Tuesday, July 5, 2011

We are Joseph, He Is Jesus - Genesis 37 and Romans 14

23 So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe—the ornate robe he was wearing— 24 and they took him and threw him into the cistern. The cistern was empty; there was no water in it.
25 As they sat down to eat their meal, they looked up and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead. Their camels were loaded with spices, balm and myrrh, and they were on their way to take them down to Egypt.
26 Judah said to his brothers, “What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood? 27 Come, let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him; after all, he is our brother, our own flesh and blood.” His brothers agreed.
28 So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels[b] of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt.

God said to me after reading this, "This is a paralell to what Jesus went through and what your generation will endure."

Jesus was the son of God, who was sent out to the field to harvest the grain, was hated by many, thrown into jail, sold for silver, and sacrificed.

Death is the only thing that Joseph didn't see. Jesus saw death, but death could not keep him in the grave. And if we are the sons of God then we have no obligation to accept death.

One day, like Joseph, the enemies of God will bow their knees to Jesus. So will those who love Him!
Romans 14
11 It is written:
“‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
‘every knee will bow before me;
every tongue will acknowledge God.’”[b]

So, Joseph is much like those in our age, who are the favored of God, but are hated among their family. We are left to fend for ourselves in what situation that we are stuck in.

However, one day those who persecuted us, sold us into slavery, will one day bow before us and acknowledge the God we serve. It's only a matter of time.

Amen.

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