May 11, 2014
Genesis 42:1-17 When Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt, he said to his sons, "Why do you keep looking at each other? Listen," he went on, "I have heard there is grain in Egypt. Go down there and buy some for us so that we will live and not die." So 10 of Joseph's brothers went down to buy grain from Egypt. But Jacob did not send Joseph's brother Benjamin with his brothers, for he thought, "Something might happen to him." The sons of Israel were among those who came to buy grain, for the famine was in the land of Canaan. Joseph was in charge of the country; he sold grain to all its people. His brothers came and bowed down before him with their faces to the ground. When Joseph saw his brothers, he recognized them, but he treated them like strangers and spoke harshly to them. "Where do you come from? " he asked. "From the land of Canaan to buy food," they replied. Although Joseph recognized his brothers, they did not recognize him. Joseph remembered his dreams about them and said to them, "You are spies. You have come to see the weakness of the land." "No, my lord. Your servants have come to buy food," they said. "We are all sons of one man. We are honest; your servants are not spies." "No," he said to them. "You have come to see the weakness of the land." But they replied, "We, your servants, were 12 brothers, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan. The youngest is now with our father, and one is no longer living." Then Joseph said to them, "I have spoken: 'You are spies! ' This is how you will be tested: As surely as Pharaoh lives, you will not leave this place unless your youngest brother comes here. Send one from among you to get your brother. The rest of you will be imprisoned so that your words can be tested to see if they are true. If they are not, then as surely as Pharaoh lives, you are spies! " So Joseph imprisoned them together for three days.
Big Idea - What do we do in life's unexpected difficult moments?
1. Joseph's family's controlling character is revealed.
2. Joseph shows his strong character by committing where God has him.
Do you respond in a condition of surrender in life's unexpected moments?
Deuteronomy 1:30 The Lord your God who goes before you will fight for you, just as you saw Him do for you in Egypt.
Animosity, bitterness, and hardheadedness are the worst possible conditions to be in as a Christian.
Proverbs 28:14 Happy is the one who is always reverent, but one who hardens his heart falls into trouble.
Prepare your heart, and surrender your past, present, and future to the work of God.
Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your graciousness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Don't worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Stop hiding, be honest, and honor God in these moments when they occur in this community.
Philippians 1:27 Just one thing: Live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or am absent, I will hear about you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind, working side by side for the faith that comes from the gospel,...
Note: all scripture references are in HCSB