We continue in our readings from the story of Joseph and look today at Genesis Ch.41 vs.41-57.
We see Joseph being established as Pharoah’s No.2 in terms of clothes and travel and marriage, so that everyone is aware of who he is (vs.41-45).
I have been mentioning this whole idea of waiting and being patient over a longish period of time, and we now realise (v.46) that Joseph is now 30, so it is 13 years since we first met him at the beginning of Ch.37 with his dreams about his brothers and the rest of his family.
As David the Psalmist would say much later on, ‘But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hands…’ (Psalm 31 vs.14-15)
And then we see something of Joseph’s own heart, and his relationship with God, in the naming of his 2 sons, Manasseh and Ephraim (vs.50-52). Names had really significant meaning back in those days.
Joseph took charge in organising the Egyptians in their years of abundance (vs.46-49) and then in relief of the hungry during the years of famine (vs.53-57). Here is the first Foodbank in operation!
I could mention again that we see our key verse in action, Genesis Ch.50 v.20, ‘the saving of many lives’, but do also note that as other countries come to Egypt (or really Joseph) for help in their own famine, we see a (partial) fulfilment of the Lord’s promise to Abram back in Genesis Ch.12 v.3, ‘and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you (and your offspring)’. Joseph is one of A’s offspring and he is a foreshadow of One who is to come, who indeed will be a blessing to all peoples on earth and will provide all their needs, even the Lord Jesus Christ.
Praying through our Church address list, we are back to the beginning again, so please today remember,
– Colin & Penny
– Martin & Lucie
Just a gentle reminder, that we are having a Litter Pick around Kings Heath this coming Saturday, meet on Park Square at 10am, do come if you can, even if you can only do a short time.