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Daily Devotional for January 25, 2022

The Call of Moses

James Russell Miller
Exodus 2-3

The training of Moses took eighty years. For a great mission the preparation must be wide and thorough. Perhaps many of us would do larger and better work and leave a more abiding impression in the world - if we took longer time to prepare for life.

Moses received the first part of his training in a slave home on the Nile, with his mother for nurse and teacher. Mothers do not know...

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Daily Devotional for January 24, 2022

The Childhood of Moses

James Russell Miller
Exodus 2

Everybody is interested in a baby - that is, everybody who has a gentle heart. The babies of the Bible are especially interesting. Next to the infancy and childhood of Jesus, perhaps no Bible baby interests us so much as the infant Moses in his basket among the rushes.

We must bring up a little of background of the story. Pharaoh became alarmed at the rapid growth of the Hebrews. He determined to check their...

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Daily Devotional for January 23, 2022

Israel Oppressed in Egypt

James Russell Miller
Exodus 1

After the funeral of Jacob, Joseph and his brothers returned to Egypt. Why did they not stay in Canaan? Was not Canaan the land of promise? Why was it that this chosen family were led off to Egypt, where ultimately they had to meet such experiences of trial and suffering? When we read on and learn of the hard lot of the Israelites in Egypt, their cruel bondage, does it not seem to us that it would have been better if they had not returned after...

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Daily Devotional for January 22, 2022

Joseph In Old Age And Death

James Russell Miller
"And Joseph made the sons of Israel swear an oath and said - God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up from this place." Genesis 50:25

Our last study brought us to the close of Jacob's life. Word was sent to Joseph one day that his father wished to see him. The old man was thinking of his departure. He knew that he must die in Egypt - but he did not...

Bible verses: Genesis 50:25Genesis 49:22-24Genesis 50:19-21Exodus 13:19Proverbs 10:7

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Daily Devotional for January 21, 2022

Joseph And His Father

James Russell Miller

"But when they told Jacob all that Joseph had said to them, and when he saw the wagons that Joseph had sent to transport him, the spirit of their father Jacob revived." Genesis 45:27

Every side of Joseph's character is beautiful. Everywhere we see him - he bears himself nobly. His childhood was winning. It was a sore test to which he was subjected when he began to endure wrongs; but here the splendor of his...

Bible verses: Genesis 45:27

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Daily Devotional for January 20, 2022

Joseph And His Brothers

James Russell Miller
"Then Joseph kissed each of his brothers and wept over them, and then they began talking freely with him." Genesis 45:15

It was a startling revelation to the Hebrew brothers, when these words fell from the lips of the great ruler of Egypt: "I am Joseph!" No wonder they could not answer him. No wonder they were troubled at his presence.

But let us bring up the story. There were seven years of plenty,...

Bible verses: Genesis 45:15Genesis 44:18-31Genesis 45:5-8

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Daily Devotional for January 19, 2022

An Interpreter For God

James Russell Miller
Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I had a dream, and no one can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it ." "I cannot do it ," Joseph replied to Pharaoh, "but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires ." Genesis 41:15-16

Joseph was an interpreter for God. There are two instances recorded in which he made known the meaning of dreams. The first was in the...

Bible verses: Genesis 41:15-16Psalms 19:1-4

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Daily Devotional for January 18, 2022

From Prison To Palace

James Russell Miller

"Then Pharaoh sent for Joseph, and they quickly brought him from the dungeon." Genesis 41:14

The story reads like a romance novel! In the morning, Joseph lay in prison. He had been there probably three years. He knew of nothing that gave any hope of release. In the evening he was wearing the king's ring, was arrayed in vestures of fine linen, had a gold chain around his neck, and was honored as next to the king....

Bible verses: Genesis 41:14

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Daily Devotional for January 17, 2022

Joseph And His Dreams

James Russell Miller
They said one to another, "Behold, here comes that dreamer!" Genesis 37:19

When a story of providence begins - we never know what the end will be. In seven chapters will be retold the story whose beginning we have here a boy coming across the fields carrying a basket. God wanted the family of Israel down in Egypt for a few hundred years. Why? Was...

Bible verses: Genesis 37:19Proverbs 24:11-12Genesis 39:6

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Daily Devotional for January 16, 2022

Discords in the Family of Jacob

James Russell Miller

When Jacob returned to his father's house, Esau met him with four hundred men. If Esau's intent was hostile, he was appeased by Jacob's generous kindness. Then we must remember that Jacob had prayed to the Lord to protect him and his household from his brother's anger, and we believe in prayer. God softened Esau's heart toward Jacob. Jacob had got right with God that night at Jabbok, and now he also gets right with his brother. There is rich instruction in all...

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Daily Devotional for January 15, 2022

Jacob a Prince with God

James Russell Miller
Genesis 32-33

There are twenty years between Jacob's vision of the ladder - and this night at Jabbok. Jacob journeyed from Bethel, about five hundred miles. At the well near his uncle's home he met Rachel, and a beautiful love story began there. He served Laban seven years to get Rachel for his wife, and then was deceived, getting Leah instead. He was receiving in his own experience, what he had been practicing on others....

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Daily Devotional for January 14, 2022

Jacob's Dream at Bethel

James Russell Miller
Genesis 28

Nothing is more beautiful than an ideal home. Love rules in all its life. The members are as one, in their fellowship and association. Each thinks of the comfort, the convenience, the happiness of the others. In the home of Isaac - all these conditions seem to have been reversed. The veil is lifted and the life of this chosen family is revealed as sadly divided, rent by strifes and jealousies. There is no semblance of love in the home...

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Daily Devotional for January 13, 2022

Isaac the Peacemaker

James Russell Miller
Genesis 26

Isaac was a child of old age, his father being a hundred, and his mother ninety, when he was born. His name means "laughter," thus being a constant reminder of the gladness of his mother's heart when she learned that she was to have a son. It is a good thing to be a joy, to make life a song, wherever one goes. As to character, Isaac was meek, gentle, and...

Bible verses: Matthew 5:39-42

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Daily Devotional for January 12, 2022

Isaac and His Sons

James Russell Miller
Genesis 24-25

With the birth of Isaac, Abraham saw the beginning of the fulfillment of the Divine promise. He was to have a great posterity. For a long while, he had no child - but at last one was born to him. Yet Isaac was little more than a link. He had none of the greatness of Abraham. One writer thinks this was partly due to his father's greatness - he was dwarfed and weakened by growing up under the shadow of Abraham....

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