THE GRACE OF INTIMACY
“And Joseph said to his brothers, “Please come near to me.” So they came near. Then he said: “I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt” (Gen 45:4)
Joseph is a type of Christ. His brothers are stunned at the revelation that he is alive and well. They are speechless. Fear and shame grips them. They are not used to be in fancy palaces, in the midst of such display of wealth. Then Joseph calls his brothers closer to him.
Lesson: We are sinners saved by the grace of God
Lesson: Jesus died and shed His Blood to pay for our free entrance into God’s presence
Lesson: No man comes close to God except by the personal invitation of the Lord Jesus Christ.
“They will have their own ruler again, and he will come from their own people. I will invite him to approach me,” says the LORD, “for who would dare to come unless invited? … So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most” (Jer 30:21; Heb 4:16)
With all the pain and all the prosperity, Joseph is still pure in heart, a loving family man. Egypt represents the bondage of the world. But Egypt has not changed his heart. He is not bitter and he is not proud.
Lesson: the grace of God keeps a man pure and strong
“I know how to be humble, and I know how to prosper. In each and every situation I have learned the secret of being full and of going hungry, of having too much and of having too little” (Philip 4:12)
Then Joseph tells them about his plan of salvation. They should go and bring their father to Egypt. They shall settle in the good fertile land of Goshen, close to him. He repeats the words ‘my father…my father…’ He is so happy to know that his father is still alive and that he did not die a bitter, sorrowful old man. Jacob’s end will be better than his beginning. He commands them ‘to hurry’. His father must come quickly to rest and enjoy his later years in peace and prosperity.
Lesson: This is the hope of glory revealed in the Gospel! Our sufferings cannot compare with the glory ahead!
You can see that Joseph is a good son and brother. Joseph is not ashamed of his family. To the Egyptians the shepherds are ‘an abomination’. Many men who become wealthy are ashamed of their poor parents from the village. But it is not so with Joseph. He is like Jesus!
Lesson: Never be ashamed of your family. Love covers all sins and imperfections.
“Both the One who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters” (Heb 2:11)
In Christ I declare:
I am a child of God!
God is calling me closer to Him and I obey His voice!
I reject the evil spirit of an orphan! I reject the evil spirit of rejection, bitterness and failure!
I receive the Holy Spirit of adoption! God is my Everlasting Father!
I am dead to the world and the world is dead to me!
My identity is in Christ alone!
Christ lives in me! He is the hope of my glory!
I am not ashamed of my parents, of my brethren, natural and spiritual!
I love them with the love of God!
To the glory of God!
In Jesus name