Today's Manna

February 1, 2017
God's Mercy & Forgiveness
by Jody Huff
Scripture Reading: Genesis 43

In Genesis 43 we see a picture of God’s mercy and forgiveness displayed in Joseph’s reaction when his brothers returned to Egypt. Let’s backtrack just for a second – the same brothers that threw Joseph into a pit, sold him into slavery, then lied to their father about him being dead are now in Egypt searching for food because of the famine. A few chapters back we saw Pharaoh put Joseph in charge…

Genesis 41:39 – 41 39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you. 40 You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you.” 41 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.”

At this time, only Pharaoh is in a higher position than Joseph and, as we like to say, the shoe is on the other foot in regards to his brothers. What would you do if you were Joseph? How would you feel?

What did Joseph do? He forgave them as Christ forgives us when we sin against Him. When you accept Him as your Lord and Savior and repent of your sins, He forgives you.

Ephesians 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

This isn’t a temporary forgiveness, it is permanent.

Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.

God isn’t pleased with us when we sin against Him, but our God is a merciful God and forgives us when we confess our sins to Him. How often should we confess our sins? Well, how often do you sin?

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