This was such a fun page to do – my lovely sister bought me a dymo label maker for my birthday and so I printed out my points and added them to some permenant pro-liner pens. Incidently today’s blog is brought to you by the letter P.
If you haven’t guessed already, I really love Joseph’s story! And I love how the bible is full of these real people facing real life struggles and triumphs that we can identify with and learn from. But if we only ever read through the lens of personality, and our application is purely personal then we can miss out on the bigger picture! There is an important perspective to be gained when we stand back and realise that God has a greater plan for Joseph and his family. And for us too!
Genesis 47 we see Joseph managing the needs and assets of Egypt through the years of famine. He sells all the food he has stored up for money, and then for livestock, then finally for the people’s land and their service. Because of all that he did Pharaoh ended up owning pretty much everything and everyone – and was set with an income of 20% tax from that point on. But God’s plan wasn’t just about making Pharaoh rich and Joseph famous. God was looking after His people – He was fulfilling His promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob;
“Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:1-2
God wasn’t just writing Joseph’s story, as wonderful as it is, He wasn’t even just saving Jacob’s family….. God is writing a much bigger story where all the families of the earth shall be blessed. I love this interaction between Jacob and Pharaoh;
Then Joseph brought in Jacob his father and stood him before Pharaoh, and Jacob blessed Pharaoh. And Pharaoh said to Jacob, “How many are the days of the years of your life?” And Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The days of the years of my sojourning are 130 years. Few and evil have been the days of the years of my life, and they have not attained to the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their sojourning.” And Jacob blessed Pharaoh and went out from the presence of Pharaoh. Then Joseph settled his father and his brothers and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded. Genesis 47:7-11
You see from Jacob’s perspective his days had been few and evil and not lived up to those who had gone before – but from ours we can see God’s sovereign hand at work. Here he is not only surviving but stepping into destiny and blessing the nations! God has been at work protecting and preserving His people, providing for them and prospering them so that the ends of the earth might be blessed. The next chapter we read about Jacob telling Joseph about his own promise;
And Jacob said to Joseph, “God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me, and said to me, ‘Behold, I will make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will make of you a company of peoples and will give this land to your offspring after you for an everlasting possession.’ Gen 48:3-4
Then 39 generations later we read this;
The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers…. ….and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ. Matthew 1:1-2 & 15-16
Jesus – God, born into the world to be our protection and preservation. God’s provision so that His family, and all the nations of the earth, might be blessed. God’s perfect plan – to release the prosperity of heaven by providing propitiation for our sins, a permanent pardon! It is always about Jesus! You see as much as we identify with Joseph – God’s plan is always so much bigger than one man. His story, your story and mine too are just little anecdotes amidst an incredible plan to bring preservation, provision and prosperity – blessing to the nations of the earth!
Be blessed. Thanks for reading. Love Rach x