Intro: We saw in our study last week where Joseph ran into his brothers once again .
A) There in Egypt – 7 yrs of Famine / food in Egypt / go & get some
B) Low & Behold the very person that they have to see the one who is in charge of the DISTRUBUTION is their Brother Joseph
1) Whom they sold into Slavery – over 20yrs earlier
A) Well they don’t recognize him/ he does them
A) Accuses them of being spies / not so 12 brothers the sons of one man / one is at home & one is no more
B) PROVE IT / SIMEON STAYS – THE REST GO HOME & BRING YOUNGER BROTHER BACK
C) Saw when these brothers came home & told the news to Jacob / He responded by saying / How can this be everything is against me
1) When in actuality – Everything was working out just perfectly in his favor
A) God is at work / At this point they run out of food once again – pick up
· V.8-10 Note Name Change / Jacob is referred to in this Chapt. As ISRAEL AGAIN – 1st time since ch. 37:13 before Joseph gone
A) Why the Change ? His faith is in the process of REVIVAL – God is doing a work & He is learning to Trust again
v.13,14 TRUST & MERCY NEEDED
A) Two things needed in any given situation / TRUST IN THE LORD
AND PRAY FOR MERCY
B) All of us who are parents will be called at one time or another to do what Jacob did here – Give up a Son
1) RELEASE A CHILD INTO THE HANDS OF THE LORD
C) Perhaps – Point of Rebellion – Lord he is yours / TRUST
D) But Lord Please have MERCY !!!! - Mercy is not getting what you do
1) Lord he deserves the pit / deserves to be punished / but Lord bring him to his senses / don’t let him get to hurt
We all have situations that call for us to do these two things – TRUST & PRAY FOR MERCY
A) Anything good comes from God anyway - Lord have mercy .
B) At the Job / In a Marriage / In ministry
v.15 4 FOLD MISSION IN GOING
1) To Show their good faith – Honest men who keep their word
2) To Prove they were not spies
3) To ransom Simeon
4) Buy more food / and get out of there as fast as they could & get Home !!!!
A) When these brother are taken to Joseph’s house they immediately become suspicious / We had it He thinks we stole money – doomed to be slaves
B) Shakespeare said Suspicion always Haunts the GUILTY MIND
C) Ironic / A Banquet is being prepared for them & yet they are afraid –
This is so often peoples response to the Lord / We realize that we have blown it / we know that we are guilty
A) And we come into God’s house thinking that God must be mad at me !
B) Ever think : If I was the Lord I sure wouldn’t put up w/ someone like me
1) See my short comings daily / lessons that I just don’t seem to learn / stubbornness I can still show in areas /
A) Wonder why are you so Patient w/ Me? If I were you I would have given up a long time ago !!!!
1) NEWS FOR YOU - GOD IS NOT LIKE US
Isa.55: 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the LORD, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.
8 "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," says the LORD.
9 "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.
A) When you come before the Lord / when you come into the house of the Lord – HE IS GLAD THAT YOU ARE HERE
Psa 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity!
A) Is this not a wonderful picture of how God deals w/ our tithes & offerings
B) We give to Him/ act of worship out of a cheerful heart realizing that all that I have is from Him to begin w/
C) So we give a tenth to Him / give an offering / sacrifice what could be a car payment perhaps - and He Blesses us RADICALLY
D) He always Gives us more - CAN’T OUT GIVE GOD
A) Now that Doesn’t mean that we give to get – some teach – they don’t get anything – because their motive is wrong
1) But when we give – right heart & motives God Blesses / sometimes here /
A) What makes it even more incredible is that although Joseph knows them / knows who they are / they still have no clue who He is !!!!
B) Think about the Parallel picture between us & GOD
1) He is HOLY - We don’t really even realize exactly what that
B) Told that everyone is going to bow before Him / No Choice / mere presence & Holiness will – create that reaction
1) In His Presence – Mts melt like Wax !!!!!!
A) In Trib. / Call the Mts fall on us – All connected to His Holiness
B) Heaven – No need for the Sun – His brightness will be greater / Paul on Road to Damascus – Brighter than NOON DAY SUN!!!
A) He is Omniscient - All Knowing
B) He is OMNIPRESENT – Everywhere -
A) There is no way that we can fully grasp the Vastness of GOD w/ these finite minds / Ht./ Wt/ Dpth/ Lgnth/ of His greatness
Romans 11:33 33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!
B) He is incredible Radical – Beautiful BEYOND Description to Marvelous for words –
1) And He knows us totally / inside & out – and yet He invites us to draw near to Him !!!!
Sam Duncannan was a layman w/ an unusual ministry. He would take a picture of some scene & attach to it a verse a hymn or a poem that seemed to capture the essence of that scene .
Picture of Niagara falls & God's Grace - Hymn sung by Ira Sankey
Have you on the Lord Believed ?
Still there is more to follow !
Of His Grace have you received ?
Still there is more to follow !
Oh the grace the father shows
still there is more to Follow
Freely of His grace He bestows
Still there is more to follow
More & more & more & more
always more to follow
Oh His matchless boundless love
still there is more to follow !!!!!
KINDNESS LEADS TO REPENTENCE !!!!!!!!!!
A) Joseph hasn’t seen Benjamin in over 20yrs / since Ben was a little boy
1) LONGED TO BE REUNITED W/ Him !!!
B) JOSEPH STILL DOESN’T REVEAL HIMSELF/ WHY ?
The test wasn’t complete
A) Note this Jesus wants more than anything else to be w/ us / Longs after us like a Bridegroom does His bride
1) Yet He hasn’t come yet Why
1) Preparation for Heaven – Work in us
A) Why was Benjamin given 5 times as much ? ( Note 5 is the # of Grace )
1) Grace = Undeserved Favor / getting what don’t Deserve
A) Joseph was looking for a response – You see over 20yrs earlier he had been shown undeserved favor by their father
1) Their response was one of Jealousy & Hatred
A) So Joseph wanted to see if they carried a similar animosity toward Benj.
1) They didn’t they passed the test
A) End of v. 34 So they drank and were merry with him.
A) Told to weep w/ those who weep / rejoice w/ those who rejoice
1) Easy to weep / sympathize / imagine / we feel bad - / REJOICING
A) How do we treat those who are blessed – grumble & complain / He doesn’t deserve that
C) And what do you DESERVE FROM GOD ? Really
v.10-12 THE TEST ACTIVATED - How would they RESPOND ?
A) 27yrs earlier they would have said – Tough Luck Ben / looks like you’re the man/ nice knowing you – see ya later – been on their way
B) This would have been their chance to get rid of Ben the same way they had gotten rid of Joseph many yrs earlier
1) But they don’t do that – A Change has occurred
v. 13 Then they tore their clothes, and each man loaded his donkey and returned to the city.
A) They all go back & Judah displays the Changed heart that Joseph is looking for !
Several key parts to this : v.16 Judah expresses CORPORATE SIN – "What shall we say to my lord? What shall we speak? Or how shall we clear ourselves? God has found out the iniquity of your servants; here we are, my lord's slaves, both we and he also with whom the cup was found."
A) Perhaps thinking about their sin of selling Joseph / basically says we are all guilty
B) A first step toward RESTORATION – ADMIT GUILT
1) w/ Adam – done no better / Christ cross our sins
C)We all deserve to be your Slaves !!!!!
A) Joseph says no – can’t punish all of you for one mans offense !!!
A) What we see here is that Judah is not only concerned about Benjamin – He is concerned about his Dad
a) I love my brother more than I love myself – Greater love has no man than this – lay down his life for his friends
B) Two things that mark a Change in him / yrs earlier – he only thought about himself
1) Why he left home / why he got into the trouble that he did w/ Tamar
A) Judah has under gone a transformation –
Further seen in His attempt to give Himself – I will be your slave – Just let the lad go –
A) Something happened to Judah – who was instigator in wanting to kill Joseph & his idea to sell into slavery
B) Reminder : Prov.22:6 6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.
C) All of us can face that ! None –of us escape – our kids have to make a
choice – to follow the Lord
1) but the proverbs seems to imply that even if they choose at some point to walk away – if you trained them when you / older – return
D) Been – Examination / Evaluation / led to a explanation- a confession that leads to a Revelation & Restoration
Joseph can’t handle it anymore – Ch. 45: Then Joseph could not restrain himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried out, "Make everyone go out from me!" So no one stood with him while Joseph made himself known to his brothers.
2 And he wept aloud, and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard it.
3 Then Joseph said to his brothers, "I am Joseph; does my father still live?" But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed in his presence.
What an incredible seen – Joseph breaks down / brothers what is wrong w/ this Guy?
A) Then comes El shocko - I AM JOSPEH
B) Result they are speechless – UNDERSTANDABLE - ( SEE THE TAPE)
C) Then Joseph says - 4 And Joseph said to his brothers, "Please come near to me."
D) LANGUAGE HERE IS POWERFUL - it is a word that means much more than spatial proximity
1) But was a word that was used to express a desire for intimate closeness / it was a word that was used to express desire to kiss or embrace
E) Come closer to me So they came near. Then he said: "I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt.
5"But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.
1) You meant it for evil God for Good to save many lives
Listen this was necessary –Salvation to the earth
Jews will say that – end of Trib / Jacobs trouble / purpose open Israel's eyes