Daily Archives: January 18, 2018

Daily Bible Study

“And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him.” (Genesis 37:18)

I never cease to be shocked at the viciousness of some people. How they can mistreat and murder and not be driven crazy by their conscience is mind boggling. What’s worse is when it is directed at family! Joseph’s brothers take him with the intention of killing him. I do believe God works in the everyday affairs of men. I am certain that it was a direct intervention of God that prevented his brothers from killing Joseph. Reuben was content in terrorizing him and returning him to his father, but the others led by Judah decide to profit from him and lie to his father which they do. While the Bible narrative is short and matter-of-fact, I can almost hear the cries of Joseph as he is carried off by the Ishmeelites. Even worse had to be the heartbreak of their father when they lie to him about his disappearance. One thing that we must keep in mind as we see the depravity of man is that GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL!! There is no panic in heaven, only plans. Now we will see the character of a person in whom the Spirit of the living God works.

The midianites sell Joseph (as if he were a pack mule or something) to an Egyptian general (captain of the guard). One would think that Joseph would be an angry bitter man but one would be wrong. “And the LORD was with Joseph,” that tell the story right there! We have already seen that when one walks with God they have a different attitude. Because of the LORD’s presence Joseph becomes a “prosperous man.” Here is n interesting thought; how can one be considered a “prosperous man” when he is a slave and what he produces isn’t his? It’s all in perspective, if your goal is to be a blessing you can prosper even if it isn’t something you can keep. The prosperity comes in accomplishing your purpose. We should start every day with clarifying our purpose. As a child of God our purpose is to please and glorify Him!

It looked for a while that Joseph couldn’t win. The general’s (Potiphar) wife was infatuated with Joseph and tried to seduce him. When she failed due to his integrity and character she accused him of attempting to rape her. It is my opinion that Potiphar knew better otherwise he would have had Joseph executed as was the baker later for far less. John Calvin on the other hand thinks that Joseph suffered greatly and even to the point of death. He believes to fulfill the type of Christ that Joseph was he had to suffer death, even if it was a living death. Calvin writes, “The Lord purposely suffered him to be reduced to extremity, that he might bring him back as from the grave.” It is definitely encouraging to see someone who is not overcome with the flesh and takes a stand to do right. What’s more, even though he is persecuted for doing the right thing, he maintains a GREAT attitude and glorifies the LORD.

While all of the above was going on the Bible records the sordid account of Judah and his failure with Tamar, the widow of his deceased son. Judah disregards the custom of giving the widow to the next son in line to raise up seed for the dead. (BTW, he was dead because the LORD killed him for his wickedness as well as his next brother in line for failing to obey God) Tamar decides to take matters into her own hands and plays the harlot with an unknowing Judah. When Judah hears that Tamar is pregnant by playing the harlot, he wants to have her burned until he finds out that it is his child (actually children…twins) that she carries. Don’t forget the law of harvest is always in operation…whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap (Galatians 6:7)

Joseph however is maintaining his good attitude and trust in God. Wait, how do I know he’s trusting God? That is the reason he’s in prison. See Genesis 39:9, when propositioned by Potiphar’s wife his chief reason for refusal was, “how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” While all of the others that we have red about never seemed to care what God’s thoughts were concerning their actions, Joseph does. This should be thee attitude of every child of God. While Joseph is doing what he does as best he can he is joined in the prison by the kings chief butler and chief baker. Joseph is put in charge of them and served them. Then one day they both had a dream. It is obvious that God used dreams to communicate to men in those days. While I realize the revelation of God is complete, I think God may still on occasion use dreams, at least to get the attention of His people. We will look at the content and interpretation of those dreams next time…

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