Vengenge is Mine–Genesis 42 part 2

The temptation to be vindictive is alluring.  When we have been wronged, there is a desire to see vindication.  When we have the opportunity to carry out the vindication, it is even more tempting.  Joseph had the opportunity to really wreak havoc on his brothers.  He could have sent them away with nothing, he could have killed them on the spot—But, the years of trial and provision had changed the desire within his heart.

When we go through trials, we are sometimes given the opportunity to be vindictive or even vengeful with those that have caused us pain.  But, as we walk with the Lord, we discover that no thing that has happened to us—has done so without God’s allowance.  We also see, often in hindsight, that while we do not like the circumstance, we have grown more like Christ due to the trial and tribulation we faced.  God says vengeance is his—he will repay.  If we have trusted him this far, then release the desire to get even and replace it with the desire to follow the Lord.

God Bless You

14 Joseph said to them, “It is just as I told you: You are spies! 15 And this is how you will be tested: As surely as Pharaoh lives, you will not leave this place unless your youngest brother comes here. 16 Send one of your number to get your brother; the rest of you will be kept in prison, so that your words may be tested to see if you are telling the truth. If you are not, then as surely as Pharaoh lives, you are spies!” 17 And he put them all in custody for three days.

18 On the third day, Joseph said to them, “Do this and you will live, for I fear God: 19 If you are honest men, let one of your brothers stay here in prison, while the rest of you go and take grain back for your starving households. 20 But you must bring your youngest brother to me, so that your words may be verified and that you may not die.” This they proceeded to do.

21 They said to one another, “Surely we are being punished because of our brother. We saw how distressed he was when he pleaded with us for his life, but we would not listen; that’s why this distress has come on us.”

22 Reuben replied, “Didn’t I tell you not to sin against the boy? But you wouldn’t listen! Now we must give an accounting for his blood.” 23 They did not realize that Joseph could understand them, since he was using an interpreter.

A Dream Come–True Genesis 42 part 1

Joseph’s dreams were coming true. As he managed the world wide famine, Joseph was surprised by a visit from his brothers.  At that moment, God allowed Joseph to see that his plan was perfect.  The dream as a teenager was not an idle fantasy, but a true picture of God’s hand in Joseph’s life.  Now that he had prospered for 8 years, it would have been easy to think blind luck and his personal gifts had been the basis of his success.  But then God revealed once again that Joseph was chosen and groomed not only to save Egypt, but to save Israel. This man at this time—fed a family that would later be God’s chosen nation.

In our lives, God sends reminders to us that we need to grasp and treasure.  People we have touched, ministries we have been involved with and even habits within our family that remind us that God has used us.   He sends those reminders to give us faith and hope,  We need to recognize and treasure the reminders.  It is not easy, the circumstances are often difficult—but, in the midst of them we, like Joseph, can see God’s hand in our lives and trust him to complete what he started. 

Thank You, Lord, for the gentle reminders that you have planned our lives and are in the middle of them every single day.

God Bless You

 

42 When Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt, he said to his sons, “Why do you just keep looking at each other?” 2 He continued, “I have heard that there is grain in Egypt. Go down there and buy some for us, so that we may live and not die.”3 Then ten of Joseph’s brothers went down to buy grain from Egypt. 4 But Jacob did not send Benjamin, Joseph’s brother, with the others, because he was afraid that harm might come to him. 5 So Israel’s sons were among those who went to buy grain, for there was famine in the land of Canaan also.

6 Now Joseph was the governor of the land, the person who sold grain to all its people. So when Joseph’s brothers arrived, they bowed down to him with their faces to the ground. 7 As soon as Joseph saw his brothers, he recognized them, but he pretended to be a stranger and spoke harshly to them. “Where do you come from?” he asked.“From the land of Canaan,” they replied, “to buy food.”

8 Although Joseph recognized his brothers, they did not recognize him. 9 Then he remembered his dreams about them and said to them, “You are spies! You have come to see where our land is unprotected.”

Prepared for a Mission Genesis 41 final

Joseph was prepared for what lied ahead.  His entire life was a preparation to take the world through a severe famine.  He was enslaved, imprisoned and abandoned.  He was restored, empowered and used to prepare for this time.  Looking back, Joseph would have agreed that God used his journey to prepare him to lead the world through the famine.

In our lives, we ask, why and what is our journey about.  We wonder how the circumstances we face could ever be useful to others.  The truth is we never will know the extent to which our journey is used to prepare us for God’s plan for us.  The key is to trust him to lead us into the plan he has and be willing to be used even in the difficult times.  We can never give up or give in.  We simply need to trust he is God and we are not.  Help me Lord to follow your plan, and not wonder why but simply how you can use me.

God Bless You

 53 The seven years of abundance in Egypt came to an end, 54 and the seven years of famine began, just as Joseph had said. There was famine in all the other lands, but in the whole land of Egypt there was food. 55 When all Egypt began to feel the famine, the people cried to Pharaoh for food. Then Pharaoh told all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph and do what he tells you.” 56 When the famine had spread over the whole country, Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold grain to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe throughout Egypt. 57 And all the world came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe everywhere.

Joseph from Rags to Riches–Genesis 41 part 3

When God prepares one for a job, the world takes notice.  Joseph was 30 when he took the reigns of Egypt.  He had been sold into slavery, imprisoned and forgotten—all the while, God was preparing him to lead the world through the most difficult famine it had seen.  Joseph was ready and rose to the occasion. He collected so much food, that it was beyond measure.  He led in a way that caused the people to contribute bountifully.

When we are called to a mission, God also prepares us.  He uses whatever is necessary to make us ready to take on the job set before us.  Our response to those trials often determines the success of the mission.  We need to walk humbly and follow closely to his leadership.  We need to remain gracious and focused on pleasing him.  As we do, the world will be amazed and perplexed at the great things God has done and can do.

Help me Lord, to listen and follow you closely.

God Bless You

39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. 40 You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you.”

41 So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.” 42 Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his finger and put it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck. 43 He had him ride in a chariot as his second-in-command,[b] and people shouted before him, “Make way[c]!” Thus he put him in charge of the whole land of Egypt.

44 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, but without your word no one will lift hand or foot in all Egypt.” 45 Pharaoh gave Joseph the name Zaphenath-Paneah and gave him Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On,[d] to be his wife. And Joseph went throughout the land of Egypt.

46 Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from Pharaoh’s presence and traveled throughout Egypt. 47 During the seven years of abundance the land produced plentifully. 48 Joseph collected all the food produced in those seven years of abundance in Egypt and stored it in the cities. In each city he put the food grown in the fields surrounding it. 49 Joseph stored up huge quantities of grain, like the sand of the sea; it was so much that he stopped keeping records because it was beyond measure.

Restored and Prepared Genesis 41 part 4

God Prepared Joseph for the Job, then God Prepared the Job for Joseph.  In the seven years of abundance, God restored Joseph and made him a great leader. God also gave him a normal life with a wife and children to love.  The Change was so dramatic, that Joseph was able to let his past go and become fruitful. Make no mistake, though, He was still being prepared. Then the Famine Came—All the work was now to be put to the test.  God prepared Joseph for what lied ahead and restored Him so he could lead.

God is always working toward our preparation for his plan. He will train and restore us so that we can forget what is behind and move toward what lies ahead.  We focus on him and his provision—then we see his hand guide and direct us through our journey.  Bit, like Joseph, we have to realize he is preparing us for the work that is ahead.  We remain focused upon him and he works in and through us.  Help me, Lord to focus on what your plan for is for me—and prepare me to execute it with excellence.

God Bless You

 50 Before the years of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph by Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On. 51 Joseph named his firstborn Manasseh[e] and said, “It is because God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household.” 52 The second son he named Ephraim[f] and said, “It is because God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering.”

53 The seven years of abundance in Egypt came to an end, 54 and the seven years of famine began, just as Joseph had said. There was famine in all the other lands, but in the whole land of Egypt there was food. 55 When all Egypt began to feel the famine, the people cried to Pharaoh for food. Then Pharaoh told all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph and do what he tells you.”

56 When the famine had spread over the whole country, Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold grain to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe throughout Egypt. 57 And all the world came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe everywhere

Joseph Before Pharoah–Genesis 41 part 2

After a lifetime of Slavery, prison and seeming abandonment by God and family—Joseph was now before Pharaoh. Joseph had no idea of why he had gone thru what he had,  nor did he know why he had been dragged out of Prison.  But, when it was revealed, Joseph was ready to complete the task for which God had been preparing him.  Joseph heard the dream and knew HIS God had an answer.  The Answer was the salvation of Egypt and Israel.  God showed Joseph his plan and the solution for Pharaoh. Joseph did not take credit nor did he ask for anything in return.

When God reveals himself to or through us, we need to be ready to be used.  Our hearts need to be focused upon him and our desire should be to bring Him honor and glory. Then he will bless and use us in ways we can never imagine. He will complete his plan and we will be blessed because we sought and honored him.  Joseph was about to be blessed in ways he never imagined.  If we honor God, so will we.

God Bless You

14 So Pharaoh sent for Joseph, and he was quickly brought from the dungeon. When he had shaved and changed his clothes, he came before Pharaoh.

15 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I had a dream, and no one can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.”

16 “I cannot do it,” Joseph replied to Pharaoh, “but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.”

17 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “In my dream I was standing on the bank of the Nile, 18 when out of the river there came up seven cows, fat and sleek, and they grazed among the reeds. 19 After them, seven other cows came up—scrawny and very ugly and lean. I had never seen such ugly cows in all the land of Egypt. 20 The lean, ugly cows ate up the seven fat cows that came up first. 21 But even after they ate them, no one could tell that they had done so; they looked just as ugly as before. Then I woke up.

22 “In my dream I saw seven heads of grain, full and good, growing on a single stalk. 23 After them, seven other heads sprouted—withered and thin and scorched by the east wind. 24 The thin heads of grain swallowed up the seven good heads. I told this to the magicians, but none of them could explain it to me.”

25 Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “The dreams of Pharaoh are one and the same. God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do. 26 The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good heads of grain are seven years; it is one and the same dream. 27 The seven lean, ugly cows that came up afterward are seven years, and so are the seven worthless heads of grain scorched by the east wind: They are seven years of famine.

28 “It is just as I said to Pharaoh: God has shown Pharaoh what he is about to do. 29 Seven years of great abundance are coming throughout the land of Egypt, 30 but seven years of famine will follow them. Then all the abundance in Egypt will be forgotten, and the famine will ravage the land. 31 The abundance in the land will not be remembered, because the famine that follows it will be so severe. 32 The reason the dream was given to Pharaoh in two forms is that the matter has been firmly decided by God, and God will do it soon.

Dreams continued–Genesis 41 part 1

After interpreting the dreams for Pharoah’s officials, Joseph sat in jail for 2 more years.  That was probably the most demoralizing thing in the world.  He did what God said, he acted in a way to honor God and he sought God for pharoah’s officials—still no change.  Joseph had no idea that the waiting he was doing would save Israel and save Egypt.  But that was about to change.  Pharoah had dreams and God had an interpreter.  Had Joseph been released earlier, he would have returned to Canaan.  But, now God was about to make Joseph’s dreams come true.

In our lives, we cannot see the end.  We sometimes lose hope that God cares or has a plan.  The truth is he always has a plan.  When he reveals it, it is always the right one.  We can never lose hope.  Even if weeks, months or even years pass.  We have to wait patiently and trust God to do what he will.  When we do, he is faithful to lead and provide.  He will execute his plan and we will see his way is best.  Help me. Lord to follow your plan.

God Bless You

41 When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream: He was standing by the Nile, 2 when out of the river there came up seven cows, sleek and fat, and they grazed among the reeds. 3 After them, seven other cows, ugly and gaunt, came up out of the Nile and stood beside those on the riverbank. 4 And the cows that were ugly and gaunt ate up the seven sleek, fat cows. Then Pharaoh woke up.

5 He fell asleep again and had a second dream: Seven heads of grain, healthy and good, were growing on a single stalk. 6 After them, seven other heads of grain sprouted—thin and scorched by the east wind. 7 The thin heads of grain swallowed up the seven healthy, full heads. Then Pharaoh woke up; it had been a dream.

9 Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, “Today I am reminded of my shortcomings. 10 Pharaoh was once angry with his servants, and he imprisoned me and the chief baker in the house of the captain of the guard. 11 Each of us had a dream the same night, and each dream had a meaning of its own. 12 Now a young Hebrew was there with us, a servant of the captain of the guard. We told him our dreams, and he interpreted them for us, giving each man the interpretation of his dream. 13 And things turned out exactly as he interpreted them to us: I was restored to my position, and the other man was impaled.”

14 So Pharaoh sent for Joseph, and he was quickly brought from the dungeon. When he had shaved and changed his clothes, he came before Pharaoh.