The awesome thing is that “A thousand years is as a day in God sight, and a thousand years as a day!”
God sees all! There is nothing hidden from God’s Eye. In the ‘closet’s God sees and hears you! Your heart is known!
Before you were born, God knew you. But you were born with choice. This will sound eerie! “Your existence is in your hands!” until you hand it over.
Ever heard of “Giving your life to Christ?” A ‘handover’; that just came to me.
Are times going to be easy? If I said “Yes” I would be very wrong. But any trial is temporary! It prepares us for all that is coming ahead.
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
1 Corinthians 10:13
All this brings us to a point that we may have heard of. A vague memory perhaps?
And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither. And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand. And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand.
And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the LORD was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field. And he left all that he had in Joseph’s hand; and he knew not ought he had, save the bread which he did eat. And Joseph was a goodly person, and well favoured.
And it came to pass after these things, that his master’s wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me. But he refused, and said unto his master’s wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand; There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife:
how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God? And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her. And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business; and there was none of the men of the house there within. And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.
And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and was fled forth, That she called unto the men of her house, and spake unto them, saying, See, he hath brought in an Hebrew unto us to mock us; he came in unto me to lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice:
And it came to pass, when he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled, and got him out. And she laid up his garment by her, until his lord came home. And she spake unto him according to these words, saying, The Hebrew servant, which thou hast brought unto us, came in unto me to mock me: And it came to pass, as I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled out.
And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spake unto him, saying, After this manner did thy servant to me; that his wrath was kindled. And Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.
But The LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison. And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it. The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because The LORD was with him, and that which he did, The LORD made it to prosper.
So much is to be seen in and through this share!
Joseph dreamt, he shared. Was hated for his sharing his dream. Wanted to be murdered by his brothers. Was sold into slavery. Was bought by an officer of Pharoah! What is meant to be will be! If anyone told him what could or would happen, he would definitely be an unbeliever. Yet! He recieved it in a dream! There are so many of us who may dream!
Great Scientists have ‘ideas’! Are they present when or as they consider them? What is faith? Confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see! In Art, were the works of Chopin, Mozart, Michelangelo, DaVinci
Where did they get the passion to create what is unimaginable and timeless? Yes! We talk skill, BUT where was it nurtured? A vision of what could be?
We have discussed dreams.
But test them all; hold on to what is good,
1 Thessalonians 5:21
Again, we state: “For even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.”
I will admit, the deception that we all experience is phenomenal. After his 40 day fast, did a horned spirit with a pitchfork appear to Jesus?
We read also the powers he possesses. Jesus, weak from His fast was taken to the heights of the city! The Crest of the temple and asked to “test God!” Again, I point out that though his hunger was unique from His fast, He did not turn the stone(s) into bread. The weakened Jesus was ‘taken’ in physical form (not Spiritual); to the crest of the temple! Again many might think He climbed.
But, we touch on the third temptation where Jesus might have been taken in The Spirit and shown the riches of this world to have if He would kneel before Satan. His reply was AWESOME!!!
The third temptation
Since no mountain stands high enough to view all the world’s kingdoms, it’s likely that Satan exercised some supernatural power to show Christ “all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time” (Luke 4:5).
Jesus did not question Satan’s authority to grant the world’s kingdoms. Bear in mind, however, that Jesus did not directly address Satan’s apparent deceptions in the first two temptations. Either Satan possessed this authority, or he was validating his reputation as “the father of lies” (John 8:44).
In either case, Satan’s authority was not the issue. His suggestion violated the first commandment, “You shall have no other gods before Me” (Exodus 20:3).
Then Jesus said to him, “Begone, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only. (Matthew 4:10)”
Again, Jesus quoted Moses; this time from Deuteronomy 6:13.
The order of the 2nd and 3rd temptations are inverted in Matthew and Luke. Which account is chronological? Many commentators belive that Matthew’s account is chronological, while Luke’s is topical.
This opinion is founded on two facts. Matthew 4:5 and 4:11 contain the word “then” when transitioning through this event. Luke connects the temptations with the word “and,” which contains no chronological inference.
Jesus’ response to the third temptation strengthen this view. The words “Begone, Satan!” likely signal an end to this trial.
Amazing, no? God is indescribable!!! His Glory fills all! Hallelujah! We have touched on the sun in all its shining brightness! We do not dare compare it to The AWESOME Glory of The LORD!
There is so much to share:
Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.
Is everything Adam or Eve did in The Word? Caine and Abel? Samuel? Amos? Ezekil? Elijah? Job?
Let us be ‘crafty’ and ask specific things? Who took care of Job? Whenhhe had sores and sat on ashes; for how long was his trial? easy question – Did he have more children? By whom?
We could go through The Word…. Do you see why spending time in it is essential? WEe spoke about having a test, the test becomes a testimony if you study.
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts.
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.
For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
And to round up, dreams are key! We may find it hard to believe, but when Sant John on the Island of Patmos experienced whay was written in the book of Revelation, as shared the conditions were not favorable , but he had an experience that serves as a closer for The Word though there is no closer for we live it today, Amen.
So, in conclusion Joseph’s test became a testimony!
dripping with sweat from his toil in the stifling heat. Outside, the Egyptian sun was baking the prison like a kiln. It seemed at times as if he knew every brick in the place, every crack in every wall. This was his whole world now. True, he was highly regarded here. Nonetheless, he was a prisoner.
How often he must have cast his thoughts back to his life in the high rocky hills in Hebron, where he had tended his father’s flocks! He was about 17 years old when his father, Jacob, sent him on an errand that took him dozens of miles (km) from home. Such freedom seemed almost unimaginable now. Joseph’s jealous brothers had turned on him with murderous hatred and then sold him as a slave. He was taken down to Egypt, where he first served in the household of the Egyptian official Potiphar. Joseph held his master’s trust until a false accusation of rape from Potiphar’s wife landed him here in this prison. *—Genesis, chapters 37, 39.
Joseph was 28 years old now, with about a decade of slavery and imprisonment behind him. To put it mildly, his life was not turning out as he had hoped. Would he ever be set free? Would he see his dear elderly father again or his beloved younger brother, Benjamin? How long would he be stuck in this pit?
Have you ever felt as Joseph did? Sometimes life turns out to be a far cry from our youthful hopes. Indeed, painful situations can seem to drag on endlessly, and it can be hard to see a way out or a way to endure. Let us see what we can learn from the faith of Joseph.
cupbearer and the baker. Thereafter, as each day dawned, Joseph may have awakened with renewed hope that this would be the day of his release—only to find once again that the dull routine of prison life dragged on, unchanged. Those two years might well have been the most challenging of all for Joseph to endure. Yet, he never gave up his trust in his God, Jehovah. Rather than giving in to despair, he was determined to endure, and he emerged from that trying time all the stronger.—James 1:4.
In these difficult times, who of us does not need to work on our endurance? In order to face life’s ongoing trials, we need the kind of determination, patience, and inner peace that only God can give us. As he did with Joseph, he can help us to fight despair and hold on to hope.—Romans 12:12; 15:13.
The cupbearer may have forgotten Joseph, but Jehovah never did. One night, he sent Pharaoh a pair of unforgettable dreams. In the first, the king saw seven fine-looking, fat cows emerge from the Nile River, followed by seven ugly, thin cows. The thin ones devoured the fat ones. Later, Pharaoh dreamed that he saw a stalk of grain sprouting seven choice ears. But then another seven ears, wind-parched and sickly, sprouted up and devoured the choice ones. In the morning, Pharaoh awoke deeply agitated over the dreams, so he called on all his wise men and magic-practicing priests to interpret them. They all failed. (Genesis 41:1-8) Whether that means that they were dumbfounded or that they came up with a variety of conflicting ideas, we do not know. At any rate, Pharaoh was let down—yet he was more desperate than ever to find an answer to this puzzle.
Finally, the cupbearer remembered Joseph! His conscience stung him, and he told Pharaoh about the remarkable young man in prison who two years earlier had correctly interpreted his dream and that of the baker. Immediately, Pharaoh had Joseph summoned from prison.—Genesis 41:9-13.
Imagine Joseph’s feelings as Pharaoh’s messengers came with the royal summons. He quickly changed his clothes and shaved—likely removing all the hair from his head, for such was the Egyptian custom. No doubt he prayed fervently that Jehovah would bless him in this interview! Soon he found himself in the opulent court of the royal palace, standing before the monarch. We read: “Then Pharaoh said to Joseph: ‘I had a dream, but there is no one to interpret it. Now I have heard it said about you that you can hear a dream and interpret it.’” Joseph’s response showed, once again, both his humility and his faith in his God: “I need not be considered! God will speak concerning Pharaoh’s welfare.”—Genesis 41:14-16.
God Loves humble, faithful people, so it is no wonder that he gave Joseph the answer that had eluded the wise men and priests. Joseph explained that Pharaoh’s two dreams had the same meaning. By repeating the message, God was signifying that the matter was “firmly established”—absolutely sure of fulfillment. The fat cows and the healthy ears of grain represented seven years of plenty in Egypt, while the lean cows and the sickly ears of grain pictured seven years of famine that would follow the years of plenty. That famine would devour the land’s abundance.—Genesis 41:25-32.
Pharaoh knew that Joseph had the answer. But what could be done? Joseph recommended a plan of action. Pharaoh needed to find a man both “discreet and wise” to oversee the gathering of the land’s surplus grain into storehouses during the seven years of plenty and then to distribute that surplus to the needy during the ensuing famine. (Genesis 41:33-36) Joseph’s experience and abilities more than qualified him for that job, but he did not promote himself. His humility made such a presumptuous course unthinkable; his faith made it unnecessary. If we have real faith in God, we have no need for ambition or self-promotion. We can be at peace, leaving matters in his capable hands!
“CAN ANOTHER MAN BE FOUND LIKE THIS ONE?”
Pharaoh and all his servants saw the wisdom in Joseph’s plan. The king also acknowledged that Joseph’s God was the real force behind Joseph’s wise words. He said to his servants there in the royal court: “Can another man be found like this one in whom there is the spirit of God?” To Joseph, he said: “Since God has caused you to know all of this, there is no one as discreet and wise as you. You will personally be over my house, and all my people will obey you implicitly. Only in my role as king will I be greater than you.”—Genesis 41:38-41.
Pharaoh was as good as his word. Joseph was soon clothed in fine linen. Pharaoh gave him a gold necklace, a signet ring, a royal chariot, and full authority to travel through the land and put his plan into effect. (Genesis 41:42-44) Within the space of a day, then, Joseph went from prison to palace. He awoke a lowly convict, and he fell asleep as the ruler second to Pharaoh. How clear that Joseph’s faith in God was justified! Jehovah saw all the injustices that his servant had suffered through the years. He addressed those issues at just the right time and in just the right way. Jehovah had in mind not only correcting the wrongs done to Joseph but also preserving the future nation of Israel. We will see how that was so in a future article in this series.
If you face a trialsome situation, perhaps an injustice that seems to drag on for years on end, do not despair. Remember Joseph. Because he never lost his kindness, his humility, his endurance, and his faith, he gave God every reason to reward him in the end.