Monday, March 6, 2017

Day 33: Talent and Truth

Genesis 39, 40 & Matthew 21:23-46

Joseph’s talent shines in these readings from Genesis. In Matthew we learn of the importance of truth.

Genesis 39:

Joseph is sold into slavery and sent off to the land of Egypt. Very quickly his talent is put to good use in the house of Potiphar, a wealthy and powerful man. Joseph becomes the head of the household, running almost all day to day affairs.
Not only does Joseph have managing talent, he is apparently good looking as well. Potiphar’s wife notices this outward talent and tries to seduce Joseph multiple times. Eventually she gets close enough to take his cloak, his outer garment, and convinces others that he tried to rape her. Joseph is thrown into prison for attempted rape.
While Joseph’s talent is a main part of the story, his character should not take a back seat. The Life Application Bible says this in its discussion of Joseph’s situation. “We need to be careful that we are not guilty of over-emphasizing talent and under-emphasizing character. Both qualities are important, but character matters far more in the long run.”

Genesis 40:

Joseph here shows a talent for interpreting dreams. The dreamer is now the dream whisperer. He correctly interprets the dreams of the chief cupbearer and chief baker. He asks the cupbearer to remember him, but it slips his mind for a while.

Matthew 21:23-46

In this passage the Pharisees begin trying to catch Jesus in heresies very frequently. The interesting thing to me is that they seem only to be interested in the truth if it supports their own views and causes. That unfortunately still seems to be the case today.
Verses 28-32 always get on my nerves. Perhaps that’s because my mother quoted them at me non-stop as a teenager. I know Mom, I know, saying yes and doing the thing are not the same! Many people say yes Lord with their lips and deny God by their actions.
In verses 33-46 Jesus is talking to the religious leaders. He gets them very interested in this story about justice and then flips the tables. The kingdom of God has been given to you, but because you have failed to acknowledge God’s rightful role it will be taken from you and given to those who will produce fruit. That truth hurts!

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