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FALSE ACCUSATIONS

July 22, 2016

Friday

 

Genesis 50:20

 

But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

 

LESSON

 

Joseph’s response to his fearful brothers reveals his attitudes toward God and them. He humbled himself under God’s authority. Joseph regarded God as sovereign over him, and the One who had providentially guided all the events of his life. He knew that God’s purposes for him, his family, and all people were good. Consequently he behaved with tender compassion toward his brothers. Joseph proved to be his “brothers’ keeper”. Genesis opened with a couple, Adam and Eve, trying to become “like God.” It closes with a man, Joseph, denying that he is “in God’s place.” Judas was to Jesus what Joseph’s brothers were to Joseph. “The sequence of deceptions that causes this family so much suffering finally comes to an end when Joseph chooses not to take revenge on his brothers.

The crucial question is not, “Why do bad things happen to God’s people?” The crucial question is “What is the purpose of my life?” God is so great that nothing happens without His permission, and in that permission His ultimate plan unfolds. In His plan He is able to use for good what man intends for evil. God is in control.

 

Memory Verse: Exodus 20:16

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