven't repeated and he dig some up so that we can have sweeter fellowship with him. That's how good our God is. To pray for you today, father, thank you that you're such a good God, that you paid for all of our sins, but there are some sins that we haven't repented of, some that we've long forgotten that we never repented of and father, even is you were speaking today, through this devotion, some of us were reminded. God, we...

...ask you to forgive us of those sins. Thank you for reminding us of them. Thank you for reminding us in order to bring sweeter fellowship with you. And now that we've repented, they're gone. We don't have to live with guilty. Pray all this in Jesus well, are reading for tomorrow's Genesis, forty three through forty six. Look forward to seeing you there.

In-Stream Audio Search

NEW

Search across all episodes within this podcast

Episodes (69)