by Dr. Ed Young

H. Edwin Young
October 9, 1988
Genesis 44:1-34

Some of us are old enough to remember when the four-
minute mile was a big, big deal. Did you know that for
thousands of years, no one could run the mile under
four minutes. All kinds of training methodology was
employed, trying to get the best athletes to run under
four minutes. It was one of those barriers finally the
scholars and the physiologists set up, and they said,
"Nobody will ever run the mile under four minutes."
And they had all kinds of reasons: lung capacity, bone
structure, wind resistance, feet, all kinds of reasons
were given by scholars, beginning from the first
Olympics all the way until this modern era. Until that
dramatic moment that suddenly a guy named Roger
Banister of England ran the mile under four minutes.
That which all the ages said was impossible, Banister
accomplished. Did you know that 12 months after he ran
that four-minute mile, that 37 other people did it?
Did you know the next year following his breaking the
four-minute mile, over 300 people accomplished that
feat? In fact, in America in some high school meets,
three, four or five kids now will break that four-
minute mile barrier, will run the mile in less than
four minutes. Everybody said from the dawn of track
history, it could not be accomplished. But once it was
accomplished, it seems like it's almost the norm today
if you're going to be a miler, at least on the college
level in national and international competition, you'd
have to run the mile under four minutes.

We look at the life of Joseph and we would say, "It is
impossible to straighten out that rotten family." With
the cheater, the supplanter as the head of the
household, "Big Jake," running his ranch out there in
West Canaan, and with those ten rotten, corrupt, half-
brothers -- you name it, they had already done it! No
way that God could use that family again. Maybe Joseph
that He had p ...

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