The favour of God

ash-meadows-oasisGenesis 39:21: But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.

Favour caused Joseph to stand apart wherever he went. When he was in the house of Potiphar, God’s favour marked him out and he became the chief slave. When in prison, it was the same thing: God’s favour marked him out and he became the chief their also (Genesis 39-42).

Then he obtained the favour in the palace of Pharaoh, becoming the chief ruler in the land, where he was a foreigner. But the favour that he enjoyed was not for himself. God had a plan to preserve the whole clan of Israel in Egypt and to later get them out. The favour that Joseph enjoyed was for the overall plan of God in preserving and building the nation of Israel. Through the level of favour he had, he could get a place for the clan of Israel, comprising of about seventy people, which later became millions in number about 400 years later when God got them out.

Esther enjoyed favour from God. Like Joseph, she was a foreigner, who became queen. Against all odds, she defeated many people to attain to the highest position for a woman in the land. But there was a crisis for the nation of Israel some time later. A man stood up against the nation of Israel, seeking their total annihilation.

Mordecai Esther’s uncle told her that she should not think that she is immune from the general threat that all Israel face at that time because she is in the palace (Esther 4:14). He added that maybe she was favoured to be queen for such a time as this, so that she can use her influence with the king to save her nation.

Esther asked that the people of Israel, together with her, should fast for three days, without food or water, before she went to the king. She went to all that trouble because it was the law that anyone who appears before the king without being summoned does so on the pain of death.

Remember that the reason Vashti (Esther’s predecessor) was removed as the queen and replaced by Esther was because she refuses to appear before the king when she was summoned, now Esther was going to do the opposite, appear before the king on the pain of death, since she was not summoned. The only saving grace she can (sign of extraordinary favour) was if the king stretched his scepter to her.

Esther was favoured as the king stretched forth his scepter to her.
And she asked favour from her, towards spearing the nation of Israel from total annihilation, after hosting the king to sumptuous meals. The favour she enjoyed was like Joseph enjoyed. The purpose was the same- the preservation of the nation of Israel.

Jesus enjoyed favour with God for the preservation of a people from all nations of the world unto God. He was the Son of God with having access to all the resources of the Father for our sake.

The bible says as many as believed Him to them he gave the power to become children of God (John 1:12), bringing us into the privileges that he has with God. He is king and priest and the bible says that he has made us like himself, as kings and priests (Revelation 1:5-6). He was made a king (Psalm 2) and priest (Psalm 110:4) by God, and that level of favour that he enjoyed made him our prototype, so that we can become like him.

The focus verse says that Joseph received mercy from God. Also blind Bartimaeus who received mercy from God was a blind man (Mark 10:46-52). And as a blind man he cried out that Jesus should heal him, saying Son of David have mercy on me. And he received his sight. Bartholomew received favour, which is God facing you to do you good.

The favour of God is turned towards humanity in Christ Jesus. The bible says that for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten so that the favour of God in eternal life can be turned to man (John 3:16). Just like it happened with Bartimaeus, the bible says that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:9-13). Bartimaeus called upon the Lord Jesus and he was not refused, he was saved. Jesus cannot refuse anyone who calls on him to be saved; he paid enough price on the cross to include everybody in the provision of salvation.

And like Bartimaeus, before, we were blind (spiritually), but now we see (as enlightened by Christ) (John 9:39). All humanity lives in spiritual darkness, but Christ shines his light on us, so that our eyes can see more spiritually. We were spiritually dead, now we are spiritually alive in Jesus (Ephesians 2:4-7).

When Jesus called for Bartimaeus to come, he had on him certain clothing that he dropped; he changed his identity (which the cloth stands for). In Christ also our identity is changed, we have a robe of his righteousness (throwing away the filthy garment of ours), we become new creatures (2Corinthians 5:17), we are now called children of God, but before we are called strangers, foreigners (Ephesians 2:12-13).

We are changed in who we are. We become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, and before, we are burdened by the sin nature. We have a new beginning in Him, all things have passed away and all things become new. We have our name written in the book of life.

Jesus told the disciples that there is nothing greater than having ones name written in the book life (Luke 10:17-20, Revelation 20:15). After some of the disciples of Jesus went out to release healing to the people in some place, they came back rejoicing that even demons were subject to them by his name. Jesus said those favours is not comparable with the favour of having their names written in the book of life.

There is nothing like having your name written in the book of life. It is a permanent reality of being in favour with God. That we have eternal life is the greatest of the act of God in our life, it is the basis of all other things that God wants to do through us and in us. It is the basis of our relationship with God. Having your name written in the book of life is the same as being born again.

To be born again is the highest favour of God you can receive. That means you are baptized into his body. You are joined to Christ. Paul says that he that is joined to Christ is one spirit with him (1Corinthians 6:17). You also start on journey or spiritual growth, growing in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ (2Peter 3:18).

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