Tuesday, October 11, 2016
TheLifeOfJoseph : Genesis 38
Are you shocked, convinced or reminded? Does this story sound a lot like what transpires on a daily basis in our world? It should. These occurrences are simple reminders for us that sin still does occur in the plan of the LORD. Which is why He knew, even in the garden, that He needed to make a plan of salvation for us because we couldn't save ourselves. Left to our own devices, we crave only sin and deception - the whole Old Testament is full of proof texts to this truth.
But why this chapter? The writer could have easily moved from, 'Meanwhile, the Midianites sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, Pharaoh’s officer, the captain of the bodyguard' (Gen. 37:36) to 'Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt...' (Gen. 39:1) but the story would somehow be lacking in a vital piece. As mentioned a couple of times already, this Old Testament story is here because we see a link between these peoples' lives and the lives of New Testament people and finally to us. Wiersbe writes that, 'without this chapter, you’d wonder at finding Tamar and Perez in our Lord’s genealogy (Matt. 1:3). Perez was an ancestor of King David (Ruth 4:18–22) and therefore an ancestor of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:1)'.
Did you read that? Tamar (the woman who played the part of a harlot, daughter-in-law to Judah's son Er, who gave birth to twins by Judah, her father-in-law) and Perez (the first of twins, son to Tamar and brother to his twin Zerah) are linked to our Saviour through the line of King David. How does that make you feel? Relieved? Scared? Concerned? To be honest, it makes it a whole lot more bearable to know that the sins that are in our world today, though not justified by any means, are not a surprise to the LORD as He has a very long history with seeing His creation sin. My sins, though red as blood, unfortunately are because I am a part of these peoples' genealogy. How gracious the LORD as been!
Wiersbe writes, 'The story of the patriarchs in Genesis reminds us of the grace of God and His Sovereignty in human life. The men and women who played a part in this important drama weren't perfect, and some of them were deliberately disobedient, and yet the LORD used them to accomplish His purposes. This doesn't mean that God approved of their sins, because their sins were ultimately revealed and judged. But it does mean that God can take the weak things of this world and accomplish His purposes (1 Cor. 1:26–31)'.
So as we continue to read this story of Joseph, may we have on our minds a God who, even in the midst of seeing His creation deliberately sinning against Him, has a mind to allow some of them (and us) to live in order for the Life of Jesus be evident in our lives.