Family Life Lessons in Genesis. Class 5: Joseph & his brothers. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6). Joseph’s Family Background.
Joseph & his brothers
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Joseph could have made all the excuses in the world for why he could not make godly decisions, but he resisted, and did God’s will!
Through the eye of faith, he saw God working in his life, & He set out to save his family!
With God’s help, we can do it too!
Finally Joseph’s brothers have to deal with Truth, and begin to see the hand of God in their lives!
The painful, depressing, discouraging events of life are finally having their full effect on Judah’s spiritual mind. God knew all along it would all be worth it!
Joseph broke down when he witnessed what God had accomplished in the life of Judah
It’s no different today! God is still working, but there may be days when we find it hard to see.
Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins. (Proverbs 10:12)
Genesis 50:19-21Joseph said to them, "Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones." And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.
14 For this reason (Gentiles are now fellow heirs of the promises) I bow my knees before the Father,
15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,
16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with might through his Spirit in the inner man,
17 and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
18 may have power to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fulness of God.
20 Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think,
21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen. (RSV)
Work & pray to make marriages work.
Stay located near an ecclesia & be involved
meditating on God’s word
God wants & expects obedience to parents
Ask for help to love your brothers & sisters
Pray for God’s help to become more patient
Give God time to influence and save His family! Don’t give up on anyone. Keep praying for everyone!