April 15, 2021

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Genesis 50:18–20 (English Standard Version)
His brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.” But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.

PASTOR’S COMMENTARY

Joseph was an individual of favor. But for much of his life, his favor caused hardship and pain. He was his father's favorite son, whose gift of a unique coat caused his brothers' disfavor. They eventually sold him into slavery.

As a slave, Joseph found favor with his master, who put him in charge of his property and household. But when Joseph rejected the sexual advances of the master’s wife, he was put in prison. But even in prison, Joseph found favor in the eyes of the prison overseer.

Later, Joseph was favored by the King of Egypt when Joseph interpreted his troubling dreams. This resulted in Joseph's elevation to the second-highest position in the land. When the dreams of the famine came true, all the world had to come to Joseph just to get food to survive. Among those seeking help from Joseph were his brothers.

After several encounters, Joseph revealed himself to his brothers, who became very fearful. Believing that Joseph would seek revenge, the brothers came to Joseph seeking mercy.

But Joseph understood that he was favored by God. It was God who - in His providential will - had orchestrated all those events to bring salvation to His people.

God’s Word for today is for all the LORD’s people who are going through times of rejection, false accusations, and feelings of abandonment. Remember, you are not cursed; you are just blessed with the favor of God.