Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 8, 2022

“Your God and the God of your father has given you treasure” – “He chooses our inheritance for us, The glory of Jacob whom He loves.” – “your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.”

Today’s devotion comes from Genesis 43:16-25.

“When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to his house steward, “Bring the men into the house, and slay an animal and make ready;  for the men are to dine with me at noon.”  So the man did as Joseph said, and brought the men to Joseph’s house.  Now the men were afraid, because they were brought to Joseph’s house;  and they said, “It is because of the money that was returned in our sacks the first time that we are being brought in, that he may seek occasion against us and fall upon us, and take us for slaves with our donkeys.”  So they came near to Joseph’s house steward, and spoke to him at the entrance of the house, and said, “Oh, my lord, we indeed came down the first time to buy food, and it came about when we came to the lodging place, that we opened our sacks, and behold, each man’s money was in the mouth of his sack, our money in full.  So we have brought it back in our hand.  We have also brought down other money in our hand to buy food;  we do not know who put our money in our sacks.”  He said, “Be at ease, do not be afraid.  Your God and the God of your father has given you treasure in your sacks;  I had your money.”  Then he brought Simeon out to them.  Then the man brought the men into Joseph’s house and gave them water, and they washed their feet;  and he gave their donkeys fodder.  So they prepared the present for Joseph’s coming at noon;  for they had heard that they were to eat a meal there.”  Genesis 43:16-25.


Although Joseph had given orders to restore every man’s money in his sack without their knowledge (Genesis 42:25), God caused Joseph to do so, and thus, it is true that God had given them this treasure.  

God is Almighty God over all.  Nothing happens outside of God’s control.  God’s sovereignty rules over all.

“The LORD has established His throne in the heavens,
And His sovereignty rules over all.” Psalm 103:18.

But, God is only Heavenly Father to His chosen ones.  

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”  John 1:12-13.

He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.”  Ephesians 1:5-6.

To His children a/k/a His chosen ones a/k/a His elect, God, as their Heavenly Father, shows favor and gives good things, including most importantly, the inheritance of the kingdom (heaven).

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!”  Matthew 7:11.

“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.

Consider the following from the Heidelberg Catechism.

Q. 26.  What believest thou when thou sayest, “I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth”?

A.  That the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (who of nothing made heaven and earth, with all that is in them;  who likewise upholds and governs the same by His eternal counsel and providence) is, for the sake of Christ His Son, my God and my Father;  on whom I rely so entirely, that I have no doubt but He will provide me with all things necessary for soul and body;  and further, that He will make whatever evils He sends upon me, in this valley of tears, turn out to my advantage;  for He is able to do it, being Almighty God, and willing, being a faithful Father.

“O clap your hands, all peoples;
Shout to God with the voice of joy.
2 For the LORD Most High is to be feared,
A great King over all the earth.
3 He subdues peoples under us
And nations under our feet.
4 He chooses our inheritance for us,
The glory of Jacob whom He loves. Selah.
” Psalm 47:1-4.

“also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will,”  Ephesians 1:11. 

“…  To those … who are chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood:  May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”  1 Peter 1:1-5.

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.”  Luke 12:32.


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