So, this morning I came across a few verses that set me freshly on fire for the Word of God. Last night our family and another young couple whom we have adopted started a study on the life of Joseph. I have heard the stories of Joseph’s life since I was a child, but there is just nothing like, digging in and finding truths for yourself and God speaking gently to your spirit through your time in the Word.
This morning we did a little family background on our protagonist. Needless to say Joseph’s family had their issues. However, as I read the account of God giving Jacob the promises in Genesis 28 my heart begin to see anew the faithfulness of God. Look at this!
Genesis 28: 13 And behold, the Lord stood above it and said, “I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. The land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring. 14 Your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 15 Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
Now, this was a good while before Joseph was born. But if you know anything about his life you know that because of the wisdom that God bestowed on him, the nation of Egypt and the surrounding nations were kept alive during the great famine that took place. So, I underlined these verses thinking about how God was so faithful to His Word. I got a little further and felt like the Holy Spirit was telling me to go back and read it again. As I begin to read, verses from the New Testament begin to go off in my brain like fireworks! This was the first;
Matthew 12:18 “Behold, my servant whom I have chosen,
my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased.
I will put my Spirit upon him,
and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
19 He will not quarrel or cry aloud,
nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets;
20 a bruised reed he will not break,
and a smoldering wick he will not quench,
until he brings justice to victory;
21 and in his name the Gentiles will hope.”
Who is this passage talking about? JESUS! Then as soon as my mind jumped to that I immediately thought of the family line of Jesus… check this out!
Matthew 1:1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 3 and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram, 4 and Ram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, 5 and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, 6 and Jesse the father of David the king.
And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, 7 and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asaph, 8 and Asaph the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah, 9 and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, 10 and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josiah, 11 and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.
12 And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel, and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, 13 and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, 14 and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud, 15 and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob, 16 and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.
In case you missed it, Jacob’s son, Judah was a Great Great Great (many Greats) Grandfather of Jesus! Now read again this passage;
Genesis 28:13 And behold, the Lord stood above it and said, “I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. The land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring. 14 Your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 15 Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
Do you see it? “All the families of the earth be blessed.” That is me! That is you! God ultimately fulfilled this promise, not through Joseph but through Jesus! Praise God!
Thank you Lord for Your Word! Thank You that You are faithful to Your promises even though Your timing is not ours!
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