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Working All Things Together for Good (11 of 12)
December 11, 2011
BUMPER VIDEO: JOSEPH
This week we are going to see again how God orchestrates events to keep His covenant promise that was given to Abraham, Joseph's great grandfather.
TEXT: Genesis 37:1-11
Remember, we are looking at our spiritual heritage; our roots, if you will.
You may be wondering why we are looking at the story of Joseph this morning, when we are not really spiritual ancestors of Joseph, but of one of his other brothers that we will look at next week as we wrap up this series.
We are going to see how God works all things to His glory; and sometimes God takes us through difficult stages to bring about HIS redemptive purposes.
Perhaps no other story shows us this more fully than the story of Joseph.
Instead of reading the entire story, which takes 11 chapters, I would like to summarize it, highlighting specific details.
Stephen, when standing trial before the religious council and retelling the history of Israel, showing how Jesus is the Messiah that came through the line of Abraham, gives a succinct summation about this story.
Look at how he summarized it:
And the patriarchs, jealous of Joseph, sold him into Egypt; but God was with him and rescued him out of all his afflictions and gave him favor and wisdom before Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who made him ruler over Egypt and over all his household. Now there came a famine throughout all Egypt and Canaan, and great affliction, and our fathers could find no food. But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent out our fathers on their first visit. And on the second visit Joseph made himself known to his brothers, and Joseph's family became known to Pharaoh. And Joseph sent and summoned Jacob his father and all his kindred, seventy-five persons in all. And Jacob went down into Egypt, and he died, he and our fathers, and they were carried back to Shechem ...
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