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God Was with Him (28 of 34)
We are going to look at the entire chapter as we continue our study of the Old Testament character Joseph.
Sometimes the Bible has a way of summarizing a person's life in one sentence. In Acts 11, verse 24 we are told about a man named Barnabas. The Bible says about Barnabas that he was a good man and full of the Holy Spirit and faith. Just one sentence and it summarizes the life of this man Barnabas.
I have often wondered what the Lord would write if He was summarizing my life in one sentence. I wonder what the Lord would write if He was summarizing your life in one sentence. I hope that you and I live so that when the Lord comes to write the record of our life, whatever that one sentence may be, it may be a positive statement about our trust and our faith in the Lord.
The Bible summarizes the life of Joseph in the New Testament in Acts 7, verse 9. In that verse the Bible says about Joseph, "God was with him." That one statement summarizes the whole story of the life of Joseph. It is apparent when you read that statement and when you read the Old Testament account in Genesis that the writer of Acts had read chapter 39 of the book of Genesis. As you read this chapter you will notice that there is a repetition of a phrase. It is found in verse 2 and again in verse 3. Did you catch that phrase? It says about Joseph, "And the Lord was with Joseph." Again in verse 3 it says, "The Lord was with him." Then look toward the end of the chapter to verse 21, "But the Lord was with Joseph." Look at verse 23. "Because the Lord was with him and that which he did, the Lord made it to prosper."
The Bible says four times in this chapter that the Lord was with him. What a wonderful statement that is. What a wonderful testimony that is. I can imagine that at this particular point in the narrative Joseph thinks everything is against him. He has had a series of reversals. His dreams seem to have been shattered. He mus ...
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