Jacob's family was far from perfect, with the presence of favoritism, jealousy and hatred. It led to Joseph's being sold to slavery in Egypt.
Molding of Character in Slavery: Gen. 37-40 as necessary preparation
Slave of Potiphar, imprisoned for over 10 years, promoted to PM
Joseph's brothers came to buy food and bowed down before him.
Joseph struggled in his heart, whether to forgive his brothers or not. Gen. 42-44
Joseph's forgiveness and love, then the whole family reunion in Egypt. Gen. 35-50
•No family is perfect – and yet God works in and through them/us!
•Jacob’s weakness was that he showed favoritism towards one of his sons and didn’t know how to control/lead the others
•Through the struggles and pain, Joseph and his brother learned deep lessons about humility and forgiveness
•This is a key foundation for a life in freedom and peace and harmony in any family, community and society
•God is in charge of everything in our lives
•In his love he works in and through us, even in dark times
•Character supports destiny
•without character development we can’t reach God’s designed destiny for our lives
•obedience to his word and ways and trust in his character will see us through
•Life is not what happens to us, but how we respond to what happens to us
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We are an evangelical congregation emphasizing Bible centered and Spirit-empowered living. We hope to be a blessing to you.