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Genesis 40-41/Acts 9-12

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40:8 And they replied, “We both had dreams last night, but there is no one here to tell us what they mean.” “Interpreting dreams is God’s business,” Joseph replied. “Tell me what you saw.”

41:16 “It is beyond my power to do this,” Joseph replied. “But God will tell you what it means and will set you at ease.”


10:28 Peter told them, “You know it is against the Jewish laws for me to come into a Gentile home like this. But God has shown me that I should never think of anyone as impure.”

:34-43 Then Peter replied, “I see very clearly that God doesn’t show partiality. In every nation he accepts those who fear him and do what is right. I’m sure you have heard about the Good News for the people of Israel–that there is peace with God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. You know what happened all through Judea, beginning in Galilee after John the Baptist began preaching. And no doubt you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the Devil, for God was with him. And we apostles are witnesses of all he did throughout Israel and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by crucifying him, but God raised him to life three days later. Then God allowed him to appear, not to the general public, but to us whom God had chosen beforehand to be his witnesses. We were those who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. And he ordered us to preach everywhere and to testify that Jesus is ordained of God to be the judge of all–the living and the dead. He is the one all the prophets testified about, saying that everyone who believes in him will have their sins forgiven through his name.”

OT Flash Points

Joseph is a clear example and challenge
Contentment and hard work, while staying attentive to opportunities
Good definition of a faithful servant of God

NT Flash Points

The Age of the Gentiles comes
Jewish leaders strongly question this but then rejoice
The Gospel spreads all over Asia Minor


The call of God is about the nature of God
Serving that call is my nature responding to my overpowering love for Him, allowing His Son to be revealed in me

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