Genesis 45

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“But don’t be upset, and don’t be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives.” (Genesis 45:5 NLT).

January 22, 2019

JOSEPH, A FORESHADOWING OF CHRIST Joseph sees God’s purpose in being sold into slavery in Egypt. He forgives his brothers and welcomes them to live under his care. There is a foreshadowing of Christ in Joseph– the way he suffers betrayal and injustice before rising to become their savior and lord. The dreams he had… Read more »

‘Then Jacob exclaimed, “It must be true! My son Joseph is alive! I must go and see him before I die.”‘ (Genesis 45:28 NLT).

January 22, 2018

JACOB LEARNS HIS SON IS ALIVE!
Old Jacob had lived with the knowledge that his son, Joseph, was dead. He had grieved for him for years. But then, his sons gave him the good news that Joseph was not only alive, but was a powerful ruler in Egypt. He finally believed their good news and was determined to travel to Egypt to see him before he died.

This story reminds me of old Simeon, whom the Spirit had promised he wouldn’t die until he saw the Christ (Luke 2:25-35). It reminds me of the disciples response when the women who had visited the tomb, told them they had seen the risen Lord. Jacob’s son, who was dead, is alive!

“And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life” (Genesis 45:5)

January 22, 2013

Joseph sees God’s purpose in being sold into slavery in Egypt. He forgives his brothers and welcomes them to live under his care. There is a foreshadowing of Christ in Joseph– the way he suffers betrayal and injustice before rising to become their savior and lord. The dreams he had as a boy of them bowing before him came true, but he did not rub it in. He sees God’s purpose and forgives. Joseph is a bright spot among Jacob’s brood. Ironically, the children of those who sold Joseph into slavery will become slaves themselves during the next 400 years in Egypt. Then, God will send another deliverer, Moses, to set them free. In all this, God is preparing them to recognize the coming Christ.

“So it was God who sent me here, not you!” (Genesis 45:8)

January 22, 2012

Joseph forgives his brothers and offers to care for them during the famine. In spite of the years of slavery and prison, Joseph trusted God’s sovereignty. Instead of kicking against our circumstances and blaming others, we can learn from Joseph. We can trust that God is in charge, leaving the results up to Him.