The Kraig Josiah Rice
Devotional Bible Commentary on Genesis

Genesis chapter 45

Kraig J. Rice

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Genesis chapter forty five
 Chapter 45 Joseph revealed who he was
 Gen. 45:1 - 15 Christ will make Himself known
 Follow God's plan for your life
 God's plan can be painful for you and I?
 About Goshen
 Gen. 45:16 - 28 God will reunite His family
 God was generous to Israel
 There is Good News for you
 Christ gives grace to others
 About anger and forgiveness
 Are you and I prepared for death?
 Leave your stuff at the church door
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Genesis Chapter 45
Joseph revealed who he was and moved his family to Egypt

"Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all them that stood by him; and he cried, cause every man to go out from me. And there stood no man with him, while Joseph made himself known unto his brethren. And he wept aloud: and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard. And Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph; doth my father yet live? And his brethren could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence. And Joseph said unto his brethren, come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt. Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life. For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest. And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt. Haste ye, and go up to my father, and say unto him, thus saith thy son Joseph, God hath made me lord of all Egypt: come down unto me, tarry not: and thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen, and thou shalt be near unto me, thou, and thy children, and thy children's children, and thy flocks, and thy herds, and all that thou hast: and there will I nourish thee; for yet there are five years of famine; lest thou, and thy household, and all that thou hast, come to poverty. And, behold, your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin, that it is my mouth that speaketh unto you and ye shall tell my father of all my glory in Egypt, and of all that ye have seen; and ye shall haste and bring down my father hither. And he fell upon his brother Benjamin's neck, and wept; and Benjamin wept upon his neck. Moreover he kissed all his brethren, and wept upon them: and after that his brethren talked with him"
(Genesis 45:1-15).

Joseph made himself known to his brothers:
In relevance, Christ makes Himself known to you and I. When He enters one's heart, that person gets to know Christ on a personal level. It is wonderful to have a love relationship with Christ, to know the permanent internal peace He gives, and experience the clear conscience that He helps one to have. One then knows the meaning of life and has a purpose for their existence. A new internal spiritual nature is amazing to recognize, and to know that one's sins are forgiven is priceless.

In prophecy we are told that Christ will literally make Himself known to His brethren, the Hebrews. One time Joseph went to his brethren- they hated him, rejected him, and got rid of him. One time Jesus Christ went to His brethren, the Hebrews- they hated Him, rejected Him, and got rid of Him. But things were not meant to stay that way. In this passage of scripture, Joseph is reunited with his brothers. In other passages of scripture, Jesus Christ will literally be reunited with His brethren in the future. Who are His brethren? They are His people by covenant- the Israelites. Do you have scripture on that, preacher? Yes. The prophet, Zechariah, had this to say: "Therefore thus saith the Lord; I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies: My house shall be built in it, saith the Lord of hosts, and a line shall be stretched forth upon Jerusalem". "And I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph, and I will bring them again to place them; for I have mercy upon them: and they shall be as though I had not cast them off: for I am the Lord their God, and will hear them". "In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness". "And one shall say unto Him: what are these wounds in Thine hands? Then He shall answer: those with which I was wounded in the house of My friends"
(Zechariah 1:16, 10:6, 13:1 & 6).

Joseph was reunited with his brothers. Likewise, one of these days, as God's family members, we will be reunited with Christ to meet Him in the clouds of the sky at the time of the premillennial Rapture of the church "...behold, I show you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed"
(1 Corinthians 15:51-52).

Joseph was kind to his brothers. Christ is kind to us and gives us many blessings. Likewise, when you and I are kind to the less fortunate and share what we have with them, it makes us feel good
(Matthew 25:40). Joseph called kindly and familiarly to them: "come near, I pray you". Likewise, when Christ manifests Himself to you and I, He encourages us to draw near to Him with a true heart
(Luke 19:1-10).

Joseph cultivated his brothers as friends. He revealed himself to them. He gave them gifts. Christ has revealed Himself to us and is kind to us. Let us cultivate a friendship with Christ
(Proverbs 18:24). We are to graciously accept His spiritual gifts and also His tangible gifts of food and clothes for our personal needs (not our greeds)
(Matthew 6:25-34).

Joseph had compassion on his brothers who were repentant. The father of the prodigal son also had compassion on his repentant son when he returned home
(Luke 15:20). Let us show compassion to any repentant individual within our sphere of influence.

Joseph said: "I am Joseph, your brother". I am sure this startled Joseph’s brothers and they probably stood there astonished. I don't think they were expecting that. Jesus startled His disciples one time. They saw something they thought was a spirit. But Jesus comforted them with these words: " is I, be not afraid"
(Matthew 14:27; John 6:20), and, another time, He startled Paul when He knocked him to the ground, and said: "...I am Jesus"
(Acts 9:5). I do not think that you and I should be too startled that the Lord is so near and so active in our life. Christ is an imminent God- He is always close by. If you love the Lord, you know that He lives inside of you and has said: "...I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee"
(Hebrews 13:5).

Joseph revealed himself to his brothers from his emotionally dysfunctional family. He remembered what they had done to him. Had sin made them spiritually dysfunctional? Sin splits and destroys- it deforms us into something we were not created to be. Joseph's brothers got rid of him by selling him into Egypt to defeat his dreams. But God is a specialist in turning evil into good. Joseph stated: " was not you that sent me hither, but God." God turned Joseph's evil into good. That kind of action by God is called, in Christian theology, "a paradox of the sovereignty of God". God brought to reality Joseph's prophecy dreams. Also, at the time of the cross, there were some individuals that helped put Christ to death. But God turned evil into good as many of them were spiritually saved by His death. They were saved by the very death they helped to create. Their evil actions were being observed by a great, powerful, silent, watchful, and controlling God Who was guiding all circumstances for good
(Romans 8:28).

Hugs, kisses, embraces, and tears of joy took place between Joseph and his "long lost" brothers. After all those years, it was as if his brothers were lost but now were found. Who does that remind you of in the bible? The prodigal son was lost and then he was found
(Luke 15:24), and Jesus stated that there is joy in the presence of His angels when one lost sinner repents and is found (saved)
(Luke 15:10). Let us do all we can to share God's word with others and help get them saved. That way we can introduce to Jesus one who was lost but who now is found.

Joseph was very earnest that his father and all his family should come to him to Egypt so he could nourish them (take care of them). He gave them a dwelling in Goshen. Likewise, Christ wants us to come to Him and He promises to provide for us. He provides for us now on this earth and He will provide for us, in our future, when we get to Heaven. Christ has a place prepared for us and will give us a dwelling
(John 14:2).

Joseph's brothers talked with him freely and friendly about all the affairs of their father’s house. It was a time of reconciliation, sweet fellowship, and communion. Likewise, God will have a personal time of reconciliation, sweet fellowship, and communion with you and I in Heaven. We know He likes to do that because, at the first, God had sweet fellowship and communion with Adam and Eve, in the cool of the day, in the Garden of Eden
(Genesis 3:8). Jesus had sweet fellowship and communion with His disciples
(John chapters 14-17). And, in Heaven, He will have sweet fellowship and communion with us
(Revelation 19:9).

So Joseph sent his brothers back to the Land of Canaan and warned them: "see that ye fall not out by the way". What does that statement mean? They were prone to anger and quarrelling and Joseph did not want them to act like that on their journey to the Holy Land. Likewise, you and I are on a journey to our Holy Land (Heaven). If we are prone to anger and quarrelling with others in church, let's not act like that.

What would cause them to be angry and start quarrelling with one another? I doubt it was envy against Joseph and Benjamin, even though Benjamin got five times more clothes and a bag full of money (three hundred pieces of silver). My guess is that they were fearful. What were they afraid of? They were probably fearful that Joseph wanted revenge- that they were going to prison for their crime against him when they got back to Egypt. He had already put each of them in prison for three days in Egypt. It is amazing how quickly guilt can turn happiness into misery. But Joseph never did that to them after they returned with their father. If they worried about it, then they worried in vain. Likewise, how many times have you and I worried about something that never came to pass. In other words, we worried about nothing. Is that logical? Our Lord gave us some teachings about worry and anxiety
(Matthew 6:25-34, 10:19; Mark 13:11; Luke 12:11-22).

Follow God's plan for your life (Joseph revealed God's plan for his life):

With God's plan
everything eventually
falls into place
God's plan was this: "God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance". God did not want the Hebrews to disappear as a people from the earth and go into extinction. This was not a secret plan because God's prophecy to Abraham revealed that his descendants were to be slaves in a foreign land for 400 years
(Genesis 15:13 & 26:24). During that time they would develop into a unique and special people set aside by God for Himself. Eventually, there would be an estimated 2 to 3 million of them. There would be an Exodus from Egypt and the Land of Canaan would be their inheritance from God- "the Promised Land".

Why slavery? Could not God's plan have been carried out without Israel's descendants being forced into slavery? This plan of God had been revealed to Abraham by God
(Genesis 15:13). There was a temptation and a danger that God's people, under covenant, might intermingle and become absorbed into Egypt and become Egyptians. Slavery kept them unique and separated from the Egyptians while they were in Egypt. Does God approve of slavery? No. Was God mean or insensitive in this matter? No. It was not God who made them slaves but Satan. Satan oppresses and afflicts and destroys- that is his nature. He wanted to destroy the descendants of Israel but God would not permit him to do that.

God's plan was for their eventual good. Likewise, God has a plan for your life and for my life. This plan will result in many blessings for us. The prophet Jeremiah stated: "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon Me, and ye shall go and pray unto Me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart"
(Jeremiah 29:11-13).
Let us follow God's plan for our life and stay in the center of His will where He wants us to be.

How come God's plan, sometimes, can be painful for you and I?
("I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt
Joseph had to suffer pain and rejection, heartache and privation, separation, imprisonment, and much more. Joseph did not know the reason, at first, why all of that was happening to him. He had to trust God through it all. You or I may go through some challenging times in our life and we may not know God's purpose as we go through it. It probably will be revealed to us later on like it was to Joseph.

Today, suffering, trials, and pain are not popular subjects. People want to avoid those kinds of things as much as possible because none of it is pleasurable. We learn from these scriptures about God's plan. God's plan involved Joseph being a slave. And there would be 400 years of slavery for the Israelites. One might naturally conclude that since it was God's plan, then He should get the blame for all suffering and misery. But that is not the case. We learn from the bible book of Job that God was not the direct One who caused Job's suffering. The one who caused Job's suffering was Satan. It was God's plan for Job to be tested but it was Satan who did the evil deeds and brought the suffering
(Job 1:6-22). Who did Joseph blame? Joseph placed the blame for his slavery squarely on his brothers when he stated "...I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt". Joseph probably knew that it was Satan who stirred up his brothers against him but he refused to give Satan any glory by mentioning Satan in any way. Many times, evil individuals can carry out Satan's plot(s) against one or more of God's children. When they do that, there can be suffering, problems, and pain. But, little do they realize, that God is so BIG that God can turn their efforts against themselves and allow His child to be released "without so much as the smell of smoke on him"
(Daniel 3:27).

How can God have a plan that Satan carries out? Satan is not all knowing like God is. He does not know everything, especially God's plan for an individual, unless God reveals it to him and I don't think God does that very much. Satan follows his nature of pure hatred and evil. Satan has been likened to a mad dog on the end of a chain. It's the nature of that dog to act like that. So, Satan attacks when he thinks he has a chance to gain a victory over God. He does that by doing something evil to one or more of God's children that will influence them to turn against God. God is so great and powerful that He can turn any negative that Satan gives into an eventual positive blessing- and Satan does not know a thing about it. God can have an ultimate plan but Satan is the dirty scoundrel to blame for our immediate problems. Joseph had tough integrity. There is an old saying: "when the going gets tough, the tough get going". He was able to survive what Satan threw at him. Satan made a slave of Joseph and Satan made slaves of the Israelites for hundreds of years.

Now, let us talk about you and me. Satan may do something horrible in your life and in my life and we may not know what is happening right away. How are we to respond? We can respond like Job did. Job blamed Satan or others and not God. When tragedy strikes, don't throw God away or abandon your Christian faith. Make the right choice about God and your faith. Trust God that He is big enough to eventually work out His plan in your favor because He loves you.

My aunt was raised Lutheran in a small town in Texas. She moved to California and worked in industry during World War Two. She fell in love and married a man. This man was already married but she didn't know it. Him and his first wife lived in the same town. One day my aunt was at the market behind a woman in the check-out line who mentioned her last name. My aunt started talking to her because they had the same last name and discovered that they had the same husband. The man was a bigamist who illegally was married to two women at the same time. My aunt was so hurt that she blamed God instead of her dishonest husband. She threw her bible across the room and said she was finished with God and her faith. Thereafter, she married an unbeliever and did not raise any of her children in church or teach them about faith in God. I don't think any of my cousins from that family are serving Christ to this day. I mention this to make the point of logic that Satan or others may be the blame for your misery. Do not make the wrong choices, like my aunt did, of rejecting God and throwing away your Christian faith. Do not give Satan a victory!

Sometimes, some Christians want success and glory without the cross and the suffering required to get there. That is just wishful thinking. Generally speaking, we know that God gives favor and wants His people to prosper. But that may not happen right away until God thinks you are ready. This is very important and I want to repeat it: God wants you to trust Him. Faith and trust mean the same thing, so, no matter what you are going through, trust God and keep the faith.

Are you going through a tough time right now? Maybe circumstances seem to be against you and you can't seem to find God's will for your life. Maybe Satan or others are hurting you. Maybe you do not know what God's plan is for your life and you are confused. Invite the Lord to come and live inside of your heart, repent of your sins, study God's word, start going to church, keep praying, get rid of spiritually unhealthy people in your life, and start cultivating friendships with spiritually healthy people. Then your life will be headed in the right direction and you may find the answer(s) to your questions. Once you are on this right pathway, do not get off of it. God is always there to help you when you call out to Him. He loves you, and will give you strength to get through one day at a time.

Joseph told them: "thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen, and thou shalt be near unto me". What does the name Goshen mean? It means "approaching or drawing near". How could Goshen be near to Joseph? Goshen was an agricultural region in northern Egypt where the children of Israel lived from the time of Joseph to the time of Moses. It was east of the lower Nile River and next to the City of On where Joseph owned a palace. It bordered the frontier of Arabia, next to Canaan, but was not far from the Arabian gulf. It was "the best of the land" at that time
(Genesis 47:6, 11). In Genesis, Moses called it Goshen but 400 years later, Moses called it "the land of Rameses"
(Genesis 47:11; Exodus 12:37), for the towns Pithom and Rameses were built in it; also Zoan or Tanis
(Psalms 78:12).

What was Goshen used for?
Goshen (Qosem in Egyptian) was especially suitable for herds and flocks, so, the Israelites had pasture for their flocks, were near the border of Egypt, and were away from the mainstream of Egyptian society. Being somewhat isolated, the idol worship of the Egyptians, was less influential there. A stone inscription speaks of this area as a district inhabited by the wandering shepherds of Asia. Some of Pharaoh's livestock was kept there
(Genesis 47:6) and not all of the inhabitants there were Israelites
(Exodus 3:22; 11:2; 12:35, 36).

Where is Goshen today?
Archaeological excavations in Egypt appear to show that the land of Goshen was identified with the modern Wady Tumilat, between Ismailia and Zagazig. That is near the eastern part of the River Nile Delta. Today it is a desert.

"And the fame thereof was heard in Pharaoh's house, saying, Joseph's brethren are come: and it pleased Pharaoh well, and his servants. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, say unto thy brethren, this do ye; lade your beasts, and go, get you unto the land of Canaan; and take your father and your households, and come unto me: and I will give you the good of the land of Egypt, and ye shall eat the fat of the land. Now thou art commanded, this do ye; take you wagons out of the land of Egypt for your little ones, and for your wives, and bring your father, and come. Also regard not your stuff; for the good of all the land of Egypt is yours. And the children of Israel did so: and Joseph gave them wagons, according to the commandment of Pharaoh, and gave them provision for the way. To all of them he gave each man changes of raiment; but to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver, and five changes of raiment. And to his father he sent after this manner; ten asses laden with the good things of Egypt, and ten she asses laden with corn and bread and meat for his father by the way. So he sent his brethren away, and they departed: and he said unto them, see that ye fall not out by the way. And they went up out of Egypt, and came into the land of Canaan unto Jacob their father, and told him, saying, Joseph is yet alive, and he is governor over all the land of Egypt. And Jacob's heart fainted, for he believed them not. And they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said unto them: and when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived: and Israel said, it is enough; Joseph my son is yet alive: I will go and see him before I die"
(Genesis 45:16-28).

Joseph reunited his family (God will reunite His family):
We see the kindness of God in reuniting Israel's family so they could once again share fellowship and love with one another. Likewise, God is going to reunite all of His redeemed children together in Heaven. We will have a great time around His throne visiting with Christ and those who are there, and having fellowship and love with those we know
(Revelation 22:1-6).

My parents were married in Cuero, Texas, on May 31, 1942. My father was in the U.S. Army at the time in the U.S. Second Infantry Division during World War Two. My folks lived in Texas for awhile until his outfit was eventually shipped to Wisconsin for winter maneuvers. They were apart for awhile but she missed him and took a train to Wisconsin. They were reunited there but "there was no room in the inn" (there was no available place for them to live together as everything was already rented). Everything looked pretty hopeless so they decided to sit down on my mother's suitcase and luggage in the cold and snow on a sidewalk. My mother said a prayer and had hot tears streaming down her cold cheeks. Then a milkman drove down the street and saw them. He talked to them and told them that his mom had a spare room in her house for rent. My folks rented the room and were happy. God reunited my mother and father and gave them a place to live. Likewise, God specializes in reuniting folks today, and He might do it for you by using someone you do not know.

God was generous to Israel (Pharaoh was generous to Israel and his family):
We can see the generosity of Pharaoh to Joseph, and to his relatives for Joseph's sake: "I will give you the good of the land of Egypt, and ye shall eat the fat of the land". Pharaoh gave them all an invitation to come with the promise of blessing(s) for their parched souls. Likewise, today, we can see the generosity of God as He has given an invitation to all the spiritually lost peoples of this world (the parched souls) to come to Him in repentance through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. All are invited to Heaven for His Son's sake. There will be many blessings for those who come. Our Lord gave us a story about this very thing:
(Luke 14:16-24).

Pharaoh promised to furnish them with everything they needed: "regard not your stuff for the good of all the land of Egypt is yours". Likewise, you and I are on our way to Heaven and we do not need to bring any of our stuff along because everything will be provided for us when we arrive. I have never seen a hearst towing a moving trailer full of furniture behind it. In other words, you and I are not taking anything with us when we die.

Besides, if you could take something with you, what would it be? I am reminded of a joke a fellow told me one time. It seems as if there was a guy who invented a way to take a pail full of gold to Heaven with him. This guy died and stood before Saint Peter at the gate (into Heaven) with the gold in his hand. Saint Peter asked the man: "what have you got there in that pail?" The guy replied: "I am giving you this gold to elevate my status in Heaven". Saint Peter shook his head no, took the gold and gave it to an angel and said: "here is some more worthless pavement for our streets!"
(Revelation 21:21).

In comparison to God's Heaven, all the world has to offer us is stuff- stuff like tangible assets that cannot buy the invisible riches of love, faithfulness, goodness, kindness, and peace. Let us not set our eyes or hearts upon anything the world has to offer. God has better things reserved for us in Heaven. The author of Hebrews had this to say: " faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward"
(Hebrews 11:24-26).

There is Good News for you (Jacob received good news):
"And they went up out of Egypt, and came into the land of Canaan unto Jacob their father, and told him, saying, Joseph is yet alive, and he is governor over all the land of Egypt. And Jacob's heart fainted, for he believed them not". The word for "fainted" in Hebrew is puwg meaning "to be feeble or benumbed". It does not mean that he literally fainted into unconsciousness. In other words, Jacob was emotionally numb because of the good news and he could hardly believe it. Likewise, have you ever received such good news that you could hardly believe it?

That happened to me one time when I served aboard a U.S. aircraft carrier during the Vietnam War era. In those days, you could not resign any time that you wanted to. I was a "short timer", waiting for my time to finally be fulfilled on my 2 year contract so I could be honorably discharged from active duty. Then I got great news- so great that I could hardly believe it. Me and several others were getting about a 2 week cut. What did that mean? That meant that I got discharged and off of the ship 2 weeks early. Of course, I did not get paid for those 2 weeks but I didn't care- I just wanted out of the Navy and it happened just that way. After I got my discharge papers, I walked down the ship's gangplank onto the pier in Norfolk, Virginia- and gave a rebel yell. I was a very happy ex-sailor!

Jacob was convinced of the truth of the story about Joseph, especially after he saw the wagons from Pharaoh that were sent to him. In his case, it was "see and you will believe", however, most of the time it is "believe and you will see". There is quite a spiritually different perspective in regards to these two statements. Today, many mention the good news of the gospel and some New Testaments have been printed with that title. The good news is that Christ died for you and I in our place. He shed His blood for the forgiveness of our sins. He has given His grace to all those individuals who believe in Him (who have invited Him into their heart). It is such good news that you and I can hardly believe it, but it is true. All you have to do is believe and you will see.

Christ gives grace to others (Jacob gave grace to his sons?):
The sons of Judah had to "fess up". They had to tell their father the truth about what they had done to Joseph- and how they had lied and deceived Jacob. They had to tell their secret that they had kept to themselves for over twenty years. If you were Jacob, how do you think you would have felt after listening to their confessions? I can only imagine that Jacob was real disappointed but gave grace to his sons. What is grace? Grace is unmerited favor. In other words, it is favor that you and I have not earned nor deserved. Likewise, Christ has given grace to His redeemed children. We deserve hell fire for our sins but, instead, due to the sacrifice of Christ on our behalf, He has given us grace
(Acts 14:3, 20:32; Ephesians 1:6-7, 2:7). Praise His name!

About anger and forgiveness (Jacob was angry but showed forgiveness?):
The pain and the hurt the sons of Jacob caused him might have made him very angry. What is the teaching of our Lord about anger? My paraphrase:
"...but I say unto you, that whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother (with provocation), you empty headed fool (raca), shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, you godless fool (with provocation), shall be in danger of hell fire"
(Matthew 5:22).
Apparently, Jacob did not act on his anger against his sons.

Apparently, Jacob forgave his sons for trespassing against him. What are the teachings of our Lord about forgiveness? Jesus said: "...for if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses"
(Matthew 6:14-15).
It appears that Jacob acted Christ-like at that time in his life. How about you and I? When faced with anger, can we not sin?
(Ephesians 4:26). Like Jacob, can we forgive those who have hurt us? Can we act Christ-like?

Are you and I prepared for death? (Jacob wanted to set his house in order):
Jacob wanted to set his house in order. He stated: "...but I will go and see him before I die, and then let me depart in peace; let my eyes be refreshed with this sight before they are closed, and then it is enough, I need no more to make me happy in this world". What does it mean "to set your house in order?" You and I live in a tangible body of flesh. Our body is called a tent, house, or temple in the bible. It is only a temporary dwelling place on this earth because our permanent dwelling place for the redeemed will be with the Lord in Heaven
(2 Kings 20:1; Isaiah 38:1). Death is not a popular subject to talk about but I think it is prudent for older folks to prepare for.

If you forget to forgive
you have forgotten you are forgiven

Leave your stuff at the church door (Pharaoh indicated: "regard not your stuff"):
I want to make an application of these words to something I think is relevant today. This may or may not concern all of us. There is an old saying: "the devil is the first one to enter the church service and the last one to leave". When you go to church, leave your stuff behind. Do not bring your baggage into church with you but leave it at the church door as you enter. You do not need to bring in your bad attitude, your unforgiveness, your grudges, your pride, your gossip, your dislikes toward another church member, your anger, or anything else that is negative. Do not give the devil any occasion for success. Your preacher does not need to be a church fireman- putting out "fires" in the congregation. Be sweet and kind and act like Jesus. You will feel better for it:-)

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