by Dave Gustavsen

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The Secret to Forgiveness (6 of 6)
Series: Off the Map - The Life of Joseph
Dave Gustavsen
Genesis 44-45, 50

Alright-here we go-the final week of our Joseph study. And in some ways, Joseph's life is unlike anything you and I have ever experienced. Right? I don't know anyone-and I've met a lot of people!-but I don't know anybody who got rejected and sold into slavery by his own family, and then taken to a foreign country, and eventually became basically the ruler of that new country. Have you ever met anyone like that? I mean, that's bizarre stuff, right? And that's where Joseph was-he was second-in-command to the Pharaoh of Egypt. And as people streamed into Egypt from their famine-stricken countries, Joseph was the guy they had to see. I don't know anyone else who had a life like that!

But in another way, Joseph was not that unique. Because Joseph was sinned against. He was treated badly. He was done wrong. Do you know anybody like that? Everyone. Right?

And just to help us picture this, I'm going to use this sack to represent my life. And this rock represents the time that someone insulted me and belittled me. And that becomes part of my life. And this is a bigger rock, because this is the time someone I was close to and someone I trusted let me down. And this one is the time I was accused of doing something I didn't do. And this is the time I bought that house or that car from that person I thought was honest, but they ripped me off. Or the time I got fired without cause. And some of us have huge rocks in our sacks. A parent who abandoned you. A spouse who betrayed you. Some kind of abuse you've suffered.

All of us have that stuff, right? Different kinds of rocks, different amounts of rocks…but we've all been sinned against in all kinds of ways.

And here's one of the most important questions you can ever answer. You ready? What do you do with that stuff? What do you do with this? (hold up sack). Because it's really heavy! What do you do with ...

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