by Patrick Edwards

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Kingdom Foundations: The Meaning of God (48 of 48)
Series: Kingdom Foundations - Genesis
Patrick Edwards
Genesis 50:15-26


Despite the reconciliation we've seen over the last four chapters between Joseph and his brothers, with Jacob, their father, now dead we see at the outset of our passage this morning the brothers worried about what response Joseph might take toward them. It's in this conversation between Joseph and his brothers that we get one of the most famous lines, not just of Genesis, but of the entire canon. Verse 20, ''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.'' Joseph declares the brothers innocent of any wrongdoing stating that while their intentions were wicked, the intentions of the sovereign God Most High superseded their actions and ensured that His purposes were ultimately brought to fruition.

Simply put, Joseph tells the brothers that what God intended to do, what He meant for His people and His creation, He in fact did. Thus, having seen by faith what God has been doing all along in His world Joseph then looks forward in faith to the completion of God's will. Seeing what God has done, Joseph looks forward to what God is going to do. He knows with certainty that God will restore His people to the Promised Land and make them a great nation, that through them God may bless all the nations of the earth. Joseph demonstrates his faith in that promise as we read, ''And Joseph said to his brothers, ''I am about to die, but God will visit you and bring you up out of this land to the land that he swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.'' Then Joseph made the sons of Israel swear, saying, ''God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here.''''

Joseph's death is almost identical to the death of his father, Jacob. Both men approach death without fear or worry, but instead in a peace that surpasses all underst ...

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