Re: Daily Devotional; formerly Chaplains Corner
Thank you, pipeman -
There are stories and traditions galore out there, and Joseph is written about in some of them, such as the Protoevangelium of James and the History of Joseph the Carpenter None of them, however, can be accepted as factual.
Robert Ripley wrote of the strangest of the bibliophiles; Henri Francois Noel, Count de la Bedoyere of Paris (1821-1861). He was a passionate collector of rare volumes and loved his library with such total devotion that just owning them was not enough.
To stir up some excitement he sold his entire collection at auction five times—at intervals of five years—between 1837 and 1861. He attended each auction and was careful to outbid all others. In this manner he sold and repurchased the entire contents of his library five times. Since he had to pay an auctioneer's fee of 20 percent each time, five auctions amounted to 100 percent of the value of his collection. But he was always thrilled to bid successfully for a treasured book, even his own.
This is the love that Jesus has for us. He came to die for the sins of the world, but his love is so great that if YOU were the ONLY one to accept him, he still would have performed his sacrifice. He would have died for only one person – he would have died for only YOU. He would give 100% of himself for you alone.
And what is our love toward Jesus? What price do we place upon His Word? Is the price of the Word of God beyond measure to us? It should be.
We are told in the Word of God:
Proverbs 23:19-23 (KJV);
Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way. Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags. Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old. Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
Let us all strive to treasure Christ just a fraction of how much he treasures us -
Christ told me to arm myself. If you want me disarmed - - Molon Labe.