TODAY'S WORD FOR Wednesday, February 27, 2019:
Free from moral wrong, without sin and without evil intent or motive.
How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?
For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest, holy, innocent and separated from the sinners and the undefiled, exalted above the heavens.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
In the first eleven verses of Genesis 37 we read about Joseph’s life as a young boy. Joseph was Jacob’s favorite son and his brothers resented him for it. The older brothers were off attending their father’s flock and Jacob would send Joseph to check on them. Joseph found them doing bad things and had to give his father a bad report. This added to the brother’s resentment of Joseph. Joseph was innocent. All he was trying to do was to be right in his reporting to his father.
Joseph had no evil motive or intent when he told his family, including his brothers, about his God-given dreams which portrayed that he would someday rule over them.
Although Joseph was completely innocent and intended no wrong, his brothers plotted to kill him but settled on selling him to slave traders. It is important to note that this was in God’s plan for Joseph. His brothers took his robe from him and put blood stains on it and returned it to their father as evidence that Joseph was dead. The slave traders then sold Joseph to Potiphar, a high Egyptian official. At the young age of about 17, Joseph was separated from his family and living in a strange country far from home and as a mere slave.
In spite of all the hardships and temptations that Joseph had to face, he kept his innocence and remained faithful to God and God blessed him.
It was Potiphar’s wife that tried to seduce Joseph but he refused saying, “How could I do such a wicked thing and sin against my God?” (Genesis 39:9) She then lied to Potiphar and falsely accused Joseph of trying to seduce her. Joseph was thrown into prison even though, once again, he was innocent.
Joseph is seen as a type of Christ; an innocent person who suffered because of the wickedness of others to bring salvation. It was through Joseph that God’s chosen people were delivered from certain death. Joseph’s silence as his brothers debated his fate is like unto Christ who stood silent before those who were judging Him.
Jesus was falsely accused and innocent of any wrong doings as was Joseph. Joseph was thrown into prison. Jesus was taken prisoner and crucified. By His death, Jesus delivered us from eternal death when He gained the victory over death by rising from the dead. And today, Jesus is alive and is our High Priest, Holy, innocent, and undefiled.
Our memory verse today is found in Psalms 32:8.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go. I will guide you with My eye.
Thank You for the reminders You give us through the Biblical account of the life of Joseph that teaches us the value of living innocent and pure lives. Help us to stand firm in our faith in God in spite of what others may do to us. Keep my family away from the evils of this world and help us to strive daily to be innocent of wrong doing always honoring Your name.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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