January 18, 2010

Gen 43-45: The Hidden Call of God

Posted in Israel, Redemption tagged , , , , , , , , at 4:54 pm by Steve

One of the first things I noticed about this passage was that the writer now almost exclusively refers to Jacob as Israel. The change has been made from just a family problem to a national identity.

The fact that Joseph is overcome with emotion and looks for a place to weep lets the reader know that Joseph is not just playing games but his heart is sincere. People may say many things and do things that on the outside look one way or another, but tears reveal what’s really in the heart.

The main point of the Joseph Story: Our Perspective is limited when God’s Grace is

“it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you” 45:5

Joseph finally shares with his brothers that Joseph’s life in Egypt, their evil [notice Joseph doesn’t hide this fact], and the sorrow they have experienced has had a divine purpose which none of them could have foreseen. Joseph’s dream has finally been realized but in way he could never have imagined.

Have you ever asked God for a blessing? Did you ever want to be in a position of power, authority, and prestige? Be careful, for the road to success, in God’s plans, is usually paved with sorrow and a new understanding of what it means to be great!

“The greatest among you must the be servant of all” Matthew 23:11

Father God, when we are troubled, anxious about tomorrow, or doubt whether You grace is sufficient to save us, help us to remember Joseph and that even in the midst of storms in our lives, You have never abandoned us, but have placed us where we can do the most good. Help to gain a new perspective, to serve where we can serve, to give what we can give, and wait for the revelation of Your plan in our lives. This in pray, humbly, in Jesus’ name. Amen

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2 Comments »

  1. “Be careful, for the road to success, in God’s plans, is usually paved with sorrow and a new understanding of what it means to be great!”

    This is why the Prayer of Jabez is so dangerous!

    See Moses struggle with God’s calling on January 20
    Mike

  2. Prince's mom said,

    Why name-changes mostly in the Old Testament but also in the New? Abram to Abraham; Sarai to Sarah; Jacob to Israel; and Simon to Cephas (Peter)?

    What message to us and/or about Himself is God communicating when He purposefully and so that many will know, changes these names? Why is it important for us to know that He not only chose to do this, but that He did do this?

    Shakespeare says, “What’s in a name? A rose would still smell as sweet….” Would these people still not be the same people inside and out with their same thoughts, beliefs, and actions, no matter their name? Would these people still not do the same things — trust or not trust God, depend upon or not depend upon God, defend or not defend God or His Son — as they did, no matter their name? Would their story and its place in the overall history of God and man as told in the Bible not be the same?

    Was their name-change for them or for and about God?

    If God were to change our names, as He did with Abram and Sarai and Jacob and Simon, when would He do so? Why would He do so? And what would our new names be?

    What would my new name be; and would I think, act, and believe differently because of it? And…if a new name can and would change my mindset and actions, then what does that say about the way we respond to others in such apparently simple and insignificant ways as the presence or absence of a “Thank you,” a smile, a hug, and/or “Great job!”?


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