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RELEASING God’s truth

Joseph has made the journey from immaturity to authority. Now he needs to make the journey from bitterness to forgiveness.

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Genesis 41:56-57

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.

Genesis 42:1-9

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.”

For 3 chapters Joseph played head games with his brothers (See Genesis 32-44). What kind of head games did Joseph play with them? Why? Was this healthy? How did these head games prepare his brothers to truly repent and Joseph to fully forgive?

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Genesis 50:20

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.

How did this truth set Joseph and his brothers free?

How are each of these beating the devil with his own stick?

  • 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

How are each of the following 4 things an effective way of beating the devil with his own stick?

1. Build your life maturely. How does this diagram show how to build your life maturely?


2. Reject the lies and believe the Truth

3. Forgive and get free. Why are these 2 couplets true?

No Forgiveness
No Freedom
Know Forgiveness
Know Freedom

4. Be a blessing to others. What does this verse say about beating the devil with his own stick?

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.

How could God use you to comfort others with the comfort you yourself received from Him? How have you seen it operate in your life?


Karl House