“But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.” Genesis 50:20
Envy, anger and a desire for revenge caused Joseph’s brothers to desire his death. We can see how the dishonesty of Laban, Jacob’s father-in-law, contributed to the rivalry between his daughters in child-bearing, and to the rivalry that developed between the children. We also know that Joseph’s dreams and the favour shown him by Jacob fuelled his brothers’ envy in seeking to take his life.
That Joseph is a picture or ‘type’ of Jesus is not accidental; he was not recognised by his brothers who sold him to Egypt for 20 pieces of silver. Rejected by his own, Joseph was received by pagan Egypt and in the process he saved Egypt and ultimately Israel too.
Our Heavenly Father has used the lives of His people as pictures and patterns that prophetically reflect His eternal plan of salvation and at the same time tell us some things about Him. His children see God’s hand in their lives and come to know Him, and His faithfulness and love, through the events in their lives.
Joseph clearly understood how God was working in his life and in the lives of his family: “But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.”
‘But God…’ - the Coronavirus is the latest in a long line of adversities that for many Iranians suck the hope out of their lives. May the challenging circumstances that people face help to bring spiritual awakening and draw many to seek Jesus, the Saviour of the world.
Father we praise You for Your love and for revealing Yourself to Your children so wonderfully
Thank You for revealing that ‘…all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.’
Father we pray that You will draw many more to call on the name of Jesus and be saved as a result of all the crises in the world, in the name of Christ Jesus