AM Psalm 56, 57, ; PM Psalm 64, 65
Genesis 41:46-57; 1 Corinthians 4:8-20(21); Mark 3:7-19a
During the seven years of abundance the land produced plentifully. Joseph collected all the food produced in those seven years of abundance in Egypt and stored it in the cities ... Joseph stored up huge quantities of grain, like the sand of the sea; it was so much that he stopped keeping records because it was beyond measure. The seven years of abundance in Egypt came to an end, and the seven years of famine began, just as Joseph had said ... When all Egypt began to feel the famine, the people cried to Pharaoh for food. Then Pharaoh told all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph and do what he tells you.” ... Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold grain to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe.
How to explain Lent to a child
On his thirtieth birthday, Jesus gave himself a present.
He didn’t throw a party where everyone could eat, drink, and celebrate. (They’d just end up making a big fuss over him—He was sort of a rock star—He didn’t want that.)
No. Jesus went out into the huge desert.
Didn’t tell anybody.
He just left.
It started out great. He had time to think, pray, meditate. He deliberately didn’t eat any food. He drank from the pools, watched the animals and the stars and saw how awesome this world is. He was happy.
But it got tougher. He got hungry, thirsty, and lonely. He got stung by a scorpion. He slept on hard rocks. He shivered at night and roasted during the day.
He got weak and skinny. He staggered when he walked. He looked horrible.
(The angels were worried.)
And then came Satan.
Satan was mean and tricky and he saw a chance to finally get this Jesus guy to follow him, like everybody else did.
Satan tried to trick Jesus three different ways. It didn’t work. Jesus won. He not only won, he ROARED like a lion—he OWNED Satan, who had to slink off in shame.
And then Satan knew that Jesus was very powerful.
How did Jesus do that when he was sooo weak?
Jesus had built up strength. Inside him he had stored away strength and power from God. Like Joseph did with the grain. Like we have to do—store up the good power from God for when we need it.
Lent is the time to remember this. To remember what Jesus did and try to be like him.
- Ron Weitnauer