Joseph's Final Hour

Genesis 50:15-21

 

PROBLEM

How people treat us can make us doubt God’s love or His existence

Joseph’s brothers are too concerned with their plan and are now viewing Joseph through guilt

GOD

Genesis 50:15,18-21
When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph holds a grudge against us and pays us back for all the wrongs we did to him?” 

18 His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. “We are your slaves,” they said.

19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? 

20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. 

21 So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.

“Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God?” 

Guard your heart when you have the power to place guilt on someone else

APPLICATION

The fastest way to become like Satan is to try to be God, to be your own standard of truth

Adam and Eve tried to erase the line between God and humanity

If you want to look at the height of spiritual maturity, know your place in life and God’s place

Joseph is not really interested in the guilt question. For him, it is the dream that counts

Realism -we only know about the danger. Optimism -we imagine we are immune from the battle

You planned it for evil, but God changed the outcome for good

VISION

Joseph proves that no matter how bad you had it growing up…

Joseph never stood taller than at this moment in his life, it was his “finest hour.”

Richard Jaffe’s daughter passed away early from a battle with cancer. When she was struggling with cancer, she was a bit emaciated and had a conversation with her pastor at the church door, she was cold because her body was very frail, so she had a blanket that was covering her. In the moment of suffering, she said, “I see it now, I think I see it now, life really not about me, it's about God and others

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.