When Ezra prayed;
for his people had gone astray,
men, women and children
wept and repented.
Yet the men decided
it was the fault of
their foreign wives,
so they sent their wives away.1
The women and children,
regarded as property
Left to fend for themselves,
their husbands thought
that was the wise thing to do.
Joseph was given a
A symbol of favoritism
from his father.
Later, Joseph shared
a prophetic dream
that set him above his brothers.
In a jealous rage they
had him thrown in a pit
and sold him to traders.2
We don't know what happened
to the women and children in the wilderness.
We can only pray that they sought God
and he took care of them.
But we know that Joseph's
dream came true.
Joseph didn't lose heart.
He used his gift of dream interpretation
to rise in the Pharaoh's court.
Joseph forgave his brothers
and provided for his
family during famine.3
I pray Lord Jesus Christ
though the message of the Cross
is foolishness to those
who are perishing,4
that they may be open
to what we believe.
We who believe know, that God's
foolishness is wiser
than human wisdom.5
By Your promise we know that
all things work together for good,
for those who love God
and are called according to Your purpose.6
I pray that though we may
find ourselves in hardship
we focus our heart on Your Love
and know that soon our trials will end
and blessings will come.
For, what no eye has seen,
nor ear heard,
nor the human heart conceived,
what has been prepared for
them who love God.7
1Ezra 10:1While Ezra prayed and made confession, weeping and throwing himself down before the house of God, a very great assembly of men, women, and children gathered to him out of Israel; the people also wept bitterly.2.Shecaniah son of Jehiel, of the descendants of Elam, addressed Ezra, saying, "We have broken faith with our God and have married foreign women from the peoples of the land, but even now there is hope for Israel in spite of this.3.So now let us make a covenant with our God to send away all these wives and their children, according to the counsel of my lord and of those who tremble at the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the law.
2Genesis 37:1.Now Jacob dwelt in the land where his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan. 2.This is the history of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brothers. And the lad was with the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives; and Joseph brought a bad report of them to his father. 3.Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age. Also he made him a tunic of many colors. 4.But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him. 5.Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more. 6.So he said to them, "Please hear this dream which I have dreamed: 7.
There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Then behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and indeed your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf."
3Genesis 45:2.And he wept aloud, and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard it. 3.Then Joseph said to his brothers, "I am Joseph; does my father still live?" But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed in his presence. 4.And Joseph said to his brothers, "Please come near to me." So they came near. Then he said: "I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. 5.But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.6.
For these two years the famine has been in the land, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. 7.And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. 8. So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.
4 1 Corinthians 1:18.For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19.For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent." 20.Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
5 1 Corinthians 1:25.Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26.For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. 27.But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28.and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 29.that no flesh should glory in His presence.
6Romans 8:27.Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 28.And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
7 1 Corinthians 2:9.But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him."