“But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. Ha made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.” (Genesis 45:7-8)
Joseph’s brothers had sold him into slavery and their evil deeds were meant to cause him harm; but Joseph wanted them to know that God has chosen him for slavery and suffering so that the children of Israel would be saved and delivered as a remnant unto God Joseph had risen from a slave to become the man in charge of all of Pharaoh’s storehouse, thus, he was in a position of considerable power and could take care of his family’s needs.
What happened to Joseph in Egypt saved his father and brothers from destruction, along with their families and flocks. It also set the stage for the Exodus from Egypt. Divine salvation was in the making.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, long before we ever see the work of Your hands in this world, You have clearly thought out and decided what to do, how to do it, and whom You will use to accomplish the task. Furthermore, You had thought much further than this, the Exodus, the entry to the Promised Land, the history of Israel and exactly when to send the Messiah back to us. It is in Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles; it empties today of its strength.”
“And who is like your people Israel—the one nation on earth whose God went out to redeem a people for himself, and to make a name for yourself, and to perform great and awesome wonders by driving out nations from before your people, whom you redeemed from Egypt? You made your people Israel your very own forever, and you, O Lord, have become their God. Now you have been pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, O Lord, have blessed it, and it will be blessed forever.” (1st Chronicles 17:21-22, 27)
God chose and redeemed Israel to be His own people forever and to be their God. He chose to bless the house of David forever. It was through both that Jesus the Messiah was born. God’s work through Israel and the Davidic kingship were deliberate preparations for His work through Jesus.
“A voice of one calling: ‘In the desert prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God.” (Isaiah 40:3)
Originally this was a message of hope to the Jewish exiles in Babylon. Christians see it as a messianic prophecy pointing to God’s preparation for Christ. The New Testament identified John the Baptist as the messenger (Matthew 3:3; Mark 1:3 Luke 3:4).
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming the the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the Lord has said, among the survivors whom the Lord calls.” (Joel 2:28-32)
Joel foretold of a time when God would pour out His Spirit upon all people. The world would be shaken, and everyone who called on the name of the Lord would be saved. Both Peter and Paul taught this prophecy was fulfilled in the coming of Christ and the outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost. This, I personally believe.
The hope for an historical day of the Lord gradually took the shape of future, eschatological (end times) hope. Often the two were intertwined as in this passage. This prophecy found direct fulfillment at Pentecost (Acts 2:16-21), yet ultimate fulfillment awaits the end time, as expressed in the apocalyptic language of the passage. Some aspects of the prophecy are fulfilled as people accept salvation provided through the work of Christ and the administration of the Spirit. In regard to end times, the prophecy refers to God’s final intervention to complete His redemptive work. In this aspect the day of the Lord includes both judgment upon unrighteousness and reward for righteousness.