Jacob, Joseph's dad is suffering the effects of a wide
spread famine (re: God looking
after us in famine) and sends almost all the sons still with him to
where he has heard there is food -Genesis
42:1-5. And that's where Joseph is! And Joseph is in charge of it all.
And his brothers don't now recognize him, so Joseph plays along, even 'turning
the tables' on them a bit -Genesis
The brothers having returned home
are forced by the famine to again go for more food -Genesis
43:1-26. Joseph meets with them again and is overcome with emotion
in private -Genesis 43:22-31.
Joseph is still turning the tables
on his brothers and hiding his true identity from them and gets them to
explain a few things -Genesis 44th
hold the emotion no longer and reveals himself to them and that it was
God behind their evil deed who turned it into good -Genesis
45:1-8; Romans 8:28. All the
while Joseph had no animosity toward his brothers, as he possessed and
understood an overview of a much greater picture -Genesis
Joseph invites all his family to come
to Egypt to be with him -Genesis 46th
chapter. Jacob lives in Egypt close to his son till his death at 147 years
of age -Genesis 47:1-29.
Joseph asks his father to leave a
blessing on his (Joseph's) children -Genesis
48:9,15,16. Joseph's father Jacob (whose name was earlier changed to
Israel) dies -Genesis 50:1,2.
get their share of trials -Revelation
2:10; Philippians 1:29. But
for hot Christians – so what? -Revelation
12:11: What's your life
anyhow? -James 4:14,15.
1:12: Why you should count it all joy (James
1:2) when you're "goin' through it"? -Romans
8:17,18. Why should we be this way? -2Timothy
went through enough trials to depress most anyone, but not Paul -2Corinthians
got him down
for long! Why?
does God allow us to be afflicted? -Deuteronomy
8:3 and even abased?
-What should we do when afflicted?
3:14,17 ".....but and if you suffer for righteousness sake, happy are
you. For it is better, if the will of God be so, that you suffer for well
doing than for evil doing."
7:21-23 "Not every one that says-(prays)-unto
me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that does
the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that
day, Lord, Lord, have we not
in your name? And in your name have cast out devils? And in your name done
many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew
you. Depart from me, you work iniquity-(original
Greek is 'lawlessness').
What command are we not keeping very well? And, just how do we "walk in
truth"? -1John 4:21; 2John
-Having trouble with depression
want to snap out of it?
-Worried about your state
of affairs? -Philippians
4:19 "But my God shall supply all
your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus";
composite of Matthew 6:25-33 and Luke
I say unto you: Take no thought-(anxious,
your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, nor yet for your
body, what ye shall put on-(because
God is in control).
Is not the life more than meat-(food),
and the body than raiment-(clothing)?
Behold the fowls of the air; for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor
gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much
better than they?.....Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow;
they toil not, neither do they spin. And yet I say unto you: That even
Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore,
if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow
is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little
Therefore take no thought, saying What shall we eat, what shall we drink
or wherewithal shall we be clothed? For all these things do the nations
of the world seek after. For your heavenly Father knows that you have need
of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom
of God and
His righteousness and all
these things 'shall be added'-(or,
'are added with that')-unto