Living the Dream

“Joseph said to his brothers, ‘I am Joseph. Is my father still alive?’ But his brothers could not answer him, so dismayed were they at his presence…’I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.” – Genesis 45:3-5

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: Genesis 42-45

Last Sunday, we talked about the redemption story that is found throughout theBible. From the beginning of the Bible, we discover that God takes redemption for all of humanity in order that we might have a relationship with God. This redemption will be made known to us through Jesus Christ, but the idea of redemption existed in the Old Testament as well. In Genesis 42-45, we see another glimpse of redemption.

Joseph was the brother that nobody likes. He was the favorite child who was given special gifts by his father (the coat of many colors). He was the youngest of his brothers (Benjamin had not yet been born) and he was a dreamer. Joseph had dreams of his brothers bowing to him in worship — he dreamed that he would rule over his brothers. This is not the kind of stuff that one wants to hear your brother talk about.

So his brothers eliminated the threat. They did not want to kill him, but they made sure he was gone as they sold him into slavery. But that was not the end of Joseph’s story. He finds his way to second in command over Egypt and during the famine, his brothers come to him to ask for food. What would Joseph say? How would he respond? The brothers did not know it was him, but he knew who they were.

There are times when we are faced with a situation where we can seek vengeance or show mercy. In Joseph’s story, he shows mercy to his brothers and would eventually forgive them. But mercy is not always easy. Following Jesus can sometimes call us to take the more difficult path of showing mercy and offering forgiveness. But this is also the lifestyle that Jesus models for us. After all, it was Jesus who showed mercy and offered forgiveness to us when we were slaves to our sinful nature.

This Sunday, we will explore more of Joseph’s story in both of our worship services. Have a great weekend and I look forward to being with you in worship at 8:45 and 11:00!

Blessings,
Matt

P.S. Have you seen our Minute with Matt videos on our YouTube page? These no-budget videos are resources designed to help you with your study of theBible this year. Each week, I attempt to answer some of your questions that you have asked. If you have a question that you like to ask, send me an e-mail and I’d be happy to help you. It may even be the next question we use for our next Minute with Matt.