If you’re following Lynwood’s chronological bible reading plan then you just finished reading about Joseph. Man, so many lessons can be taught from his life. How to face adversity. How to maintain your integrity. How to avoid temptation. How not to relate to your brothers! But this time, God spoke to me about something different. He showed me a glorious picture of redemption from two sides. Redemption from two different perspectives.
On one side, there’s Joseph. Not a bad kid growing up. Maybe a little naive. Maybe a little cocky. So his brothers threw him in a pit, faked his death, and sold him into slavery. The guy who bought him trusted him greatly and gave him much responsibility. But he also believed his wife when she lied about Joseph’s “advance” towards her so he threw Joseph in prison. He helped a dude who promised to remember him, but that took another two years. Two years of prison. But finally, finally, God delivered him, and gave him favor with Pharaoh. God redeemed Joseph and gave him great power and influence. With this power and influence he was able to save his entire family from death during a great famine.
At the same time, there are the brothers. Jealous. Ruthless. I won’t even discuss some of the stories the bible tells about them. They were selfish, self-indulgent kidnappers, liars, and slave traders (at least when it came to Joseph). But, in the end, God redeemed them. He used the brother they sold and discarded to save them all from starvation. Ultimately, our Savior would come from one of their families. And from one of the worst brothers!
But what does Joseph say about all of this? He sees God’s purpose in it all.
And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. So it was not you who sent me here, but God. He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt.
Genesis 45:7, 8
As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.
So, we see in the life of Joseph the redemption of God. Redemption for the one so seeks God but encounters horrible hardship and injustice. All along, God was working His glorious plan of salvation. There WAS purpose in the pain. And redemption of the one who forsakes God and follows his own way. He does horrible things and seems so lost. But there is redemption.
So when we look at people, who do we see. One who seeks God? One who rejects God? Peoople in need of redemption? Someone whom Jesus died for?
Think about it. And if you need redemption, it’s available. Just email me at the link on the right. I’d love to share about it.