Lessons from. Genesis 37 - 46. Story of Joseph. Jacob – 12 Sons Joseph – favorite son. Story of Joseph. Story of Joseph. Story of Joseph. Story of Joseph. Story of Joseph. Characteristics of Joseph. Physically attractive Unblemished character Trust in God Leadership ability
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Jacob – 12 Sons
Joseph – favorite son
Genesis 37:32 “and they sent the coat of many colors, and they brought it to their father, and said, This have we found: know now whether it is thy son's coat or not.”
Lie = to make an untrue statement with intent to deceive - to create a false or misleading impression
Jacob grieved for 22 years
- - - thinking his son was dead
It hurt just as bad as if he had died !!!!
Potiphar’s wife lied about Joseph
He refused to sin with her
“How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” Gen. 39:9
Joseph stayed in prison for several years !!!
“Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.” Ephesians 4:25
Always tell the truth
“Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;” Colossians 3:9
Joseph was not a vengeful person:
Released from prison
Brothers back at home
Not a Spirit of Revenge in His Heart
Could he believe them?
Created problems to lead them to repent
Gen. 42:21 - confessing evil deeds
Guilty conscience - found the money
v. 28 “that God hath done unto us?”
Silver cup in Benjamin’s bag of grain
Now Joseph revealed himself to them !!
Romans 12:19 “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but [rather] give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance [is] mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”
Psalms 94:1 “O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself.”
Focus on God
Faithful all his life
Did not allow troubles to destroy his faith
Recognized Providence of God
Gen. 45:5 “God did send me before”
Gen. 50:20 “God meant it unto good”
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Rom. 8:28
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Sunday Morning February 9, 2014