Saturday, August 05, 2017

Genesis 39:2 (KJV) Just One Purpose

Genesis 39:2[1] (KJV)
And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.
The Lord was with Joseph and prospered Joseph. But Joseph was still a slave.
Joseph’s purpose was a distinctive one:
  • His was not the kingly line from which Jesus would come
  • He was not even named among the twelve tribes (though he is seen hidden in the names of his two sons who were among the twelve)
  • The tribes his sons fathered were among the rebellious northern tribes of Israel
Joseph had one purpose in the plan of God; to open the way for Israel into Egypt.
And in fulfilling that purpose he was blessed.
[1] I keep these devotional works in the study notes segment of my Bible app called E-Sword. This devotion is the second one that I have written for this passage of Scripture, the other one being on August 28, 2007 – a full ten years ago. I used to get a little frustrated with myself that I would select the same verse to meditate on a second (and now sometimes a third and fourth time) but I have gotten over that. I believe the Holy Spirit leads me to rethink the same passage. I now find encouragement in noting that I have consistently maintained daily devotional writing for well over ten years. I am blessed no only by my fresh meditations on a particular passage, but also in reviewing what I learned, in this case ten years ago.
Just for kicks, here is that devotional writing to compare with the current one:
Genesis 39:2 KJV
And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.God’s Word views prosperity differently than we usually do.
So far we know that Joseph was
  • Bereaved of his mother
  • Hated by his brothers
  • Sold the Ishameelites
  • Taken to Egypt
  • Sold as a slave to Potiphar
And yet the Bible says he was a prosperous man. The Hebrew word means “to push forward.” By God’s grace Joseph was able to do that regardless of what the circumstances in his life happened to be. He made the most out of every situation, he used it to bring glory to the Lord and he used it to be a testimony to those who were around him.
Prosperity is progress in life. It is overcoming the obstacles and breaking out of the trials so our time is used the best for the glory of the Lord.
In this sense any Christian can be prosperous.

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Genesis 39:2 (KJV) Just One Purpose

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