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Jacob’s and Joseph’s Last Days

“Nearing death, Israel is anxious to pronounce final blessings upon his sons and grandsons, and to insure his burial in the tomb where Abraham and Isaac were buried.  Israel’s death marks the end of the early patriarchs, and attention begins to focus more broadly upon the nation which bears Israel’s name.  Joseph’s death is also recorded after the third generation of Israelites is born in Egypt.”

Read Genesis 47:29-31, Genesis chapters 48, 49, 50

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible

Read Genesis 45:16-28, Genesis 46 and Genesis 47:1-28

Like yesterday, The Daily Bible doesn’t give us insight into today’s reading, but it reveals how God uses obscure and implausible ways of bringing His plans into fruition through unlikely characters just like us.

Today’s reading is a continuation of Joseph’s story and God’s ultimate plan of bringing the future nation of Israel out of a currently desolate “promised land” to a more prosperous land in Egypt, allowing future events and God’s plan to unfold properly.

As family of Joseph “ruler of all Egypt” (v. 45:26), Israel (Jacob) and all his offspring were treated exceptionally well by Pharoah who allowed them to settle “in the best of the land” (v. 47:11) and as God promised, they were becoming a “great nation” (v. 46:3) flourishing vastly.

But God offers great foreshadowing of events to come when He says to Israel (Jacob):

“I will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also surely bring you up again…”   Genesis 46:4

 

Isn’t it so like us to notice God’s work in our lives and not say anything?

Not give God the glory?  Only think of ourselves??

Selfish Portrait

As I began to read the story of Joseph yesterday morning (see Daily Bible walk: Day 18), I saw clearly the similarity of the sinful and selfish human mind.  How easily we focus on ourselves.

Joseph interpreted the dreams of the King’s servants – fellow prisoners.  When he did, even before it all came to fruition, Joseph asked the cupbearer to remember him…

“Only keep me in mind when it goes well with you, and please do me a kindness by mentioning me to Pharaoh and get me out of this house.”   Genesis 40:14

But what happened?

“Thus it came about on the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, that he made a feast for all his servants; and he lifted up the head of the chief cupbearer and the head of the chief baker among his servants. He restored the chief cupbearer to his office, and he put the cup into Pharaoh’s hand; but he hanged the chief baker, just as Joseph had interpreted to them. Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.”   Genesis 40:20-23

The cupbearer just witnessed a miracle!  God allowed Joseph to accurately predict/interpret his and the baker’s dreams.  To the T!  Every detail was correct…but the cupbearer forgot him, focusing only on himself.

As I read that unbelievable story of egocentricity, I felt led to post something about it.  About the selfishness of man; how we so easily place ourselves before God, in place of God.

But as I continued reading, God grabbed my attention…

shoulder tap

“No, that’s not what I want you to learn from this.” He said.

Ok, so I didn’t hear Him audibly… but I couldn’t miss His obvious shoulder tap.

Joseph was forgotten because God closed the mind of the cupbearer.

God needed Joseph to wait.  To be “forgotten” for two years by the cupbearer in order for God to put everything in place; for Joseph to live up to the potential God had for him and to accomplish all God intended for his life.

Joseph was 30 when he entered into the service of Pharaoh.  That’s 13 years since being sold into slavery by his brothers and the Bible doesn’t indicate that God ever spoke to Joseph during that time.  Sure, God poured out His favor and blessing onto Joseph but even so…how much of that time did Joseph feel forgotten by God and question God’s plan for him?

alone

Do you feel alone?  Forgotten?
Do you feel like God doesn’t care, that He’s isn’t around?
He may just be asking you to wait.

His perfect plan for your life isn’t fully in place yet.

“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”   Philippians 1:6

God's plan

 

Related articles:
What’s the rush?  Waiting and listening.   (mrandmrslopez.wordpress.com)
When God’s Timing is Taking Too Long   (joycemeyer.org)
God’s Plan is Better   (aubreymarieblog.com)
Daily Bible walk: Day 18   (ispygod.net)

Read Genesis 42:6-38, Genesis chapters 43, 44 and Genesis 45:1-15

Today’s reading doesn’t lead off with commentary.  It is a continuation of the story of Joseph’s rise to power despite the difficulties he faced and overcame with God’s help.  Granted, Joseph has a little fun at the expense of his brothers, boys will be boys after all.  But what I love most, as the commentary from yesterday’s reading says:  Joseph sees a clear culmination of a long series of events brought about by God’s providence.”

Joseph is emotionally overwhelmed by his brothers and what he says when he reveals his true identity to them is so heartfelt and endearing.  Joseph has incredible insight and a healthy understanding of God and His plans.

Oh, to have the same outlook when I face trials.

But Joseph clearly sees God’s hand throughout his life and how His plans are best no matter how we feel about them.  Joseph’s brothers are the reason he was enslaved and imprisoned, but Joseph saw it differently…

“Now do not be grieved or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. 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, but God…”   Genesis 45:5, 7-8

 

Oh Lord, please give me that same conviction.

 

Joseph the Egyptian Ruler

“The story of Joseph’s rise from being an imprisoned slave to being a ruler second only to Egypt’s Pharaoh himself is wonderfully captivating.  Equally fascinating is the account of how Joseph ultimately brings his father and brothers to live in Egypt, a move which Joseph sees as the clear culmination of a long series of events brought about by God’s providence.”

Read Genesis chapters 39, 40, 41 and Genesis 42:1-5

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible

Joseph’s Early Years

“The Genesis record focuses upon Jacob and his descendants, for it is through the descendants of Jacob (now called Israel) that the promised blessings are to come.  Israel’s special fondness for Joseph, and perhaps Joseph’s own attitude, lead to envy and hatred by Joseph’s brothers.  Their behavior toward Joseph and toward their own father is hardly worthy of the important positions they will later occupy as the heads of the tribes which together form the nation of God’s people.”

Read Genesis 37

Judah and Tamar

“A story unfolds in Canaan involving Judah, one of Israel’s sons by Leah.  It concerns the ancient custom of estates in which the brother of a deceased man having no children marries the brother’s wife so that the brother’s lineage, and property as well, may continue through a proper line of succession.  Disgrace comes when Onan prevents any offspring from being born.  There follows a rather curious story of Tamar, who resolves to bear a child by Judah himself.

The most important aspect of this seemingly insignificant story will come to light only after many centuries have passed.  At that time it will become evident that a descendant of Judah (through Perez) will become God’s messenger to all mankind — the Messiah.”

Read Genesis 38

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible

Jacob Marries and Has Children

“As he returns to his mother’s country, Jacob meets his uncle Laban and agrees to work for Laban in exchange for his daughter Rachel.  But Laban deceives Jacob, giving him his older daughter, Leah, instead of Rachel.  Ultimately Jacob gets both Rachel and Leah, but as might be expected, rivalry emerges between the two sisters, and childbearing quickly becomes the focus of their rivalry.”

Read Genesis 29 and Genesis 30:1-24

Laban and Jacob Outsmart Each Other

“When Jacob decides to return to Canaan, he agrees with Laban as to appropriate wages for his many years of service, Laban once again deceives Jacob.  Not to be outdone, Jacob devises a scheme of his own to increase the flocks which are rightfully his by their agreement.”

Read Genesis 30:25-43

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible
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