Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 28, 2022

“Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits” – “The LORD has done great things for us; We are glad.”

Today’s devotion comes from Genesis 42:1-6.  I am going on a long weekend vacation;  the next devotion, God willing, will be on Monday, May 2, 2022.

“Now Jacob saw that there was grain in Egypt, and Jacob said to his sons, “Why are you staring at one another?”  He said, “Behold, I have heard that there is grain in Egypt;  go down there and buy some for us from that place, so that we may live and not die.”  Then ten brothers of Joseph went down to buy grain from Egypt.  But Jacob did not send Joseph’s brother Benjamin with his brothers, for he said, “I am afraid that harm may befall him.”  So the sons of Israel came to buy grain among those who were coming, for the famine was in the land of Canaan also.

Now Joseph was the ruler over the land;  he was the one who sold to all the people of the land.  And Joseph’s brothers came and bowed down to him with their faces to the ground.”  Genesis 42:1-6. 


When Joseph’s brothers came and bowed down to him, it fulfilled Jacob’s dream in Genesis 37:5-8, and it also fits within the figurative description of Isaiah 60:14-16.

But, more generally, the rich figurative language of Isaiah chapter 60 applies to more than Joseph, it applies to David, Solomon, others mentioned in Scripture, and even to us today.  Before I quote a few verses from Isaiah chapter 60 at the conclusion of this devotion, let us prepare our hearts by the following Scriptures to count our blessings.

“2 Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;
3 Who pardons all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases;
4 Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
5 Who satisfies your years with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.” Psalm 103:2-5.

“2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter
And our tongue with joyful shouting;
Then they said among the nations,
“The LORD has done great things for them.”
3 The LORD has done great things for us;
We are glad.” Psalm 126:2-3.

“11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
The LORD gives grace and glory;
No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
12 O LORD of hosts,
How blessed is the man who trusts in You!” Psalm 84:11-12.

“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32.

“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God,” 1 Corinthians 2:12.

“Arise, shine; for your light has come,
And the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.
2 “For behold, darkness will cover the earth
And deep darkness the peoples;
But the LORD will rise upon you
And His glory will appear upon you.
3 “Nations will come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising.

4 “Lift up your eyes round about and see;
They all gather together, they come to you.
Your sons will come from afar,
And your daughters will be carried in the arms.
5 “Then you will see and be radiant,
And your heart will thrill and rejoice;
Because the abundance of the sea will be turned to you,
The wealth of the nations will come to you.

14 “The sons of those who afflicted you will come bowing to you,
And all those who despised you will bow themselves at the soles of your feet;
And they will call you the city of the LORD,
The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

15 “Whereas you have been forsaken and hated
With no one passing through,
I will make you an everlasting pride,
A joy from generation to generation.
16 “You will also suck the milk of nations
And suck the breast of kings;
Then you will know that I, the LORD, am your Savior
And your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.” Isaiah 60:1-5 and 14-16.


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