Day 8 - Joseph
Read Genesis 50:20.
The story of Joseph is really long (13 chapters!) and you probably already know it, but just to review: Joseph was Jacob’s favorite son, and he kept having these dreams that he would rise above his brothers. This made them really mad so they threw him in a pit and then sold him into slavery. As a slave in Egypt, he did an excellent job and his master, Potiphar, trusted him. However, Potiphar’s wife tried to get Joseph to sin, and he refused, so she lied and got him in trouble for something he never did. He was sent to prison for a long time but eventually was used by God to interpret a dream for Pharaoh and was made second in command over the whole kingdom! Because of this and with God’s help, Egypt was prepared for a famine and Joseph’s brothers from back in Israel had to come ask Joseph for help. But they didn’t realize it was Joseph until he told them, and they were so sorry for all they had done to him.
Later, after their father Jacob had died, the brothers wrote a letter and asked Joseph again to forgive him. This is when Jospeh said the verse we read today. This is one of the sweetest verses in scripture and means even more when we think about Jesus.
In many ways the life of Jesus was similar to Joseph’s. He was innocent and never once sinned, but He was punished as if he was guilty of worse crimes than we could even imagine. The crucifixion of Jesus was horrible; people wanted evil things for Jesus. It was unfair. Jesus deserved a throne, not a cross.
But what would our lives be like if He had never died on the cross? There would be no hope for mankind. If it weren’t for that horrible event, we would die in our sin with no one to save us. Acts 2:23 shows us how the cross is the best example of God using evil people to accomplish His good purpose: “This Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.” And praise God that He was victorious over the grave!
Praise Jesus that what was meant to destroy Him is actually the only way that we can have life!
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Read Day 7 here.
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