1/22/2022 DAB Transcript

Genesis 44:1-45:28, Matthew 14:13-36, Psalm 18:37-50, Proverbs 4:11-13

Today is the 22nd day of January, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It is wonderful, it is an honor to be here with you today as we gather to take the next step forward through life, but through our adventure through the Scriptures. So, let’s get started. We have been following the story of Joseph and we’ll continue that story as we continue our way through the book of Genesis. Joseph has met with his brothers now, for the second time but this time they’ve brought his brother, Benjamin, his full-blooded brother Benjamin. He and Benjamin are the sons of Rachel and Jacob. And so, this has been a fairly overwhelming experience for Joseph. Although he’s kinda keeping that private. Today, Genesis chapters 44 and 45.

Commentary:

Okay so, in the book of Genesis the story of Joseph isn’t over yet and it leads us to the next important story, but at this point in the story where Joseph has revealed himself to his brothers there’s so much drama there. Can you imagine? It’s like Joseph has come back from the dead and by the time they get back to Canaan, which is how we end today and Jacob is told that his son Joseph is alive. So, the two sons that he had with Rachel are still living, it’s like a resurrection. But we saw the Joseph continued to press in and surface the issues with his brothers and in the process his brothers got the opportunity to experience helplessness and some of the terror that there brother Joseph would’ve felt as he was being dragged away into slavery. And it’s in today’s reading, that Joseph’s heart is fully revealed because we’ve been watching this story and pretty much none of the things that happen in this story all the way until he stands before Pharaoh, none of those things were fair or just are good are right. Joseph had every human right to be bitter and angry and upset and depressed and hopeless. He had every reason to become a shell of who he could have been which is one of the things that makes this story so compelling. He’s not raging at God, he’s holding on to God as his only hope and in today’s reading he reveals his perspective and I quote, “I am Joseph your brother whom you sold into slavery in Egypt, but don’t be upset and don’t be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives, it was God who sent me here not you and He is the one who made me an advisor to Pharaoh.” So, if there is one thing, one thing that we can grasp here and carry forward with us, it would be the Joseph took the long view. There wasn’t a point at which he said my story is over, there’s no way out of this, it’s over for me. He kept his hope in God, realizing that the story is never over with God and in the end, he gave God all the glory for putting him in the position that he was in, understanding that God’s hand was in all of it. God was with him in all of it and the story would’ve been quite different if things didn’t happen in the way that they did. Which doesn’t mean we just turn a blind eye to injustice around us or the things that are coming against us, it’s the long view. The New Testament tells us that God works all things together for the good of those who love him, for that to be true we have to have the long view of things. There isn’t a point where our story is over. Although there are plenty of points in our story where we don’t know what’s going on. So, the choice is to give up and descend into hopelessness or trust that there is more going on than we know. And if we will cling to God, the story will unfold.

Prayer:

And so, Father, we thank You for preserving the story of Joseph for us because we need to remember this, we demand near instant gratification in nearly everything in life and often the challenges of our story are actually the most meaningful and promote growth and endurance and trust in us. So, Holy Spirit, come give us the long view. We pray in the name of Jesus, we ask. Amen.

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Prayer and Encouragements:

Hi family, this is Sally in North Dakota. Say, I’m calling today to pray for Rosie. It’s great to be free in Jesus. Rosie, I heard your call and I just wanted to lift you up. You said you’ve lost several family members in the last three months and that you’re starting to feel sick almost and I’m sure, you know, just the whole emotional ride that you’ve been through. Heavenly Father, I thank You for Rosie, I thank You for her love for You. I thank You Lord that You are the great comforter. Father, I ask that You would allow Rosie’s heart to be at peace, that her emotions and her mind will be able to rest in You. We thank You Lord that You understand our grief and that You come alongside of us and You hold us and You remind us of our eternal hope that we have in You. And I thank You Father for just comforting Rosie, for being there for her. You are faithful to do that for us. Rosie, I love you and I will continue to lift you up in prayer. I’m glad you called in, bye for now.

This call is for Jesse. This is Transplanted Yankee from Alabama. Jesse, I heard your voice this morning and my heart went out to you. About 15 years ago my husband saw the down-turning economy and lost his business. He thought the Lord wanted him to be a Christian businessman. This was devastation. This was devastating to him as a man as a provider. There were times I would see him sitting outside staring and I’d think, Lord, preserve him, our three boys need their dad no matter what. It is hard for me to even recount today because the Lord took us through that time for a purpose. I am still not fully aware of what that purpose was but Jesse I do know this, we are more firm in our belief of the gospel of Jesus Christ and our purpose here on earth is not to collect things but our purpose here in life is to collect people for His kingdom. We grew as a family. It was the most devastating time with two boys graduating from High School and going to college, what would we do without that money. We circled the wagons, we laugh now and say shoot, we didn’t circle the wagons, we sold the wagons. We just dealt with the bare necessities and about 7 years later we have come out of that time. But I know this, God supplied our needs. He supplied a check for workmen’s comp because my husband had no claims. He supplied over abundance escrow account somewhere else. Time and time again, God supplied our needs and gave us a peace and I pray that for you.

This prayer is for Jesse and also for the truckdriver that lost his identity. Both men our struggling right now and I just want to pray Lord, that you cover them. Let Your presence be known and let Your healing begin on each of them. Father, I just pray that You just guide their paths and let them know that beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Lord is with the both of them. They just need to hang on and have faith and trust in the Lord for redemption and for His help. So, I lift up both of them today, each of them touched my heart today and I just wanna pray for each man out there. Be with them Father. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Hi, this is Jane Ruth in Nebraska. I really don’t know how to say this except that I’m feeling very unlike myself. Usually, I think the face that I show to the world looks fun and vivacious and happy go lucky, kind of the life of the party. But really, I just want to crawl in a hole and pull the hole in after myself and it’s, I mean, I’ve had a history of depression, I mean, diagnosed bipolar. I’ve got a long line of alphabet soup behind my name but you know, I have believed in the word of God and I continue to believe that God changes people through His word. You can read the Bible like any other book but no Bible, no book reads you like the Bible does. Anyway, I need to request prayer. I don’t even know how to ask for help; I don’t like to do it at all. But I just pray that God would help me to deal with what’s going on. JaneRuth322@gmail.com. Thank you, I love you.

Hi, this is Victorious Soldier just calling to pray for some of the DABers. I wanted to pray for Hailey, the first-time caller. I want to pray for Just James and encourage every morning but boyfriend’s daughter but I wanna pray for his wife and his daughter and her boyfriend. And the bible study in the incarceration. I wanna pray for that family. I wanna pray for Genene from Washington and Dave in Delaware supplying them with their protection. I wanna also pray for Patrick from Seattle, a request, his wife is going through the stress and the pain. I wanna pray for her. I wanna pray for Rosie also and her family. She had five deaths in her family and she’s going through mourning and I wanna pray for her. Gracious Father, I just life up Your people today, Lord. Oh Lord, You are a mighty and a wonderful God. Lord, I just ask You to have Your way. Lord, You have Your way in that families life. Lord, encourage that woman, You bring, You lift her up, You lift them up Father. You have Your way, Lord, even incarcerated, let them know that God is still with them. That God can give them joy in the midst of a bad time. Lord, You have Your way in the name of Jesus. You have Your way in the life of Your people. Lord, You have Your way. You open doors Lord, You bless them in a mighty and special way. Oh Father, thank You for Your Spirit and Your presence. Thank You for Your grace and Your mercy. Thank You for blessing Brian and all the people of God. Lord, continue to be a light and favor, continue Lord and work Your miracles. Continue to heal and deliver. In the name of Jesus. Come back to the Lord.    

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday January 22, 2022 (NIV)

Genesis 44-45

Joseph’s Silver Cup

44 When his brothers were ready to leave, Joseph gave these instructions to his palace manager: “Fill each of their sacks with as much grain as they can carry, and put each man’s money back into his sack. Then put my personal silver cup at the top of the youngest brother’s sack, along with the money for his grain.” So the manager did as Joseph instructed him.

The brothers were up at dawn and were sent on their journey with their loaded donkeys. But when they had gone only a short distance and were barely out of the city, Joseph said to his palace manager, “Chase after them and stop them. When you catch up with them, ask them, ‘Why have you repaid my kindness with such evil? Why have you stolen my master’s silver cup,[a] which he uses to predict the future? What a wicked thing you have done!’”

When the palace manager caught up with the men, he spoke to them as he had been instructed.

“What are you talking about?” the brothers responded. “We are your servants and would never do such a thing! Didn’t we return the money we found in our sacks? We brought it back all the way from the land of Canaan. Why would we steal silver or gold from your master’s house? If you find his cup with any one of us, let that man die. And all the rest of us, my lord, will be your slaves.”

10 “That’s fair,” the man replied. “But only the one who stole the cup will be my slave. The rest of you may go free.”

11 They all quickly took their sacks from the backs of their donkeys and opened them. 12 The palace manager searched the brothers’ sacks, from the oldest to the youngest. And the cup was found in Benjamin’s sack! 13 When the brothers saw this, they tore their clothing in despair. Then they loaded their donkeys again and returned to the city.

14 Joseph was still in his palace when Judah and his brothers arrived, and they fell to the ground before him. 15 “What have you done?” Joseph demanded. “Don’t you know that a man like me can predict the future?”

16 Judah answered, “Oh, my lord, what can we say to you? How can we explain this? How can we prove our innocence? God is punishing us for our sins. My lord, we have all returned to be your slaves—all of us, not just our brother who had your cup in his sack.”

17 “No,” Joseph said. “I would never do such a thing! Only the man who stole the cup will be my slave. The rest of you may go back to your father in peace.”

Judah Speaks for His Brothers

18 Then Judah stepped forward and said, “Please, my lord, let your servant say just one word to you. Please, do not be angry with me, even though you are as powerful as Pharaoh himself.

19 “My lord, previously you asked us, your servants, ‘Do you have a father or a brother?’ 20 And we responded, ‘Yes, my lord, we have a father who is an old man, and his youngest son is a child of his old age. His full brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother’s children, and his father loves him very much.’

21 “And you said to us, ‘Bring him here so I can see him with my own eyes.’ 22 But we said to you, ‘My lord, the boy cannot leave his father, for his father would die.’ 23 But you told us, ‘Unless your youngest brother comes with you, you will never see my face again.’

24 “So we returned to your servant, our father, and told him what you had said. 25 Later, when he said, ‘Go back again and buy us more food,’ 26 we replied, ‘We can’t go unless you let our youngest brother go with us. We’ll never get to see the man’s face unless our youngest brother is with us.’

27 “Then my father said to us, ‘As you know, my wife had two sons, 28 and one of them went away and never returned. Doubtless he was torn to pieces by some wild animal. I have never seen him since. 29 Now if you take his brother away from me, and any harm comes to him, you will send this grieving, white-haired man to his grave.[b]

30 “And now, my lord, I cannot go back to my father without the boy. Our father’s life is bound up in the boy’s life. 31 If he sees that the boy is not with us, our father will die. We, your servants, will indeed be responsible for sending that grieving, white-haired man to his grave. 32 My lord, I guaranteed to my father that I would take care of the boy. I told him, ‘If I don’t bring him back to you, I will bear the blame forever.’

33 “So please, my lord, let me stay here as a slave instead of the boy, and let the boy return with his brothers. 34 For how can I return to my father if the boy is not with me? I couldn’t bear to see the anguish this would cause my father!”

Joseph Reveals His Identity

45 Joseph could stand it no longer. There were many people in the room, and he said to his attendants, “Out, all of you!” So he was alone with his brothers when he told them who he was. Then he broke down and wept. He wept so loudly the Egyptians could hear him, and word of it quickly carried to Pharaoh’s palace.

“I am Joseph!” he said to his brothers. “Is my father still alive?” But his brothers were speechless! They were stunned to realize that Joseph was standing there in front of them. “Please, come closer,” he said to them. So they came closer. And he said again, “I am Joseph, your brother, whom you sold into slavery in Egypt. But don’t be upset, and don’t be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives. This famine that has ravaged the land for two years will last five more years, and there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. God has sent me ahead of you to keep you and your families alive and to preserve many survivors.[c] So it was God who sent me here, not you! And he is the one who made me an adviser[d] to Pharaoh—the manager of his entire palace and the governor of all Egypt.

“Now hurry back to my father and tell him, ‘This is what your son Joseph says: God has made me master over all the land of Egypt. So come down to me immediately! 10 You can live in the region of Goshen, where you can be near me with all your children and grandchildren, your flocks and herds, and everything you own. 11 I will take care of you there, for there are still five years of famine ahead of us. Otherwise you, your household, and all your animals will starve.’”

12 Then Joseph added, “Look! You can see for yourselves, and so can my brother Benjamin, that I really am Joseph! 13 Go tell my father of my honored position here in Egypt. Describe for him everything you have seen, and then bring my father here quickly.” 14 Weeping with joy, he embraced Benjamin, and Benjamin did the same. 15 Then Joseph kissed each of his brothers and wept over them, and after that they began talking freely with him.

Pharaoh Invites Jacob to Egypt

16 The news soon reached Pharaoh’s palace: “Joseph’s brothers have arrived!” Pharaoh and his officials were all delighted to hear this.

17 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Tell your brothers, ‘This is what you must do: Load your pack animals, and hurry back to the land of Canaan. 18 Then get your father and all of your families, and return here to me. I will give you the very best land in Egypt, and you will eat from the best that the land produces.’”

19 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Tell your brothers, ‘Take wagons from the land of Egypt to carry your little children and your wives, and bring your father here. 20 Don’t worry about your personal belongings, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours.’”

21 So the sons of Jacob[e] did as they were told. Joseph provided them with wagons, as Pharaoh had commanded, and he gave them supplies for the journey. 22 And he gave each of them new clothes—but to Benjamin he gave five changes of clothes and 300 pieces[f] of silver. 23 He also sent his father ten male donkeys loaded with the finest products of Egypt, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain and bread and other supplies he would need on his journey.

24 So Joseph sent his brothers off, and as they left, he called after them, “Don’t quarrel about all this along the way!” 25 And they left Egypt and returned to their father, Jacob, in the land of Canaan.

26 “Joseph is still alive!” they told him. “And he is governor of all the land of Egypt!” Jacob was stunned at the news—he couldn’t believe it. 27 But when they repeated to Jacob everything Joseph had told them, and when he saw the wagons Joseph had sent to carry him, their father’s spirits revived.

28 Then Jacob exclaimed, “It must be true! My son Joseph is alive! I must go and see him before I die.”

Footnotes:

  1. 44:5 As in Greek version; Hebrew lacks this phrase.
  2. 44:29 Hebrew to Sheol; also in 44:31.
  3. 45:7 Or and to save you with an extraordinary rescue. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.
  4. 45:8 Hebrew a father.
  5. 45:21 Hebrew Israel; also in 45:28. See note on 35:21.
  6. 45:22 Hebrew 300 [shekels], about 7.5 pounds or 3.4 kilograms in weight.
New Living Translation (NLT)

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Matthew 14:13-36

Jesus Feeds Five Thousand

13 As soon as Jesus heard the news, he left in a boat to a remote area to be alone. But the crowds heard where he was headed and followed on foot from many towns. 14 Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

15 That evening the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.”

16 But Jesus said, “That isn’t necessary—you feed them.”

17 “But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish!” they answered.

18 “Bring them here,” he said. 19 Then he told the people to sit down on the grass. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave the bread to the disciples, who distributed it to the people. 20 They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers. 21 About 5,000 men were fed that day, in addition to all the women and children!

Jesus Walks on Water

22 Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake, while he sent the people home. 23 After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone.

24 Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. 25 About three o’clock in the morning[a] Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!”

27 But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here![b]

28 Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”

29 “Yes, come,” Jesus said.

So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the strong[c] wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.

31 Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”

32 When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped. 33 Then the disciples worshiped him. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed.

34 After they had crossed the lake, they landed at Gennesaret. 35 When the people recognized Jesus, the news of his arrival spread quickly throughout the whole area, and soon people were bringing all their sick to be healed. 36 They begged him to let the sick touch at least the fringe of his robe, and all who touched him were healed.

Footnotes:

  1. 14:25 Greek In the fourth watch of the night.
  2. 14:27 Or The ‘I am’ is here; Greek reads I am. See Exod 3:14.
  3. 14:30 Some manuscripts do not include strong.
New Living Translation (NLT)

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Psalm 18:37-50

37 I chased my enemies and caught them;
I did not stop until they were conquered.
38 I struck them down so they could not get up;
they fell beneath my feet.
39 You have armed me with strength for the battle;
you have subdued my enemies under my feet.
40 You placed my foot on their necks.
I have destroyed all who hated me.
41 They called for help, but no one came to their rescue.
They even cried to the Lord, but he refused to answer.
42 I ground them as fine as dust in the wind.
I swept them into the gutter like dirt.
43 You gave me victory over my accusers.
You appointed me ruler over nations;
people I don’t even know now serve me.
44 As soon as they hear of me, they submit;
foreign nations cringe before me.
45 They all lose their courage
and come trembling from their strongholds.

46 The Lord lives! Praise to my Rock!
May the God of my salvation be exalted!
47 He is the God who pays back those who harm me;
he subdues the nations under me
48 and rescues me from my enemies.
You hold me safe beyond the reach of my enemies;
you save me from violent opponents.
49 For this, O Lord, I will praise you among the nations;
I will sing praises to your name.
50 You give great victories to your king;
you show unfailing love to your anointed,
to David and all his descendants forever.

New Living Translation (NLT)

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Proverbs 4:11-13

11 I will teach you wisdom’s ways
and lead you in straight paths.
12 When you walk, you won’t be held back;
when you run, you won’t stumble.
13 Take hold of my instructions; don’t let them go.
Guard them, for they are the key to life.

New Living Translation (NLT)

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01/21/2022 DAB Transcript

Genesis 42:18-43:34, Matthew 13:47-14:12, Psalms 18:16-36, Provers 4:7-10

Today is the 21st day of January welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I am Brian it is wonderful to be here with you today as we reach the three-week mark in our year. And, so, we are beginning to settle into the rhythm, the one that will carry us through this year each and every day then. And, so, let’s dive in and take the next step forward together, which leads us back into the book of Genesis and back into the story of Joseph, who has now come face-to-face with his brothers, the brothers that trafficked him. We’re reading from the New Living Translation this week. Genesis chapter 42 verse 18 through 43 verse 34.

Commentary:

Okay. So in the book of Genesis, we are following the story of Joseph and it has a lot of twists and turns. We’ve taken a round-trip journey from Egypt back to Canaan and then back to Egypt again today. His brothers return home to their father Jacob or Israel. They tell the whole story about how harshly the man, the leader in Egypt who happened to be there brother, they just don’t know it, had treated them and how that they would never see his face again unless they brought their brother Benjamin back. This is a very distressing thing for Jacob because Benjamin is the only son that he has left with his wife Rachel who has died. And his son Joseph, he also believes is dead. So, Benjamin’s the only one left. And, so, he procrastinates until they’re about to run out of food again and then finally with great distress he releases Benjamin to go to Egypt. They arrive in Egypt. Joseph has them brought to his own house where they’re gonna have lunch and they’re freaking out about it. And then Joseph is able to experience seeing his brother Benjamin, the one full blooded brother that he has. His other brothers have different mothers. And this brings on a tsunami of emotion in Joseph’s heart and he has to leave and weep alone. And you…you can almost feel the tension here in this story between the brothers and Joseph. It’s as if he wants to rush in and just reveal who he is but he’s being cautious. They trafficked him. They sold him. They passed him off for dead. They’ve been carrying this secret for a very long time, and the truth is, after they sold Joseph, they don’t know whether he’s dead or alive. They don’t know where he is. He’s gone, as good as dead. And Joseph could solve that mystery, but he’s being cautious. He’s waiting. He’s finding out what he needs to know. And one of the things that he deeply needs to know is the position of their heart. So, if we can feel the tension in the story we can only imagine living through the story, the tension that would have been there, the dissonance in Joseph’s heart and mind, the confusion in his brothers. But the tension is actually bringing to the surface the issues and we’ll see that going forward.

In the book of Matthew today Jesus is talking about the kingdom of heaven, and that is something that Jesus talks about a lot. And we’re sticking here in these first couple of weeks really close to the stories that are being told in the book of Genesis, because if we can get the lay of the land and understand that we are talking about a family and we saw the development of that family. And, so, there are now 12 sons of Israel, the children of Israel. If we understand that they will grow into a large multitude of people and it will be these people, Israel, the children of Israel that we will be traveling with through the entire Bible. If we can kind of get the lay of the land, there then it’s a lot easier to stick with story and not just be lost in all of these names and how they may be connected. In the New Testament we’re reading the synoptic Gospels. So, a lot of the stories we’re reading in Matthew, we’ll also encounter them in Mark and Luke. And, so, we’ll have plenty of time to dive in. But Jesus is talking about the kingdom of heaven. And this is a central theme as we move through the Gospels and witness the ministry, the earthly ministry of Jesus. And this helps us be rooted in the New Testament to what’s being unveiled or revealed. And that is one of the things that Jesus came to announce and reveal, the kingdom. And that concept, the kingdom of heaven, the kingdom of God, we…we talk about that a lot even today. But we also make assumptions. Thankfully, we have the Gospels that tell us the message that Jesus was conveying. And, so, Jesus says, “the kingdom of heaven is like a fishing net that was thrown into the water and caught fish of every kind. And when the net was full, they dragged it up onto the shore, sat down and sorted the good fish into crates and threw the bad ones away. And that is how it will be at the end of the world.” So, if we look at that and break it down, if the kingdom of heaven is like a net that it is thrown into the water to fish, then it’s not a net that is for a specific kind of fish or a specific size of fish. The net will catch whatever fish that swim in altogether, all in the net. It all gets sorted out later. Or the example that Jesus used in, I think it was yesterday’s reading, about a field that was planted with good seed, but then others came into sort of diminish or destroy the crop and planted weeds all among the good seed. And this wasn’t discovered until everything started to sprout. And the servants asked the master, “should we pull up the weeds?” And the master said, “let them grow together so as not to destroy the crop. It’ll get sorted out in the harvest.” This is very interesting because it’s very inclusive. And we can read it now and go, “yeah, all are welcome. Yes, I get it.” But at the time that Jesus is giving these messages the Hebrew people, if we’re using the analogy, believe they are a specific kind of fish, a chosen fish, an exclusive fish. And, so, Jesus is beginning to lay out a disruptive message but He’s also laying out the fact that we’re not the ones that will be doing the sorting. And it seems as if we’re trying to major at sorting things out on behalf of God all the time when we’re not the ones that do the sorting. We are not the ones that will harvest and throw the weeds away, which is a supreme thing for us to remember. These messages that Jesus is giving begin to chip away at what people thought that they knew even the religious people thought that they knew what God wanted. Jesus’ message is that you’ve got it wrong. And, so, we see that although the people love to follow Jesus and to hear Jesus, the religious…the religious establishment is getting antsy about Him. And we’ll get the chance to watch that progress because we know where the story leads. The story leads, which is Jesus hanging on a cross being crucified, executed, in a horribly humiliating and painful way. And we will certainly be exploring that as we continue forward as well.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word. We thank You for bringing us this three weeks into this brand-new journey and we are grateful for all that we have read, all that we have contemplated, all that You are speaking to us through the Scriptures. And Holy Spirit we ask that You help us to hold onto these things. May they be planted in the soil of our lives. May there be harvest as we grow deeper in our love and understanding. We pray this in the name of Jesus our Savior. Amen.

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Community Prayer and Praise:

Hi DAB family this is Liza calling from the West Coast. I hope you’re doing well and happy new year to all of you. I’ve been praying for each of you. I can really use some prayers over my relationship with God and really my faith this year. I have been going through a lot of rejection both with job searching and also with dating. And, you know, I…I think something that I’ve really been learning from God is just that the only approval I need is from God not from, you know, a person or a company. And, so, I could just use some prayers over having the strength and kind of resilience and trust in God this year as I continue to search for a job, as I continue to, you know, look for my husband. And, so, I also could really use prayers that eventually sooner than later that I get out of this toxic company that I’m working for and find somewhere, you know, where I’m appreciated and valued and where I’m really able to be myself. And the same thing with meeting my husband. You know, I’m really exciting to find out who he is and meet him soon. And, so, I really could use your prayers that God just helps me remain faithful in the journey and that every person that I meet that I learn something from them. And also, I could continue to use prayers over my finances. I’m still in a lot of debt. And, you know, finding a job, part of that is also just finding something that can help me pay off all of my debt from student loans. And, so, just trust in God that with my finances and knowing that tithing and giving to others is part of my…the way that I spend my money. So, thank you for your prayers. I am praying for each of you. Have a great day.

Hey Daily Audio Bible family James the teacher. You know, I was listening to the January 16th podcast here on January 16th and getting caught up after a couple days behind and listening to people talking about getting through the Bible all the way for the first time in a year. And something struck me. This has happened to me a few times now but there have been situations where I’ve been in a church small group or talking with some believers and the subject of being familiar with the Bible comes up. And, you know, someone can ask me, “have you…have you read the Bible?” And I said, without trying to sound arrogant, “yeah…I’ve been through the Bible…I don’t know…gosh…at least 10 times.” And I’ve been a believer for coming up on 22 years. And that doesn’t make me special or superior, but I just realized because of this amazing resource this amazing community this is available and the support to stick with it is here every single day. This is honestly astonishing. And no, I…I haven’t learned everything there is to learn in the Bible by any stretch because the Word is living and active. That’s God. I don’t know all of God, but I’ve made my home here. And I just wanna welcome everyone in this community who’s visiting who’s new here. Welcome home. It’s your home in the Word. It’s your home in Jesus Christ. We love you. Welcome.

Hey guys it’s Marjorie from New Mexico. I’m just calling in for a prayer request from my mom. She’s 76 years old. She has bipolar disorder and she’s on medication for it and she’s been drinking. She’s been drinking quite a bit. I am her power of attorney for her medical needs and she's…when I’m not there she…she goes, and she buys alcohol, and the alcohol is counteracting the effects of her medication. So, she’s falling back into the bipolar disorder. And guys I’m worried about her because she’s also very fragile. She’s very skinny. She also has Crohn’s disease and she’s not stable on her feet when she’s not drinking. So, when she is she’s even worse. And I just dread the day that I find that something happened to her. So, I’m just asking you guys to cover her in prayer and ask the Lord to take this affliction away from her so that she…she can get well again. I love my mom and I don’t want anything bad to happen to her and I just feel at a loss. And I know that I have to give it to God. And I did but then I took it back. So, also pray for me to just leave it with Him because he knows the best. Thank you, DABbers. Love you all.

My dear dear Rosie it’s Susan from Canada God’s Yellow Flower calling in to pray for you. Dear Lord Jesus she’s been through so much that her heart is just heavy. It’s only You…only You can lift the burdens that she’s bearing. And we ask dear God that in Your precious and holy mercies that You would lift Rosie above the cares and troubles of the earth. Heal her heart dear God so she can soar with You. This heaviness is keeping her down. And we ask dear God that You would just lift it. Bring peace in her heart, bring fullness in her heart. Fill up the space with Your love that all her loved ones have left behind. And we ask dear God many blessings upon her as she turns to You for peace and joy and love. In Jesus…

Dear God, we lift up Rosie who has lost five family members. I pray that you would comfort that family Lord and that you will provide healing for them including Rosie in Jesus’ name. I also lift up the marriages Lord, the spouses who our doubting God, falling away, or that have not yet decided to follow you. Let us pray that You will move in their lives. I pray that You will speak to their spirits and that You will heal them. Open their eyes. Allow them to see You in new light through dreams or ideas or however You want to reveal Yourself Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday January 21, 2022 (NIV)

Genesis 42:18-43:34

18 On the third day Joseph said to them, “I am a God-fearing man. If you do as I say, you will live. 19 If you really are honest men, choose one of your brothers to remain in prison. The rest of you may go home with grain for your starving families. 20 But you must bring your youngest brother back to me. This will prove that you are telling the truth, and you will not die.” To this they agreed.

21 Speaking among themselves, they said, “Clearly we are being punished because of what we did to Joseph long ago. We saw his anguish when he pleaded for his life, but we wouldn’t listen. That’s why we’re in this trouble.”

22 “Didn’t I tell you not to sin against the boy?” Reuben asked. “But you wouldn’t listen. And now we have to answer for his blood!”

23 Of course, they didn’t know that Joseph understood them, for he had been speaking to them through an interpreter. 24 Now he turned away from them and began to weep. When he regained his composure, he spoke to them again. Then he chose Simeon from among them and had him tied up right before their eyes.

25 Joseph then ordered his servants to fill the men’s sacks with grain, but he also gave secret instructions to return each brother’s payment at the top of his sack. He also gave them supplies for their journey home. 26 So the brothers loaded their donkeys with the grain and headed for home.

27 But when they stopped for the night and one of them opened his sack to get grain for his donkey, he found his money in the top of his sack. 28 “Look!” he exclaimed to his brothers. “My money has been returned; it’s here in my sack!” Then their hearts sank. Trembling, they said to each other, “What has God done to us?”

29 When the brothers came to their father, Jacob, in the land of Canaan, they told him everything that had happened to them. 30 “The man who is governor of the land spoke very harshly to us,” they told him. “He accused us of being spies scouting the land. 31 But we said, ‘We are honest men, not spies. 32 We are twelve brothers, sons of one father. One brother is no longer with us, and the youngest is at home with our father in the land of Canaan.’

33 “Then the man who is governor of the land told us, ‘This is how I will find out if you are honest men. Leave one of your brothers here with me, and take grain for your starving families and go on home. 34 But you must bring your youngest brother back to me. Then I will know you are honest men and not spies. Then I will give you back your brother, and you may trade freely in the land.’”

35 As they emptied out their sacks, there in each man’s sack was the bag of money he had paid for the grain! The brothers and their father were terrified when they saw the bags of money. 36 Jacob exclaimed, “You are robbing me of my children! Joseph is gone! Simeon is gone! And now you want to take Benjamin, too. Everything is going against me!”

37 Then Reuben said to his father, “You may kill my two sons if I don’t bring Benjamin back to you. I’ll be responsible for him, and I promise to bring him back.”

38 But Jacob replied, “My son will not go down with you. His brother Joseph is dead, and he is all I have left. If anything should happen to him on your journey, you would send this grieving, white-haired man to his grave.[a]

The Brothers Return to Egypt

43 But the famine continued to ravage the land of Canaan. When the grain they had brought from Egypt was almost gone, Jacob said to his sons, “Go back and buy us a little more food.”

But Judah said, “The man was serious when he warned us, ‘You won’t see my face again unless your brother is with you.’ If you send Benjamin with us, we will go down and buy more food. But if you don’t let Benjamin go, we won’t go either. Remember, the man said, ‘You won’t see my face again unless your brother is with you.’”

“Why were you so cruel to me?” Jacob[b] moaned. “Why did you tell him you had another brother?”

“The man kept asking us questions about our family,” they replied. “He asked, ‘Is your father still alive? Do you have another brother?’ So we answered his questions. How could we know he would say, ‘Bring your brother down here’?”

Judah said to his father, “Send the boy with me, and we will be on our way. Otherwise we will all die of starvation—and not only we, but you and our little ones. I personally guarantee his safety. You may hold me responsible if I don’t bring him back to you. Then let me bear the blame forever. 10 If we hadn’t wasted all this time, we could have gone and returned twice by now.”

11 So their father, Jacob, finally said to them, “If it can’t be avoided, then at least do this. Pack your bags with the best products of this land. Take them down to the man as gifts—balm, honey, gum, aromatic resin, pistachio nuts, and almonds. 12 Also take double the money that was put back in your sacks, as it was probably someone’s mistake. 13 Then take your brother, and go back to the man. 14 May God Almighty[c] give you mercy as you go before the man, so that he will release Simeon and let Benjamin return. But if I must lose my children, so be it.”

15 So the men packed Jacob’s gifts and double the money and headed off with Benjamin. They finally arrived in Egypt and presented themselves to Joseph. 16 When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the manager of his household, “These men will eat with me this noon. Take them inside the palace. Then go slaughter an animal, and prepare a big feast.” 17 So the man did as Joseph told him and took them into Joseph’s palace.

18 The brothers were terrified when they saw that they were being taken into Joseph’s house. “It’s because of the money someone put in our sacks last time we were here,” they said. “He plans to pretend that we stole it. Then he will seize us, make us slaves, and take our donkeys.”

A Feast at Joseph’s Palace

19 The brothers approached the manager of Joseph’s household and spoke to him at the entrance to the palace. 20 “Sir,” they said, “we came to Egypt once before to buy food. 21 But as we were returning home, we stopped for the night and opened our sacks. Then we discovered that each man’s money—the exact amount paid—was in the top of his sack! Here it is; we have brought it back with us. 22 We also have additional money to buy more food. We have no idea who put our money in our sacks.”

23 “Relax. Don’t be afraid,” the household manager told them. “Your God, the God of your father, must have put this treasure into your sacks. I know I received your payment.” Then he released Simeon and brought him out to them.

24 The manager then led the men into Joseph’s palace. He gave them water to wash their feet and provided food for their donkeys. 25 They were told they would be eating there, so they prepared their gifts for Joseph’s arrival at noon.

26 When Joseph came home, they gave him the gifts they had brought him, then bowed low to the ground before him. 27 After greeting them, he asked, “How is your father, the old man you spoke about? Is he still alive?”

28 “Yes,” they replied. “Our father, your servant, is alive and well.” And they bowed low again.

29 Then Joseph looked at his brother Benjamin, the son of his own mother. “Is this your youngest brother, the one you told me about?” Joseph asked. “May God be gracious to you, my son.” 30 Then Joseph hurried from the room because he was overcome with emotion for his brother. He went into his private room, where he broke down and wept. 31 After washing his face, he came back out, keeping himself under control. Then he ordered, “Bring out the food!”

32 The waiters served Joseph at his own table, and his brothers were served at a separate table. The Egyptians who ate with Joseph sat at their own table, because Egyptians despise Hebrews and refuse to eat with them. 33 Joseph told each of his brothers where to sit, and to their amazement, he seated them according to age, from oldest to youngest. 34 And Joseph filled their plates with food from his own table, giving Benjamin five times as much as he gave the others. So they feasted and drank freely with him.

Footnotes:

  1. 42:38 Hebrew to Sheol.
  2. 43:6 Hebrew Israel; also in 43:11. See note on 35:21.
  3. 43:14 Hebrew El-Shaddai.
New Living Translation (NLT)

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Matthew 13:47-14:12

Parable of the Fishing Net

47 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a fishing net that was thrown into the water and caught fish of every kind. 48 When the net was full, they dragged it up onto the shore, sat down, and sorted the good fish into crates, but threw the bad ones away. 49 That is the way it will be at the end of the world. The angels will come and separate the wicked people from the righteous, 50 throwing the wicked into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 51 Do you understand all these things?”

“Yes,” they said, “we do.”

52 Then he added, “Every teacher of religious law who becomes a disciple in the Kingdom of Heaven is like a homeowner who brings from his storeroom new gems of truth as well as old.”

Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

53 When Jesus had finished telling these stories and illustrations, he left that part of the country. 54 He returned to Nazareth, his hometown. When he taught there in the synagogue, everyone was amazed and said, “Where does he get this wisdom and the power to do miracles?” 55 Then they scoffed, “He’s just the carpenter’s son, and we know Mary, his mother, and his brothers—James, Joseph,[a] Simon, and Judas. 56 All his sisters live right here among us. Where did he learn all these things?” 57 And they were deeply offended and refused to believe in him.

Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his own family.” 58 And so he did only a few miracles there because of their unbelief.

The Death of John the Baptist

14 When Herod Antipas, the ruler of Galilee,[b] heard about Jesus, he said to his advisers, “This must be John the Baptist raised from the dead! That is why he can do such miracles.”

For Herod had arrested and imprisoned John as a favor to his wife Herodias (the former wife of Herod’s brother Philip). John had been telling Herod, “It is against God’s law for you to marry her.” Herod wanted to kill John, but he was afraid of a riot, because all the people believed John was a prophet.

But at a birthday party for Herod, Herodias’s daughter performed a dance that greatly pleased him, so he promised with a vow to give her anything she wanted. At her mother’s urging, the girl said, “I want the head of John the Baptist on a tray!” Then the king regretted what he had said; but because of the vow he had made in front of his guests, he issued the necessary orders. 10 So John was beheaded in the prison, 11 and his head was brought on a tray and given to the girl, who took it to her mother. 12 Later, John’s disciples came for his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus what had happened.

Footnotes:

  1. 13:55 Other manuscripts read Joses; still others read John.
  2. 14:1 Greek Herod the tetrarch. Herod Antipas was a son of King Herod and was ruler over Galilee.
New Living Translation (NLT)

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Psalm 18:16-36

16 He reached down from heaven and rescued me;
he drew me out of deep waters.
17 He rescued me from my powerful enemies,
from those who hated me and were too strong for me.
18 They attacked me at a moment when I was in distress,
but the Lord supported me.
19 He led me to a place of safety;
he rescued me because he delights in me.
20 The Lord rewarded me for doing right;
he restored me because of my innocence.
21 For I have kept the ways of the Lord;
I have not turned from my God to follow evil.
22 I have followed all his regulations;
I have never abandoned his decrees.
23 I am blameless before God;
I have kept myself from sin.
24 The Lord rewarded me for doing right.
He has seen my innocence.

25 To the faithful you show yourself faithful;
to those with integrity you show integrity.
26 To the pure you show yourself pure,
but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd.
27 You rescue the humble,
but you humiliate the proud.
28 You light a lamp for me.
The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.
29 In your strength I can crush an army;
with my God I can scale any wall.

30 God’s way is perfect.
All the Lord’s promises prove true.
He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.
31 For who is God except the Lord?
Who but our God is a solid rock?
32 God arms me with strength,
and he makes my way perfect.
33 He makes me as surefooted as a deer,
enabling me to stand on mountain heights.
34 He trains my hands for battle;
he strengthens my arm to draw a bronze bow.
35 You have given me your shield of victory.
Your right hand supports me;
your help[a] has made me great.
36 You have made a wide path for my feet
to keep them from slipping.

Footnotes:

  1. 18:35 Hebrew your humility; compare 2 Sam 22:36.
New Living Translation (NLT)

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Proverbs 4:7-10

Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do!
And whatever else you do, develop good judgment.
If you prize wisdom, she will make you great.
Embrace her, and she will honor you.
She will place a lovely wreath on your head;
she will present you with a beautiful crown.”

10 My child,[a] listen to me and do as I say,
and you will have a long, good life.

Footnotes:

  1. 4:10 Hebrew My son; also in 4:20.
New Living Translation (NLT)

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1/20/2022 DAB Transcript

Genesis 41:17-42:17, Matthew 13:24-46, Psalm 18:1-15, Proverbs 4:1-6

Today is the 20th day of January, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible, I’m Brian, it is awesome to be here with you today as we gather around the Global Campfire and take the next step forward together. We’re working our way through the book of Genesis. But in the book of Genesis were working our way through the story now of Joseph, who is the great grandson of Abraham and its an intriguing story because a lot of really, really difficult horrible things have happened to Joseph in his young life but those really challenging things have led him now to be standing before the king of Egypt, also known as the Pharaoh. Pharaoh has had a restless night, he’s at a couple of dreams that are bothering him tremendously, but nobody can tell them if they have meaning or if they do have meaning what the meaning is so, Joseph who was been in that dungeon has been showered and shaved and brought before the Pharaoh to tell him the meaning of his dreams. Joseph has told Pharaoh, I can’t do this, but God can and so now Pharaoh is prepared to tell Joseph his dreams and that’s where we pick up the story. We’re reading from the New Living Translation this week, Genesis chapter 41 verse 17 through verse 42.

Commentary:

Okay, so a massive switch or change of fortune for Joseph in the book of Genesis today and we’re told in today’s reading that when this happens Joseph is 30 years old so, he’s fairly young man who has spent nearly half of his life in slavery unjustly. He was sold or trafficked by his own brothers. He was the slave of Potiphar but he found favor, he did well as a servant and he became in charge of everything. But Potiphar’s wife wanted and we talked about all that and he fled and so he ends up in a dungeon. He interprets some dreams in the dungeon, he becomes in charge of the dungeon but he also gets left in the dungeon. So, we are observing story in the Scriptures where nothing is right or just or fair for Joseph. I mean he’s guilty of being a little bit arrogant as a younger man, he’s telling his family his dreams, he’s guilty of being the favorite son of his father Jacob, but he didn’t do anything in that case, other than that his mother was Rachel and she has passed away and his father loved her. And one of the things that we’re supposed to glean here is that Joseph has every opportunity to grumble and complain, he has every opportunity to cry foul. There’s nothing he can do about any of this, but in his heart of hearts he has every reason to become bitter and just allow that to consume him rather than doing that he clings to God for dear life and you can only imagine what kind of experience it must’ve been for Joseph for armed guards to come from the palace, looking for Joseph, collecting Joseph. At first Joseph wouldn’t know whether he’s going to be set free or whether he’s going to be executed. What a strange twist right, I mean he’s been in the dungeon for years. So, he’s probably not well kept and the next thing he knows he’s being cleaned up and brought before the king but the God that Joseph has been clinging to gives Joseph insight into Pharaoh’s dreams. Pharaoh recognizes what’s going on here and puts Joseph in charge of the land of Egypt. That’s quite a switch of fortunes to happen in one day. So, in today’s reading we go through all of that. Then we go through seven years of prosperity and now we are in the years of the famine and I thought I can work in these stories sometimes, we just have to pay attention like, we moved a decade into the future rather quickly. But the point of the story is the famine did come as Joseph had said. Egypt was prepared because of Joseph’s advice and implementation of his administration. The famine is severe and it is touching the nearby nations, including the land of Canaan, where Israel or Jacob and his sons are living. Jacob sends his brothers to get food and they meet up with their brother Joseph. They don’t know it and they bowed to him just like he dreamed. Now, Joseph is speaking harshly and accusing them of spying, but he knows who they are. So, as he just turned vindictive after all of this because if he wants to be vindictive, he could say I am your brother you sold me into slavery now you will die. So, as we watch this forward what we’re watching Joseph do is test his brothers. He’s getting them to reveal their heart. He’s not just jumping in and identifying himself and showing his superiority. He’s trying to get information. So, we’ll watch that as the story develops tomorrow, but as we read the story we’re not just supposed to think well, Joseph is a really righteous person, we’re supposed to see that he has every opportunity to lose faith, to lose hope and to deny God because where is God in the middle of all this. Joseph doesn’t do that and it takes a long time but all things are beginning to work together for the good of Joseph. And so, let’s consider even inviting the Holy Spirit to help us consider the things that we have been enduring for a long time. Have we’ve grown bitter and angry? Have we lost hope, have we lost faith? Joseph’s story gives us a posture, a perspective, a model to consider.

Prayer:

And so, Holy Spirit, come and help us to consider that, help us as we consider and meditate upon the story of Joseph today or anything that you’ve brought to mind from the Scriptures today. Lead us toward what we need to know, lead us into the truth, lead us to be wise, we pray in the name of Jesus, we ask. Amen.

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And that’s it for today, I’m Brian, I love you and I’ll be waiting for you here tomorrow.

Prayer and Encouragements:

Hey DAB family, first of all, I just wanted to give praises for making it halfway through January. This is my second year going through Daily Audio Bible first thing in the morning and I just love how much it’s become a part of my routine and how much this community means to me. Yeah, and just waking up and listening to God’s word and feeling connected to this group of people who read and worship daily together. That is such a blessing. Real quick, I just wanted to lift up a prayer request for a family in our church, one of those like, core families in your church, you know in your community, everybody knows and loves. They have a beautiful, just turned 13-year-old daughter who on January 1st who was admitted to the ER where they found a cancerous brain tumor. So, she’s gone two surgeries since then to remove the tumor but she does still have a long road in front of her for pediatric oncology. And, yeah, and fighting a cancerous brain tumor. And, you know, we believe that God has already done amazing things and that He’s going to continue to do amazing things but if you guys could just lift Emmy up in your prayers. And Emmy and her family the Arnolds, Erin, Brett and their son. I just really ask that you guys, keep them in your prayers cause they have a long road and their really amazing, so. Thank you.

Hi, my name is Crystal and I am a struggling mess. My husband has been so far from me. He has separated from me for a couple of years now and he comes over and my, I miss him so much. And I am trying to stand for my whole family, my kids, my marriage and me. I haven’t always done everything right but he just, it’s just so hard, I don’t understand because my kids are living in the world. My husband’s living in the world with another and I’m trying so hard to pray for each one of them, standing in the gap. And I know that God is victorious and I know He has a plan and a purpose for me and our family. And I might, just struggling and asking for a favor, like Abraham and of faith, that continued faith in my Father. That I can pray continually for myself and my husband to come back to God and to his family if it’s God’s will. But I believe in positive attributes and speaking the word and talking forward and I just love listening to all of you guys. I think I’ve called a couple of times but I just wanted to reach out. This is a new year and thank everybody for sharing their heart with me. And thank Brian …

Good morning, Daily Audio family, my name is Todd. Just praying, I ask that you guys could keep me in prayer. For the beginning of this year, just feels, like the other lady, just feels lost a little bit. And I’m just praying that my walk with Christ could heighten and I could experience Jesus more than I have. I know that I, I know that I have gifts and purpose but I’ve stand at a standstill where I’m just kind of lost. Then just getting back in the word, just praying that I could just for encouragement, mental, peace and stress and strength even during this pandemic to, to keep going. So, just asking that you guys pray for me, for my life, for my walk, for my faith. I know that I’m saved, I’m a believer but the enemy is constantly attacking my mental on I’m not good enough or I’m not doing this good enough or anything else and I know that’s just the trick of the enemy. I just pray for encouragement and strength while I continue this journey to follow God and read and live picking up my cross daily. And leading my family, I have a beautiful wife and children. My wife right now is not a believer so, that’s a challenge in itself. But I just pray that she will be able to find Jesus even through my leadership and just me sacrificing, living it.

Good morning Daily Audio Bible family. My name is Reshawnda. I’ve been a part of this family for probably, at least, 13 years. And what just happened in those years just listening to the Daily Audio Bible and I’m usually very quiet. I’ve only called in once for my son when he was three for heart surgery. That went well and he’s almost 16. Today, I’m calling for that same son and I just want to put in a prayer request for him just for his salvation and his walk. He has told us that he isn’t a believer and he’s doing things you know, contrary to how he was raised. But I’m listening to the community prayer today and I’m just so encouraged by all the call-ins. It’s January 16th but I’m listening to the prayers from the beginning of the month and I’m so encouraged by the people who encourage us who have children to just keep going. And I do have children in all stages, my oldest is almost 30 and my baby, who we’re getting ready to adopt is almost two, so I have 28, 29, 28, 17, almost 16 and a two-year-old. So, I just wanna lift him up for his salvation and choices and different things like that. And I’m just reminded of Brian’s own testimony where he walked away but came back and look what he’s done now. I’m hanging on to all of your encouragement and all of God’s promises and Brian’s testimony. Guys, continue to pray for my son Michael. Have a good day.

Hello, Daily Audio Bible family, it’s Jennifer from Ohio. It’s been a while since I called in, the last time I called in I think it was during the time with my mother was battling with Glioblastoma and she passed away a few months after that phone call. But that is actually part of the reason why I’m calling today because I think one of the most beautiful aspects of this ministry is when we hear the voice of another person and it touches our hearts in a way that we never expected. And Dorothy Jane, I heard your voice on the Sunday, January 16th podcast and let me tell you that just by virtue of your voice, the vernacular that you used, you blessed my life in a way that I can’t possibly describe. You remind me so much of my mother. I feel like, whenever I hear your voice, it’s a little love note from God just allowing me to get a sense of her presence once again through your voice. My mom, you reminded us that you were 85-years-old, my mom was 75-years-old, she passed away. But I promise you, I feel like there are so many similarities, just in your personality, just by the things that I’ve heard you say. So, I just wanna say you matter to me and everyone in this family. Those who call in and those who don’t, you all matter. And I think it is such a beautiful thing when our stories, our journeys, our paths intersect and we’re able to touch each other’s lives. Please keep calling in and keep sharing your testimonies, your prayer requests and your stories because somebody out there needs to hear it. I love you all, talk to you soon.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday January 20, 2022 (NIV)

Genesis 41:17-42

17 So Pharaoh told Joseph his dream. “In my dream,” he said, “I was standing on the bank of the Nile River, 18 and I saw seven fat, healthy cows come up out of the river and begin grazing in the marsh grass. 19 But then I saw seven sick-looking cows, scrawny and thin, come up after them. I’ve never seen such sorry-looking animals in all the land of Egypt. 20 These thin, scrawny cows ate the seven fat cows. 21 But afterward you wouldn’t have known it, for they were still as thin and scrawny as before! Then I woke up.

22 “In my dream I also saw seven heads of grain, full and beautiful, growing on a single stalk. 23 Then seven more heads of grain appeared, but these were blighted, shriveled, and withered by the east wind. 24 And the shriveled heads swallowed the seven healthy heads. I told these dreams to the magicians, but no one could tell me what they mean.”

25 Joseph responded, “Both of Pharaoh’s dreams mean the same thing. God is telling Pharaoh in advance what he is about to do. 26 The seven healthy cows and the seven healthy heads of grain both represent seven years of prosperity. 27 The seven thin, scrawny cows that came up later and the seven thin heads of grain, withered by the east wind, represent seven years of famine.

28 “This will happen just as I have described it, for God has revealed to Pharaoh in advance what he is about to do. 29 The next seven years will be a period of great prosperity throughout the land of Egypt. 30 But afterward there will be seven years of famine so great that all the prosperity will be forgotten in Egypt. Famine will destroy the land. 31 This famine will be so severe that even the memory of the good years will be erased. 32 As for having two similar dreams, it means that these events have been decreed by God, and he will soon make them happen.

33 “Therefore, Pharaoh should find an intelligent and wise man and put him in charge of the entire land of Egypt. 34 Then Pharaoh should appoint supervisors over the land and let them collect one-fifth of all the crops during the seven good years. 35 Have them gather all the food produced in the good years that are just ahead and bring it to Pharaoh’s storehouses. Store it away, and guard it so there will be food in the cities. 36 That way there will be enough to eat when the seven years of famine come to the land of Egypt. Otherwise this famine will destroy the land.”

Joseph Made Ruler of Egypt

37 Joseph’s suggestions were well received by Pharaoh and his officials. 38 So Pharaoh asked his officials, “Can we find anyone else like this man so obviously filled with the spirit of God?” 39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has revealed the meaning of the dreams to you, clearly no one else is as intelligent or wise as you are. 40 You will be in charge of my court, and all my people will take orders from you. Only I, sitting on my throne, will have a rank higher than yours.”

41 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the entire land of Egypt.” 42 Then Pharaoh removed his signet ring from his hand and placed it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in fine linen clothing and hung a gold chain around his neck. 43 Then he had Joseph ride in the chariot reserved for his second-in-command. And wherever Joseph went, the command was shouted, “Kneel down!” So Pharaoh put Joseph in charge of all Egypt. 44 And Pharaoh said to him, “I am Pharaoh, but no one will lift a hand or foot in the entire land of Egypt without your approval.”

45 Then Pharaoh gave Joseph a new Egyptian name, Zaphenath-paneah.[a] He also gave him a wife, whose name was Asenath. She was the daughter of Potiphera, the priest of On.[b] So Joseph took charge of the entire land of Egypt. 46 He was thirty years old when he began serving in the court of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. And when Joseph left Pharaoh’s presence, he inspected the entire land of Egypt.

47 As predicted, for seven years the land produced bumper crops. 48 During those years, Joseph gathered all the crops grown in Egypt and stored the grain from the surrounding fields in the cities. 49 He piled up huge amounts of grain like sand on the seashore. Finally, he stopped keeping records because there was too much to measure.

50 During this time, before the first of the famine years, two sons were born to Joseph and his wife, Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera, the priest of On. 51 Joseph named his older son Manasseh,[c] for he said, “God has made me forget all my troubles and everyone in my father’s family.” 52 Joseph named his second son Ephraim,[d] for he said, “God has made me fruitful in this land of my grief.”

53 At last the seven years of bumper crops throughout the land of Egypt came to an end. 54 Then the seven years of famine began, just as Joseph had predicted. The famine also struck all the surrounding countries, but throughout Egypt there was plenty of food. 55 Eventually, however, the famine spread throughout the land of Egypt as well. And when the people cried out to Pharaoh for food, he told them, “Go to Joseph, and do whatever he tells you.” 56 So with severe famine everywhere, Joseph opened up the storehouses and distributed grain to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe throughout the land of Egypt. 57 And people from all around came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph because the famine was severe throughout the world.

Joseph’s Brothers Go to Egypt

42 When Jacob heard that grain was available in Egypt, he said to his sons, “Why are you standing around looking at one another? I have heard there is grain in Egypt. Go down there, and buy enough grain to keep us alive. Otherwise we’ll die.”

So Joseph’s ten older brothers went down to Egypt to buy grain. But Jacob wouldn’t let Joseph’s younger brother, Benjamin, go with them, for fear some harm might come to him. So Jacob’s[e] sons arrived in Egypt along with others to buy food, for the famine was in Canaan as well.

Since Joseph was governor of all Egypt and in charge of selling grain to all the people, it was to him that his brothers came. When they arrived, they bowed before him with their faces to the ground. Joseph recognized his brothers instantly, but he pretended to be a stranger and spoke harshly to them. “Where are you from?” he demanded.

“From the land of Canaan,” they replied. “We have come to buy food.”

Although Joseph recognized his brothers, they didn’t recognize him. And he remembered the dreams he’d had about them many years before. He said to them, “You are spies! You have come to see how vulnerable our land has become.”

10 “No, my lord!” they exclaimed. “Your servants have simply come to buy food. 11 We are all brothers—members of the same family. We are honest men, sir! We are not spies!”

12 “Yes, you are!” Joseph insisted. “You have come to see how vulnerable our land has become.”

13 “Sir,” they said, “there are actually twelve of us. We, your servants, are all brothers, sons of a man living in the land of Canaan. Our youngest brother is back there with our father right now, and one of our brothers is no longer with us.”

14 But Joseph insisted, “As I said, you are spies! 15 This is how I will test your story. I swear by the life of Pharaoh that you will never leave Egypt unless your youngest brother comes here! 16 One of you must go and get your brother. I’ll keep the rest of you here in prison. Then we’ll find out whether or not your story is true. By the life of Pharaoh, if it turns out that you don’t have a younger brother, then I’ll know you are spies.”

17 So Joseph put them all in prison for three days.

Footnotes:

  1. 41:45a Zaphenath-paneah probably means “God speaks and lives.”
  2. 41:45b Greek version reads of Heliopolis; also in 41:50.
  3. 41:51 Manasseh sounds like a Hebrew term that means “causing to forget.”
  4. 41:52 Ephraim sounds like a Hebrew term that means “fruitful.”
  5. 42:5 Hebrew Israel’s. See note on 35:21.
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Matthew 13:24-46

Parable of the Wheat and Weeds

24 Here is another story Jesus told: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field. 25 But that night as the workers slept, his enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat, then slipped away. 26 When the crop began to grow and produce grain, the weeds also grew.

27 “The farmer’s workers went to him and said, ‘Sir, the field where you planted that good seed is full of weeds! Where did they come from?’

28 “‘An enemy has done this!’ the farmer exclaimed.

“‘Should we pull out the weeds?’ they asked.

29 “‘No,’ he replied, ‘you’ll uproot the wheat if you do. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. Then I will tell the harvesters to sort out the weeds, tie them into bundles, and burn them, and to put the wheat in the barn.’”

Parable of the Mustard Seed

31 Here is another illustration Jesus used: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed planted in a field. 32 It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants; it grows into a tree, and birds come and make nests in its branches.”

Parable of the Yeast

33 Jesus also used this illustration: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough.”

34 Jesus always used stories and illustrations like these when speaking to the crowds. In fact, he never spoke to them without using such parables. 35 This fulfilled what God had spoken through the prophet:

“I will speak to you in parables.
I will explain things hidden since the creation of the world.[a]

Parable of the Wheat and Weeds Explained

36 Then, leaving the crowds outside, Jesus went into the house. His disciples said, “Please explain to us the story of the weeds in the field.”

37 Jesus replied, “The Son of Man[b] is the farmer who plants the good seed. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed represents the people of the Kingdom. The weeds are the people who belong to the evil one. 39 The enemy who planted the weeds among the wheat is the devil. The harvest is the end of the world,[c] and the harvesters are the angels.

40 “Just as the weeds are sorted out and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the world. 41 The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will remove from his Kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42 And the angels will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s Kingdom. Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!

Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl

44 “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field.

45 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. 46 When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!

Footnotes:

  1. 13:35 Some manuscripts do not include of the world. Ps 78:2.
  2. 13:37 “Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself.
  3. 13:39 Or the age; also in 13:40, 49.
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Psalm 18:1-15

Psalm 18

For the choir director: A psalm of David, the servant of the Lord. He sang this song to the Lord on the day the Lord rescued him from all his enemies and from Saul. He sang:

I love you, Lord;
you are my strength.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior;
my God is my rock, in whom I find protection.
He is my shield, the power that saves me,
and my place of safety.
I called on the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
and he saved me from my enemies.

The ropes of death entangled me;
floods of destruction swept over me.
The grave[a] wrapped its ropes around me;
death laid a trap in my path.
But in my distress I cried out to the Lord;
yes, I prayed to my God for help.
He heard me from his sanctuary;
my cry to him reached his ears.

Then the earth quaked and trembled.
The foundations of the mountains shook;
they quaked because of his anger.
Smoke poured from his nostrils;
fierce flames leaped from his mouth.
Glowing coals blazed forth from him.
He opened the heavens and came down;
dark storm clouds were beneath his feet.
10 Mounted on a mighty angelic being,[b] he flew,
soaring on the wings of the wind.
11 He shrouded himself in darkness,
veiling his approach with dark rain clouds.
12 Thick clouds shielded the brightness around him
and rained down hail and burning coals.[c]
13 The Lord thundered from heaven;
the voice of the Most High resounded
amid the hail and burning coals.
14 He shot his arrows and scattered his enemies;
great bolts of lightning flashed, and they were confused.
15 Then at your command, O Lord,
at the blast of your breath,
the bottom of the sea could be seen,
and the foundations of the earth were laid bare.

Footnotes:

  1. 18:5 Hebrew Sheol.
  2. 18:10 Hebrew a cherub.
  3. 18:12 Or and lightning bolts; also in 18:13.
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Proverbs 4:1-6

A Father’s Wise Advice

My children,[a] listen when your father corrects you.
Pay attention and learn good judgment,
for I am giving you good guidance.
Don’t turn away from my instructions.
For I, too, was once my father’s son,
tenderly loved as my mother’s only child.

My father taught me,
“Take my words to heart.
Follow my commands, and you will live.
Get wisdom; develop good judgment.
Don’t forget my words or turn away from them.
Don’t turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you.
Love her, and she will guard you.

Footnotes:

  1. 4:1 Hebrew My sons.
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01/19/2022 DAB Transcript

Genesis 39:1-41:16, Matthew 12:46-13:23, Psalms 17:1-15, Proverbs 3:33-35

Today is the 19th day of January welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I am Brian It is wonderful to be here with you today as we do what we do every day, take the next step forward in the Scriptures. And, so, let’s do just that. We are working our way through the first book of the Bible, the book of Genesis and we have encountered the story of Joseph, who is the son of Jacob who is the son of Isaac who is the son of Abraham. Joseph has been sold into slavery. He was trafficked by his own brothers, He’s been taken from his homeland and has arrived in Egypt where he has been resold. He is now owned by Potiphar who is the captain of the guard for the king of Egypt, the Pharaoh. It’s not fair what happened to him. And let’s find out happens next. Genesis chapter 39 verse 1 through 41 verse 16.

Commentary:

Alright. So, in the book of Genesis yesterday we began following the story of Joseph, one of the children of Jacob, one and the children of Israel, since Jacob’s name has been changed. And yesterday we watched as Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers which was not just or fair. He was subsequently taken to Egypt where he was sold to the captain of the guard for…for Pharaoh the king of Egypt. His name was Potiphar. In fairly short order Joseph’s administrative skill was perceived and before long Joseph was in charge of running the household for Potiphar. So, it’s totally unjust that he was sold into slavery, but I guess if he had to end up somewhere this isn’t the worst place to end up. Things are going decent except that Joseph is a young, handsome, well-built man. The Bible goes to great lengths to tell us this. And, so, what we are to understand is that Joseph is quite desirable, and Potiphar’s wife desires him and she begins to pressure him to go to bed with her. And this goes on and on and on until one time she corners him, and he speaks, “I can’t. Like cannot…I cannot sin against God. I cannot sin against Pharaoh. Everything that Pharaoh owns I am in charge of, except for you. I can’t do this.” And she continues to press him until he has to flee away from her, leaving his cloak. And she’s at this point in a no-win situation. Now she has some of Joseph’s clothes and there’s some sort of story going to be told. So, she jumps out in front of it and concocts the story that Joseph actually made advances toward her which is likely to get and any red-blooded husband upset. And, so, the next thing we know Joseph is thrown into the dungeon into prison. This is not fair. And if there were opportunity to have the sense that you had reached the lowest point of your life, I guess the dungeon qualifies as a good place to consider that. But instead, Joseph receives favor and again his administrative leadership in short order puts him in charge of the prison. I mean, there’s a prison warden. But Joseph does such a good job by proxy he’s in charge. Before too long there are two officials, the chief baker and the cupbearer to the king and their thrown into prison because they’ve angered the king in some sort of way. They have dreams. Joseph interprets the dreams. The dreams come true. One of them, the baker is executed, and the cupbearer is restored to his position where he promptly forgets all about Joseph. This is not fair. Two more years go by. That is not fair. And then Pharaoh has a couple of dreams that can’t be interpreted and that’s when the cupbearer remembers Joseph. And then Joseph is brought from…after years…years in the dungeon…is told to take a bath and shave and get looking nice because you’re going to see the king. And he does and Pharaoh says I hear you can interpret dreams. And Joseph says only God can do this. And we’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see if…like what other unfair thing needs to happen to Joseph. This guy has been dealt a bad hand. But at this point we should be able to look at storing and go, man how would I…how…I can’t even imagine this scenario but how would I react? At what point in this story would I begin to say this is not fair God, where are you? And then the story starts sounding familiar because we would all have that tipping point. What’s interesting is that that’s not the way that this story goes. That not Joseph’s reaction to any of this. Rather than being angry at God Joseph seems to be holding on for dear life to the only one who could do anything about it. And, so, as we move through our day and reflect back upon this story we can think about our own tipping points and times we’ve raised our fists and shaken them at the sky, saying where are you. And we will continue to move through and examine the story of Joseph tomorrow.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word and we thank You for another day of life and the opportunity to allow the Scriptures to seep into our minds and down into our hearts. And as we allow the story of Joseph to contrast with our lives and interact with our lives and the things that have made us bitter and things that have made us angry and the things we don’t think are fair and we look at the way that we’ve reacted in those situations, and then contrast that with the story of Joseph and the way that he reacted in those situations we are offered plenty to think about. And, so, we ask Your Holy Spirit to help us enter into this and pray as You continue to sanctify and transform us in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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Community Prayer and Praise:

Hi this is Simone. This is Simone calling in from Houston and just wanted to call in and pray for everyone listening. First year with you guys and I’m also double DABbing and I’m just so inspired. At first, I just wanted to pray. Father God on this morning I just wanted to lift you up. God, I ask that you would search my heart and anything that’s in it that’s not like You I ask for forgiveness for. Look God I just wanted to give you the honor and the glory and the praise for my life and for everyone listening. Lord in this year I’ve made a commitment to just walk with You and do and live and be better. And God I thank You right now that even on the things that I need to work in on my life that You walk alongside me Lord God, that You coach me and You teach me. Teach me how to be more like You. That is the desire of my heart and I pray for everyone listening that that's…that’s one of their desires as well. Lord God I just thank You for life and for grace and I thank You for how far I’ve come in my journey as someone that has struggled with depression, that…that fights depression and deals with suicidal ideations and thoughts. And I just thank You God that You are a healer. You are a Jehovah Rapha Jehovah Jireh. You are everything that we need. And I thank You that in this season we will all look to You for strength Lord God. We will lean on You for the help that we need. God help me to encourage and pray for and be there for others and we just thank You for life and strength. And I just want to bless Your holy name. It’s in Jesus power and wisdom and strength I pray this prayer. Amen.

Hello everybody this is Eddie from Las Vegas. I’m calling about a request that I just heard from Tammy. She’s fasting from Facebook. And Tammy I just want to tell you, you know, those struggles that you’ve been having, you know, it sounds like you’re going through a lot. And, you know, I praise God that you’re in remission, you know, and you’re having to take care of your husband and all these things that you’re dealing with, you know, the anxiety depression, all that kind of stuff. Sister you don’t have to walk through that alone anymore. I just want you to know that you are worthy of everything that God has for you, that He loves you and He’s with you and He’s for you. And He will never fail you. Everything that you’ve had to walk through in the past. When I heard that…that you were taking care of your husband all those years and everything, I…I thought to myself, my God, you know, she had to walk through all that without you Jesus and now that you are saved, He’s walking with you through it and He loves you. So, take courage sister and, you know, just remember that…that you are not alone. He loves you and He is your strength, He’s your song, He’s your victory. You know, you are no longer bound to anything that the devil might throw at you, you know. Those chains are broken. The darkness has to flee in their light of Jesus. It cannot stand, it will not stand in the presence of God. So, just take heart and hold on to that truth that Jesus is with you, and He will carry you through everything. You know, everything that you go through you won’t go through alone. So, praise God. Be encouraged sister. Love you.

Hey DAB family this is your sister Ashley from California and I wanted to come on here and pray for the sweet sister at the end of the January 14th post. My sweet sister who has recovered from cancer, but it is now on the journey of growing a family. My heart breaks for you and I want to encourage you as I admire your humility. You’re heeding the verse of wisdom as you’re asking for prayer and discernment. I am asking our loving advocate Jesus to grant you and your husband the wisdom, strength, and encouragement to follow the path of the Holy Spirit leads you to. I want to leave you with this scripture. Those who sow would tears will reap with songs of joy - Psalms 126 verse 5. I am praying for your joyful harvest. And family I just want to ask you for prayer too because I got COVID but God has graciously been helping me get better. And I just want to ask you family to please pray for my dad Doug as he is not…as he now has it and he has pre-existing medical conditions. Like, he had strokes and all that jazz. So please pray for that but I also I just want to thank God for the super natural Holy Ghost power he infused my mom Heather with to take care of the household of eight while my brother, sister, and myself had been sick. So, I am praying for everybody out there who has gotten COVID. It is different for everybody, but man alive it is not something to be trifled with. So, I am praying for our world out there and let’s just pray for them too. Alright DAB family. I love you and I’m glad to be on the up and up. Bye.

Daily Audio Bible family this is grandma and Nikki. I am in desperate need of prayers for healing. I have bronchitis and I’ve had it since New Year’s Eve and I also have COPD which is making this even more difficult. It makes it hard to breathe and hard to talk and I desperately need healing from Jesus. Please, please pray for me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

This is Marissa in southern Ohio and this message is for Remorseful Sinner. I wanted to offer you a special kind of prayer that you can participate in if you’d like to. So, just feel free to repeat after me and anywhere where I say my boyfriend you can just insert your boyfriend’s name there. So, in the name of Jesus I renounce all authority I gave to my boyfriend and to the occult when I decided to get involved with witchcraft. I renounce any known or unknown covenant agreement or commitment that I made with him or anything dealing with the occult. I renounce every spoken incantation, spell, agreement or prayer that was stated. I take back all authority I lost as a result of these things. I break any curse that came on my finances that came as the result of paying for anything that had to do with the occult. In the name of Jesus, I renounce every sexual, spiritual or soul binding with my boyfriend which resulted from me sharing my body with him. I now take back all authority I gave to him. In the name of Jesus, I renounce fear that came into my life when all of this situation started happening. I take back all authority that I submitted to fear. In the name of Jesus, I renounce all bindings of hatred, bitterness, resentment, or anger that I have against him or myself for this specific situation. I take back all the authority I have submitted to hatred, bitterness, anger, and unforgiveness. Today I make a choice to forgive myself. From the depths of my heart, I forgive myself and I bless myself and I declare this issue is finished and my life from this day forward. And I really believe there is power in Jesus’ name. I mean we have to believe that. Why are we listening to the Bible if we don’t believe that? So, I encourage you and I just bless you in the name of Jesus.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Wednesday January 19, 2022 (NIV)

Genesis 39:1-41:16

Joseph in Potiphar’s House

39 When Joseph was taken to Egypt by the Ishmaelite traders, he was purchased by Potiphar, an Egyptian officer. Potiphar was captain of the guard for Pharaoh, the king of Egypt.

The Lord was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did as he served in the home of his Egyptian master. Potiphar noticed this and realized that the Lord was with Joseph, giving him success in everything he did. This pleased Potiphar, so he soon made Joseph his personal attendant. He put him in charge of his entire household and everything he owned. From the day Joseph was put in charge of his master’s household and property, the Lord began to bless Potiphar’s household for Joseph’s sake. All his household affairs ran smoothly, and his crops and livestock flourished. So Potiphar gave Joseph complete administrative responsibility over everything he owned. With Joseph there, he didn’t worry about a thing—except what kind of food to eat!

Joseph was a very handsome and well-built young man, and Potiphar’s wife soon began to look at him lustfully. “Come and sleep with me,” she demanded.

But Joseph refused. “Look,” he told her, “my master trusts me with everything in his entire household. No one here has more authority than I do. He has held back nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How could I do such a wicked thing? It would be a great sin against God.”

10 She kept putting pressure on Joseph day after day, but he refused to sleep with her, and he kept out of her way as much as possible. 11 One day, however, no one else was around when he went in to do his work. 12 She came and grabbed him by his cloak, demanding, “Come on, sleep with me!” Joseph tore himself away, but he left his cloak in her hand as he ran from the house.

13 When she saw that she was holding his cloak and he had fled, 14 she called out to her servants. Soon all the men came running. “Look!” she said. “My husband has brought this Hebrew slave here to make fools of us! He came into my room to rape me, but I screamed. 15 When he heard me scream, he ran outside and got away, but he left his cloak behind with me.”

16 She kept the cloak with her until her husband came home. 17 Then she told him her story. “That Hebrew slave you’ve brought into our house tried to come in and fool around with me,” she said. 18 “But when I screamed, he ran outside, leaving his cloak with me!”

Joseph Put in Prison

19 Potiphar was furious when he heard his wife’s story about how Joseph had treated her. 20 So he took Joseph and threw him into the prison where the king’s prisoners were held, and there he remained. 21 But the Lord was with Joseph in the prison and showed him his faithful love. And the Lord made Joseph a favorite with the prison warden. 22 Before long, the warden put Joseph in charge of all the other prisoners and over everything that happened in the prison. 23 The warden had no more worries, because Joseph took care of everything. The Lord was with him and caused everything he did to succeed.

Joseph Interprets Two Dreams

40 Some time later, Pharaoh’s chief cup-bearer and chief baker offended their royal master. Pharaoh became angry with these two officials, and he put them in the prison where Joseph was, in the palace of the captain of the guard. They remained in prison for quite some time, and the captain of the guard assigned them to Joseph, who looked after them.

While they were in prison, Pharaoh’s cup-bearer and baker each had a dream one night, and each dream had its own meaning. When Joseph saw them the next morning, he noticed that they both looked upset. “Why do you look so worried today?” he asked them.

And they replied, “We both had dreams last night, but no one can tell us what they mean.”

“Interpreting dreams is God’s business,” Joseph replied. “Go ahead and tell me your dreams.”

So the chief cup-bearer told Joseph his dream first. “In my dream,” he said, “I saw a grapevine in front of me. 10 The vine had three branches that began to bud and blossom, and soon it produced clusters of ripe grapes. 11 I was holding Pharaoh’s wine cup in my hand, so I took a cluster of grapes and squeezed the juice into the cup. Then I placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand.”

12 “This is what the dream means,” Joseph said. “The three branches represent three days. 13 Within three days Pharaoh will lift you up and restore you to your position as his chief cup-bearer. 14 And please remember me and do me a favor when things go well for you. Mention me to Pharaoh, so he might let me out of this place. 15 For I was kidnapped from my homeland, the land of the Hebrews, and now I’m here in prison, but I did nothing to deserve it.”

16 When the chief baker saw that Joseph had given the first dream such a positive interpretation, he said to Joseph, “I had a dream, too. In my dream there were three baskets of white pastries stacked on my head. 17 The top basket contained all kinds of pastries for Pharaoh, but the birds came and ate them from the basket on my head.”

18 “This is what the dream means,” Joseph told him. “The three baskets also represent three days. 19 Three days from now Pharaoh will lift you up and impale your body on a pole. Then birds will come and peck away at your flesh.”

20 Pharaoh’s birthday came three days later, and he prepared a banquet for all his officials and staff. He summoned[a] his chief cup-bearer and chief baker to join the other officials. 21 He then restored the chief cup-bearer to his former position, so he could again hand Pharaoh his cup. 22 But Pharaoh impaled the chief baker, just as Joseph had predicted when he interpreted his dream. 23 Pharaoh’s chief cup-bearer, however, forgot all about Joseph, never giving him another thought.

Pharaoh’s Dreams

41 Two full years later, Pharaoh dreamed that he was standing on the bank of the Nile River. In his dream he saw seven fat, healthy cows come up out of the river and begin grazing in the marsh grass. Then he saw seven more cows come up behind them from the Nile, but these were scrawny and thin. These cows stood beside the fat cows on the riverbank. Then the scrawny, thin cows ate the seven healthy, fat cows! At this point in the dream, Pharaoh woke up.

But he fell asleep again and had a second dream. This time he saw seven heads of grain, plump and beautiful, growing on a single stalk. Then seven more heads of grain appeared, but these were shriveled and withered by the east wind. And these thin heads swallowed up the seven plump, well-formed heads! Then Pharaoh woke up again and realized it was a dream.

The next morning Pharaoh was very disturbed by the dreams. So he called for all the magicians and wise men of Egypt. When Pharaoh told them his dreams, not one of them could tell him what they meant.

Finally, the king’s chief cup-bearer spoke up. “Today I have been reminded of my failure,” he told Pharaoh. 10 “Some time ago, you were angry with the chief baker and me, and you imprisoned us in the palace of the captain of the guard. 11 One night the chief baker and I each had a dream, and each dream had its own meaning. 12 There was a young Hebrew man with us in the prison who was a slave of the captain of the guard. We told him our dreams, and he told us what each of our dreams meant. 13 And everything happened just as he had predicted. I was restored to my position as cup-bearer, and the chief baker was executed and impaled on a pole.”

14 Pharaoh sent for Joseph at once, and he was quickly brought from the prison. After he shaved and changed his clothes, he went in and stood before Pharaoh. 15 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I had a dream last night, and no one here can tell me what it means. But I have heard that when you hear about a dream you can interpret it.”

16 “It is beyond my power to do this,” Joseph replied. “But God can tell you what it means and set you at ease.”

Footnotes:

  1. 40:20 Hebrew He lifted up the head of.
New Living Translation (NLT)

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Matthew 12:46-13:23

The True Family of Jesus

46 As Jesus was speaking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him. 47 Someone told Jesus, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, and they want to speak to you.”[a]

48 Jesus asked, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” 49 Then he pointed to his disciples and said, “Look, these are my mother and brothers. 50 Anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother!”

Parable of the Farmer Scattering Seed

13 Later that same day Jesus left the house and sat beside the lake. A large crowd soon gathered around him, so he got into a boat. Then he sat there and taught as the people stood on the shore. He told many stories in the form of parables, such as this one:

“Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds. As he scattered them across his field, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate them. Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow. But the plants soon wilted under the hot sun, and since they didn’t have deep roots, they died. Other seeds fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants. Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted! Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”

10 His disciples came and asked him, “Why do you use parables when you talk to the people?”

11 He replied, “You are permitted to understand the secrets[b] of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others are not. 12 To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them. 13 That is why I use these parables,

For they look, but they don’t really see.
They hear, but they don’t really listen or understand.

14 This fulfills the prophecy of Isaiah that says,

‘When you hear what I say,
you will not understand.
When you see what I do,
you will not comprehend.
15 For the hearts of these people are hardened,
and their ears cannot hear,
and they have closed their eyes—
so their eyes cannot see,
and their ears cannot hear,
and their hearts cannot understand,
and they cannot turn to me
and let me heal them.’[c]

16 “But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear. 17 I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, but they didn’t see it. And they longed to hear what you hear, but they didn’t hear it.

18 “Now listen to the explanation of the parable about the farmer planting seeds: 19 The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message about the Kingdom and don’t understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts. 20 The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. 21 But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word. 22 The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced. 23 The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”

Footnotes:

  1. 12:47 Some manuscripts do not include verse 47. Compare Mark 3:32 and Luke 8:20.
  2. 13:11 Greek the mysteries.
  3. 13:14-15 Isa 6:9-10 (Greek version).
New Living Translation (NLT)

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Psalm 17

Psalm 17

A prayer of David.

O Lord, hear my plea for justice.
Listen to my cry for help.
Pay attention to my prayer,
for it comes from honest lips.
Declare me innocent,
for you see those who do right.

You have tested my thoughts and examined my heart in the night.
You have scrutinized me and found nothing wrong.
I am determined not to sin in what I say.
I have followed your commands,
which keep me from following cruel and evil people.
My steps have stayed on your path;
I have not wavered from following you.

I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God.
Bend down and listen as I pray.
Show me your unfailing love in wonderful ways.
By your mighty power you rescue
those who seek refuge from their enemies.
Guard me as you would guard your own eyes.[a]
Hide me in the shadow of your wings.
Protect me from wicked people who attack me,
from murderous enemies who surround me.
10 They are without pity.
Listen to their boasting!
11 They track me down and surround me,
watching for the chance to throw me to the ground.
12 They are like hungry lions, eager to tear me apart—
like young lions hiding in ambush.

13 Arise, O Lord!
Stand against them, and bring them to their knees!
Rescue me from the wicked with your sword!
14 By the power of your hand, O Lord,
destroy those who look to this world for their reward.
But satisfy the hunger of your treasured ones.
May their children have plenty,
leaving an inheritance for their descendants.
15 Because I am righteous, I will see you.
When I awake, I will see you face to face and be satisfied.

Footnotes:

  1. 17:8 Hebrew as the pupil of your eye.
New Living Translation (NLT)

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Proverbs 3:33-35

33 The Lord curses the house of the wicked,
but he blesses the home of the upright.

34 The Lord mocks the mockers
but is gracious to the humble.[a]

35 The wise inherit honor,
but fools are put to shame!

Footnotes:

  1. 3:34 Greek version reads The Lord opposes the proud / but gives grace to the humble. Compare Jas 4:6; 1 Pet 5:5.
New Living Translation (NLT)

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1/18/2022 DAB Transcript

Genesis 37:1-38:30, Matthew 12:22-45, Psalm 16:1-11, Proverbs 3:27-32

Today is the 18th day of January, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible, I’m Brian and it’s great to be here with you, like it is every day around the Global Campfire together, a nice place to keep warm as we move through the winter months at least those of us who live in the northern hemisphere and those of you in the southern hemisphere who are experiencing summertime what’s summer without a good campfire? So, it is great to be here wherever you may be, I’m just here in the rolling hills of Tennessee and let’s dive in today. We will pick up where we left off yesterday. We have been traveling alongside Jacob, whose name is now Israel and his family, the children of Israel. And as we enter our reading today, we’re going to zoom in even further and focus on one of those children of Israel and his name is Joseph and the Bible will have us zooming in on Joseph’s life for a while. So, let’s dive in, Genesis chapters 37 and 38 today.

Commentary:

Okay so, in the book of Genesis, we are entering the story of Joseph, one of the children of Israel or Jacob, his beloved son, his favored son. If you remember Jacob’s story right, he gets married to two sisters and there’s a lot of conniving and trickery going on but the woman that he truly loves is Rachel and for the longest time she had no children, she was barren. Joseph was born to Jacob and Rachel. He loved this boy; he favored this boy and the rest of his sons knew it and there was a lot of animosity there. So, we’re meeting Joseph while he’s like a young teenage boy and we will be following Joseph’s story all the way through his life to his death. But as we begin the story, we can see that Joseph is acting like a teenage boy right, he as these big dreams, he’s kind of arrogant about it. He knows he’s the favored son, probably because of the circumstances, has a pretty big chip on his shoulder. We’re just entering into the story and we heard about the special coat of many colors that he has but even in the first day of reading through this story some pivotal tragic things happen to Joseph. He’s in search of his brothers to find out how they’re doing with the livestock and report back to his father, his brothers see him coming and they decide he should die, they should kill him. They’re not all in complete unity about this but the majority wants to kill him and then they figure they shouldn’t just kill him; they should just throw him into a well to die and all this. As it turns out though what they do is not to kill him, but rather to traffic him, so he is sold to some Ishmaelite traders and then he is taken to Egypt, which is not an insignificant journey, where he is subsequently marketed and resold to another person, Potiphar, the captain of the guard for Pharaoh. So, there’s a whole lot of twists and turns in this story before us, but where we sit right now, we could probably all agree that no matter the arrogance of Joseph, it’s probably not fair that he was human trafficked by his own family. So, we have to imagine this sheltered boy who is favored by his father, who had a really good life out in front of them with plenty of authority and plenty of resources. So, he’s protected and feels like he knows everything and he’s just a teenage guy untested. The next thing we know he is in Egypt being sold as a slave so, his world has gotten rocked and he would have to be dealing with the emotions of being betrayed by your family, by your brothers, a total sense of shock. He’s in a land he’s never been to before and his station in life is gone from freedom to slavery and he’s just a young kid to process all of this by himself. So, what we’re being invited to do through this story is to watch Joseph, to watch the way he conducts himself and believe me when we do that, this story becomes a mirror so, we have a lot to learn from Joseph in the days ahead.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for the Scriptures. We thank You for Your word, we thank You that we can immerse ourselves in it each and every day together. We thank You for this Community. That we can do this, that we can take this journey through a year and through the Scriptures. But even if we did that as an exercise without opening our hearts to what the Scriptures are telling us and opening our hearts to surrendering to You and Your leadership in our lives, we will have simply systematically read a big book. And so, we’re asking come, Holy Spirit, lead us into all truth. And as we engage with the stories that we’re in right now, the story of Joseph, open our hearts as we open the Scriptures. We pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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Hello, this is Michael Gene Elmore aka The Greatest Trucker. And that’s my identity but my identity has been stolen and quite literally. I’ve been a trucker for a long time and I hauled heavy equipment out of Oregon, the West Coast, hauled it into Canada quite a bit. And I felt like I needed to carry a lot of ID and so I did and carried my ID around with me. And I carried it in a backpack, kept it close to me. And the other day I flew into Phoenix and they picked me up and brought me to where the truck was and just before we went there, we stopped in this little place to get something to eat and while we were in there the truck was stolen, the pick-up the guy that picked me up at the airport, his pick-up was stolen. And long story short, they got the pick-up back but they got my back pack with all my identity on me: social security card, passport, driver physical card in there, I had all this identity, even had my birth certificate in there. So, my identity was stolen. It’s almost as if I feel like now, I don’t know what it means. The devil knows who I am as if he didn’t ever before. So, I ask you to pray for me for whatever this means, my identity to be in Christ and for it to not matter, what my identity is stolen and out there.

Hi, my name is Jesse, I’m in New Jersey. And this is my second year trying the DAB. I didn’t make it through the Bible last year and I thought I should start over. So, I started over and I’m actually keeping up, which is cool. I’m a pretty new Christian and God’s putting me through a season of hardship right now and I’m struggling. And I’m praying and I’m doing what I can but I need some prayers. I’m going through some financial hardship and I’m struggling and I need some prayers. I’m having a really difficult time. And I have a wife, I have a daughter, they’re incredible people but I’m struggling and guys I’m a sinner. I struggle with, I struggle with a  lot of things. And I’m trying to work through it and I’m repenting each day, I’m trying. But I’m struggling. I love the DAB, I love the DAB family, I love this but I just need prayers because I’m really, really struggling. Thanks everyone. Love you DAB family.

Hey my name is Eric. I’m calling from Tampa, Florida. I’ve been listening to the Daily Audio Bible podcast on and off for a number of years and this is the first year that I am consistently listening. Sometimes I miss a day or two but I go back and I continue on the journey and I’m really grateful for it. I’m calling for prayer for two reasons. One, my dad, he’s been in the hospital in ICU for the past few days and we’re really hopeful that he’s gonna come out of this. He is a believer you know, we’re just hoping that he gets the strength to fight. And the second reason for the call is, you know, I’ve struggled for over 20 years with heavy depression and alcoholism. I’m 41 and I’m just so tired of the cycle of defeat and I really want to overcome this so I can fulfill my purpose, right. So, yeah, if you guys could lift us up. My name is Eric my dad’s name is Angelos. Pray for the Crews family and prayers for all of those that are struggling in similar ways. And pray that we find a community of people that can inspire us and encourage us to move forward and to fight the good fight and to do so with unity and love. And so, I really appreciate it, thank you so much. Praise and Peace, Love and Life. Bless up. Thank you.

Hi Daily Audio Bible family, my name is Larissa, I’m in the UK. I’m new to the community, I’m new to Christianity but I, there’s a faith in my life and I’m hoping that this year I will, I will fill it with faith. So, I’m calling today for a prayer request for myself because I’m 26 and I’m going through some medical challenges at the moment. And I’ve had an appointment today which kind of really threw me. And having lots of tests and it’s all moving very quickly. So, I’m feeling really blessed to live in the UK where it’s all free. But yeah, I’m just struggling a bit. So, if you could pray, I would have the strength to carry on with all these tests and investigations and not lose faith while doing it and that the outcome would be positive, that would be great. Thank you so much.

Hi ya’ll, this is Taken With Love from Louisiana. This call goes out to Western Wyoming Woman. Girl, you just touched my heart just now by listening to your plea going to see your mom. You know girl, when your mom is gonna be gone into eternity, she’s gonna be gone. So, you are doing the most awesome thing to travel across the country to go and bring accolades and honor and just celebrate your mom, this really touches me. I lost my mom five years ago. And I would, anything, anything thing to have her sitting right here with me so I could tell her how wonderful she was. Oh, did she have faults? Yes, we all do and I remember all of my faults. It’s hard to be a mom but I think it’s such a picture of how God loves us. He forgets our past, remember He cast it into the sea of forgetfulness and He redeems us and you have the opportunity to redeem your relationship with your mom and this is gonna catapult her into eternity. Have that hard conversation with her while you’re there of knowing Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior, but it won’t be hard because the Holy Spirit will be with you. I’ma be praying for you that you’re gonna come back with a great report of all the celebration and all the good things that God did, not only inside of your mom, but inside of you. God bless you girl, I’m praying for you.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday January 18, 2022 (NIV)

Genesis 37-38

Joseph’s Dreams

37 So Jacob settled again in the land of Canaan, where his father had lived as a foreigner.

This is the account of Jacob and his family. When Joseph was seventeen years old, he often tended his father’s flocks. He worked for his half brothers, the sons of his father’s wives Bilhah and Zilpah. But Joseph reported to his father some of the bad things his brothers were doing.

Jacob[a] loved Joseph more than any of his other children because Joseph had been born to him in his old age. So one day Jacob had a special gift made for Joseph—a beautiful robe.[b] But his brothers hated Joseph because their father loved him more than the rest of them. They couldn’t say a kind word to him.

One night Joseph had a dream, and when he told his brothers about it, they hated him more than ever. “Listen to this dream,” he said. “We were out in the field, tying up bundles of grain. Suddenly my bundle stood up, and your bundles all gathered around and bowed low before mine!”

His brothers responded, “So you think you will be our king, do you? Do you actually think you will reign over us?” And they hated him all the more because of his dreams and the way he talked about them.

Soon Joseph had another dream, and again he told his brothers about it. “Listen, I have had another dream,” he said. “The sun, moon, and eleven stars bowed low before me!”

10 This time he told the dream to his father as well as to his brothers, but his father scolded him. “What kind of dream is that?” he asked. “Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow to the ground before you?” 11 But while his brothers were jealous of Joseph, his father wondered what the dreams meant.

12 Soon after this, Joseph’s brothers went to pasture their father’s flocks at Shechem. 13 When they had been gone for some time, Jacob said to Joseph, “Your brothers are pasturing the sheep at Shechem. Get ready, and I will send you to them.”

“I’m ready to go,” Joseph replied.

14 “Go and see how your brothers and the flocks are getting along,” Jacob said. “Then come back and bring me a report.” So Jacob sent him on his way, and Joseph traveled to Shechem from their home in the valley of Hebron.

15 When he arrived there, a man from the area noticed him wandering around the countryside. “What are you looking for?” he asked.

16 “I’m looking for my brothers,” Joseph replied. “Do you know where they are pasturing their sheep?”

17 “Yes,” the man told him. “They have moved on from here, but I heard them say, ‘Let’s go on to Dothan.’” So Joseph followed his brothers to Dothan and found them there.

Joseph Sold into Slavery

18 When Joseph’s brothers saw him coming, they recognized him in the distance. As he approached, they made plans to kill him. 19 “Here comes the dreamer!” they said. 20 “Come on, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns. We can tell our father, ‘A wild animal has eaten him.’ Then we’ll see what becomes of his dreams!”

21 But when Reuben heard of their scheme, he came to Joseph’s rescue. “Let’s not kill him,” he said. 22 “Why should we shed any blood? Let’s just throw him into this empty cistern here in the wilderness. Then he’ll die without our laying a hand on him.” Reuben was secretly planning to rescue Joseph and return him to his father.

23 So when Joseph arrived, his brothers ripped off the beautiful robe he was wearing. 24 Then they grabbed him and threw him into the cistern. Now the cistern was empty; there was no water in it. 25 Then, just as they were sitting down to eat, they looked up and saw a caravan of camels in the distance coming toward them. It was a group of Ishmaelite traders taking a load of gum, balm, and aromatic resin from Gilead down to Egypt.

26 Judah said to his brothers, “What will we gain by killing our brother? We’d have to cover up the crime.[c] 27 Instead of hurting him, let’s sell him to those Ishmaelite traders. After all, he is our brother—our own flesh and blood!” And his brothers agreed. 28 So when the Ishmaelites, who were Midianite traders, came by, Joseph’s brothers pulled him out of the cistern and sold him to them for twenty pieces[d] of silver. And the traders took him to Egypt.

29 Some time later, Reuben returned to get Joseph out of the cistern. When he discovered that Joseph was missing, he tore his clothes in grief. 30 Then he went back to his brothers and lamented, “The boy is gone! What will I do now?”

31 Then the brothers killed a young goat and dipped Joseph’s robe in its blood. 32 They sent the beautiful robe to their father with this message: “Look at what we found. Doesn’t this robe belong to your son?”

33 Their father recognized it immediately. “Yes,” he said, “it is my son’s robe. A wild animal must have eaten him. Joseph has clearly been torn to pieces!” 34 Then Jacob tore his clothes and dressed himself in burlap. He mourned deeply for his son for a long time. 35 His family all tried to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. “I will go to my grave[e] mourning for my son,” he would say, and then he would weep.

36 Meanwhile, the Midianite traders[f] arrived in Egypt, where they sold Joseph to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. Potiphar was captain of the palace guard.

Judah and Tamar

38 About this time, Judah left home and moved to Adullam, where he stayed with a man named Hirah. There he saw a Canaanite woman, the daughter of Shua, and he married her. When he slept with her, she became pregnant and gave birth to a son, and he named the boy Er. Then she became pregnant again and gave birth to another son, and she named him Onan. And when she gave birth to a third son, she named him Shelah. At the time of Shelah’s birth, they were living at Kezib.

In the course of time, Judah arranged for his firstborn son, Er, to marry a young woman named Tamar. But Er was a wicked man in the Lord’s sight, so the Lord took his life. Then Judah said to Er’s brother Onan, “Go and marry Tamar, as our law requires of the brother of a man who has died. You must produce an heir for your brother.”

But Onan was not willing to have a child who would not be his own heir. So whenever he had intercourse with his brother’s wife, he spilled the semen on the ground. This prevented her from having a child who would belong to his brother. 10 But the Lord considered it evil for Onan to deny a child to his dead brother. So the Lord took Onan’s life, too.

11 Then Judah said to Tamar, his daughter-in-law, “Go back to your parents’ home and remain a widow until my son Shelah is old enough to marry you.” (But Judah didn’t really intend to do this because he was afraid Shelah would also die, like his two brothers.) So Tamar went back to live in her father’s home.

12 Some years later Judah’s wife died. After the time of mourning was over, Judah and his friend Hirah the Adullamite went up to Timnah to supervise the shearing of his sheep. 13 Someone told Tamar, “Look, your father-in-law is going up to Timnah to shear his sheep.”

14 Tamar was aware that Shelah had grown up, but no arrangements had been made for her to come and marry him. So she changed out of her widow’s clothing and covered herself with a veil to disguise herself. Then she sat beside the road at the entrance to the village of Enaim, which is on the road to Timnah. 15 Judah noticed her and thought she was a prostitute, since she had covered her face. 16 So he stopped and propositioned her. “Let me have sex with you,” he said, not realizing that she was his own daughter-in-law.

“How much will you pay to have sex with me?” Tamar asked.

17 “I’ll send you a young goat from my flock,” Judah promised.

“But what will you give me to guarantee that you will send the goat?” she asked.

18 “What kind of guarantee do you want?” he replied.

She answered, “Leave me your identification seal and its cord and the walking stick you are carrying.” So Judah gave them to her. Then he had intercourse with her, and she became pregnant. 19 Afterward she went back home, took off her veil, and put on her widow’s clothing as usual.

20 Later Judah asked his friend Hirah the Adullamite to take the young goat to the woman and to pick up the things he had given her as his guarantee. But Hirah couldn’t find her. 21 So he asked the men who lived there, “Where can I find the shrine prostitute who was sitting beside the road at the entrance to Enaim?”

“We’ve never had a shrine prostitute here,” they replied.

22 So Hirah returned to Judah and told him, “I couldn’t find her anywhere, and the men of the village claim they’ve never had a shrine prostitute there.”

23 “Then let her keep the things I gave her,” Judah said. “I sent the young goat as we agreed, but you couldn’t find her. We’d be the laughingstock of the village if we went back again to look for her.”

24 About three months later, Judah was told, “Tamar, your daughter-in-law, has acted like a prostitute. And now, because of this, she’s pregnant.”

“Bring her out, and let her be burned!” Judah demanded.

25 But as they were taking her out to kill her, she sent this message to her father-in-law: “The man who owns these things made me pregnant. Look closely. Whose seal and cord and walking stick are these?”

26 Judah recognized them immediately and said, “She is more righteous than I am, because I didn’t arrange for her to marry my son Shelah.” And Judah never slept with Tamar again.

27 When the time came for Tamar to give birth, it was discovered that she was carrying twins. 28 While she was in labor, one of the babies reached out his hand. The midwife grabbed it and tied a scarlet string around the child’s wrist, announcing, “This one came out first.” 29 But then he pulled back his hand, and out came his brother! “What!” the midwife exclaimed. “How did you break out first?” So he was named Perez.[g] 30 Then the baby with the scarlet string on his wrist was born, and he was named Zerah.[h]

Footnotes:

  1. 37:3a Hebrew Israel; also in 37:13. See note on 35:21.
  2. 37:3b Traditionally rendered a coat of many colors. The exact meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.
  3. 37:26 Hebrew cover his blood.
  4. 37:28 Hebrew 20 [shekels], about 8 ounces or 228 grams in weight.
  5. 37:35 Hebrew go down to Sheol.
  6. 37:36 Hebrew the Medanites. The relationship between the Midianites and Medanites is unclear; compare 37:28. See also 25:2.
  7. 38:29 Perez means “breaking out.”
  8. 38:30 Zerah means “scarlet” or “brightness.”
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Matthew 12:22-45

Jesus and the Prince of Demons

22 Then a demon-possessed man, who was blind and couldn’t speak, was brought to Jesus. He healed the man so that he could both speak and see. 23 The crowd was amazed and asked, “Could it be that Jesus is the Son of David, the Messiah?”

24 But when the Pharisees heard about the miracle, they said, “No wonder he can cast out demons. He gets his power from Satan,[a] the prince of demons.”

25 Jesus knew their thoughts and replied, “Any kingdom divided by civil war is doomed. A town or family splintered by feuding will fall apart. 26 And if Satan is casting out Satan, he is divided and fighting against himself. His own kingdom will not survive. 27 And if I am empowered by Satan, what about your own exorcists? They cast out demons, too, so they will condemn you for what you have said. 28 But if I am casting out demons by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of God has arrived among you. 29 For who is powerful enough to enter the house of a strong man and plunder his goods? Only someone even stronger—someone who could tie him up and then plunder his house.

30 “Anyone who isn’t with me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me.

31 “So I tell you, every sin and blasphemy can be forgiven—except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which will never be forgiven. 32 Anyone who speaks against the Son of Man can be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, either in this world or in the world to come.

33 “A tree is identified by its fruit. If a tree is good, its fruit will be good. If a tree is bad, its fruit will be bad. 34 You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. 35 A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. 36 And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. 37 The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.”

The Sign of Jonah

38 One day some teachers of religious law and Pharisees came to Jesus and said, “Teacher, we want you to show us a miraculous sign to prove your authority.”

39 But Jesus replied, “Only an evil, adulterous generation would demand a miraculous sign; but the only sign I will give them is the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 For as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish for three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights.

41 “The people of Nineveh will stand up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, for they repented of their sins at the preaching of Jonah. Now someone greater than Jonah is here—but you refuse to repent. 42 The queen of Sheba[b] will also stand up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, for she came from a distant land to hear the wisdom of Solomon. Now someone greater than Solomon is here—but you refuse to listen.

43 “When an evil[c] spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, seeking rest but finding none. 44 Then it says, ‘I will return to the person I came from.’ So it returns and finds its former home empty, swept, and in order. 45 Then the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all enter the person and live there. And so that person is worse off than before. That will be the experience of this evil generation.”

Footnotes:

  1. 12:24 Greek Beelzeboul; also in 12:27. Other manuscripts read Beezeboul; Latin version reads Beelzebub.
  2. 12:42 Greek The queen of the south.
  3. 12:43 Greek unclean.
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Psalm 16

Psalm 16

A psalm[a] of David.

Keep me safe, O God,
for I have come to you for refuge.

I said to the Lord, “You are my Master!
Every good thing I have comes from you.”
The godly people in the land
are my true heroes!
I take pleasure in them!
Troubles multiply for those who chase after other gods.
I will not take part in their sacrifices of blood
or even speak the names of their gods.

Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing.
You guard all that is mine.
The land you have given me is a pleasant land.
What a wonderful inheritance!

I will bless the Lord who guides me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
I know the Lord is always with me.
I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.

No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice.[b]
My body rests in safety.
10 For you will not leave my soul among the dead[c]
or allow your holy one[d] to rot in the grave.
11 You will show me the way of life,
granting me the joy of your presence
and the pleasures of living with you forever.[e]

Footnotes:

  1. 16:Title Hebrew miktam. This may be a literary or musical term.
  2. 16:9 Greek version reads and my tongue shouts his praises. Compare Acts 2:26.
  3. 16:10a Hebrew in Sheol.
  4. 16:10b Or your Holy One.
  5. 16:11 Greek version reads You have shown me the way of life, / and you will fill me with the joy of your presence. Compare Acts 2:28.
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Proverbs 3:27-32

27 Do not withhold good from those who deserve it
when it’s in your power to help them.
28 If you can help your neighbor now, don’t say,
“Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.”

29 Don’t plot harm against your neighbor,
for those who live nearby trust you.
30 Don’t pick a fight without reason,
when no one has done you harm.

31 Don’t envy violent people
or copy their ways.
32 Such wicked people are detestable to the Lord,
but he offers his friendship to the godly.

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