Exodus 7-10

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Our journey continues as Moses are Aaron confront Pharaoh with this message from the Lord – “Let My People Go!”. (Just cannot help but picture Charlton Heston here!). 🙂

One question that inevitably comes up when reading through this passage of Moses and Pharaoh and the plagues is the numerous statements by God that HE hardened the heart of Pharaoh. This passage (like the one we discussed previous) – has been another source of debate regarding it’s meaning. As before, all I can do is offer my thoughts and allow you to seek out these things between yourself and the Holy Spirit.

First – notice that various verses in this section (Chapters 7-10) we are told that God was the One who hardened Pharaoh’s heart so that he did not release the Israelites. (7:3; 10:1; 10:20) – yet at other times we are told that Pharaoh himself hardened his own heart (8:15; 8:32). So which is it? There appears to be a contradiction going on. Was it God who did the hardening or was it Pharaoh?

I would say that the answer is… YES! Both God and Pharaoh did the hardening. Scripture is correct on both accounts.

Remember, Pharaoh wasn’t simply a good guy who was making a bad decision. He had a history of abusing these people and hardening his heart towards them. (In fact – the Egyptians had been acting wickedly for 400 years!). It is apparent that Pharaoh had no mind to submit to the God of the Israelites and allow the people to go. So when the Scriptures say that he “hardened his heart and would not listen” (8:15) then that is exactly what he did. It was in line with what he had been doing for his whole life – in agreement with his fathers before him. Pharaoh was a very stubborn guy!

The other side of the coin is God’s involvement in this – and this is where people get in disagreement. The text also says that God hardened Pharaoh’s heart as well (read also Rom 9:17-18). Once again – reviewing the history helps put this in context. Egypt has been enslaving God’s people for 400 years. God has heard their cry and is responding in deliverance. BUT – there are many facets going on here. Punishment for the wicked, an example to other nations, an example to the Isrealites, the perfect timing. All of these play into what God was doing.

I believe that on one hand God (knowing everything) already knew that Pharaoh would not submit to Moses’ request. (In fact – even Moses knew this and didn’t want to face his grandfather, Pharaoh). So God enacted His Rescue Operation in full mind that Pharaoh would resist to the point of death. On the other hand, there was righteous judgment to be dealt with. God needed to make an example of Pharaoh to what happens when someone messes with His people. He also needed to show the Israelites that He was their Defender (not themselves). So God hardened Pharaohs heart – until the full punishment of plagues was complete and the timing was in God’s time.

The main issue is that God was in charge here – not Pharaoh. In the first few plagues – Pharaohs magicians easily copied the result… but in the Plague of Gnats (Ex. 8:16-19) the Lord brought living things out of the dust (sound familiar – Adam?) and this sort of Life Power was too much for the magicians to replicate. Here God displayed His complete control over the Universe… right in the face of Pharaoh! In that same way – he controlled this entire scene with Pharaoh for a greater purpose then simply the deliverance of His people.

With all of that being said – I think it is important to note the heart behind all of this as well. God needed His people to trust Him in order to accomplish what was before them (and eventually usher in the birth of Jesus). In the same way, He asks us to trust Him as well. Ask yourself – do I consider God unfair by the way He dealt with Pharaoh? If that is the case then the real issue of discussion isn’t fairness – but trust.

God has the right and ability to do as He pleases. He is always good and always justified in His actions. Any misunderstanding I have when it comes to why He would do a certain thing in a certain way is all on me. It is my perspective that is limited – not His. God is never unfair… and so if He chooses to override the free will and harden the heart of Pharaoh to exact punishment for 400 years of wickedness – plus to make a point – then He is within His rights and power to do so.

… and I will still trust Him.

Be Fruitful & Multiply,

PK

Exodus 4 – “The Bloody Bridegroom”

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So we have read through the first few chapters of Exodus – seeing God’s wonderful heart as He “hears the cry of the Israelites” and set’s into motion His rescue operation. We watch as He preserves the life of a small Hebrew baby – despite Satan working overtime to manipulate, and in effect thwart God’s plan, by killing all of the Hebrew boys. (Remember – Satan probably heard God tell Abram that his people would be rescued in the “fourth generation” (Gen 15) – so Satan did the math…). Now Moses wasn’t perfect by any means. He reacted in anger – and then committed murder – when defending the Hebrew against the Egyptian. This caused Moses to flee for his life… ending up in the family of Jethro – married to Zipporah (a Midianite).

Setting the stage for a very strange passage in chapter 4 (Ex. 4:24-26). Referred to as “The Bloody Bridegroom” passage – it has perplexed scholars and theologians for ages. It has many times been referred to as one of the most difficult passages in the Word of God to understand… and any casual “google” on the internet will reveal a plethora of opinions on what is really going on here. I have had several people ask me about it – and I have even engaged a few friends about some of the deeper meanings. For the purpose of this blog – I’m simply going to share a few insights and offer some references you can look into if you are curious to go deeper.

First – here is the passage in question…

“And it came to pass by the way of the inn, that the Lord met him, and sought to kill him. Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said ‘Surely a bloody husband art thou to me’. So he let him go; then she said, ‘A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision’.” Ex 4:24-26 KJV

So what is going on here? Moses has been told by the Lord to return to Egypt and confront Pharaoh with a message. Jethro has given his blessing and the family has head out on their journey to Egypt. But, right in the middle of this journey we are told about a weird encounter between the Lord, Moses, and Zipporah.

Several questions come up here… Why was God angry at Moses? Why did Zipporah step in? What is the point of this situation? Let me try and provide some insight into these questions.

First, remember that in Genesis 17 we learn what circumcision is all about. It is to be a sign of the everlasting covenant between God and the Israelites. Every child born into the family is to be circumcised at 8 days old (in addition to any servants, etc). God also tells Abraham that to fail to do this will require “that soul to be cut off from the people”. In effect, that individual has broken the covenant with God.

So why was God angry at Moses? We can speculate that Moses had failed to obey this commandment. We already know that he and Zipporah had 2 sons – and this may in fact be the younger of the two (Gershom). It seems that Moses had for some reason not had this son circumcised as God had commanded – thus bringing the wrath of God upon him.

So then why did Zipporah step in? Well, if we continue on that same concept of the uncircumcised child, Zipporah would have been fully aware of this and would have immediately stepped in to “save” her husband. Taking it a bit deeper, there are many theologians who speculate that it was Zipporah who had negatively influenced Moses to disobey God in the first place. After all, Zipporah is a Midianite (a NON-Israelite) and obviously, by her reaction, was not one who enjoyed the ceremony of circumcision (a very bloody ceremony as it was). Perhaps after she witnessed the circumcision of her firstborn, Eliezer, then she resisted allowing this same ceremony to be done to Gershom. But, upon seeing what was happening to Moses due to this disobedience, she stepped in and corrected the wrong, thus saving Moses.

Again, this is a difficult passage, with a lot of speculation needed due to not a lot of information provided by the text. Most Biblical scholars agree that what we are witnessing is a disagreement between Moses and Zipporah. It is interesting that Moses (who wrote these first 5 books of the Bible) speaks very sparingly about Zipporah and their two sons. Could this be evidence that they were like any married couple – needing to work out their differences, especially being that she was from a foreign land? In fact, later on in Exodus 18 we are told that Moses actually send Zipporah and their sons back to Midian with Jethro – furthering the thought that this was a major issue for them (Ex 18:2).

So what’s the point? I believe the real issue here isn’t the circumcision or Moses and Zipporah’s possible marital conflicts, but the need for Moses to fully obey the Lord. Moses was on his way to step into leadership over this entire fledgling nation. As any leader, Moses HAD to be an example to the people of full obedience to God. The Covenant between God and Abraham was a major part of who these people were becoming, and for Moses to not obey the sign of this covenant would have proved disastrous for the future of the nation. So, in that light, God needed to come down hard on Moses right at the get go – to ensure his obedience in future dealings.

Because this was all prior to Jesus coming as the final sacrifice for sin – Moses was placed in a precarious situation due to his disobedience. BUT (and here is the main focus) – despite all of this… we still see God’s loving mercy and grace in action! Moses was guilty of breaking the covenant with God, that punishment was laid out as “to be cut off”. It was Zipporah who stepped in and corrected the mistake… not Moses. Yet, God, in His wonderful grace, chose to accept that act of Zipporah’s and spare Moses the punishment due him.

All in all, as we continue to read through the story of Scripture, it is important to keep the overall theme in mind. With a casual glance it appears that God is mean and overly harsh towards Moses at a seemingly benign infraction. (I have heard some even accuse God of wanting to kill Moses here – which just doesn’t fit the character we have seen since Gen 1). In fact, we can see that what is really happening is that God knows the future plans He has for not only Moses, but this nation as a whole. Eventually, through these people’s bloodline, Jesus would come and provide salvation for us all. So, what can be seen as a “benign infraction” is actually a major misstep which could sidetrack the plan for future salvation for all of mankind! Hence, why God needed his first leader to obey Him in all things.

If you are interested in reading further – here is a great article on this subject.

Be Fruitful & Multiply,

PK

Exodus 1

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While the name Genesis means “beginning” – the name Exodus means “exit” or “departure”. In Genesis we see the beginning of, not only all of creation, but of the Israelite people (through Abram) and the beginning of God’s plan of salvation for a fallen humanity. In Exodus, that plan continues in the rescue and redemption of the Israelites from Egypt.

As the second book of the Bible opens – our story has moved 400 years into the future. This fulfills a word spoken by God to Abram in Genesis 15:13 where He told him his descendants would endure oppression for 400 years. Jacob and all of his sons have died, and several generations had passed. Gone was Joseph and his legacy with Pharaoh. Gone were the other brothers and the kindness they enjoyed as the family of the Vicar of Egypt. In fact – a new Pharaoh comes to power who knew nothing of Joseph and the events of the famine. To him they were just words in a history book!

But as we can see, even with that generation passed, the Blessing is still at work in the lives of their ancestry. Exodus 1:7 says “But the descendants of Israel were fruitful and increased abundantly; they multiplied and grew exceedingly strong, and the land was full of them.” The Blessing to be fruitful and multiply was still in operation 400 years later!

This speaks such volumes to me about how God works:

  1. God will not forget His promises. His promise to bless Abraham was not forgotten while the Israelites were living in Egypt for 400 years. God continued to provide for them so much that they increased in number… to become exceedingly strong!
  1. My obedience can benefit my children. As I lead my family in the ways of the Lord, it will cause the Blessing to encamp around my home and will create a lasting effect that will provide long after my wife and I are gone. Our girls will walk in that same Blessing – as long as they obey as we have modeled for them!
  2. The world is jealous of the Blessing! As we have already seen several times in such people as Laban towards Jacob and the brothers towards Joseph – most people will be jealous of the Blessing of the Lord in our lives. The new Pharaoh grew jealous and threatened by the Blessing causing the Israelites to multiply. The end result was slavery.

Once again – God did not put His own people into slavery… Pharaoh did. It was the Blessing which caused them to grow and multiply – and it was the same Blessing which drew the ire of the Egyptians, causing them to treat the Jews harshly.

Yet, with all of that – God prepared a rescue operation!

Be Fruitful & Multiply,

PK

Genesis 49

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As we approach the end of the first book of the Bible, Genesis, we also approach the end of the life of Jacob. It was he who had his name changed to Israel after a wrestling match with The Blessed One. It was he who carried the Blessing on after this father Isaac. It was he who would go on to birth twelve sons – who would all become the Twelve Tribes of Israel. Here, in chapter 49, we see Jacob gather his sons together and pronounce a blessing upon each of them. This blessing was much more than simply a gesture of goodwill – it was a prophetic pronouncement of what each had in store for them as they continue carrying the Blessing as a nation.

As we continue our trip through the early stages of human history as recorded in God’s Word, we will see how these simple words uttered by Jacob on his death bed will come to fruition in the lives of not only his sons, but the generations that follow them. Each son would go on to birth a portion of the nation of Israel – with it’s joint responsibilities and strengths/weaknesses. What an honor it is for us to be able to watch it all unfold!

Let’s take a moment and briefly list each son, along with a few details about their individual blessing, and also highlight some of their famous descendants who are to come upon the scene in the years to follow. Obviously – the full nature and power of what Jacob is saying would take much more beyond the limits of the blog to study. But we can touch on a few parts to keep us on track with the overall theme – The Blessing.

  1. Reuben (1) – Reuben is Jacob’s firstborn – and typically would be the next leader of the family, entitled to a double portion of the inheritance and full authority of his father as Priest and King. But, as Jacob explains, Reuben forfeited this right when he had unnatural relations with Jacob’s concubine, Bilhah (Gen 35:22). Although Jacob had forgiven his son, there is still a consequence for sin… and Reuben’s consequence was the loss of his rightful inheritance.
  2. Simeon (2) – As second oldest, naturally we would assume Simeon would gain the inheritance Reuben lost. But as Jacob explains – that is not the case as well. He is grouped with his next younger brother, Levi, as unfit due to their actions against the males of Shechem in defense of their sister, Dinah (Gen 34). (Famous Descendent: Zimri, who would attempt to lead the people into sinful rebellion in Numbers 25).
  3. Levi – Along with Simeon, Levi was denied the prerogatives of the firstborn. But, he was given a portion of the leadership that would have befallen on Reuben, that of Priest. It was the Tribe of Levi which would function as the nation’s priests in the future. Prophetically, this reflected much in what Jacob said, as this tribe would not own their own land – but would be dependent on their brother’s tithe for compensation. Many times Levi is left out of the count of the Twelve Tribes of Israel due to their unique job description. (Famous Descendant: Korach, who also attempts to lead a rebellion in Numbers 16).
  4. Judah (3) – After sternly rebuking his three oldest sons, Jacob finally announces the full rights of the birthright upon Judah. It is Judah who will carry the title of “King”. He will be acknowledged by his brothers and will be the source of Jewish leadership, royalty, and the Messianic Lineage. Quotes such as “The scepter shall not depart from Judah” and “He will tie his donkey to the vine”, (not to mention the promise of abundant wine) all point towards the future coming of Jesus through this Tribe. It is through Jesus that so much prosperity will come that a single vine will produce as many grapes as a donkey can carry. (Famous Descendant: King David, and of course, Jesus).
  5. Zebulun (4) – Although Issachar is older, Zebulun is mentioned first as future sea-faring merchants. In fact, the tribe of Zebulun would eventually settle in the area of Galil,right between the Sea of Kinerath and the Mediterranean.
  6. Issachar (5) – Known for deep study of the Torah, the Tribe of Issachar would become one of the spiritual pillars of the future nation. They would produce the 200 heads of the Sanhedrin listed in 1 Chron. 12:32.
  7. Dan (6) – Finishing with the 6 sons of Leah, Jacob moves to the eldest of Rachel’s maidservant – Bilah’s sons, Dan. Much of what Jacob has to say about Dan is assumed to be speaking prophetically about one of his major descendants, Samson. It was Samson who would amass the single-handed harassment of the Philistines – as we shall read in Judges chapter 16. (Famous Descendant: Samson)
  8. Gad (7) – Next Jacob blessed Leah’s maidservants Zilpah’s eldest son, Gad. During the conquering of the Promised Land, it would be the Tribe of Gad which would continue to help his fellow tribes, despite his territory being cleared.
  9. Asher (8) – It is from Zilpah’s second son, Asher, that the abundant produce of olives would come for the nation of Israel. Future king’s would seek these delicacies out of the land of Asher.
  10. Naphtali (9) – Concluding the son’s of his maidservants, Jacob blesses Naphtali. The Tribe of Naphtali would be swift in battle as well as it’s land abundant in crops.
  11. Joseph – Finally, Jacob blesses the two sons of his wife, Rachel. He acknowledges the key role Joseph played in the rescue of the entire family from the famine and their preservation in Egypt. He also speaks of Joseph as a true leader over the family due to his current power as Vicar of Egypt. It is with that honor that Jacob blesses both of the sons of Joseph – Manasseh (10) and Ephraim (11). In essence, Jacob blesses Joseph with a double portion – which is effectively split between his two sons. Most of the time both of these sons are listed as part of the 12 Tribes. It is through the lineage of Joseph that God will miraculously provide for Israel many more times in the future.
  12. Benjamin (12) – The final blessing of Jacob is for his final son. Known as a fierce warrior, Benjamin would birth several famous descendants in the history of his tribe. Namely King Saul, the first king of Israel – tall and warrior-like… as well as Queen Esther and Mordecai.

So that is the official blessing of the 12 sons of Jacob – who would grow to become the Twelve Tribes which make up the nation of Israel. As we shall see, these blessings point towards future strengths and weaknesses which will help steer the people both towards God and away from God at various times.

Be Fruitful & Multiply,

PK

Genesis 47

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Our story continues…

Another famine… and another opportunity for God’s people to be an example to the world of the Blessing in operation! This time we have seen Jacob and his 11 sons come to the amazing realization that their brother Joseph is indeed alive and well – not just well, but has risen to second in command over all of Egypt! Beyond that – the Wisdom and Blessing of the Lord has aided Joseph in setting up Egypt into a position of power in the known world. They control the food – when the world around them is starving. That is how the Blessing works!

Eventually Joseph reveals who he really is to his brothers… and they all come to realize that God has been working behind the scenes on their behalf. What Satan meant for evil (through the actions of his brothers) – God turned around for good for Joseph (and through him to his family).

In chapter 47 we see an elderly Jacob and the other sons finally reunited with Joseph in Egypt. Joseph uses his power and influence to fully provide for Jacob and the rest of the family during what is again referred to as a “severe” famine. Because of the Blessing at work in the lives of God’s people – what was set up as a disaster and defeat by the enemy has turned into the exact means of escape and provision from the Lord. Did God cause Joseph to be sold and imprisoned? No – his brothers and Potiphar’s wife did. Did God cause Jacob to go through those years of grief and heartache at the thought that his beloved son Joseph was dead? No again. But God DID orchestrate the circumstances which led to Joseph being elevated into 2nd in command and then Jacob and his family finding themselves safe and sound in Egypt. The Blessing always works for our good!

Notice near the end of the chapter – verse 27. “And Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the country of Goshen; and they gained possessions there and grew and multiplied exceedingly.” I have yet to hear many teachings on the land of Goshen… but it is a key detail in Scripture! Goshen was located in the fertile Upper Region of the Nile River – in the extreme northwest corner of Egypt. Going a bit further north would find one in Canaan (eventually Israel). Joseph encouraged his family to settle there for several reasons… one of which is that it’s soil is very rich (constantly fed by the Nile floods). As well – it is off the beaten path of the majority of the Egyptian population – hence the reference to the Egyptians distaste for shepherding. Jacob and his family would settle in one of the most valuable areas of Egypt – yet removed enough from the rest of the population to prevent them from adopting too much of the surrounding culture (and forgetting who they were!).

Also, look again at Gen 47:27 – notice what happens to the Israelites during the famine? Things are so bad that the Egyptian people were selling off everything they owned to survive… yet God’s people are “growing and multiplying exceedingly”. What was the Blessing spoken over Abraham – Issac – and Jacob? To “Be Fruitful and Multiply!”. Even in Egypt – a foreign land – during a severe famine… God is providing for His people. The Blessing is at work and they are living as an example to the world.

There is no reason why you and I cannot live in the land of Goshen during the worst economic times the world faces. We are under the same Blessing that Jacob and his 12 sons were under. As always – the choice to live there in obedience or not is up to us. Obey like Joseph and be rescued – or disobey like the brothers and find ourselves starving.

Be Fruitful & Multiply,

PK

Genesis 41

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Genesis Chapter 41… we are continuing to see the hand of God work behind the scenes on behalf of His blessed people. Joseph – the second youngest son of Jacob (Israel) has been mistreated by his jealous brothers and finds himself sold to Potiphar, a high ranking official in Egypt. Joseph has every opportunity to get angry, blame God, whatever – yet instead he just keeps trusting in the Lord to provide. What a great lesson that is for us!

Joseph interprets dreams. He assists Pharaoh’s butler as he is returned to the place he held before. Joseph asks the butler to remember him – yet, once he is out of the difficult situation, the butler forgets all about Joseph and his kindness toward him.

So Joseph waits… and finds favor…

Then Pharaoh dreams – and Joseph is presented with the opportunity he was been waiting for. The butler remembers Joseph, and Pharaoh asks for his dreams to be interpreted. The end result is that Joseph is brought out of the depths of the prison and elevated to the second in power in the whole nation of Egypt. Only God could have done something that amazing! All Joseph had to do was listen, trust, and stand in faith on what God had said.

So Joseph becomes a main voice of power for the most powerful nation on earth. Because he walks under the anointing of the Blessing, he succeeds in everything he puts his hand to. The Wisdom of the Lord goes before him, helping him make the best choices for any situation. Because of the Blessing in Joseph’s life – many other people will prosper as well. The entire nation of Egypt (who worship pagan god’s) will prosper as well – all as a result of Joseph’s obedience to the word of the Lord. Not only Egypt – but the entire world will be saved from starvation in the famine.

God always saves His people from famines.

Next, we are told that during the years of plenty, Joseph gets married and has two sons. (Interestingly Joseph marries the daughter of a Priest for a foreign cult). Joseph names the first born Manasseh and he names the younger Ephraim. As first born, Manasseh has the rights to a double portion of the blessing on Joseph’s life…

But the very name of the second born “Ephraim” should alert us that something different is happening here. The word “Ephraim” means “double fruitfulness”. Remember the Blessing spoken through Abraham, Issac, Jacob and down through Joseph? It was “Be Fruitful and Multiply!”. Now, here we see that same Blessings being once again passed on through Joseph and into his youngest son. Why the youngest? Why isn’t the first born named a “double fruitfulness”? This will make sense as we continue along.

The twelve son’s of Jacob become the 12 Tribes that make up the Nation of Israel. They are all included under the Blessing… but not all of them walk under that Promise. As a result – we will see much heartache and pain by these poor choices. In the same way – we are all descendants of this family… and our choices can either place us under the power of the Blessing – or remove us from it and place us in the position of curses.

I don’t know about you… but I want the double fruit of Ephraim!

Be Fruitful & Multiply,

PK

Genesis 39

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As we continue to trace the Blessing throughout the lives of the family of Abraham – we reach young Joseph. The last of the twelve sons of Jacob, Joseph was the apple of his father’s eye. Jacob loved him and treated him as such. (Truthfully, all of Jacob’s sons were entitled to the same treatment as Joseph – yet surprisingly the other 11 chose to be hateful and judgmental – while Joseph simply loved and walked in the favor of his father… just like you and I today!).

As we read through Chapter 37 we see Joseph going out to deliver a message to his brothers from his father. While Joseph isn’t angry with how they have been treating him (choosing to not walk in strife), his brothers are jealous of the favor over their younger siblings life. (Remember the Philistines in Genesis 26:14?) The eleven brothers choose to attack Joseph – beat him – and throw him in a hole.

But God is watching… and His Blessing is on Joseph.

The Midianite and Ishmaelite caravan just happened to come along at that precise moment – giving the brothers opportunity to sell Joseph instead of leaving him in that hole to die. Then Joseph just happened to be sold to Potiphar, the Egyptian officer in Pharaoh’s court and captain of the guard. God was working for Joseph… as Joseph walked in the Blessing. He didn’t get mad – he didn’t strike out against his brothers – he simply trusted God.

By the time we reach Chapter 39 we see the effects of the Blessing on the life of Joseph – even as a slave. “But the Lord was with Joseph, and he [though a slave] was a successful and prosperous man;” – Gen 39:2 Remember – it wasn’t God who sold Joseph into slavery – it was his brothers. God was working on Joseph’s behalf.

Because of the Favor of the Lord on Joseph – all of Potiphar’s household began to prosper (vs 3). So Potiphar puts Joseph in charge of everything – with no direct supervision! That shows how evident the Blessing was in Joseph’s work – that Potiphar didn’t even need to check up on him! “From the time that he made him supervisor in his house and over all that he had, the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the Lord’s blessing was on all that he had in the house and in the field.” – Gen 39:5 Because of Joseph – Potiphar prospered.

But Satan doesn’t give up easily… He hates God, hates the Blessing, and hates us who are receiving that Blessing.

So Potiphar’s wife begins to try and entice Joseph to sin. She works overtime to try and seduce him, but Joseph knows what she doesn’t. Obviously Joseph has been taught by Jacob that sin will kill. Even the small, seemingly insignificant sins can interrupt the Blessing in our lives and thwart what God wants to do in us and through us. Even when alone – Joseph chooses to walk in obedience to the Lord – because the Blessing his more valuable then the fleeting pleasure of sin.

In the end we see that Potiphar’s wife lies and Joseph is thrown into prison. But what does Joseph DO while in prison? He could have chosen to go the route most of us would have… complained about his situation, asked God “Why is this happening to me?”. Perhaps he could have even blamed God in his “Sovereignty” for allowing this unfortunate series of events to place him in prison. (God must be teaching me something!).

Joseph didn’t do any of those things. Instead – he kept obeying God, kept trusting Him, kept walking as a Blessed Man – believing he is Fruitful and will Multiply in anything he does. Because of that stance of faith, even in the midst of difficult circumstances, God worked on Joseph’s behalf.

But the Lord was with Joseph, and showed him mercy and loving-kindness and gave him favor in the sight of the warden of the prison” – Gen 39:21

Because of the Blessing at work in Joseph’s life – empowered by the steps of obedience that Joseph walked in – the prison warden ends up placing Joseph in charge over the entire prison! THAT is what happens when a man or woman of God conducts their life under God’s rule and makes choices of obedience to His Word.

Like Abraham, Issac, and Jacob – Joseph walked under the Blessing of the Lord… ‘Be Fruitful and Multiply!’. As he walked in obedience to the Lord – resisting the temptation to sin – the Lord worked behind the scenes on his behalf… and it was well for him. He trusted in the Word of Blessing spoken over him through his great-grandfather… and he was successful in all he did.

You and I are no different then Joseph…

Be Fruitful & Multiply,

PK

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