Genesis 41-42, Matthew 12

Genesis 41:1
1 Then it came to pass, at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh had a dream; and behold, he stood by the river.

I cannot imagine what it must have been like for Joseph to have been waiting for two years, expecting that the butler and the baker would have told Pharaoh, which might have helped get out of prison sooner. The only way Joseph could have maintained such an attitude was his relationship and trust in God. May I have such a relationship as well.

Genesis 41:16
16 So Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, “ It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh an answer of peace.”

God must always receive the glory in whatever we do. He alone is deserving of all the credit.

Genesis 41:46
46 Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt.

Joseph was 17 years old when he was taken into captivity and here he is 13 years later, second in charge only to Pharaoh the Egyptian king. I get impatient waiting for aged to move in my life only after a few months of waiting, let alone 13 years.

Genesis 42:3
3 So Joseph’s ten brothers went down to buy grain in Egypt.

Romans tells us that all things work for the good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose. What we see here is an amazing picture of the spiritual truth.

Matthew 12:8
8 For the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”

Once again, by declaring Himself to be the Lord of the Sabbath, He declared Himself to be God.

Matthew 12:20
20 A bruised reed He will not break, And smoking flax He will not quench,

I love this prophetic reference to Jesus in Isaiah. No matter how broken we may feel or what difficulty we are going through, theLord will never allow us to fall into complete despair.

Matthew 12:31
31 “ Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men.

The only sin that will eternally condemn a man is rejecting the Lordship of Jesus Christ. When we reject the Holy Spirit, whose role is to draw people to Jesus, we reject Jesus. This is why blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is unforgivable.

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