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|Posted on 2 September, 2011 at 0:31|
Genesis 50:20, But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
"A Vessel used by God to bring about Deliverance"
The picture depicts Joseph making himself known to his brothers after he became second in command to pharoah.
I am reminded of the bible story of Joseph (Jacob’s son). Joseph had 11 brothers and one sister. Joseph was hated by his brothers. He brought to his father report of his older brothers wrong doings while out shepherding. They hated Joseph, too, because his father loved him best of all his sons because he was the child of his old age. His father made him a beautiful coat of many colors, a long garment with sleeves. Joseph also had dreams, which he told his brothers, and they hated him for those dreams. What were his dreams? They are recorded in the following bible verses:
Genesis 37:5-11, Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.” His brothers said to him, “Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?” And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said. Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, “What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?” His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
Joseph’s older brothers hated him so much and thought to have prevented his dreams to come to pass, and make them of none effect; to have taken away his life; and to have made him a slave all the days of his life. How jealous and hateful Joseph’s brother were towards him. They threw him in a pit, sold him into slavery and faked his death.
I could only imagine how Joseph was feeling down in the pit, betrayed, unloved and hated by his brothers; he had to be very angry and bitter towards his brothers at that time. But as the story goes on, in spite of the evil works towards Joseph from his older brothers, his dreams the visions that God gave him came to pass.
Some of us have had evil spoken to us by family members and non-family member alike, saying that you will never amount to anything, or be anything, spoken of negatively, persecuted, and plotted to do you harm… BUT GOD!!!
The bible records that God made Joseph a father to Pharaoh and the second-in- command to Pharaoh. God’s favor was with Joseph in Pharaoh’s house, in the field and when he was even put in prison falsely.
When the land of Canaan was struck with famine, Joseph’s father sent his brothers to Egypt to buy food; the only rich country around - through Joseph’s Godly wisdom to preserve for such famine; not so much for Egypt, but for his family as well, the very ones that mistreated him.
Now Joseph could have held a serious grudge towards his brothers and made them suffer and starve to death like they treated him; but because Joseph understood that out of the evil and wicket hearts of his brothers, God foreknew his brother’s plot against him was meant for his harm, but God meant it for his and their good.
The moral to this story is although you may have been mistreated, spoken evil of, persecuted (falsely accused), by family and non-family members alike, will you hold grudges, harbor unforgiveness, or will you have the spirit of Joseph? It may very well be that God will use you to bring about deliverance.
Readers, I had no idea the Holy Spirit was leading me here. He that has an ear let him hear what the Spirit is saying. Amen!
Categories: September 2011