LESSONS FROM JOSEPH

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“Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life” (Gen 45:5).

 

Even if you’ve only been attending church for a short while, you should know the story of Joseph. He was the eleventh of twelve of Jacob’s sons, as the first son of Jacob’s beloved wife Rachael, he was his father’s favourite. He dreamed that his brothers would serve him. He told them so, and as a result of envy, they sold him to slave traders and lied to his father that he had been killed by wild animals. Joseph was sold to Potiphar, a high ranking official in Egypt, but when Potiphar’s wife lied against him, he was put in jail. While in prison, Joseph was able to interpret the dream of the king’s chief cupbearer who remembered him when Pharaoh had a dream which needed interpretation.

 

Pharoah’s dream, as interpreted by Joseph implied that there would be seven years of plenty and then seven years of famine in the whole world. Joseph recommended that the king save food during the years of plenty so that they could have enough to eat and sell during the years of want. As a result, Pharaoh put Joseph in charge of the venture and made him the most powerful man in Egypt.

 

His brothers eventually bowed to him when they, like the rest of the world came to purchase food from Egypt during the famine. There are lots of lessons to learn from the story of Joseph and we’d be sharing some of them today.

 

One lesson you must learn is that when God pays someone extraordinary attention, he does it with others in mind. Joseph brothers were jealous of him, not knowing that God had them in mind from the very beginning. It was Joseph that became a slave, he was the one who was thrown in jail. Yet they were the ones who were protected from the famine. You can’t help but ask: WHO DID GOD LOVE MORE?

Jacob was a rich man.The brothers live under the comfort of his wealth all their lives.

When there was a famine, their brother had already been positioned to carter for them.

 

The Apostle Paul in 1 Tim 1:12-16 thanked God for choosing him and putting him into ministry despite his past. His words: “1Ti 1:15  This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting” (1 Tim 1:15,16).

 

Halleluyah! What God did in Paul’s life was an everlasting statement that no sin is unforgivable. God told Abraham in Gen 12:2:  “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

Gen 12:3  And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”  God had the whole earth in mind when he blessed Abraham. Don’t be quick to envy people when God pays them special attention. Who knows? It might be for your sake that they have been put in such a position.

 

 

 

 

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