Last week in our journey we read about all the amazing promises the Lord made to Abraham and Isaac and Jacob. Not only did we see the promises and faithfulness of God, we also saw how God remained faithful even when those whom he called…um…weren’t all that ….um….perfect. Which is totally fine with me because it gives me hope, confidence and faith that my Lord will continue to chase me with His faithfulness even when I do not clearly show signs of faith or even any hope.
But this week, our journey will zoom into the life of an amazing individual of the next generation: JOSEPH.
Joseph is one of my favorite people in the Bible because he shows us that he can withstand even the most unlikeliest and cruelest of circumstances and come out as someone with noble and high character. In fact, when I was about to get married, I was really excited that I will get to take on Joseph for my last name and with that claim the promises of the Biblical Joseph for my own life. Anyway, I digress…
Okay….why is he my favorite and what did he do? Here is a very very very condensed version of the story…but the best I can do in one blog….
- As a teenager he already receives promises from God of what is in store for him…doesn’t handle it so well…come on, he was a teenager with a big ego.
- At age 17, he gets sold by his own brothers into slavery
- Few years later (not sure when) he gets thrown in jail for doing the right thing – ugh!
- Finally at age 30, he gets noticed by Pharaoh and sees the fulfillment of God’s promises from half a lifetime ago.
- And it take another decade or so for him to see his family and deal with the fun thing called: forgiveness.
More details are here on this nice infographic I found via Pinterest sourced from NIV Bible even though that site doesn’t seem to exist anymore:
And reading and reflecting on Joseph’s life has parallels to our own journey here on earth. Joseph was waiting for the time when he would be made the ruler of the kingdom. Today as Jesus followers, we are also waiting for the final establishment of Christ’s kingdom when all darkness will be defeated once and for all. And while we continue to live in this tension of the Kingdom reign already fulfilled through Christ’s death and resurrection, but yet waiting for the final fulfillment, let us keep running this race of life with perseverance.
And let me encourage you with the same words as the Hebrew writer who said:
And here is the video clip produced by The Bible Project team that outlines Genesis 12-50 in a much better way than I can. It’s only 8:07 minutes in length:
And this how I would like to summarize this week’s passage:
God is always faithful to keep His promise and deliver it in His perfect time. Even though circumstances and people may fail, God will never fail.
Weekly Reading Plan
And if you want to read more during the week, here is the weekly plan…feel free to read only as much as you have time for:
(as usual you get two “free days” in case you fall behind and have to catch up).
If you want to dig deeper here are some of my suggestions:
- First read the full text from Genesis 36-50. Its quite fun actually. It is up to you if you want to break it up into chunks or read it all in one sitting.
- As you read, note down the emotions that Joseph must have felt through each phase of his journey.
- Meditate on Hebrews 12:1-3 and reflect on what that would mean for the current phase of the journey you are on.
- Read Matthew 13 and see note how Jesus describes the kingdom of heaven
- Finally, if you are into reading through the whole Bible in a year, then in addition to reading the Genesis texts, if you also read Psalms 7-9, then you should be covered.
Well, this is it for week 3.
Hope you are enjoying this journey of the biblical patriarchs as much as I am.
Happy Bible Learning!