Thursday, September 18, 2008

Thirsty Thursday

And Pharaoh said unto Joseph,
Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this,
there is none so discreet and wise as thou art:
Thou shalt be over my house,
and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled:
only in the throne will I be greater than thou.
Genesis 41:39 & 40.

As we continue through the Book of Genesis on Thursday nights, we are studying the life of Joseph. The life of Joseph, besides being filled with history, drama and intrigue, is a wonderful type or picture of Jesus. There are many insightful things to be gleaned from this chapter and Pastor Jim was very thorough in his teaching.

However, there was one thing that I considered tonight that I had never pondered before.

In the above passage, Pharaoh has freed Joseph from prison and has now made him second in command in all of Egypt. Joseph would be above all except Pharaoh himself. At that time, Pharaoh was considered to be a god. Yet, he acknowledges the One True and Living God as being the One who gave Joseph his wisdom. That in itself is remarkable. But even though he understood on some level that Joseph's God was great, he still wanted to be the number one man in charge.

Aren't we sometimes just like Pharaoh? Jesus can be in charge of everything and everyone but He can't be the boss of you or me.

"only in the throne will I be greater than thou"

When we are on the throne of our life, we are a false god. A "little 'g' "so to speak. We can give God head knowledge and lip service but to invite Him to sit on throne? We think, "We can't do that! We're important and have to be in charge."

Really? Why?

If we read further into the chapter we see that it was Joseph that gathered up all the food during the years of plenty and laid up the food in the cities. (v.48)

When the famine Joseph predicted came upon the land, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread. Did Pharaoh give them bread? No. Pharaoh said, "Go see Joseph and do what he says." (v.55)

Pharaoh wasn't doing the work of caring for the people. I'm sure Pharaoh was like Potiphar back in chapter 39 verse 6. It says there that Potiphar's only concern was the food that he would eat. Potiphar didn't have to worry about anything with Joseph running the show.

But even though Joseph was in charge of his household, he was never in charge of Potiphar.

That's a shame. Because when trouble happened (and trouble does happen) Potiphar had a tough decision to make. Should he believe lying wifey-poo or believe his faithful servant that had caused blessing to fall upon him?

He chose wifey, cast Joseph into prison and even though scripture is silent on it, I'm guessing his household wasn't blessed the way that it was when Joseph was running it.

I don't know about you but I'd like to learn from the mistakes these men made.

I don't want Jesus to just have part of my heart or part of my life.

I want to stop playing musical chairs with the throne of my life.
There is one seat left and I forfeit the game. He wins.

See even though Joseph was the one with wisdom from God and helped save all of Egypt, he didn't use his power to muscle Pharaoh out of his kingdom.

Instead, Joseph was faithful in all that was given to him.

Jesus, like Joseph, is a perfect gentleman. He won't use His power to cow us into submission. He waits for an invitation. He waits until we step off the throne of our life and invite Him to sit there.

For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself;
or if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord;
therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord's.
For to this end Christ died and lived again,
that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.
Romans 14:7-9

1 comment:

Kim said...

I love that. I know I am constantly trying to take that last seat, and who am I kidding? It's His seat, not mine. He gets the glory, and honor for all things forever and ever, amen!

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