God sent me

countryside-701753_1280Genesis 45:5: And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. (ESV)

Joseph’s brothers, full of hatred, decided to deal with him ruthlessly forgetting that they come from the same father. Full of jealousy, they sold him into slavery. They were more interested in their temporary gain but God was working out something greater, because God’s thoughts are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:9).

To preserve the children of Israel for hundreds of years, God (indirectly) sent Joseph before them into Egypt, which became the cocoon, the womb, from which the nation of Israel would emerge.

They incubated in that place for hundreds of years, and the people multiplied and became very great. And a time came when the labour pain sets in. The contractions started when a Pharaoh arose who did not know Joseph, did not know how he was instrumental in saving the nation from famine and helping it emerge as a superstar. He did not know that the children of Israel were there because of the influence of Joseph who had been a great help to Egypt.

That marked a change of the condition of the children of Israel in Egypt. Suddenly where they had enjoyed for years, where they thought they will abide forever, became the place of serious persecution. They were trodden underfoot, and eventually the labour pain increased and God came down and (directly) sent Moses to deliver them.

Though God sent Joseph hundreds of years before that, he did not know it until certain events began to play out, showing that all things work together for the good of those who love God and are the called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).

Similar to the calling of Joseph, Moses was called to save the children of Israel. At the age of 80, he was given a marching order and equipped with tremendous power for signs and wonders.

While Joseph used political power and wisdom in the administration of the state to gain favour in the land of Egypt, penetrating the place to become significant in the scheme of things, even marrying the daughter of a priest of the land, and aligning with the social norm of the land, Moses took the confrontational route.

While Joseph was born outside Egypt, Moses as born in Egypt but he has to run away from there for his dear life because he did something wrong, but Joseph was sold into slavery. not for anything he did wrong. They were opposites, but God can use anyone, from whatever background, age and experience and with whatever personality.

God sent both of them and equipped them differently. Moses was equipped with supernatural power for signs and wonders. Joseph was equipped with wisdom to solve administrative problems and becomes indispensable in the corridors of power, Moses was called to confront corridors of power.

But both were sent, and at different times to achieve different things. We never saw Joseph get angry, but we had the record that he wept, but we do not have the record that Moses wept but that he got angry. They had different temperaments, but they were both sent by God. There is no prototype man of God, there is only a prototype Jesus, the ultimate minister of God.

The bible described John the Baptist as a man sent from God (John 1:6), Jesus was also sent by God (Hebrews 1:1-3) but their personality and manner of approach to God and ministry could not be more different.

Jonah was sent to go to Nineveh but he thought he had a better idea, and took a journey in another direction. To stop him from succeeding in his self-will, a storm was sent by God to disturb the man who was sent but did not yield.

It was clear to Jonah that the storm was sent from God, and he was eventually thrown overboard and God sent a fish to swallow him up.

In that story, God sent three things. There was a man Jonah sent who thought he had better ideas, and there was the storm sent and the fish to swallow him up. Therefore, if we follow the path of disobedient, not following through with the direction that God wants us to follow, we should be ready to face storms; we become magnets for storms. When a heart of obedience is misplaced then storm will be in place. And we should also get ready to be stuck inside a “fish,” living frustrated lives, going nowhere.

God told Ezekiel: if I send you to a sinner to tell him to repent and you refused to deliver the message, it will be sad if the sinner dies in his sin because then I will require his blood from your hand (Ezekiel 3:18).

Jesus walked on the earth with the consciousness of being sent. We also should. Paul told Timothy to endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ, adding that a soldier is not entangled with the affairs of civilian so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier (2Timothy 2:1-4). Paul said we are ambassadors (2Corinthians 5:20). An ambassador in another country does not go about paying attention to his own things, but to the concerns of his country of origin.

In the focus verse, we see that God is interested in preserving life, and we are also sent to the world to preach the gospel and save many from the raging fire of hell. We have escaped by the grace of Jesus, and we are supposed to help others to know the way. Hell is real and God does not want anyone to perish but that all should come to repentance (2Peter 3:9).

We are meant to move by the power of the light of Jesus and break the hold of darkness off people. Jesus said: you shall receive power after the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you shall be witnesses to me everywhere (Acts 1:8).

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