The Pilgrim Life

Once Joseph’s family arrived in Egypt from Canaan and he was at last reunited with his father, having learned the Egyptian culture and practices after living in Egypt for over twenty years, Joseph then took some preparatory measures prior to his family being brought before Pharaoh. As stated in verses …

The Power of Consolation

This morning’s passage is a reminder and example of the power of consolation. As defined by the dictionary, consolation is “the comfort received by a person after a loss or disappointment.” The story of Joseph and his family is nothing if not the story of loss and disappointment, especially that which was experienced by Joseph and his beloved …

A Providential Outlook on Life

Having celebrated our precious Lord Jesus’ last days of earthly life beginning with the joyous Palm Sunday celebration—to his torturous death on the cross on Good Friday—to his irrepressible rising from death on Easter Sunday, this morning we return to our study of Joseph’s life. When last we saw Joseph, …

Do You Believe This?

Easter Sunday confronts each and every person who has ever heard of Jesus of Nazareth with the statements and question he posed to Martha, his dear and beloved follower and friend. As recorded in verses 25–26 from the eleventh chapter of John, Jesus said to her “I am the resurrection …

Why Jesus Chose to Die for Us

Almost every semester for the past three or so years, I’ve been responsible for running an online Christian Ethics class for Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Although I grade the same assignments each semester, it’s always interesting to see how students are applying the Scriptures to some genuinely challenging ethical issues. And …

On Loving God and Being Hated

After Egypt experienced seven years of fruitfulness beyond imagination according to what the LORD had shown Pharaoh, seven years of famine beyond imagination followed, again, according to what the LORD had shown Pharaoh by way of two dreams. Consequently, Pharaoh appointed Joseph who had with God’s help correctly interpreted these …