“But God meant it for good . . . to save much people alive.” ~Genesis 50:20~
I have been “Blogging Through The Bible” with Good Morning Girls and we have just finished the book of Genesis!! What an adventure this has been! Each chapter has come alive with a story filled with drama in the lives of sinners making the choice for God’s light and life or to go down a road leading to eternal death and darkness.
It is never too late to join in as we continue “Reading Through The Bible.” Next we will be in the book of Psalms. We are encouraging women to get into the Word of God each day and grow as His grace spills out in your life.
Genesis in Retrospect
Don’t you always see things better in retrospect? I do!
Genesis starts out with nothing. NOTHING!
God started out in the beginning with NOTHING.
He even had to create light and darkness.
Light and darkness so depicts the life choices that the people covering the pages of Genesis will make. Each of them, as with each of us, have two choices to choose from: light or darkness.
Genesis has been like a Facebook newsfeed with each chapter highlighting a new story. As we scrolled down through the pages we have seen the struggles of many men and women who had a deep faith in God and those who chose to turn from God.
We saw Adam and Eve sin for the first time.
Then the first recorded disagreement resulting in Cain killing his brother Able.
We watch Noah build the Ark while his contemporaries mock him.
We see the Tower of Babel being built and the people scattered.
Then we follow the lives of Abraham and Sarah.
We see the choice Lot makes as he struggles to follow God.
Next we watch the lives of Isaac and Rebecca unfold.
We continue on with Jacob’s life as he marries Leah and then Rachel.
It all ends with the death of Jacob and Joseph both in chapter 50.
Genesis opens with God creating light and life and the pages of Genesis close with the death of Joseph bringing death and darkness as his coffin is closed forever.
The Biggest Funeral Yet
Genesis 50 is all about a funeral.
Jacob was loved and revered. When he died there was the biggest funeral ever.
The funeral procession wasn’t just to the local cemetery.
There was this huge processional with all of the highest Egyptian dignitaries along with the Jacob’s whole clan of sons and grands and great-grands that were old enough to come on the journey.
Yes, you heard that right. A journey. Not the local cemetery.
Do you remember where Abraham buried Sarah? They carried the body of Jacob back to the cave up in Canaan where Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, and where Jacob had buried Leah.
Jacob was so loved and revered that the funeral lasted for seven days once they arrived.
No Worries for Joseph’s Brothers
But then the funeral ended and Joseph’s brothers were filled with worries and fear!!
They were suddenly afraid now that their father was dead.
What if Joseph actually hated them?
What if he returns the evil they once had done to him?
Light and Life Instead of Death and Darkness
Joseph had chosen the Light of God that brings Life over death and darkness. He had been genuine in forgiving his brothers.
“And Joseph said unto them, Fear not, for am I in the place of God? But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it for good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.” ~Genesis 50:19-20~
To Save Many People Alive
Fast forward to the ending of Joseph’s life and the pages of Genesis are closed with his death.
Genesis ends with the coffin snapping shut.
No light or life.
Joseph’s life was exemplary as he lived in Christ-likeness through the whole story as his life unfolded.
Does the story of Genesis end there?
This is a picture of Jesus being the Light and Life.
“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” ~John 8:12~
Genesis is a picture of redemption lived out in the life of Joseph.
As the light of his life snaps shut with the coffin being nailed shut in darkness, we wait for the ‘rest of the story’ to unfold with Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection from death and darkness to be Light and Life eternal.
Why did God do this?
To save many people alive. Eternally alive. Forever.
Are you living in the Light and Life of Jesus?
What is God showing you through reading Genesis 50?
Have you been joining with Courtney and Good Morning Girls as we read through Genesis? If not, you can join anytime. Next up is Psalms starting this Monday!!
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