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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 4/18/2012

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

JOSEPH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 4/18/2012

Genesis 41:54-42:8
RESURRECTING A DEAD CONSCIENCE, Lesson 52a

Some 21 years have passed since Joseph was sold by his own brothers into slavery. Much has happened in Joseph’s life since that time. There have been many valleys and trials. There have been many mountain tops and victories as well. The boy has become a man. The slave has become Prime Minister.

The passage we have before us today allows us to see many of the events of this man’s life come full circle. Joseph sees his brothers again after 21 years. The last time they met, Joseph was the one at a disadvantage. His brother treated him roughly and cast him into a pit. This time, the shoe is on the other foot! This time, they are treated roughly and they are thrown into prison.

When Joseph’s brothers see him after all that time, they do not recognize him. Joseph, however, recognizes them. God uses this encounter to work in the lives of these ten brothers of Joseph. God uses these events to resurrect the conscience they silenced many years ago.

Today, I want to take this passage and look at “Resurrecting A Dead Conscience“. I want us to learn what the conscience is, want it does, and how it can be protected. I want to show you, from these verses, How The Conscience Is Seared; How The Conscience Is Stirred and finally, How The Conscience Is Saved. But, before we consider these three thoughts, I want to first talk about just what the conscience is and what it does.

Let’s first talk about what the conscience is. The dictionary defines conscience as “the inner sense of what is right or wrong in one's conduct or motives, impelling one toward right action. The Greek word means “to know together”. The conscience is a gift from God to all men, (Pro. 20:27). It gives mankind the power of moral judgment. It appears some 31 times in the New Testament.

In his book The Vanishing Conscience, Dr. John MacArthur says, “The conscience entreats us to do what we believe is right and restrains us from doing what we believe is wrong. The conscience is not to be equated with the voice of God. It is a human faculty that judges our actions and thoughts by the light of the highest standard we perceive. When we violate our conscience, it condemns us, triggering feelings of shame, anguish, regret, consternation, anxiety, disgrace and even fear. When we follow our conscience, it commends us, bringing, joy, serenity, self-respect, well-being and gladness.”

So, the conscience acts as a rudder for the soul. It is not a guide, but it is an early warning system, which tells us that danger is ahead. When we go against the warnings of our conscience, it punishes us with feelings of guilt, shame and regret. When we honor the conscience, it rewards us with feelings of peace, happiness and joy. One writer said that a violated conscience is a “flash of Hell”. Another writer said that an honored conscience rewards us with “a pat on the back” from God.

Regardless of how it may seem at times, everyone has a conscience. If that is true, then why can some people do the things they do and have no shame guilt or remorse for their actions? For instance, how can some people destroy innocent life in the name of their god? How can some women abort a baby with no remorse? Questions of that nature could go on forever!

The answer lies in this statement from John MacArthur: “The conscience, however, is not infallible. Nor is it the source of revelation about right and wrong. Its role is not to teach us moral and ethical ideals, but to hold us accountable to the highest standards of right and wrong we know.”

Thus, the conscience can only react to what it knows and what it has been taught. If the conscience is taught that the Bible is the Word of God and that it is the supreme standard for right and wrong, the conscience will react when there is any deviation from the teachings of the Word of God. If the conscience is taught that other religions, etc., is the truth, it will react when those standards are about to be violated. If the conscience is taught that cursing, drinking and wicked living are right, the conscience will have no problem with those things. Do you get the idea?

J. Oswald Sanders said this concerning the conscience: “Every conscience needs instruction. Its delicate mechanism has been thrown off balance by the fall (Gen 31-13). Just as a bullet will reach the bull’s-eye only if the two sights are in correct alignment, so correct moral judgments are delivered only when the conscience is correctly aligned with the Scriptures.”

That is why it can be very dangerous to let your conscience to be your guide. That might be a good practice if the conscience has been trained in the right way. If, however the conscience has been given a false standard of truth, it will guide you in that direction and you will be led even deeper into your error.

That having been said, the conscience is still a great gift from God. Most people are born with some sense of what is right and what is wrong. This is because God has written His Law into the heart of man, (Rom. 2:15). Thus, if you filled this room with atheists today, most of them would agree with us that murder, stealing and such like, are wrong. Those things violate our conscience and most people believe they are wrong. I want to continue to consider the conscience as we move through this passage today. This passage has something to say to us today about the conscience.

Joseph’s brothers had long ago silenced their consciences, but God is about to bring to life that which they longed to kill. Let’s learn a little more about our own conscience as we consider the thoughts in this passage, and on the thought “Resurrecting A Dead Conscience“.

TODAY’S HYMN and BLESSING!
“On Bended Knee” By Robert Gay (1992)

Verse 1
On bended knee I come, With a humble heart I come;
Bowing down before Your holy throne.
Lifting holy hands to You, As I pledge my love a - new, -
I worship You in spir - it, - I worship you in truth;
Make my life a holy praise unto You.

Verse 2
On bended knee I come, With a humble heart I come;
Bowing down before Your holy throne.
As I look upon Your face. Show Your mercy and Your grace.
Change my life, O Holy Spi - rit make me fresh and ever new;
Make my life a holy sac - ri - fice to You.
Make my life a holy sac - ri - fice to You.

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    More than a blog, a beautiful blessing! Learning so much from your daily blessings/writings--you challenge us to think and use our minds--and I appreciate it! Great insights.

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 4/18/2012 8:43AM

    Thank you Vic for these wonderful insights. And thank you for the hymn. I really enjoyed it.

~Melissa

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GROEDER 4/18/2012 8:01AM

    Very interesting, Vic!!!! I had never thought about "training" the consceince, but it makes perfect sence.
God is teaching me many things through your lessons. I thank you both, and pray for His blessings for us all.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 4/17/2012

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

JOSEPH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF Faith, 4/17 /2012

Genesis 41:41-54
JOSEPH: THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD, Lesson 51c

JOSEPH AND HIS SALVATION

His Exaltation Was Followed By A Time Of Plenty – Gen. 41:47 – Just as Joseph had prophesied, the earth brought forth in abundance for seven years. It was an age of plenty for the people.

Following the resurrection of the Lord Jesus from the dead, the world entered the age of grace. We are living in a time of spiritual plenty today. The Lord is blessing and saving souls and He has been for nearly 2,000 years. The Spirit of the Lord is working. The Bible is available. The church is active and free to declare the message of the Lord. We have been blessed by the Lord in a great way because He allowed us to be born during this special time!

His Exaltation Was Followed By A Time Of Famine – Gen. 41:53-54 – The years of plenty were followed by seven years of famine.

When the age of grace ends the world will be plunged into a time of great spiritual famine. We call that time the Great Tribulation. The church, as we know it, will be removed from the earth. The Word of God will not be preached as it is today. The Holy Spirit will also be missing from the world. It will be a time of spiritual apostasy and spiritual famine. If you are not a believer, you should come to the Lord today and be saved!

He Controlled The Distribution Of All The Bread – Gen. 41:55 – When the people became hungry and cried out to Pharaoh, he sent them to Joseph. Only Joseph could give them the bread they needed. He was the source of life for all the people, both in Egypt and around the world.

Like Joseph, Jesus is the only Savior! If you need the Bread of Life, you have to go to Him, for He alone is the Bread of Life, (John 6:35). The only way to be saved is to get to Jesus by faith and be born again! God only knows one way of salvation and His name is Jesus, (Acts 4:12; Acts 16:31).

He Possessed Enough Bread For All Who Came – Gen. 41:54 – Joseph’s plan was able to provide sufficient bread for every hungry person who came to him for food.

Jesus possesses the power to provide salvation to all who will come to Him by faith, (John 3:16; Rev. 22:17). Jesus invites “any man” to come to Him, (John 7:37; John 10:9). No one will ever come to Jesus and find Him insufficient to save!

He Remained In Pharaoh’s Favor – Gen. 41:55 – Even after seven years, Pharaoh was still confident that Joseph was the man to run the country.

After 2,000 years, God has still not changed His mind about Jesus. As I said, God only knows one Person Who can save, (1 Cor. 3:11; 1 Tim. 2:5-6). If you ever plan to go to Heaven, you will have to come to God through the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the only Way into God’s salvation (John 14:6)!

Conc: It doesn’t matter whether or not you know a thing about Joseph. But, it does matter what you know about Jesus Christ. What you know about Jesus will determine where you will spend eternity.

If you have never trusted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, I invite you to do that right now. If you are saved, I invite you to come before Him and offer Him the thanksgiving and praise He deserves. If He has spoken to your heart today, please listen to His voice and do as He says.

TODAY’S HYMN and BLESSING!
“All Things Are Ready” By

“All things are ready,” come to the feast!
Come, for the table now is spread;
Ye famishing, ye weary, come,
And thou shalt be richly fed.

Refrain

Hear the invitation,
Come, “whosoever will”;
Praise God for full salvation
For “whosoever will.”

“All things are ready,” come to the feast!
Come, for the door is open wide;
A place of honor is reserved
For you at the Master’s side.

Refrain

“All things are ready,” come to the feast!
Come, while He waits to welcome thee;
Delay not while this day is thine,
Tomorrow may never be.

Refrain

“All things are ready,” come to the feast!
Leave ev’ry care and worldly strife;
Come, feast upon the love of God,
And drink everlasting life.

Refrain

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EAGLES_WINGS 4/17/2012 8:39AM

    I am so glad that the Lord pursued my heart and I have come back to my walk with Him. I am blessed and humbled. Yet, so happy with gratitude and joy for life. Thank you for sharing in such a beautiful way the way the Lord loves and cares for the body of believers. Have an awesome day in the Lord! God bless!

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GROEDER 4/17/2012 7:51AM

    It is very comforting to me just knowing that God will see me through the time of tribulation because of my faith, trust, and dependence on Him!!!!!!!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 4/16/2012

Monday, April 16, 2012

JOSEPH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF Faith, 4/16 /2012

Genesis 41:41-54
JOSEPH: THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD, Lesson 51b

JOSEPH AND HIS EXALTATION

He Was Brought Out Of Prison – Gen. 41:14 – Joseph was eventually released from his prison and was brought before Pharaoh.

Jesus was imprisoned by death and His body was sealed in a tomb, but three days later, Jesus arose from the dead, (Matt. 28:1-6). He came out of that prison and He is alive forevermore, (Rev. 1:18). Because He lives, our salvation is guaranteed and our eternal life is secured, (Rom. 5:10).

He Was Exalted – Gen. 41:37-42 – Joseph is elevated to the position of Prime Minister. No one in the kingdom, besides Pharaoh himself, was greater than Joseph. Joseph was given Pharaoh’s ring, which was a symbol of authority and power. He was given a gold chain that spoke of his new wealth. He was clothed in fine linen, which signified that his work as a servant was over forever!

Jesus has also been exalted. His Father has exalted Jesus, (Phil 2:9). The word “exalted” means “to elevate to the highest rank and power, to raise to supreme majesty”. God has magnified Jesus to the place where there in no one greater than Him in the universe! The angels of Heaven exalt Him, (Rev. 4:4-11; 5:11-12). The saints in glory exalt Him, (Rev. 5:9; 7:9-10; 22:3). He is worthy to be exalted right now, (Heb. 13:5; Psa. 47:1; Psa. 135:1-3). Like Joseph, Jesus possesses “all power in heaven and in earth”, (Matt. 28:18). He possesses all the wealth of His Father, (John 3:35). When Jesus was resurrected, He arose with a glorified body.

He Was Enthroned – Gen. 41:41 – Joseph was given the throne of another. He was allowed to rule by the decree of Pharaoh.

Jesus was also enthroned and allowed to sit with His Father in His throne, (Rev. 3:21). The Lord Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father today,( Heb. 1:3; 10:12; 1 Pet. 3:22).

He Was Given A New Name – Gen. 41:45 – Joseph was given a new name by Pharaoh. This was common for foreigners in those days. The name Joseph was given, Zaphnathpaaneah, can have several meanings. Scholars differ on what the name actually means. It can mean, “The Savior of the world”; “The Revealer of secrets”; “God speaks and came into being”; “Abundance of life”; or “God’s word speaking life”. All of these names fit the new life Joseph was given by Pharaoh. When people heard this name, they fell on their faces and honored Joseph, (Gen. 41:43).

Of course, these names also speak of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are told in Phil. 2:9-11, that God has given Jesus a name that is above every other name. At the very mentioned of that name, knees are to bow and tongues are to confess that He is Lord!

All the possible meanings of Joseph’s name have application to the Lord Jesus Christ. He is “The Savior Of The World”,( Matt. 1:21; John 14:6). He is “The Revealer Of Secrets”, (Heb. 4:12). He is “God Speaks And Came Into Existence”, (John 1:1). He is “The Abundance Of Life”,( John 10:10; John 1:4; John 6:33). He is “God’s Word Speaking Life”, (John 5:24).

He Was Given A Gentile Bride – Gen. 41:45 – This bride was chosen for Joseph and given to him after his exaltation.

The Bride of Christ (The Church) has been chosen by the Father, (Eph. 1:4; Col 1:18), and she has been given to the Lord Jesus Christ, (John 6:37).

He Was Given All Authority In The Land – Gen. 41:40-44 – Joseph was given the authority to run the country as he saw fit. He was the ruler.

The Lord Jesus has been given all power by His Father, (Matt. 28:18). He possesses the power to save, (John 6:37). He also possesses the power to judge those who reject Him, (John 5:22; Rev. 20:11-15). He also possesses the power to comfort those who are burdened, (Matt. 11:28; Heb. 4:15).

He Intervened In The Lives Of The People – Gen. 41:48-57 – Joseph took control of the crops of Egypt. Every person in the country felt the power of his touch.

The Lord Jesus is intimately involved in the lives of His people. He intercedes for them in Heaven, (Heb. 7:25; Rom. 8:34). He meets their needs day by day, (Matt. 6:25-34; Phil. 4:19). He is ever-present with His people, (Heb. 13:5). He is involved in our lives in thousands of ways that we will never comprehend in this life.

TODAY’S HYMN and BLESSING!
“I Am A Sheep” By Dennis Jernigan (1988)

I am a sheep and the Lord is my shepherd
Watching over my soul.
My soul to keep guarding over me ever,
Watching wherever I go.

Chorus
And when the winds blow He is my shelter!
And when I'm lost and alone He rescues me!
And when the Lion comes He is my victory!
Constantly watching over me!
He is constantly watching over me!

We are his children and he is our Father
Watching over our souls.
Great is His love for His sons and His daughters,
Watching wherever we go.
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    emoticon Vic for the invite! I know I will emoticon this team! Not sure how often I'll be posting because I'm very busy with my own team, 50 Plus for All! Anyone who wants to join this team you are more than welcomed!!! emoticon God Bless! Janice

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    Remarkable similarities!!!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 4/152012

Sunday, April 15, 2012

JOSEPH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF Faith, 4/15 /2012

Genesis 41:41-54
JOSEPH: THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD, Lesson 51a

Last week we took some time to consider Joseph’s Gentile bride, Asenath. We saw how she was a type of the Bride of Christ. It thrilled my heart to study how she was raised up out of obscurity and married to Joseph.

Today, I want to take a closer look at Joseph. I told you at the beginning of this series that there are over 100 areas of Joseph’s life where he pictures the Lord Jesus Christ. As the Lord gives liberty today, I want to take just three areas of Joseph’s life and I want to show you how He paints a picture of the Lord Jesus.

I want to consider Joseph’s humiliation, his exaltation and his salvation. As I move through these thoughts, I want you to get a fresh glimpse of the Lord today. Let the life of Joseph remind you of Who Jesus is and what He has done for us. Let’s look at Joseph today. I want to share some thoughts from the Word of God on “Joseph: The Savior Of The World“.

JOSEPH AND HIS HUMILIATION

He Laid Aside His Glory – Gen. 37:23 – That coat represented Joseph’s place in the family. It told everyone that he was his father’s favorite son and that he was the head of the family. The coat represented Joseph’s glory. That glory was laid aside for a time of humiliation.

Like Joseph, Jesus also laid aside His glory to enter a time of humiliation, (Phil. 2:5-7; Isa. 53:1-3). He Son of God left His home in Heaven above to enter this world as a little baby. The Creator became dependent upon His creation! The glorious God of the universe because a man and walked among men! While He was here, He willingly laid aside His glory. His glory was manifested in many ways while He was here, but it was visible only one time,( Matt. 17:1-8).

He Became A Slave – Gen. 37:28; 36; 39:1-3 – Joseph was betrayed by his brothers and sold as a slave. He went down to Egypt and served in Potiphar’s house. The Lord Jesus also entered this world as a slave, (Phil. 2:7). He did not come to this world to occupy the throne of a crown prince. He came to this world to serve humanity and to give His life a ransom for sinners, (Matt. 20:28).

He Overcame Temptation – Gen. 39:7-12 – Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce Joseph to commit adultery with her. He steadfastly refused and maintained his integrity. Jesus also weathered a great storm of temptation for us, (Matt. 4:1-11). His temptation was not to prove that He would not sin, but to prove that He could not sin! Jesus came into this world as the spotless Lamb of God. He was, and still is, absolutely sinless, (1 Pet. 2:22; Heb. 4:15; 1 John 3:5).

He Was Successful In All He Did – Gen. 39:3-6; 21-23 – Joseph was blessed greatly by the Lord and God used him in a special way. Regardless of where he found himself, the Lord caused him to prosper.

The same is true of the Lord Jesus. He was successful in everything He did. Those who saw Him minister said of Him, “He hath done all things well,” (Mark 7:37). He never failed in any task He was given. He healed every sickness He encountered. He cast out every demon He was faced with. He raised every dead person He came into contact with. He calmed every storm He was ever in. He saved every lost soul that would believe on Him. And, in His dying breath, He was able to declare, “It is finished”, (John 19:30).

He Was Falsely Accused – Gen. 39:14-19 – Potiphar’s wife made false accusations against Joseph that resulted in him being thrown into prison. He was innocent, yet he was punished. Jesus was also falsely accused. They could find no fault with Him, so they found men who were willing to lie in order to convict Him, (Matt. 26:59-61). They accused Him of blasphemy, (Matt. 26:63-68). He was guilty of no crime, yet they sentenced Him to death!

He Offered No Defense – Gen. 39 – As far as we know, Joseph never opened his mouth in his own defense. He took the punishment that was placed upon him without comment.
Again, Joseph is a portrait of the Lord Jesus. When He was accused by the Sanhedrin, He offered no defense, (Matt. 26:62-63). When He went before Pontius Pilate, He offered no defense, (John 19:9-11). When He appeared before Herod, He offered no defense, (Luke 23:8-12). Even as He went to the cross to die for sin, He maintained His silence, (Isa. 53:7).

He could have freed Himself at any time. After all, He is the Creator of the universe. He could have called legions of angels to come to His defense, (Matt. 26:53). He could have spoken the word and His tormentors would have been swallowed up alive by the earth and sent to Hell. But, He willingly endured the cross and the shame because it was His Father’s will!

He Suffered As An Innocent Man – Gen. 39 – We have already covered this, but Joseph was falsely accused, unjustly condemned and wrongly imprisoned. He suffered all those years of isolation in prison as an innocent man.

Again, there is a parallel with the Lord Jesus. He was not a sinner and He was not a criminal. He did not deserve to go to the cross to die. He was absolutely innocent. Yet, He willingly took our place on that cross and died for us, the innocent for the guilty, that we might go free, (2 Cor. 5:21).

There was His beating. There was His humiliation. There was His crown of thorns. There was His cross. There was His punishment. There was His death. He did it all for me and you! If Jesus was guilty of anything, He was guilty of loving sinners! He was guilty of loving us! His love for us placed Him on the cross and kept Him there until the price was paid, (Rom. 5:6-9)

TODAY‘S HYMN and BLESSING!
“Oh, To Be Like Thee” By T. O. Chisholm (1897)

Oh! to be like Thee, blessed Redeemer,
This is my constant longing and prayer;
Gladly I’ll forfeit all of earth’s treasures,
Jesus, Thy perfect likeness to wear.

Refrain:
Oh! to be like Thee, oh! to be like Thee,
Blessed Redeemer, pure as Thou art;
Come in Thy sweetness, come in Thy fullness;
Stamp Thine own image deep on my heart.

Oh! to be like Thee, full of compassion,
Loving, forgiving, tender and kind,
Helping the helpless, cheering the fainting,
Seeking the wand’ring sinner to find.
Refrain:

Oh! to be like Thee, lowly in spirit,
Holy and harmless, patient and brave;
Meekly enduring cruel reproaches,
Willing to suffer, others to save.
Refrain:

Oh! to be like Thee, Lord, I am coming,
Now to receive th’ anointing divine;
All that I am and have I am bringing,
Lord, from this moment all shall be Thine.
Refrain:

Oh! to be like Thee, while I am pleading,
Pour out Thy Spirit, fill with Thy love,
Make me a temple meet for Thy dwelling,
Fit me for life and Heaven above
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CAVEPRINCESS65 4/15/2012 5:43PM

    Thanks for a great lesson Vic.
Friends,
Looking into Joseph & Jesus lives; we can learn to be someone miracle and be faithful regardless of situation and where we are; because God will always caused us to prosper even if we are in the desert. Be good to others and God will be good to you. Just like Joseph, he did not focused on his problems while he was in prisoned; he focused on helping others around him in prison. He focused on cheering them instead of feeling sorry for himself; because he knows God will take care of his problems for him.

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SONYALATRECE 4/15/2012 11:57AM

    Truly appreciative of God's Word and Jesus.
Thanks!

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BITTYGIRL51 4/15/2012 10:37AM

    Amen!

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GROEDER 4/15/2012 8:33AM

    I am glad to be back home to catch up on your lessons!!!!
Thank you for having them there waiting for me!!!!

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    Thank you for posting. I never looked at it that way before.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 4/14/2012

Saturday, April 14, 2012

JOSEPH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 4/14/2012

Genesis 41:45-57
JOSEPH’S GENTILE BRIDE, Lesson 50b

HER SPECIAL PLACE

· When Joseph came out of prison, he was elevated to a position of great power and great majesty. He was made to sit at Pharaoh’s right hand. When Joseph was elevated, his bride was elevated with him!

Asenath was from a prominent pagan family. She was the daughter of a well known priest. But, when she became the wife of Joseph, she finds herself the bride of the most powerful man in the land.

Asenath did not achieve this honor on her own. In fact, she had nothing to do with the matter. She was picked out by Pharaoh and she was given to Joseph. In other words, there was no special merit in Asenath; she was merely the object of sovereign choice. Nothing is said about Asenath regarding her looks, her talents, or anything else. It seems that her husband and not Asenath is the center of attention. It is also worthy of noting that Joseph did not succumb to the polygamous tendencies of the Egyptians. He only took one bride!

Again, in all these things, Asenath is a picture of the Bride of Christ. Like Asenath, the Bride is the Father’s gift to His Son, (John 6:37). Every person who is saved by the grace of God was chosen by Him, handpicked for the honor of being in the Bride, (John 15:16; Eph. 1:4; John 10:16). There is no other explanation for His choice but His grace and His love for the lost, (Eph. 2:4-5).

God chose us in Jesus in eternity past, (Eph. 1:4), and He called us to come to Jesus for salvation, (John 6:44). When we came by faith, we were saved out of our sins and our lost past was done away with forever. Not only did He save us from our sins, He elevated us! He did this in two precious ways.

First, He elevated us by changing our lives. He gave us a “new birth” and made us into a “new creature”, (John 3:3; 2 Cor. 5:17). He lifted us out of the muck and mire of our sins, and set us on a new pathway of holiness for the glory of God, (Psa. 40:1-3). He changed our lives and made us alive to the things of God, (Eph. 2:5). He gave us a new nature, (2 Pet. 1:4). He lifted us out of the mess Adam left us in and made it possible for us to live a life that is pleasing to God. Praise His name!

Secondly, when we were saved, God put us in Jesus, (1 Cor. 12:13, 1 Pet 3:21). According to Eph. 2:6, He lifted us up and made us to sit with Him in His throne. You see, our Savior, like Joseph, suffered a time of humiliation and rejection. He died and descended into the grave. But, He rose again and ascended to Heaven and took up His place at the right hand of His heavenly Father. When we came to Him by faith, He lifted us out of our sins and caused us to sit with Him. I was a wretched, dirty, rotten sinner, but today I sit in Heavenly places in Jesus Christ! If you are saved, you are as good for Heaven as if you were already there. If you are saved, your past is gone and you enjoy the blessings, the power and the presence of the Lord God of glory!

Our Heavenly Bridegroom only has one Bride! He redeemed her when He died for her sins on the cross. He secured her eternity when He rose again from the dead. He has gone ahead to prepare a place for her, (John 14:1-3). One day soon, He will return and claim her unto Himself and take her home to the place she already is! The only way to be a part of His Bride is for a lost sinner to hear His call to come (Rom 10:17), for them to believe, repent and be baptized (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38), to confess (Rom 10:10), and trust and follow Jesus by faith, (Eph. 2:8-90) . When they do, they are eternally saved!

By the way, the focus in this family should be on Him! It does not matter who I am and it does not matter who you are. All that matters is the Lord Jesus and God His Father (What I am and to whom I belong)! Are you in the Bride?

HER SOVEREIGN PART

We are told that Asenath bore Joseph two children. These two boys were a special gift to Joseph from the Lord. In choosing their names, Joseph acknowledged God’s hand at work in his life. Joseph named the first boy Manasseh. This name means “Forgetting”. Joseph tells us that the Lord had allowed him to forget the trials he went through. Joseph named his second son Ephraim. This name means “Twice Fruitful”. It shows us that Joseph’s faith in the Lord had not waivered at all. In spite of all he had endured, Joseph was still walking by faith.

These two boys would grow up and become the heads of two out of the twelve tribes of Israel. They would replace Joseph and Levi as part of the twelve. The grace of God had lifted Asenath out of obscurity and made her a part of God’s sovereign plan. She was given a big part in the formation of the nation of Israel.

Again, this is a picture of the Bride of Christ! The redeemed saints of God have been made a part of God’s plan to bring the world to Himself. He saved us and called us into His service, (Eph. 2:10. Imagine that! He would take the like of us and use us for His glory. He has placed His hand on our vessels; He has placed His Spirit within these vessels, and He can use these vessels in ways we never imagined, if we would only yield ourselves to Him, (2 Cor. 4:7). What an honor it is to serve the true and living God!

He has given us the Gospel of grace to take to a lost and dying world , and He has commissioned us to take it to the ends of the earth, (Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8). We are His Bride! We are His masterpiece, (Eph. 2:10). We are His love letter to the world, (2 Cor. 3:2-3). We are the living, breathing, moving proof that God loves sinners. We are commissioned and commanded to tell this lost world that what the Lord did for us, He can do for them too. That is our mandate!

Conc: Life changed for Asenath forever when she was presented to Joseph. I am sure she never imagined that she would be the wife of the Prime Minister of Egypt! She was given an honor above all others!

I praise the Lord that I am part of the Bride of Christ! I praise His name for loving me, for dying for me, for saving me and for letting me a part of His work in the world today. What a blessing! But, I must confess, I do wonder, why me? Why would He choose me?

Do you know Him? If you don’t and would like too, you can. If He is calling you to come to Him, now would be a good time to do just that! Are you serving Him like you should? The hour is growing late and the time to do something for Jesus is now! Now is the hour to preach His Gospel; to tell others about Him, and to serve Him without reservation.

TODAY’S HYMN and BLESSING!
“Mansion Over The Hilltop” By Ira Stanphill (1949)

I’m satisfied with just a cottage below A little silver and a little gold But in that city, where the ransomed will shine I want a gold one, that’s silver lined.

Refrain:
I’ve got a mansion just over the hilltop In that bright land where we’ll never grow old.
And someday yonder, we will never more wander, But walk on streets that are purest gold.

Though often tempted, tormented and tested And like the prophet, my pillow a stone.
And though I find here, no permanent dwelling, I know He�ll give me a mansion my own.
Refrain:

Don’t think me poor or deserted or lonely I’m not discouraged, I’m heaven bound.
I’m just a pilgrim in search of that city I want a mansion, a harp (robe) and a crown.
Refrain:

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BITTYGIRL51 4/14/2012 1:53PM

    Love that hymn! I love singing about heaven and look so forward to that day! Thanks for sharing, Brother.

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