The Saving of Many Lives
Chapter 50 of Genesis confronts us with two deaths. Jacob and Joseph. This chapter leads us to the Christian hope in death that Jesus, the greater Joseph, gives to those who trust in him. When death comes near and Christian can say: We have a son who will carry us home We have a son who assures us we are forgiven We have a son who is coming again
As Jacob nears the end of his life, he looks back and sees that for the family of God; even in the mess, God will bless. As he looks forward he sees that for the family of God; even in the mess, God will bless. If we are to be in the blessed family of God, we need A Father who embraces us A Son who delivers us Who God chooses to bless and who God uses to bless might…
As the family of God find themselves living away from the home God promised them here are four big comforts for them. They are kept by God They are cared for by the son They are a growing family They will be carried home by the son
3 key ingredients in God’s plan to reconcile people to Jesus: A son who makes himself know to us A son who says “Come close to me” A son who says “Go and Tell”
The story of Genesis 44 helps us to get to the very core of what repentance means. In this chapter we see that repentance means says three things: I’ve done something wrong I’ve had a change of heart I trust in the son who stood in my place.
Genesis 43 opens in Famine and ends with a feast. This dramatic turn around is down to 3 game changing actions. A father who is willing to send his son, a son who was with his brothers, and a son who shows kindness to those who wronged him. These 3 game changers point us to the game changing grace of God needed to turn our lives around.
God’s transforming grace leads Jacob and his sons to the saviour, helps them to see their own sin, provides the help they need for free, and starts to change their hearts. This is the transforming grace of God that we still see at work today as he brings people to Jesus who provides the salvation we need, helps us see our sin and slowly transforms our lives to be…
Joseph rises from the prison to the palace to become a saviour of the world in the middle of famine. Joseph foreshadows Jesus a greater saviour to whom all the world comes for salvation.
In Genesis 40 we meet a suffering son who is a man to be listened to about the future, a man to be remembered, and a man who teaches us how to serve in our sufferings.
This chapter present us with two things we need. First – a saviour who succeeds where we fail. Second – a Lord who is with us all the time. These are two things the believer has in Jesus.