Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Daily Devotion: Tahpenes

Bible Reading: I Kings 11:1-20

Key Verse: Verse 20
- “And the sister of Tahpenes bare him Genubath his son, whom Tahpenes weaned in Pharaoh's house: and Genubath was in Pharaoh's household among the sons of Pharaoh.

Key Words: whom Tahpenes weaned in Pharaoh’s house

All we know of this Egyptian queen is told in I Kings 11:19-20. Tahpenes is important because of her association with Hadad, a son of the king of Edom, who as a child was carried by his father’s servants into the land of Midian, and then into Egypt when the males of Edom were massacred by David’s captain, Joab.

The thing that stands out about Tahpenes is that, while only mentioned in this one portion of Scripture, she is a generous queen.

The one thing, the only thing, we ever read about Tahpenes is a salute to her generosity.

The story is told that one day a beggar by the roadside asked for alms from Alexander the Great as he passed by. The man was poor and wretched and had no claim upon the ruler, no right even to lift a solicitous hand. Yet the emperor threw him several gold coins. A courtier was astonished at his generosity and commented, “Sir, copper coins would adequately meet a beggar’s need. Why give him gold?” Alexander responded in royal fashion, “Copper coins would suit the beggar’s need, but gold coins suit Alexander’s giving.”

I wonder if God only recorded one thing about us what He would say. Think about it.

What to do:
✞ Live as though no matter what anyone says or writes about you, it will bring glory to God.

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