Dear Pastor, Preacher, or Bible Teacher –
A short encouragement for a new week:
Then Midianite traders passed by;
so the brothers pulled Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit,
and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver.
And they took Joseph to Egypt. Genesis 37:28
Joseph had dreams – literal dreams! He dreamed that even though he was one of the younger sons in his family, his older brothers would bow down to him. God spoke to both Joseph and his family in this dream, revealing something of Joseph’s destiny.
The brothers didn’t like that at all. They thought they could defeat God’s plan as revealed in Joseph’s dreams. Therefore, they cruelly sold Joseph to some passing traders and he became a slave in Egypt.
The brothers probably laughed as the Ishmaelites went their way to Egypt, feeling good that they didn’t kill Joseph and that they made a little money in the process. Best of all, they thought they had defeated the dream, the revelation from God.
Here’s the lesson for us as Bible preachers and teachers, as servants of God:
- God’s word about Joseph was proved true – no matter what his brothers did to Him.
- God’s word about Jesus was proved true – no matter what others did to Him.
- God’s word about you will be proved true – no matter what others do or have done.
Take peace in the thrilling truth that your life, your times, your ministry, is in God’s hands and no one else can defeat what God has planned for you.
Blessings to you in Jesus’ Name – David Guzik