6 October 2013: “Closing Chapter of Hurt” (Genesis 50:15-21)

Oct 07, 13 6 October 2013: “Closing Chapter of Hurt” (Genesis 50:15-21)

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Written By: Senior Pastor Alan Ang

 

Joseph was born into the family with eleven brothers. He was the favorite of his father and that made his brothers jealous. As a young man, Joseph was proud and overconfident. He shared his two dreams with his brothers, so they hated him even more and envied him in their hearts.

 

One day when Joseph was 17, the brothers (excluding Benjamin) threw him into the pit, plotting to kill him. In spite of Joseph’s tears and pleas, they ignored him. Then when they saw a passerby merchant heading to Egypt, his own-half brothers (same) father different (mother) sold him to the merchant. They took off his robe of many colors (the one his father gave him) dipped it in goat’s blood and told their father that Joseph had been killed by a wild beast.

 

In Egypt Joseph became a slave. At least five times in Scripture we are told that the LORD was with Joseph, which means that God was in control of events so that all things would work out for the good of Joseph and his family.

 

Thirteen years before, Joseph’s brother stripped him of his special robe. Now 17 years later, Pharaoh gave him a royal robe of far greater significance. Joseph rose in power from slave to ruler of Egypt.

 

Joseph was given a wife who bore him two sons. He named them Manasseh – meaning “Forgetting” and Ephraim – “Fruitful”.

These names revealed Joseph’s attitude toward his past and his present. As for the past, he would not hold any grudge against his brothers. Joseph wrote the bad things his half-brothers and Potiphar’s wife, in the sand, but wrote the good things (God’s blessings, promotion, protection and care) on the marble. When Jacob, the father died, the brothers came and bowed down before Joseph. “Here we are before you as your slaves” they said, But Joseph said to them. “Don’t be afraid. I can’t put myself in the place of God. You plotted evil against me, but God turned it into good, in order to preserve the lives of many people. You have nothing to fear … I will take care of you and your children” (Gen 50 : 18 – 20).

 

Maybe you have been hurt by someone. Don’t give in to self-pity or bitterness. Instead take all the pieces and turn them over to Jesus Christ. Let Him bring something new refreshing and beautiful out of your ugly situation. Out of the worst, God can bring the best. God allow bad things to happen in our lives – to develop and make us a better person, not a bitter person.

 

“Forgiveness is relinquishing my rights to hurt back He who cannot forgive others destroys the bridge over which he himself must pass”

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