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Joseph – Humbly Forgiving

THURSDAY 

When a man understands God’s sovereignty (as Joseph did) he not only is not vengeful but he is forgiving. Vengeance is the lack of response to God’s sovereignty while forgiveness is the positive response.

NIV Genesis 50:19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. 21 So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.

With sovereignty in its proper place, a man is humble before God and man, resulting in self-control which replaces vengeance with forgiveness.

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Joseph – Understood God’s Sovereignty

WEDNESDAY   

NAU Genesis 45:7 “God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth, and to keep you alive by a great deliverance.  8 “Now, therefore, it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh and lord of all his household and ruler over all the land of Egypt.

NIV Genesis 45:7 But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. {7 Or save you as a great band of survivors}  8 “So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.

KJV Genesis 45:7 And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. {to preserve…: Heb. to put for you a remnant}  8 So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.

 Yesterday we saw the transformation of Joseph from arrogant and prideful to humble and wise. It was a 13 year process. Today we see from the life of Joseph that the wise man has a proper understanding and application of God’s sovereignty.

 It would have been easy for Joseph to have vengeance on his mind toward his brothers. Instead we see his humility expressed toward his brothers based upon his proper perspective on the sovereignty of God.

In verse 7 we see that Joseph understood his situation to be ordained by God. He even understood the purpose of God in sending him to Egypt – it was a divine act of preservation for the future nation of Israel in fulfillment to the promises to Abraham.

This points out another synchronous relationship, this time between God’s sovereignty and man’s vengeance.  When God’s sovereignty is understood and practiced, man’s pursuit of vengeance is eliminated.

NAU Proverbs 20:22 Do not say, “I will repay evil”; Wait for the LORD, and He will save you.

NIV Proverbs 20:22 Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you.

KJV Proverbs 20:22 Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.

Joseph – Wise and Humble

TUESDAY

NIV Genesis 41:39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. …. 41 So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.”… 43 He had him ride in a chariot as his second-in-command, {43 Or in the chariot of his second-in-command; or in his second chariot} and men shouted before him, “Make way!” {43 Or Bow down} 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.” … 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.

Joseph was 17 years old when he was sold as a slave to Egypt (Gen 37:2) and 30 years old when he entered Pharaoh’s service (see above). Thirteen years of work by God to transform an arrogant, prideful man into a humble, useful servant. That thought alone is enough to think about for the day – 17 years of pride’s development, 13 years to bring it under control.

But there is a greater lesson to be learned. The product of God’s transforming work in Joseph not only resulted in a more humble man, but a man who was wise and discerning. Isn’t it interesting to see the correlation between wisdom and humility?  Are you seeking to be wise? Learn humility!

NIV Psalm 25:9 He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.

Joseph – An Overview

MONDAY 

This week’s study will focus on Joseph, son of Rachel and Jacob.

NIV Genesis 30:25 After Rachel gave birth to Joseph,…

Joseph was the 11th son of Jacob and Jacob’s favorite because Joseph was the first born and at the time, the only son of his favorite wife, Rachel.

NIV Genesis 37:3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made a richly ornamented robe for him.

Jacob’s favoritism evidently went to Joseph’s head and his older brothers, being jealous of his status with their father, sold him as a slave to their cousins, the Ishmaelites, who turned around and sold him as a slave in Egypt.

NIV Genesis 37:28 So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt.

After God humbled him by forcing him to serve as a slave in Potiphar’s household, being falsely accused of rape and then wrongly imprisoned for a crime he did not commit, he was ready to be used by God. He became the most influential person in the world outside of Pharaoh and blessed the Egyptians with his humble leadership. And he humbly cared for his brothers even though they had cruelly mistreated him.

NIV Genesis 39:1 Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there…. 3 When his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD gave him success in everything he did, … 7 and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me!”… 10 And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her…. 17 Then she told him this story: “That Hebrew slave you brought us came to me to make sport of me…. 19 When his master heard the story his wife told him, saying… he burned with anger…. 20 Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison…. 21 the LORD was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden….

NIV Genesis 41:41 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.

NIV Genesis 45:4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! 5 And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.

God took a spoiled, poorly parented, self-centered boy and molded him into a humble, useful tool for God’s service in the life of two nations. We have seen the process of transformation. Now we need to examine the product of this transformation.