Joseph & his brothers (12)
How can God's promises be fulfilled in a family like Jacob's?
Difficult decisions, learning to fear God, painful and hard situations - but God's grace at work through them all.
Many people have seen parallels between Joseph's experiences and Jesus' life, but the New Testament never explicitly talks about Joseph as a pre-figurement or pattern of the Lord Jesus. Is is legitimate to use Joseph in this way or is it actually vitally important to do so?
So often our lives can seem meaningless, random, confusing, painful, frustrating. That was Joseph's experience until in a moment God totally transformed everything.
Joseph, despite being first a slave then a prisoner, is a man living under God's blessing and bringing God's blessing to others. An example for us to follow but we must expect the same unfair treatment.
Judah is a callous, unfeeling, lustful man who shows no concern for God's promises to his family. But God's mercy is shown towards him from a most unlikely source.