Pain and sorrow
Asenath gave Joseph two sons, Joseph called the first-born, Manasseh meaning, “Causing to forget” and in verse 51, we can sense all the pain and sorrow Joseph went through, separated from his family and his country, and deprived of his freedom and his identity.
Because of Jesus
If Joseph would have reacted as a normal human being, he had longed for revenge with hate and bitterness, he knew this and thanked God for protecting his heart and mind, “God has made me forget all my trouble and hardship and all my father’s household.” Because of what Jesus was about to do many years later, Joseph could forgive Potiphar and his wife and all his brothers and enjoy life in Egypt in love and hard work. Do you need to forgive?
Always in Joseph’s heart
Joseph had a second son and called him, Ephraim meaning fruitfulness, “God has caused me to be fruitful and very successful in the land of my suffering” God was always in Joseph’s heart and he praised God by what he called his sons. All the suffering in Egypt thought him his dependence on YaHaWaH his awesome God. Do you depend on God?
All the people came
Now the seven years of plenty had gone and the seven barren years started, the famine ravished Egypt and the rest of the world, not any food anywhere and all the people came to Pharaoh for help; however, he sent them to Joseph.
Joseph saved the world
Pharaoh could have used the situation to gain more land and power; however, he had learned to fear the God of Joseph and kept him in charge. Joseph saved the world from starving to death by opening all the granaries in Egypt, selling grain. God by Joseph saved the world and made Egypt an extremely wealthy nation.
- Are you going through in your life “the same” as Joseph did?
- Are we able to forget?
- What does it take to fill your heart with the love of God?