There is a great blessing in reading through the Bible in a more speedy way. It is exciting, challenging, and enlightening. It also seems to help put it all together into order.
Our reading this morning covers Genesis 40 – Exodus 2.
We have gone from the days of creation; Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, their expulsion, a murderous son (Cain), the flood; the calling of Abraham to father a nation; and we have seen his tests, trials, and troubles. Abraham’s and Sarah’s trying to do things their own way, and ending up causing a mess.
We see Isaac’s son Jacob practicing deception; he and a whole lot of other people doing the same thing. Yet, God chooses Jacob to be the “prince with God” calling him “Israel”. Jacob has a son named Joseph who is betrayed by his brothers, sold into Egypt, cast into prison unjustly, then, promoted to second in command under the Pharoah of Egypt. Sin is progressing; and so to is grace. “Where sin abounds, grace did much more abound” (Romans 5:20).
Beginning in a garden of perfection, comfort, and every need provided to a grave in Egypt.
We see the following things concerning Joseph;
After Joseph has arrived in Egypt and imprisoned; in prison Joseph continues to say and believe,
“Do not interpretations belong to God?” Genesis 40:8 and,
“It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.” 41:16
The Psalmist even mentions Joseph in the 105th Psalm,
“Until the time that his word came: the word of the LORD tried him.” (v.19)
Then when the word of the LORD to Joseph was fulfilled we read…
“So Joseph died, being an hundred and ten years old: and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.” Genesis 50:26 (KJB)
One of the things we can see following Adam’s and Eve’s sin in the garden is death seems to dominate the picture; however, it does not rule forever. Since the fall everything ages, weakens and dies. The curse of Adam’s sin is upon all of creation. Not a one of us can rejoice in death, because death is the fruit of sin. It is a bitter fruit. It is a separating act. It divides – separates the spirit and soul of the human from their bodies. There is, however, a death worse than physical; and that is the spiritual death which separates God from man. That death happened instantly when Adam and Eve sinned in the garden
That death is seen when they heard God coming to them; they hid themselves. Death is not a pleasant thing to discuss, or to write about; but it is a part of our lives. It is also and foremost “the wages of sin” (Romans 6:23).
From the death of Joseph we go to Exodus, showing us that death is not the end. In Exodus we find that God hears the cries of the children of Israel crying for help. He hears their cry, prepares a man from Egypt – one of their own who has grown up with the rulers of Egypt – and sends him back to deliver His children from the bondage that has come about because of lying and deception of the brothers of Joseph.
The Sovereign God of the Ages, created all that is; the seen and the unseen. He holds it all; He holds us all in His hands. He knows we are frail, weak, and sinful, yet He loves us to the extreme, and sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins, He was buried, and He rose again. Call on His name for eternal salvation, and He will hear you.