JOSEPH — Rising Up to Accomplish God's Purpose
But Joseph replied, “Don’t be afraid of me. Am I God, that I can punish you?
You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.
Genesis 50:19,20 NLT
So then, don't be afraid. I will provide for you and your children." And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them Genesis 50:21 NIV
In Genesis chapters 37 through 50, we read stories of Joseph, the son of Jacob, and Rachel, who rose to an extraordinarily prominent and high position in Egypt, next only to the Pharaoh, the Ruler. (Renamed by Pharaoh as Zaphenath-Paneah ref. Gen. 41:45). He was Jacob's 11th son and was despised by his brothers. Why? He had two dreams that he shared with his family, which said all of them would be submissive to him one day, and would bow down to him! ♂?♂?♀
This interpretation of supremacy was not received well by his brothers, and they felt extremely outraged, furious and felt jealous. Except Reuben, his 10 other brothers wanted him dead. They plot a thriller, where Reuben suggests, instead of killing him, they hurl him into a cistern. Agreed, ultimately they don't kill him, instead make some money selling him as slave to merchants passing by that way to Egypt in a camel caravan. ???⛓
Later, Joseph was sold to Pharaoh's chief guard Potiphar. After he rose in position at Potiphar's household, Potiphar's wife schemed and tried seducing Joseph. When he refused submission, he was falsely charged of sexual misconduct and thrown into prison. As a matter of course, in prison too, Joseph rose in stature, being in-charge of other prisoners, and being able to interpret dreams. ??♀♂
?? The Pharaoh's chief baker and cup-bearer had dreams, and Joseph interpreted their dreams correctly. Though once forgotten, overtime, after a considerably long period, the cup-bearer remembers Joseph's gift. He mentions about it to Pharaoh, who had a dream, which his experts couldn't interpret well. Joseph correctly interpreted them as well, and thankfully, the land was saved from the effects of extreme famine by being able to store a lot of grains and food for future use. ??
It was at this time of severe famine that his brothers came to Egypt to buy food as Egypt had plenty; the others had none. But they came without Benjamin, Joseph's full brother. As a guarantee for return on time, Simeon was kept as hostage, and the others were urged to go get Benjamin to him. However, Joseph didn't reveal his identity to them, though he himself recognised them all. As they returned to bring back Benjamin, their donkeys were filled with sack loads of food, money... When one loves their family, they are filled with riches beyond measure. ???
A lot of drama takes place, meanwhile. Since there was another 5 years of severe famine left, Joseph invited all his family to come stay with him in Egypt. Yes, a big family journeys to Egypt and settles there. Now, Joseph's family is very scared of him, expecting a retribution. But Joseph fully forgives them and accepts them all, treating them with hospitality they never believed. ?
? What situations did Joseph face? He faced...
1) Envy & Wrath
3) Persistent Temptation
4) False Accusations
6) Power & Responsibility
7) Painful Memories
We see God had a plan in all these events. Joseph was sold into slavery, rose to a great leadership position in Egypt, and helped save the family from extinction. God sent Joseph as a preparation for preservation of his family during the famine in the entire land. His presence there saved the lives of not only his family, but many Hebrews and Egyptians. If we see Israel's presence in Egypt, it is entirely God's plan. Subsequently, we get to read God helps them regain the Promised Land in Israel after their return to Canaan. ?
When we surrender our plans and lives to God and pray for His guidance and direction, we see the unseen; we experience the unexpected divine mercies. However difficult a situation it might be, God's plans and purposes never fail for us, His children, the ones who are chosen and called for His purpose. For All things work together for good . . . to those who are the called according to His purpose. — Romans 8:28.
We might face many obstacles in our life's journey, innumerable trials, great pain, health issues, hopelessness and disappointments we can't always handle well. Don't worry, every situation in our lives would turn for the better, to wonderful reasons that lead to praising God from the heart. The more we are broken, the more God is in us to mend us, and repair our hearts. Rise up and forgive like Joseph to experience the best. Focus on God. ✅ ✝
♪♪ Lord, forgive me, day by day, ♪♪
♪♪ debts I cannot hope to pay, ♪♪
♪♪ duties I have left undone, ♪♪
♪♪ evils I have failed to shun. ♪♪
♪♪ All shall be well, I'm telling you, let the winter come and go, all shall be well again, I know. ♪♪
For He chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world that we may be holy and unblemished in His sight in love.
Ephesians 1:4 NET
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.
It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,
while we wait for the blessed hope--the appearing of the glory of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ,
who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. Titus 2:11-14 NIV
Forgive, to be forgiven!
Be blessed. Have a Goodnight.
- Bob, Bangalore! ?