Year of Scripture – Days 12 & 13

Genesis 35 – Genesis 37
Genesis 38 – Genesis 40

It got to be about 7 p.m. last night and I realized that I hadn’t made any comments on my daily reading. Then, I honestly said, “oh well” I’ll catch everyone up tomorrow. Its not that I didn’t do my daily reading, I just never made the time to share with each of you. I’m sure this won’t be the last day that I miss along the way, and the first one had to happen somewhere. So on with my reflections . . .

In chapter 35, Jacob returns home, he’s given a new name, which is a sign of a new beginning, Isaac dies, the the story of Genesis is about to make a major shift. That shift happens as we enter chapter 37 and the story of Joseph. Other than the odd insertion of the story of Judah and Tamar in chapter 38, the story of Joseph is the longest continuous story found in the Book of Genesis, spanning from chapters 37 through 50 .

Of course, I can’t think of Joseph without singing,

“Go, go, go Joseph, you know what they say 
Hang on now, Joseph, you’ll make it some day 
Shalala, Joseph, you’re doing fine 
You and your dreamcoat, ahead of your time . . .”

Great musical, saw it in Chicago years ago. It certainly tells the story well, as story that we will continue to venture into reading as Joseph dreams, is betrayed and sold by his brothers, becomes Potiohar’s right hand man, and finds his way into prison. What great story, I hope you keep reading with me. For now, I’m going to leave you as I continue singing, “Go, go, go Joseph!”

See you tomorrow as we read Genesis 41-42.

Pastor Bailey

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