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June 1 – God Kept His Promise to Save Me

June 4, 2012

“And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt.  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 45:4-5

God, in His infinite mercy toward me, preserved His plan to save me through Abraham and his descendants.  Abraham had a son named Isaac, and Isaac had Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel.  Jacob had 12 sons, one of which was Joseph.  Joseph was a young man who favored by his father.  He was given special privileges, including the coat of many colors.  His brothers were jealous of Joseph because of this and because of what Joseph revealed to them about his dreams.  You see, he had a dream that his parents and his siblings would one day bow down before him.  Instead of just keeping it to himself, he shared it with them.  His brothers had had enough.  Together they schemed to kill him, but Rueben convinced them to throw him into a well (He thought he’d come back to pull him out later).  Rueben leaves the brothers for a little while and while he was gone, his other brothers pulled Joseph out on the well and sold him to a band of merchants.

Eventually, Joseph finds himself in Egypt and is over Potiphar’s house.  Potiphar’s wife tries to seduce him, but he flees leaving his coat in her hand.  He did nothing wrong, yet when she lied to her husband about what happened, accusing Joseph of advancing on her, he threw him into prison.

Well, Joseph, of course, was quickly noticed as a man of integrity and was ultimately put in charge of the other prisoners.  He met a couple of guys in prison who had been servants to the king.  They each had dreams that God interpreted through Joseph. In three days, one of them would die.  The other was to be restored to his job in service to He them told the king about Joseph.

Joseph was called up to interpret the dreams.  The interpretation was this:  There would be seven years of plenty, good crops, plenty of grain.  Then, there would be seven years of famine in the land.  He told the king to prepare by storing up grain from the good years to help make it through the famine years.  The king was so pleased with this plan, he put Joseph in charge of seeing this plan through.

Once the famine came, all the countries in the region were affected by it.  Even Joseph’s family (back in Canaan) were running out of food.  Ultimately, Joseph’s brothers came to buy grain.  Joseph recognized them, but hid his identity from them.  After some dealing with them back and forth, he revealed himself to them.  Immediately, they bowed down before him, fearful for their lives.  That’s when Joseph tells them to not worry; it was God who allowed all these things to happen to him in order to preserve his family.  All of Joseph’s family then moved to Egypt and they had much favor with the king because of Joseph.

All of this took place to preserve the plan.  Remember the promise made to Abraham?  Remember God said that all the nations of the earth would be blessed through Abraham’s seed.  God, through His mercy and because of His love for mankind, preserved the lineage of Abraham to eventually bring into the world somebody who would solve our dilemma … separation from God because of our sin.

Notice, It was not Abraham that saved us; it wasn’t Joseph who saved us; rather, God did all of this to make good on His promise to redeem us through a Savior.  That’s how much love He had for me.  But the story gets even more interesting to see.  All through this history (as we read it), we see the hand of God working through all the happenings of the Old Testament to bring us a Savior. 

More tomorrow, Lord willing.

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