January 29: The New Deal
Genesis 45–46; Hebrews 10; Ecclesiastes 11:5–10
“I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people.” These words were spoken by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in a speech which unveiled a series of economic strategies for ending the Great Depression.
We love newness because it holds hope. The same should be true when we look to the new covenant of Jesus. Although it may not feel quite as new as it did nearly 2,000 years ago—when it altered the spiritual landscape like the New Deal forced economic vitality into America—it still holds the same power today.
This covenant is first mentioned in Hebrews 8; and in Hebrews 10, we see the full implications of it: “For by one offering he has perfected for all time those who are made holy.… Now where there is forgiveness of [sins], there is no longer an offering for sin” (Heb 10:14, 18). Prior to Jesus, there was a need for regular sacrifices for sins to be made, but since Jesus became the ultimate sacrifice for our sins, that is no longer necessary.
I often forget just how radical this “new deal” is. In the midst of being busy, overwhelmed, or stressed, I neglect to acknowledge how much God has done for me. But every day, I live in His grace. Every day, I can be one with Him—no longer worrying about my past and future sins or shortcomings. And that is a day to be thankful for.
Have you thanked God today for the “new deal” He enacted through Jesus’ death and resurrection? What are some ways this gracious act can change or add to your interactions with God?
JOHN D. BARRY
- Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all that stood by him, but he cried, Have forth every man from me. And there tarried not one with him, while Joseph uttered himself unto his brethren. And he wept, and cried, so that the Egyptians heard: the house of Pharaoh heard also. Then Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph: doth father yet live? But his brethren could not answer him, for they were astonished at his presence. Again, Joseph said to his brethen, Come near, I pray you, to me. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt. Now therefore be not sad, neither grieved with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: For God did send me before you for your preservation. For now two years of famine have been through the land, and five years are behind, wherein neither shall be earing nor harvest. Wherefore God sent me before you to preserve your posterity in this land, and to save you alive by a great deliverance. Now then you sent not me hither, but God, who hath made me a father unto Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and ruler throughout al lthe land of Egypt. Haste you and go up to my father, and tell him, Thus saith thy son Joseph, God hath made me lord of all Egypt: come down to me, tarry not. And thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen, and shall be near me, thou and thy children, and thy children’s children, and thy sheep, and thy beasts, and all that thou hast. Also I will nourish thee there (for yet remain five years of famine) lest thou perish through poverty, thou and thy household, and all that thou hast. And behold, your eyes do see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin, that my mouth speaketh to you. Therfore tell my father of all mine honor in Egypt, and of all that ye have seen, adn make haste, and bring my father hither. Then he fell on his brother Benjamin’s neck, and wept, and Benjamin wept on his neck. Moreover, he kissed all his brethren, and wept upon them: and afterward his brethren talked with him. And the tidings came to Pharaoh’s house, so that they said, Joseph’s brethren are come: and it pleased Pharaoh well and his servants. Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, Say to thy brethren. This do ye, laid your beasts and depart, go to the land of Canaan, And take your father, and your household, and come to me, and I will give you the best of the land of Egypt, and ye shall eat of the fat of the land. And I command thee, Thus do ye, take your chariots out of the lan dof Egypt for your children and for your wives, and bring your father and come. Also regard not our stuff: for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours. And the children of Israel did so: and Joseph gave them chariots according to the commandment of Pharaoh: he gave them vittles also for the journey. He gave them all, none except, change of raiment: but unto Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver, and five suits of raiment. And unto his father likewise he sent ten he asses laden with the best things of Egypt, and ten she asses laden with wheat, and bread and meat for his ather by the way. So sent he his brethren aawa, and they departed: and he said unto them, Fall not out by the way. Then they went up from Eguypt, and came unto the land of Canaan, unto Jacob their father, And told him, saying, Joseph is yet alive, and he also is governor over all the land of Egypt, and Jacob’s heart failed: for he belived them not. And they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said unto them: but when he saw the chariots, which Joseph had sent to carry him, then the spirit of Jacob their father revivied. And Israel said, I have enough: Joseph my son is yet alive: I will go and see him yet I die. Then Israel took his journey with all that he had, and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifice unto the God of his father Isaac. And God spake unto Israel in a vision by night, saying, Jacob, Jacob,. Who answered, I am here. Ten he said, I am God, the God of thy father fear not to go down into Egypt: for I will there make of thee a great nation. I wll go down with the einto Egypt, and I will also bring thee up again, and Joseph shal lput his hand upon thine eyes. Then Jacob rose up from Beersheba: and the sons of Israel carried Jacob their father, and their children, adn their wives in teh chariots, which Pharaoh had sent to carry him. And they took their cattle, and their goods, which they had gotten in the land of Canaan, and came into Egypt, both Jacob and all his seed with him. His sons nad his sons’ sons with him, his daughters, and his sons’ daughters, and all his seed brought he with him into Egypt. And these are the name so of the children of Israel, which came into Egypt, even Jacob and his sons: Reuben, Jacob’s firstborn. And the sons of Reuben: Hanoch, and Pallu, and Hezron, and Carmi. And the sons of Simeon: Jemuel, and Jamin, and Ohad, adn Jachin, and Zohar, and Shaul the son of a Canaanitish woman. Also the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari. Also the sons of Judah: Er, and Onan, and Shelah, and Perez, and Zerah: (but Er and Onan died inthe land of Canaan.) And the sons of Perez were Hezron and Hamul. Also the sons of Issachar: Tola, and Puvah, and Job, and Shimron. Also the sons of Zebulun: Sered, and Elon, and Jahleel. These be the sons of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob in Padan Aram, with his daughter Dinah. Al the souls of his sons and his daughters were thirty and three. Als o the sons of Gad: Ziphion, and Haggi, Shuni, and Ezbon, Eri, and Arodi, and Areli. Also the sons of Asher: Jimnah, and Ishuah, and Isui, and Beriah, and Serah their sister.And the sons of Beriah: and Heber, Malchiel. These are the children of Zilpah, whom Laban gave to Leah his daughter: and these she bare unto Jacob, even sixteen souls. The sons of Rachel Jacob’s wife were Joseph, and Benjamin. And unto Joseph in the land of Egypt were born Manasseh, and Ephraim, which Asenath the daughter of Poti-Pherah prince of On bare unto him. Also the sons of Benjamon: Belah, and Becher, and Ashbel, and Gera, Naaman, Ehi, and Rosh, Muppim, and Huppim, and Ard. These are the sons of Rachel, which were born unto Jacob, fourteen souls in all. Also the son sof Dan: Hushim. Also the sons of Naphtali: Jahzeel, and Guni, and Jezer, and Shillem. These are the sons of Bilhah, which Laban gave unto Rachel his daughter, and she bare these unto Jacob, in all seven souls. All the souls, that came with Jacob into Egypt, which came out of his loins (besides Jacob’s sons’ wives) were in the whole, threescore and six souls. Also the sons of Joseph, which were born him in Egypt, were two souls: so that all the souls of the house of Jacob, which came into Egypt, are seventy. Then he sent Judah before him unto Joseph, to direct his way unto Goshen, and they came into the land of Goshen. Then Joseph made ready his chariot, and went up to Goshen to meet Israel his father, and presented himself unto him, and fell on his neck and wept upon his neck a good while. And Israel said unto Joseph, Now let me die since I have seen thy face, and that thou art yet alive. Then Joseph said to his brethren, and to his father’s house, I will go up and show Pharaoh, and tell him, My brethen and my father’s house, which were in theland of Canaan, are come unto me. And the men are sheepherders, and because they are sheepherders, they have brought their sheep and their cattle, adn all that they have. And if Pharaoh call ou, and ask you, What is your trade? That ye shall say, Thy servants are men occupied about cattle, from our childhood even unto this time, both we and our athers: that ye may dwell in the land of Goshen: for every sheep keeper is an abomination unto the Egyptians. Genesis 45–46;
- For the law having the shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices, which they offer year by year continually, sanctify the comers thereunto. for would they not then have ceased to have been offered, because that the offerers once purged, should have had no more conscience of sins? But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again of sins every year. For it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins. Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not: but a body hast thou ordained me. In burnt offerings, and isn offerings thou hast had no pleasure. Then I said, Lo, I come (in the beginning of the book it is written of me) that I should do thy will, O God .Above, when he said, Sacrifice and offering, and burnt offerings, and sin offerings, thou wouldest not have, neither hadst pleasure there in (which are offered by the Law.) Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God, he taketh away the first, that he may stablish the second. By the which will we are sanctified, even by the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once made. And every Priest standeth daily ministering, and ofttimes offereth one manner of offering, which can never take away sins: But this man after he had offered one sacrifice for sins, sitteth forever at the right hand of God. And from henceforth tarrieth, till his enemies be made his footstool. For with one offering hath he consecrated forever them that are sanctified. For the holy Ghost also beareth us record: for after that he had said before, That is the Testament that I will make unto them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my Laws in their heart, and in their minds I will write them. And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these things is, there is no more offering for sin. Seeing therefore, brethren, that by the blood of Jesus we may be bold to enter into the Holy place, By the new and living way, which he hath prepared for us, through the veil, that is, his flesh: And seeing we have an high Priest, which is over the house of God. Let us draw near wiht a true heart in assurance of faith, our hearts being pure from an evil conscience, And washed in our bodies with pure water, let us keep the profession f ourhope, without wavering, (for he is faithful that promised.) And let us consider one another, to provoke unto love, and to good works, Not forsaking the fellowship that we have among ourselves, as the manner of some is: but let us exhort one another, and that so much the more, because ye see that the day draweth near. For if we sin willingly after that we have received and acknowledged that truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a fearful looking for of judgment, and violent fire, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despiseth Moses’ Law, dieth without mercy under two, or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment suppose ye shall he be worthy, which treadeth under foot the Son of God, and counteth the blood of the Testament as an unholy thing, wherewith he was sanctified, and doeth despite the Spirit of grace? For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me: I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of hte living God. Now call to remembrance the days that are passed, in the which, after ye had received light ye endured a great fight in afflictions, Partly while ye were made a gazing stock both by reproaches and afflictions, and partly while ye became companions of them which were so tossed to and fro. For both ye sorrowed with me for my bonds, and suffered with joy the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves how that ye have in heaven a better, and an enduring substance. Cast not away therefore your confidence which hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that after ye hae done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a very little while, and he that shall come, will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith: but if any withdraw himself my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not they which withdraw ourselves unto perdition, but follow faith unto the conservation of the soul. Hebrews 10
- As thou knowest not which is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: so thou knowest not the work of God that worketh all. In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening let not thine hand rest: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, this or that, or whether both shall be a like good. Surely the light is a pleasant thing: and it is a good thing to the eyes to see the sun. Though a man live many years, and in them all he rejoice, yet he shall remember the days of darkness, because they are many, all that cometh is vanity. Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth, and let thine heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth: and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thta for all these things, God will bring thee to judgment. Therefore take away grief out of thine heart, and cause evil to depart from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity. Ecclesiastes 11:5–10