Monday, June 27, 2005


Beyond the Purpose

Joseph wept. Jesus wept. “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, how oft would I have gathered you as a mother hen her chickens, but you would not,” Jesus cried. (Matt. 23:37) As Mrs. Schaeffer reveals, “A compassionate Joseph looks forward to the compassionate Messiah." Both men suffered at the hand of injustice yet both deadly situations were reversed to the purposes of God. “God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance” are the words of Joseph comforting his brothers for the evil they had done to him. A psalmist put it to music like this: “He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant: whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron…” ~Psalm 105:17
Joseph was able to feed his family…to provide bread enough for his brothers. Schaeffer: “Joseph is brought out of prison and out of death to provide bread, to give life, to those who had before rejected him.” (Pg. 53)
There is a purpose beyond the purpose. Meaning deeper than the meaning. The thread surfaces on the tapestry here. God provided. Jesus, the Bread of Life, self-pronounced, tied the knot so the story would not, could not be unraveled. But obviously, God is telling this story—He is the Master Weaver. He told it for the Israelites so that Jacob-Israel could see. He told it for the disciples as Jesus uttered profound revelation, “I am the bread of life, He who comes to Me will never go hungry.” ~John 6:35
God wove this story for you and me so that there could be no misunderstanding about who He is. Who Jesus is. Who we are. We are fed because of it. God uses the history—He made the history—He is the Ancient of Days. Hallelujah!

Excellent post! Excellent story! Excellent Saviour!

Thank you sincerely! At first, I thought you were my other friend John! We like to debate things ; ) So i thought the other John actually liked it! I'm so glad you did. Praise Him! Thanks for stopping by.
I have to get over to see you soon and do some link updates too!

(It's okay, other challenge me! I will come by your way too!)
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