March 4, 2019

JOSEPH SENT FOR HIS FATHER

After Joseph made himself known to his brothers, the next move was to bring his father and every one of their families to join him in Egypt. This type of move does not need visas or legal papers. When God opens doors, no one can close it. They were commanded by Pharaoh to come to Egypt leaving their goods behind because the best of Egypt will be given to them. They were provided with carts and every means of transportation available to take with them to bring Jacob and his household.

Let us read the account as follows “Now the report of it was heard in Pharaoh’s house, saying, “Joseph’s brothers have come.” So it pleased Pharaoh and his servants well.  And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Say to your brothers, ‘Do this: Load your animals and depart; go to the land of Canaan.   Bring your father and your households and come to me; I will give you the best of the land of Egypt, and you will eat the fat of the land.   Now you are commanded—do this: Take carts out of the land of Egypt for your little ones and your wives; bring your father and come. Also do not be concerned about your goods, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours.’ ”  Then the sons of Israel did so; and Joseph gave them carts, according to the command of Pharaoh, and he gave them provisions for the journey.  He gave to all of them, to each man, changes of garments; but to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver and five changes of garments. And he sent to his father these things: ten donkeys loaded with the good things of Egypt, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain, bread, and food for his father for the journey.   So he sent his brothers away, and they departed; and he said to them, “See that you do not become troubled along the way.” Then they went up out of Egypt, and came to the land of Canaan to Jacob their father. And they told him, saying, “Joseph is still alive, and he is governor over all the land of Egypt.” And Jacob’s heart stood still, because he did not believe them.   But when they told him all the words which Joseph had said to them, and when he saw the carts which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived.   Then Israel said, “It is enough. Joseph my son is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.” (Genesis 45:16-28).

Can you see the mighty hand of God in the life of Jacob and his descendants?  Pharaoh promised the best of the land of Egypt for them. They were commanded to come and eat what God had already prepared for them, a land flowing with milk and honey. But it took 13 years of perseverance, trials and tribulations endured by Joseph to bring the entire descendants of Jacob to their rest in Egypt. This reminds me of the scripture in John 10:9-10 where Jesus says “ I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.   The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly”. Also John 14:6 says “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” The abundant life promised by the Father  is only in Jesus Christ, because Jesus Christ came to open the door to us so that we can enjoy all the blessings promised by the Father. He opened the door through a lot of trials and tribulations, Isaiah 53:4-5 says “Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.  But He was wounded for our transgressions,  He was bruised for our iniquities;The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,  And by His stripes we are healed”  Was this not what our Lord Jesus went through for us to be able to have life and have it more abundantly? Just like Joseph opened the way for children of Israel to enter into the land of Egypt, so also Jesus made a way for you and for me so that we can enjoy the abundant life here in this world and in the world to come.(eternal life). Therefore Joseph was a prototype of Jesus Christ.

God always has plan for His people. Imagine the preparation made by God for His people to reside in Egypt , the best part of Egypt was made available to the children of Israel. So also a glorious place (mansion) has been prepared for us that while we do His will here on earth, we will be able to enjoy that permanent home (heaven) for ever. This is the whole essence of His coming to our world, to prepare us for a better place. All our sins were placed on him and His blood cleansed us from all unrighteousness. Therefore let us live like Joseph who was able to hold on to the pillar of God until He received His breakthrough. Because of the victory he has gotten, Jacob and the entire household are coming to enjoy what God had prepared for them. Thank God that Joseph realized that the plan was God’s plan, and had already forgiven his brothers even before they asked him, and true healing came through this forgiveness and they were able to dwell together in peace. Praise God!!!

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