God’s foot prints in the story of Mankind.
It is history --- His story. Can you see a developing theme here of God choosing some one person and that one person struggles to live in both worlds?
How does man respond to the leading of God in their life? For some, it was hard. Cain, who we did not cover, but the story might be already known, blew it big time when he got jealous of his brother as his offering was accepted but his own was not—so he killed his brother. He could not live with the fact that his brother did things right. He made a bad choice and he paid dearly for that mistake. In the life of the one we will be covering today, we can see that his 10 brothers made some serious errors in judgment causing great sorrow for their father and a teenager lost his life into slavery. We are talking about the life of Joseph, son of Jacob—or Israel.
“In my dream, I saw all of you bowing down to me! Isn’t that amazing? Wow! It was so cool!”
Not shared by his brothers. “They hated him all the more because of his dream and of what he had said.”
James 1:14ff "…each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.”
Slavery meant Death. A slow death. And a death unnoticed by anyone who could be concerned.
••Members can teach each other Deut 6:4-94 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.••Do not let sin effect family life Ps 101:22 I will be careful to lead a blameless life— when will you come to me? I will walk in my house with blameless heart.••Don’t bring trouble to family Proverbs 11:2929 He who brings trouble on his family will inherit only wind,
and the fool will be servant to the wise.••Faith is more important than family Luke 12:51-5351 Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. 52 From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. 53 They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”••Believers are members of God’s Family Eph 2:1919 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household,••Church leaders must have a good family life 1 Timothy 3:4-5 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect. 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?)••Families should take care of each other 1 Timothy 5:3-43 Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need. 4 But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God.
See 1 Peter 2:22 “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth.” When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate; when He suffered, He made no threats. Instead, He trusted Himself to Him who judges justly.”
Titus 3:5-7“He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His Mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His Grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”