“Now Joseph was governor over the land. He was the one who sold to all the people of the land. And Joseph’s brothers came and bowed themselves before him with their faces to the ground.” (Genesis 42:6)
We love underdog stories, and not just those depicted by Hollywood. Have you ever taken time to read the story of Joseph in the Bible? You'll notice it is one filled with suspense, drama, tragedy, and ultimately, victory. Joseph is sold by his jealous brothers to slave traders and ends up a slave in Egypt (Genesis 37:27). Years later, to his brothers' surprise, they find Joseph a governor in Egypt in charge of administering food and supplies during a great famine. Suddenly, it is Joseph’s brothers who find themselves dependent on him for their very lives.
Along the way, Joseph finds himself in jail, accused for a crime he did not commit, and thrown in prison unjustly. Countless lessons can be gleaned from Joseph’s life, which comes to its climax when he says to his brothers “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 do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones. Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.” (Genesis 50:20). Through the evil done by Joseph’s brothers and others, God brings it all for His good purpose not only for Joseph, but for many nations. That is a word of hope to us.
Joseph’s life, however, is foreshadowing a greater Prince to come, a greater provider and redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus became the ultimate slave on our behalf. Jesus himself, the Son of God, stood condemned as an innocent man. Though you and I put Him on the cross, He now blesses us with the gift of salvation and everlasting life.
Question: Have you recognized the depth of Christ’s work on your behalf?
Challenge: As you read through the Bible, ask God to show you how he is revealing His Son in all of Scripture.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us your Son. Thank you fort the price he paid on our behalf, the ultimate price of death so we may live.
Jonathan Agudelo, Chapel Leader -- Toronto Blue Jays