In 1973 a quarter was very valuable. As children, we were worked hard – taking out the trash, washing the pets, raking leaves – to earn the quarter that would give us purchasing power for the weekly bike trek to the 7-11. The lure of that quarter was great — so great, indeed, that my sister once sold me to a neighbor for just that princely sum.
Mr. Bailey was a kind man and he drove a school bus. On warm spring days I would help him wash his bus. His driveway was steep and perfectly suited to the task. It was my job to man the hose. I would mount the front steps of the bus and turn the hose, full blast, on the seats and the floor. The sheer ecstasy of hosing out the inside of a school bus was something only a seven year-old boy can fully appreciate.
As dinnertime approached, my sister came to collect me. No doubt, to my sister, I was a tedious and trying lad. When she arrived, Mr. Bailey made an unexpected proposal. What if he kept me and gave her a quarter instead? She did not hesitate. She gladly accepted the quarter and left me with Mr. Bailey. My sister certainly did not hate me, it was just that she was sure a quarter was worth more than a little brother.
For Joseph, things did not turn out quite that way. Though the youngest son in his family, he was given the privilege and the status of a firstborn. His father, Jacob, loved him above his eleven brothers and gave him a princely robe that stood constant witness to his father’s favoritism. To make matters worse Joseph was careful to report his brother’s misdeeds to their father. He shared with his brothers his dreams that he would one day rule over them. His brothers hated him with murderous rage and at the first opportunity seized him and sold him into slavery in Egypt. As often happens in Scripture, however, their evil action towards God’s chosen man becomes the very act which leads graciously to their salvation. Remarkably, many years later, Joseph meets and forgives his brothers, recognizing that “what you meant for evil, God meant for good.”
But Joseph’s story is not a mere illustration that bad things sometimes work out, rather it is a picture of God’s promise of a savior in Jesus Christ. It is this promise that forms the focal point of God’s Providence. Join us this Lord’s Day, March 11, as we examine Genesis 37 and consider how the story of Joseph anticipates the unfolding of God’s promises to rescue and deliver us from our deadly enemy. We meet from 5:00 – 6:30 pm in The Commons at St. Andrews Anglican Church at 8300 Kanis Rd in Little Rock. Click here for directions.
Come with a friend you and join us for fellowship and conversation. We look forward to seeing you there.