I love happy reunions.
Joseph prepared his chariot and went up to Goshen to meet his father Israel;
as soon as he appeared before him,
he fell on his neck and wept on his neck a long time.
This moved me. It made me think about the reunion I’m waiting for. Seeing Jesus!
Jesus is alive and coming back soon. Don’t lose sight of that. I feel like I’m going to want to fall of His neck and weep for a long time out of sheer joy.
1 It may be at morn, when the day is awaking,
When sunlight through darkness and shadow is breaking,
That Jesus will come in the fullness of glory,
To receive from the world His own.
O Lord Jesus, how long, how long
Ere we shout the glad song,
Amen. Hallelujah! Amen.
2 It may be at midday, it may be at twilight,
It may be, perchance, that the blackness of midnight
Will burst into light in the blaze of His glory,
When Jesus receives His own. (Refrain)
3 While its hosts cry Hosanna, from heaven descending,
With glorified saints and the angels attending,
With grace on His brow, like a halo of glory,
Will Jesus receive His own. (Refrain)
4 O joy! O delight! should we go without dying,
No sickness, no sadness, no dread and no crying.
Caught up through the clouds with our Lord into glory,
When Jesus receives His own. (Refrain)
H. L. Turner
Then Joseph said to his brothers,
"I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?"
But his brothers could not answer him,
for they were dismayed at his presence.
Then Joseph said to his brothers,
"Please come closer to me."
And they came closer.
And he said, "I am your brother Joseph,
whom you sold into Egypt.
"Now do not be grieved or angry with yourselves,
because you sold me here,
for God sent me before you to preserve life.
"For the famine has been in the land these two years,
and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting.
"God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth,
and to keep you alive by a great deliverance.
"Now, therefore, it was not you who sent me here,
and He has made me a father to Pharaoh and lord of all his household
and ruler over all the land of Egypt.
But God! God works His purposes in the circumstances of our life. They may look happenstance, but God is working His will. He takes the ugly things and uses them for His glory. Like being thrown in a pit, taken to Egypt, thrown in jail, only to become leader of the world, to preserve life. Three times in this passage Joseph makes the point that it wasn’t his brothers doing this to him, it was God. I’m thankful for this God!
Judah to Joseph
”Now, therefore, when I come to your servant my father,
and the lad is not with us, since his life is bound up in the lad's life,
when he sees that the lad is not with us, he will die.
Thus your servants will bring the gray hair of your servant our father
down to Sheol in sorrow.
For your servant became surety for the lad to my father, saying,
“If I do not bring him back to you,
then let me bear the blame before my father forever.”
Now, therefore, please let your servant remain instead of the lad
a slave to my lord, and let the lad go up with his brothers.
For how shall I go up to my father if the lad is not with me--
for fear that I see the evil that would overtake my father?"
I love the change in Judah. He begs to remain a slave to Joseph in place of his brother and out of concern for his father. God changes people. Lovely!
I also loved that he wanted to be a substitute. This reminds me of Jesus who stepped in my place and was my substitute! That baby born in Bethlehem, became a man and took my sin and died in my place. Wonderful. Is He yours?
“…and may God Almighty grant you compassion in the sight of the man,
so that he will release to you your other brother and Benjamin.
And as for me, if I am bereaved of my children, I am bereaved."
I read this and thought of the acceptance Jacob had to have to live. He had to be willing to lose a son. He wasn’t really that willing but he did it.
How different than God.
For God so loved the world,
that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish,
but have eternal life.
GOD in mercy sent His Son
To a world by sin undone;
Jesus Christ was crucified ---
'Twas for sinners Jesus died.
Their father Jacob said to them,
"You have bereaved me of my children:
Joseph is no more,
and Simeon is no more,
and you would take Benjamin;
all these things are against me."
All these things are against me!
Except one thing. He forgot God was for him.
He forgot God’s promises.
God had a program He was following.
God was in fact working things together for good for Jacob and generations to follow.
It would be good to think about the big picture today instead of me me me!
Joseph then answered Pharaoh, saying,
"It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer."
I love Joseph’s confidence and humility here. Confidence that God will answer. Knowledge it wouldn’t be in him, but in God.
Rise and shine and give God the glory today!
Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.
Joseph asked that he be remembered. He wasn’t. But God did not forget Joseph.
Two thoughts strike me this morning.
1. Jesus asked to be remembered like Joseph. Yet, so many don’t remember Him as He asked. Imagine!
2. It thrills me that while the cupbearer forgot Joseph God did not!
God had a plan He was working.
So Joseph's master took him and put him into the jail,
the place where the king's prisoners were confined;
and he was there in the jail.
But the LORD was with Joseph and extended kindness to him,
and gave him favor in the sight of the chief jailer.
The chief jailer committed to Joseph's charge all the prisoners who were in the jail;
so that whatever was done there, he was responsible for it.
The chief jailer did not supervise anything under Joseph's charge
because the LORD was with him;
and whatever he did, the LORD made to prosper.
The Lord was with Joseph. Even in jail. I love his example of being responsible in his adverse circumstances. What a glory to God. No complaining, just serving. God made him to prosper. Lovely!
Whenever I read Genesis 38 I think, wait, weren’t we about to hear Joseph’s life story?
And then I think what a contrast the sordid happenings are in this chapter with Joseph’s life! He was an outstanding example of purity. Judah is a mess! And then I think of what a contrast today’s sordid news is with the holiness of the Lord Jesus. And then I remember that Jesus came from the line of Judah.
What grace! Jesus came to save sinners! He came to save YOU!
Meanwhile, the Midianites sold him in Egypt to Potiphar,
Pharaoh's officer, the captain of the bodyguard.
The story of Joseph begins. I couldn’t help but think how bad all the circumstances looked that took place to get Joseph to Egypt. But then God was moving. It was good. These verses…
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good
to those who love God,
to those who are called according to His purpose.
As for you, you meant evil against me,
but God meant it for good
in order to bring about this present result,
to preserve many people alive.
This is an important reminder. It may look bad. God means it for good!
More than anything I would like to encourage you in your walk with God!