“Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life”
Even if you’ve only been attending church meetings for a short while, you should know the story of Joseph. It’s a popular one. 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 dreamt 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.
Pharaoh’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 in today’s teaching.
The first lesson you must learn is that when God pays someone extraordinary attention, he does it with others in mind. Joseph’s 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 lived under the comfort of his wealth all their lives. When there was a famine, their brother had already been positioned to cater for their needs.
God told Abraham in Genesis 12:2-3: “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: 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.
SAY THIS: My life does not consist in the abundance of things that I possess. I recognize that God’s blessing is a tool to bless and not to oppress.