TUESDAY 16TH JANUARY 2018 MORNING
Genesis 46:28-34 New International Version (NIV)
28 Now Jacob sent Judah ahead of him to Joseph to get directions to Goshen. When they arrived in the region of Goshen, 29 Joseph had his chariot made ready and went to Goshen to meet his father Israel. As soon as Joseph appeared before him, he threw his arms around his father[a] and wept for a long time.
30 Israel said to Joseph, “Now I am ready to die, since I have seen for myself that you are still alive.”
31 Then Joseph said to his brothers and to his father’s household, “I will go up and speak to Pharaoh and will say to him, ‘My brothers and my father’s household, who were living in the land of Canaan, have come to me. 32 The men are shepherds; they tend livestock, and they have brought along their flocks and herds and everything they own.’ 33 When Pharaoh calls you in and asks, ‘What is your occupation?’ 34 you should answer, ‘Your servants have tended livestock from our boyhood on, just as our fathers did.’ Then you will be allowed to settle in the region of Goshen, for all shepherds are detestable to the Egyptians.”
- Genesis 46:29 Hebrew around him
The Theme this week is God blesses our homes. This means that God blesses our families. We read in this passage about a family being re-united. Many conflicts and problems had occurred in this family. Jacob had showed favoritism to Joseph and this caused his brothers to be jealous and to sell him into slavery in Egypt but Joseph forgave them and God worked out all things for good.
Pray for love, forgiveness and harmony in your own family and in other families.
JUMANNE TAREHE 16 JANUARI 2018 ASUBUHI
28 Yakobo akampeleka Yuda mbele yake kwa Yusufu, ili amwongoze njia mpaka Gosheni. Wakaja mpaka nchi ya Gosheni.
29 Yusufu akatandika gari lake, akapanda kwenda kumlaki Israeli, babaye, huko Gosheni; akajionyesha kwake, akamwangukia shingoni, akalia shingoni mwake kitambo kizima.
30 Israeli akamwambia Yusufu, Na nife sasa, kwa kuwa nimekuona uso wako, ya kuwa ungali hai.
31 Yusufu akawaambia ndugu zake na watu wa nyumbani mwa baba yake, Nitapanda mimi nimpashe Farao habari; nitamwambia, Ndugu zangu, na watu wa nyumbani mwa baba yangu, waliokuwa katika nchi ya Kanaani, wamenijia.
32 Na watu hao ni wachungaji, maana wamekuwa watu wa kuchunga wanyama, nao wameleta kondoo zao, na ng'ombe zao, na yote waliyo nayo.
33 Itakuwa Farao atakapowaita, na kuwauliza, Kazi yenu ni nini?
34 Semeni, Watumwa wako tumekuwa wachunga wanyama tangu ujana wetu, na hata leo, sisi, na baba zetu; mpate kukaa katika nchi ya Gosheni; maana kila mchunga wanyama ni chukizo kwa Wamisri.
Wazo la wiki hii ni Mungu hubariki nyumba zetu. Ina maana kwamba Mungu anabariki familia zetu. Katika mistari ya hapo juu tunasoma habari za familia ya Yakobo. Mwanzoni familia hii ilifarakana. Yakobo alionyesha upendeleo kwa mwanae Yusufu na kaka zake walipata wivu. Walimtendea vibaya na kumuuza utumwani. Lakini Mungu aliingilia kati na kuweka yote kuwa mema. Yusufu pia alipata neema ya kuwasamehe. Familia ilikuwa pamoja tena kwa upendo na amani.
Ombea familia yako na ya wengine ziwe na upendo, msamaha na amani.