Posts Tagged ‘Justification’

Genesis 44:1,2,4,5,9-13,16-17 Then he commanded his house steward, saying, “Fill the men’s sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put each man’s money in the mouth of his sack. “Put my cup, the silver cup, in the mouth of the sack of the youngest, and his money for the grain.” And he did as Joseph had told him… They had just gone out of the city, and were not far off, when Joseph said to his house steward, “Up, follow the men; and when you overtake them, say to them, ‘Why have you repaid evil for good? ‘Is not this the one from which my lord drinks and which he indeed uses for divination? You have done wrong in doing this.’”… “With whomever of your servants it is found, let him die, and we also will be my lord’s slaves.” So he said, “Now let it also be according to your words; he with whom it is found shall be my slave, and the rest of you shall be innocent.” Then they hurried, each man lowered his sack to the ground, and each man opened his sack. He searched, beginning with the oldest and ending with the youngest, and the cup was found in Benjamin’s sack. Then they tore their clothes, and when each man loaded his donkey, they returned to the city… So Judah said, “What can we say to my lord? What can we speak? And how can we justify ourselves? God has found out the iniquity of your servants; behold, we are my lord’s slaves, both we and the one in whose possession the cup has been found.” But he said, “Far be it from me to do this. The man in whose possession the cup has been found, he shall be my slave; but as for you, go up in peace to your father.”

I’m not sure about you but I was hoping today’s chapter would see the resolution of this great divide between the brothers.

Joseph’s actions are deplorable because he had his cup placed in Benjamin’s sack and then sent out his guards to catch Benjamin stealing.

What is God trying to teach us through Joseph’s treachery? (more…)

Romans 5:18-19
Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.

Every verse in Romans until now has been so rich and I’ve found it a challenge to pick a certain verse, topic or theme to write on. Paul is imparting a course on Christianity to the Romans and to us today and he gives us answers to serious and contentious issues we face even today in our faith. Today’s passage is pregnant with meaning because it talks about something that most people never understand. How could we face condemnation because of Adam’s sin?

Adam was the first man God created and he is the mould we are all made of. Our physical and emotional self is based on how God created him and therefore he is the image of all mankind. When Adam sinned, he showed human vulnerability to sin. The sin he committed may not have been great in our eyes, he only ate a forbidden fruit! In God’s eyes, it was disobedience and therefore sin crept in and so did death as a result of sin. Today, we live in sin and death is an accepted reality but what about our souls? Only through Jesus’ death are we forgiven from our sinfulness through faith in him and we are rewarded eternal life through his resurrection. One man’s sin destroyed the world and one man’s sacrifice saved it! Who do we want to follow?

In His Loving Service,