Dr. Alex Shawn Preaching
Scripture: Genesis 45:1-8 God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. So, it was not you who sent me here, but God; he has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt (45:7–8).
Joseph, like most every other character we’ve encountered so far, starts off with some pretty serious flaws but still turns out to be a key figure in God’s plan. The book ends with the death of Jacob and then Joseph. With this, Israel’s infancy comes to an end and a difficult period of growth is about to begin. The transition from a people to a nation is not one that will come easily—it will end with Israel licking its wounds from Babylonian captivity. And as we have seen, that larger story is already in view throughout Genesis. Israel’s ancient story is one of struggle, with God and with others. It is also a story of Israel’s faith in God, that God will come through for them no matter what. Genesis is Israel’s story to show that God can be counted on, from the very beginning.