BIG – Week Four
February 4, 2018
Pastor Kris Freeman
Scripture: Genesis 50:14-21
14 After burying Jacob, Joseph returned to Egypt with his brothers and all who had accompanied him to his father’s burial. 15 But now that their father was dead, Joseph’s brothers became fearful. “Now Joseph will show his anger and pay us back for all the wrong we did to him,” they said.
16 So they sent this message to Joseph: “Before your father died, he instructed us 17 to say to you: ‘Please forgive your brothers for the great wrong they did to you—for their sin in treating you so cruelly.’ So we, the servants of the God of your father, beg you to forgive our sin.” When Joseph received the message, he broke down and wept. 18 Then his brothers came and threw themselves down before Joseph. “Look, we are your slaves!” they said.
19 But Joseph replied, “Don’t be afraid of me. Am I God, that I can punish you? 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. 21 No, don’t be afraid. I will continue to take care of you and your children.” So he reassured them by speaking kindly to them.
Joseph’s story ended with the REUNITING of his family and the PREPARATION by God to send the Israelites into the Promised Land.
This is the last chapter of Genesis. This story would set the table for EXODUS.
Exodus 1: These are the names of the sons of Israel (that is, Jacob) who moved to Egypt with their father, each with his family: 2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, 3 Issachar, Zebulun, Benjamin, 4 Dan, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher. 5 In all, Jacob had seventy[a] descendants in Egypt, including Joseph, who was already there.
6 In time, Joseph and all of his brothers died, ending that entire generation. 7 But their descendants, the Israelites, had many children and grandchildren. In fact, they multiplied so greatly that they became extremely powerful and filled the land.
Jacob’s children became the names of the 12 TRIBES of Israel.
What often feels like a SET BACK is usually a SET UP.
Three reminders in pursuing your dreams:
- God never promised he would give you your dreams. He wants YOU to pursue his!
- You may LOSE to win.
- Adversity may develop you, but how you emerge from it will DEFINE you.
Every road you take is always leading you to the place that God wants you to be.