GOD: Past, Present and Future

Palm SundayWe are still continuing to study the scriptures from the books of Genesis and Mark. Every week we will dive in one chapter each from the Old and New Testament. We will study the scripture and reflect on the verse(s) that touched us the most. You may notice that I skip chapters, this is to provide you your personal time to read the other chapters during the week. Remember, reading the Bible is not just to memorize verses, it is most importantly to get to know God personally.

Scripture

Genesis 41 / Mark 11

Brief Overview:

Genesis 41: After Joseph was sold by his brothers and numerous tests given by God to him, this chapter in the Old testament was the significant point of God’s work in the life of Joseph. Interpreting Pharaoh’s dream, with God’s help, earned Joseph a title in the land where he was considered a foreigner and slave. God gave Pharaoh a vision about what is going to happen in the next 14 years. Pharaoh dreamed about 7 years of plenty, which was represented by the 7 fat cows and 7 full heads of grains. And 7 years of famine, with the 7 thin cows and 7 thin heads of grains as it’s symbols. God also provided Joseph the interpretation of the dream, thus freeing Joseph from the dungeon and rewarded him pharaoh’s favour. Joseph became the second powerful man in Egypt because of how obedient he was with God’s plans for him.

Mark 11: The start of the last week of Jesus in Jerusalem or commonly known as Palm Sunday. It was the time when Jesus entered Jerusalem with the people received Him saying “Hosanna; Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord” (Mark 11:9 KJV) and laying their garments and branches of trees along His way. This is also the chapter wherein Jesus cleansed the temple from people who made it like a market place. Jesus also taught us in this chapter the power of faith in God through Christ and the necessity of forgiveness.

Observation
Gen. 41:25 KJV “And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh is one: God hath shewed Pharaoh what He is about to do.”
Mark 11:2-3 KJV “And saith unto them, Go your way into the village, over against (opposite) you: and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied. Whereon never man sat; loose him, and bring him. And if any man say unto you, why do ye this? Say ye that the Lord hath need of him; and straightaway he will send him hither.”
Application

God is the Alpha and Omega (Rev. 22:13), the beginning and the end. He knows our past, present and future (Rev. 11:17) and knows us inside out. When we are in the middle of confusion and everything seems chaotic do not loose focus on God. He will guide us and will reveal things to us in His perfect timing. Remember that He knows what He is doing and He is doing what is according to His will for our goodness sake even when at times we cannot comprehend it with our human mind. Expect to be challenged by the world in all things we do for Christ, like the verse Mark 11:3, but be of courage and do not loose hope for Jesus already has overcome the world (John 16:33). We are not alone, God knows our every need and Jesus through the Holy Spirit is always with us.

Prayer

Holy Father who art in heaven, we know You are the creator of the world and it is contents. We thank You for creating the place we live in and for giving us life and opportunity to be stewards of this planet. Despite the beauty of the earth, we know that it is also chaotic brought about by sin. We accept Lord that we are sinners and know that we needed saving.Thank You for giving us Jesus Christ, Your beloved Son, to die for our trespasses and granting us eternal life with You. We surrender our life in serving you Lord and may Your Holy Spirit dwell in us and to direct us. All these we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.

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