Genesis 41

Vs. 14, “So Pharaoh sent for Joseph, and he was quickly brought from the dungeon. When he had shaved and changed his clothes, he came before Pharaoh.”  It would take two more years for the cupbearer to recall Joseph’s dream and inform Pharaoh (vs. 9).  But, Joseph remained faithful to God.  And God now had a chance reward Joseph’s faith.  Once again, Joseph would give credit to God when asked if he could interpret dreams (vs. 16).  God works in His timing, and Joseph finally gets vindicated (vs. 41-44).  Through the dream brought to Pharaoh, God would ensure His people would survive the famine of seven years. It would take an intervention like this for the people in the area to live, because while times of famine were not uncommon, to have seven years was not normative.  Joseph would now go from rejected, almost killed, slave, prisoner and now at the age of thirty, he would become the most powerful man in Egypt, next to Pharaoh himself (vs. 46).  How interesting that a secular leader like Pharaoh would put so much confidence in a spiritual man of a foreign land.  God would indeed do what Joseph had interpreted, and now the other nations would be seeking out Egypt for relief (vs. 56-57).

Regarding application…Redemption.  Vs. 42, “Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his finger and put it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck.”  Joseph went from riches, to rages and now back to riches!  What roller-coaster journey for this young man who endured so much strife!  Redemption would come to Joseph that could not have been scripted better.  We’ve been cheering for Joseph and what a sigh of relief to see him redeemed from all his earlier trials.  I believe that’s why stories of redemption resonate so deeply to the fabric of our minds.  I’m reminded of the movie Shawshank Redemption.  There is a reason a movie like this is arguably one of the top classic stories of all-time.  The story of Joseph reminds us of our Lord Jesus who also endured scorn and rejection, yet would be exalted to the highest place at the right hand of the Father.  Each of our own lives tell a story of redemption when we were once lost, but now found!

John 13

Vs. 1, “It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love.”  The timing is impeccable, as Jesus would become the Passover lamb whose blood was shed for the salvation of God’s people.  Jesus goes on to display a part of this love by washing His disciple’s feet (vs. 1-17).  Question: What was the significance of this?  Only servants washed feet, what was Jesus doing?  The washing also served as a sign of their spiritual lives being washed by the Living Water in Jesus.   Jesus then quotes Psalm 41:9, as reference that prophecies concerning Judas Iscariot (vs. 18-30).  The disciples didn’t completely realize the significance of the revealing of the traitor, but Judas has now made his decision.  After Judas’s departure, Jesus begins to encourage the apostles for their road would also become very difficult (vs. 31-38)

Regarding application…Love One Another.  Vs. 34, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”  Question: What made this a new commandment?  God gave this commandment previously to Moses.  What gives?  The old commandment was based on the law, but this new commandment to love is based on grace.  This love would now be demonstrated on the cross.  This is why we are now given a new definition of loving one another.   Yesterday, I preached a message from John 4 with the topic of considering “our purpose.”  The woman at the well couldn’t help but share this message of hope to the people in her town.  She was once rejected, but now she understood her purpose.  But this purpose must have a very important ingredient in it.  Love must be mixed in with all that we do.  Question: Are you loving as Jesus loved you?