by Steve Jones

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Joseph, Sovereign Forgiveness (5 of 5)
Series: Joseph, Sovereign God
Steve Jones
Genesis 42

INTRODUCTION: A man was bitten by a rabid dog and told by his doctor "Yes, you do have rabies." Upon hearing this, the patient pulled out a pad and pencil and began to write. Thinking the man was making out his will, the doctor said, "Listen, this doesn't mean you're going to die. There is a cure for rabies." The man said, "Oh, I know. I'm just making a list of all the people I'm going to bite."

If we have a list of people we'd like to bite…this message could be for us today. Even if we only have ONE person we'd like to bite I think Joseph can help us because today we're going to talk about sovereign forgiveness. One of the most challenging expectations of a disciple of Jesus is the expectation of forgiveness.

EXAMPLE: In Luke 7:3-5 Jesus taught his disciples that if someone sinned against them seven times in ONE DAY, and seven times came back to say "I repent," they were to forgive each time. The response of the disciples was "Increase our faith!"

That's a pretty honest response, don't you think? It takes a lot of faith to forgive. In fact, I think a faith in the sovereignty of God is one of the keys to genuine forgiveness. We've been talking about God's sovereignty for several weeks now and using Joseph as our model of a man who lives his life in response to God's sovereignty. To say that God is sovereign is to say that God is in control. God doesn't cause everything that happens to happen because we have free will just as he does. However, God does maintain CONTROL over the big picture of our lives. As Paul wrote in Romans 8:28 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him and are called according to his purpose."

So far in this series we've looked at three character traits in Joseph's life that resulted from his faith in the sovereignty of God. In Genesis chapter 37 we saw that Joseph had the COURAGE to d ...

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