Kenneth KoemanKenneth Koeman

Kenneth Koeman

Rev. Ken Koeman is a pastor at Bellevue, Washington, Christian Reformed Church. He has written Today devotions in past years and has also authored numerous articles for The Banner, the magazine of the Christian Reformed Church. Ken and his wife, Kay, live in Bellevue and have two children and five grandchildren.

September 30, 2014

Separation Ended

Genesis 45:25-28;46:1-4, 28-30
Israel said to Joseph, “Now I am ready to die, since I have seen for myself that you are still alive.”
—Genesis 46:30

September 29, 2014

The Reward

Genesis 45:14-24
Pharaoh said …“&lsquoI will give you the best of the land of Egypt and you can enjoy the fat of the land.’”
—Genesis 45:17-18

September 28, 2014

Communion and Consolation

Genesis 45:4-13
“Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” … “You can see for yourselves … that it is really I who am speaking to you.”
—Genesis 45:4, 12

September 27, 2014

Joseph's Brothers: Terrified

Genesis 45:1-3
His brothers were not able to answer him, because they were terrified at his presence.
—Genesis 45:3

September 26, 2014

Joseph's Brothers: Conversion

Genesis 44:18-34
“Now then, please let your servant remain here as my lord’s slave in place of the boy, and let the boy return with his brothers.”
—Genesis 44:33

September 25, 2014

Joseph's Brothers: Repentance

Genesis 44:14-17
“What can we say to my lord?” Judah replied… “God has uncovered your servants’ guilt.”
—Genesis 44:16

September 24, 2014

Confrontation: A Major Setback

Genesis 44:1-13
The cup was found in Benjamin’s sack. At this, they tore their clothes … and returned to the city.
—Genesis 44:12-13

September 23, 2014

Confrontation: Unsettling Kindness

Genesis 43:15-34
Do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness … not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?
—Romans 2:4

September 22, 2014

Confrontation: In a Tight Spot

Genesis 43:1-15
Judah said … “The man warned us solemnly, &lsquoYou will not see my face again unless your brother is with you.’”
—Genesis 43:3

September 21, 2014

Confrontation: A Father's Accusation

Genesis 42:29-38
Their father Jacob said to them, “You have deprived me of my children … and now you want to take Benjamin. Everything is against me!”
—Genesis 42:36

September 20, 2014

Confrontation: What Is God Doing?

Genesis 42:25-28, 35
Their hearts sank and they turned to each other trembling and said, “What is this that God has done to us?”
—Genesis 42:28

September 19, 2014

Confrontation: Stings of Conscience

Genesis 42:18-24
They said to one another, “Surely we are being punished because of our brother. We saw how distressed he was when he pleaded with us for his life, but we would not listen.”
—Genesis 42:21

September 18, 2014

Confrontation: Harsh Words

Genesis 42:1-17
As soon as Joseph saw his brothers, he recognized them, but he pretended to be a stranger and spoke harshly to them.

September 17, 2014

Joseph: The World's Benefactor

Genesis 41:53-57
All the world came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe everywhere.
—Genesis 41:57

September 16, 2014

Joseph: Healing

Genesis 41:50-52
“God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household… God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering.”
—Genesis 41:51-52

September 15, 2014

God's Abundant Love

Genesis 41:44-49
Joseph stored up huge quantities of grain; … it was so much that he stopped keeping records because it was beyond measure.
—Genesis 41:49

September 14, 2014

Joseph: Empowered

Genesis 41:1-43
Pharaoh took his signet ring … and put it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck.
—Genesis 41:42

September 13, 2014

The Third Test: Darkness

Genesis 40:1-23
The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.
—Genesis 40:23

September 12, 2014

The Second Test: Submission

Genesis 39:19-23; Psalm 105:16-19
They bruised his feet with shackles, his neck was put in irons … till the word of the LORD proved him true.
—Psalm 105:18-19

September 11, 2014

The First Test: Loyalty

Genesis 39:6-20
[Joseph] refused. “With me in charge,” he told her, “my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care.”
—Genesis 39:8

September 10, 2014

Joseph: Thriving in Exile

Genesis 39:2–6
The LORD was with Joseph … The LORD was with him and … gave him success in everything he did.
—Genesis 39:2-3

September 9, 2014

Joseph: Exiled Into Slavery

Genesis 39:1
Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar … bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there.
—Genesis 39:1

September 8, 2014

Judah's Sordid Story

Genesis 38
Judah … said, “She is more righteous than I …”
—Genesis 38:26

September 7, 2014

Jacob's Impassioned Grief

Genesis 37:31-36
Jacob … mourned for his son many days. All his sons and daughters came to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted.
—Genesis 37:34-35

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