Sunday 17 January, 2016

Genesis 46:28-34

28 Jacob sent Judah ahead of him to Joseph. He sent him to get directions to Goshen. And so they arrived in the area of Goshen. 29 Then Joseph had his servants get his chariot ready. He went to Goshen to meet his father Israel. As soon as he came to his father, Joseph threw his arms around him. Then Joseph wept for a long time. 30 Israel said to Joseph, “I have seen for myself that you are still alive. Now I’m ready to die.” 31 Then Joseph spoke to his brothers and to the rest of his father’s family. He said, “I will go up and speak to Pharaoh. I’ll say to him, ‘My brothers and the rest of my father’s family have come to me. They were living in the land of Canaan. 32 The men are shepherds. They take care of livestock. They’ve brought along their flocks and herds and everything they own.’ 33 Pharaoh will send for you. He’ll ask, ‘What do you do for a living?’ 34 You should answer, ‘We’ve taken care of livestock from the time we were boys. We’ve done just as our fathers did.’ It’s the practice of the people of Egypt not to mix with shepherds. So Pharaoh will let you settle in the area of Goshen.”

I have always loved the story of Joseph.  Here, Joseph says he will speak with Pharaoh about his brothers and father’s household.  He states how his family are to answer Pharaoh as well, “we tend livestock and have tended livestock for generations”. As a result, they get to live in the land of Goshen – because  ‘shepherds are detestable to Egyptians’. Goshen is very fertile land – it is the delta of the River Nile; probably the best land in Egypt.

Sometimes rejection by others can be the saving of us.  Sometimes rejection can be God’s way of rescuing us from certain people and certain situations. God uses mysterious ways to bring about His plan in our lives.  Let us not think like the world but like Him.  Let’s thank Him for His plans and His purposes outworked in our lives that bring about His glory and His purpose despite what we see or experience.

Lord help me to see as you see. Let me thank you in every season, because you are with me.  Help me not to allow my circumstances to guide me – but Lord lead me in all that I do.

Written by Ps. Sue Botta

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