Beat (4) - Notes
RELEASING God’s truth
JOSEPH’S JOURNEY FROM IMMATURITY TO AUTHORITY
Dreams & Immaturity
Jealousy & Slavery
Favor & Promotion
Obedience & False Accusation
Imprisonment & Favor
Maturity & Immaturity
Maturity & Authority
JOSEPH’S JOURNEY FROM BITTERNESS TO FORGIVENESS
So with severe famine everywhere, Joseph opened up the storehouses and distributed grain to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe throughout the land of Egypt. And people from all around came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph because the famine was severe throughout the world.
When Jacob heard that grain was available in Egypt, he said to his sons, “Why are you standing around looking at one another? I have heard there is grain in Egypt. Go down there, and buy enough grain to keep us alive. Otherwise we’ll die.”
So Joseph’s ten older brothers went down to Egypt to buy grain. But Jacob wouldn’t let Joseph’s younger brother, Benjamin, go with them, for fear some harm might come to him. So Jacob’s sons arrived in Egypt along with others to buy food, for the famine was in Canaan as well.
Since Joseph was governor of all Egypt and in charge of selling grain to all the people, it was to him that his brothers came. When they arrived, they bowed before him with their faces to the ground. Joseph recognized his brothers instantly, but he pretended to be a stranger and spoke harshly to them. “Where are you from?” he demanded.
“From the land of Canaan,” they replied. “We have come to buy food.”
Although Joseph recognized his brothers, they didn’t recognize him. And he remembered the dreams he’d had about them many years before. He said to them, “You are spies! You have come to see how vulnerable our land has become.”
Plays Head Games with Them
Calls them spies
Demands to see Benji
Fills sacks with grain & silver
Seats them by birth order
Puts silver cup in Benji’s sack
Threatens to enslave Benji
Speaking among themselves, they said, “Clearly we are being punished because of what we did to Joseph long ago. We saw his anguish when he pleaded for his life, but we wouldn’t listen. That’s why we’re in this trouble.”
“Didn’t I tell you not to sin against the boy?” Reuben asked. “But you wouldn’t listen. And now we have to answer for his blood!”
Is this healthy? For brothers? For Joseph? For Jacob?
- Preparing the brothers to repent (especially Judah)
“And now, my lord, I cannot go back to my father without the boy. Our father’s life is bound up in the boy’s life. If he sees that the boy is not with us, our father will die. We, your servants, will indeed be responsible for sending that grieving, white-haired man to his grave. My lord, I guaranteed to my father that I would take care of the boy. I told him, ‘If I don’t bring him back to you, I will bear the blame forever.’
“So please, my lord, let me stay here as a slave instead of the boy, and let the boy return with his brothers. For how can I return to my father if the boy is not with me? I couldn’t bear to see the anguish this would cause my father!”
- Preparing Joseph to forgive
Joseph could stand it no longer. “Please, come closer,” he said to them. So they came closer. And he said, “I am Joseph, your brother, whom you sold into slavery in Egypt.
Gets Real with Them
But don’t be upset, and don’t be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place.
Fully Forgives Them
God has sent me ahead of you to keep you and your families alive and to preserve many survivors. So it was God who sent me here, not you!
Proclaims Truth to Them
You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.
God moves and matures Joseph for leadership
God uses Joseph to save his family and the whole world
God leads Joseph to forgive his brothers, freeing both himself and them with the TRUTH
NOW IT’S YOUR TURN
Build your life maturely
Reject the lies and believe the Truth
Forgive and get free
Be a blessing to others
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
What lies has the Enemy spoken into your soul?
What Truth will you reapply in your life?
How will you maturely build your life on your value, identity and purpose in Christ?
Whom do you need to forgive?
How will you share your story to help others find freedom?