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Week 10 Day 3 Genesis 50 Luke 3

16 April, 2015

Genesis 50

Then Joseph fell upon his father’s face and wept over him and kissed him.

And Joseph ordered his servants the physicians to embalm his father. So the physicians embalmed Israel.

Then forty days were devoted [to this purpose] for him, for that is the customary number of days required for those who are embalmed. And the Egyptians wept and bemoaned him [as they would for royalty] for seventy days. 40 days of a wake and a further 30 days of national mourning.  That is a long time – over two months.  We’d be forever in mourning if it were today with so many people – but bring it back in a moment – if this were a family member – we don’t even have a mourning period in the Western World beyond a week.

I am part of a group for mothers who have lost their mothers and some of the women still struggle months and even years after the loss of their mum.  It seems to be the way of life now that we forget about non family that may impact on another’s life.  Perhaps if we went back to this style of mourning we would have less broken people in our world.

And Joseph went up [to Canaan] to bury his father; and with him went all the officials of Pharaoh—the nobles of his court, and the elders of his house and all the nobles and elders of the land of Egypt—

And all the household of Joseph and his brethren and his father’s household. Only their little ones and their flocks and herds they left in the land of Goshen.

And there went with [Joseph] both chariots and horsemen; and it was a very great company. Joseph was a state servant – a government employee – a high profile one granted. But to have such an entourage is a huge honour given by the Pharaoh.

16 And they sent a messenger to Joseph, saying, Your father commanded before he died, saying,

17 So shall you say to Joseph: Forgive (take up and away all resentment and all claim to requital concerning), I pray you now, the trespass of your brothers and their sin, for they did evil to you. Now, we pray you, forgive the trespass of the servants of your father’s God. And Joseph wept when they spoke thus to him.

18 Then his brothers went and fell down before him, saying, See, we are your servants (your slaves)!

19 And Joseph said to them, Fear not; for am I in the place of God? [Vengeance is His, not mine.] This final line is something I keep close to my own heart when I feel vengeful towards someone who has wronged me – It’s not my place and even if it were would I mete out true justice or something to make me feel better.  I know for me I would appreciate mercy to be shown to me – not everyone thinks this though and some folk are nasty for being nasty.

Luke 3

In the fifteenth year of Tiberius Caesar’s reign—when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene—

In the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the Word of God [[a]concerning the attainment through Christ of salvation in the kingdom of God] came to John son of Zachariah in the wilderness (desert). Here we get an anchor point in history which has been recorded and proven to a timescale.

And he went into all the country round about the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance ([b]of hearty amending of their ways, with abhorrence of past wrongdoing) unto the forgiveness of sin.

As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, The voice of one crying in the wilderness [shouting in the desert]: Prepare the way of the Lord, make His beaten paths straight.

Every valley and ravine shall be filled up, and every mountain and hill shall be leveled; and the crooked places shall be made straight, and the rough roads shall be made smooth;

And all mankind shall see (behold and [c]understand and at last acknowledge) the salvation of God (the deliverance from eternal death [d]decreed by God). We get routed back to the Old Testament again – the Jews’ history and they begin to see the links into what was said hundreds of years ago in their scrolls to their present day.

10 And the multitudes asked him, Then what shall we do?

11 And he replied to them, He who has two tunics (undergarments), let him share with him who has none; and he who has food, let him do it the same way.

12 Even tax collectors came to be baptized, and they said to him, Teacher, what shall we do?

13 And he said to them, Exact and collect no more than the fixed amount appointed you. It was a corrupt society where each one was out for themselves that John spoke into.  Similar to the cushy civil servant and politicians were treated in our recent history and now things will be so much harder (in comparison) for us.  Do we do the work set out for us diligently? Do we squander time and cheat our employer for our own gains?

19 But Herod the tetrarch, who had been [repeatedly] told about his fault and reproved with rebuke [h]producing conviction by [John] for [having] Herodias, his brother’s wife, and for all the wicked things that Herod had done,

20 Added this to them all—that he shut up John in prison. John had been out baptising, including Jesus, but was now locked up for speaking out against Herod. We don’t like when people point out our faults – we tend to want them to shut up so we can continue in it.

The chapter ends with the lineage of Joseph – the lineage that Jesus would have been recognised as having by those who wouldn’t believe He was the Son of God – but either way – the lineage went back to Adam.  *spoilers* There are two lines of Jesus referred to in the gospels – Matthew 1 and Luke 3. Some say one is Mary’s line and the other is Joseph’s – whatever line you choose it brings the line back through David

Selah

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