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“But the Lord was with Joseph, and showed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison…because the Lord was with him, and that which he did, the Lord made it to prosper (39:21-23).”

The Spirit makes use of Joseph as an example because he chose to suffer for being good. Joseph tended sheep along with his brethren. He being seventeen was not mature enough to keep his mouth shut. He carried an evil report of his brethren to his father. His brethren did things that in his eye amounted to injury of his father’s name as well as loss, so he reported before it could get out of hand. He was good before the ways of the world had got into the act and they fumed as though he were a betrayer. His brethren thought he breached the cardinal rule of brotherhood: ‘See no evil, hear no evil, Speak no evil.’ In the eyes of Joseph it was safeguarding the interests of his father. Ways of the world want others to join and not spoil the effect of brotherhood by tattletale. If one looks at what they were capable of we know what has penned rules of the ways of the world. The prince of the power of the air, it is called.

Joseph’s brethren were scapegrace. As we shall see further down they were ready to shed blood of their sibling, steal a kid of the goat to explain their crime and lie outrageously before their father and sell him to caravan of strangers. This brings us to the lie Jacob told his own father in order to usurp the blessing reserved for Esau. ‘…Be sure your sin will find you out (Nu.32:23).’

Joseph suffered for being good. It was not to be bracketed with reckoning for his father’s past or future of his brethren. It was goodness of God directly connecting with him. Grace of God, fullness of which would be revealed with advent of Jesus cast an aura about Joseph. The keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all his fellow prisoners and grace was proof that God was with him.

Benny

 

 

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