Good morning everybody, welcome to Thursday, and the first bin lorry has just gone up our little road!
Our passage today is Genesis Chapter 50 verses 15 to 26, as we come to the end of this great book, and looking at the lives of the founding fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and his sons.
Verses 15 to 21 show us that Joseph’s brothers are still not 100% certain that he is going to treat them well following the death of their father, Jacob. It is a reminder that rebuilding trust after betrayal is not an easy straightforward thing, and it often takes time and much grace.
Actually Joseph had forgiven them, but they couldn’t quite believe it, just as Jesus has forgiven us, but we sometimes can’t quite believe it.
Joseph is moved to tears, perhaps because he realises he hasn’t quite convinced them of his love for them, or perhaps because they are still a little bit deceitful, I think I am assuming that the story about Jacob’s instructions to them is made up.
And then we have this key verse, which I have flagged up several times previously, v.20, about the Lord using human sinfulness for a greater purpose, ‘You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.’ Jesus could have said the same thing as He hung upon the cross.
And then in verses 22 to 26, we have the death of Joseph, someone who died well with his life complete having served the Lord faithfully. And yes his bones do make it back to Canaan, hundreds of years later, brought by Moses as he entered the Promised Land, see Exodus Ch.13 v.19.
In our praying through the church address list we pray today for,
– Kim Bon & Sin Wei
– Charlene, along with Ariah and Samuel