Re: Verse reading–Genesis 41:25-57, 45:4-8 (day two)
“It was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.” Was everything that unfolded between Joseph and his brothers merely a divine drama, a providential play? If “all the men and women [are] merely players”, where’s the realness of life? Lest we think that Joseph’s life with his brothers functioned as a cosmic end justifying cosmic means, we would do well to consider this: The Joseph story isn’t a nation rescue protocol with a plotline attached to give it pizzazz. No. It’s all real, not a front for a hidden agenda. The cruelty of the brothers wasn’t some strange way of doing God’s will. Cruelty is cruelty, and evil is evil. But God is stronger. Even in impossible circumstances. The story doesn’t get told in order to make the point. The story is the point.

Author: Bryan Richardson

Bryan Richardson is the Associate Pastor for Counseling and Pastoral Ministries at FBCSA.

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