Suffering Servant

Re: Verse reading–Genesis 41:25-57; 45:4-8 (day seven)  “It was not you who sent me here, but God.” (v 45:8)  He lived 1200 years before Isaiah.  2000 years before Jesus.  Nevertheless, Joseph saw the same truth that they would eventually teach.  Suffering and service are synonymous.  No one can save others and himself too.  Please notice the uncomplaining summary that Joseph gives for his heart-breaking years.  God sent me.  It was not the hatred of men that put me on this road.  It was God’s love.  “He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities”, says Isaiah 53:5.  There is a cost!  It is not a surprise to us (or shouldn’t be).  Jesus said the same.  “Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed.  But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”  (John 12:24)  The man who loves his life will lose it.  Serving God means bearing up under the suffering that comes.  You willing?

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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