In Joshua 24:1-5, Joshua said to the people of Israel, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘Long ago, Your fathers lived beyond the Euphrates, Terah, the father of Abraham and of Nahor; and they served other gods. Then I took your father Abraham from beyond the River and led him through all the land of Canaan, and made his offspring many, I gave him Isaac. And to Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. And I gave Esau the hill country of Seir to possess, but Jacob and his children went down to Egypt. And I sent Moses and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt with what I did in the midst of it, and afterward I brought you out.” Genesis 46 gives us the account of God sending Israel down into Egypt.
But, as we have already seen numerous times throughout our study of Genesis, we again witness God’s faithfulness to his people and his word. Israel is faithful and obedient to go because of the faithfulness of God. And once in the land of Egypt they no longer have to resort to deceitful schemes. Because they believe God, they now display a confidence to speak the truth and live righteously in the land of Egypt.
In your CG this week, talk about how the faithfulness of God can affect your ability to live righteously among people who do not know the Lord. Spend time with the Scriptures below and reflect with the following questions and prompts:
Key Term: gentile - one who does not know God.
HEAR AND OBEY:
What does Ephesians 4:18 say about the Gentiles? What does Ephesians 4:19 say that they have given themselves up to because of what Ephesians 4:18 says? What does Ephesians 4:20-32 encourage us as believers to do?
Confess how you are still living like a Gentile. Confess praise to God for how you are no longer living like a Gentile.
Pray for each other. Pray also for those in your life who are still gentiles, “darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.” Pray for the Lord to reveal himself to them through your love and witness.