THE FEATURE VERSE
This week’s feature verse comes from day 4, and is found in Genesis 50:20. This most likely sounds familiar and should since Joseph said something very similar in chapter 45 verse 5.
But don’t be upset, and don’t be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives. Genesis 45:5 NLT
You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. Genesis 50:20 NLT
Notice, while Joseph still credits God with the power and purpose, his words are a little more specific this time concerning the brother’s actions. Earlier he states that the brothers sold him (45:5), yet here he says that they meant it for evil. I believe he restates their true role in order to make the pointed contrast that God meant it all for good (50:20). He clearly makes the point that God is in complete control. The commentary by Bibleref.com explains it like this – “Joseph insists that God’s power and God’s plan for His people are more powerful than the ability of mere human beings to do evil to each other. He is convinced that not only was God ultimately responsible for allowing the evil act to happen, but He also mysteriously built it into a larger plan to save His people—and many others—from the ravages of a deadly drought.“1
1Bibleref.com @ What does Genesis 50:20 mean?
Jacob displayed great faith in God’s promises even though he ddi not see them fully realized in his lifetime. This week, take time to find a few verses about God’s promises for His people. Write them on a notecard and place them around your home to remind you of God’s faithfulness and promise-keeping character.
- Extended Challenge: Share at least one of the verses you find in the comments or with someone you know.