The silver lining of what God is doing with Joseph's life has come to light. Eygpt, Israel, and the nations are experiencing severe famine. Five more years will pass before relief from the drought is a reality. The wisdom that God had given to Joseph to interpret Pharaoh's dream is evident.
David, when he was growing up, would not have connected the dots about the coming of the messiah. God's choice was David. Both Joseph and David foreshadow the plan of God. Joseph reveals the wisdom, provision, and reconciliation from the throne of a gentile nation. David unites Israel during times of great spiritual difficulty.
God's desire brings both Hebrews and Gentiles together. Joseph and David both reveal through their lives this truth. Joseph marries a gentile, serves in a gentile nation, and protects God's people during a time of famine. David is the great-grandson of Ruth who was a Moabite. Ruth was willing to go with Naomi back to Bethlehem. Ruth declared here loyalty to serve the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
The authority that Jesus speaks of in John 10 is not the authority of someone else but His own. Yeshua, as our Good Shepherd, instructs us that the sheep will listen to His voice.
“Thus Israel settled in the land of Egypt, in the land of Goshen. And they gained possessions in it, and were fruitful and multiplied greatly.” - Genesis 44:27
“My servant David shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd. They shall walk in my rules and be careful to obey my statutes. They shall dwell in the land that I gave to my servant Jacob, where your fathers lived. They and their children and their children's children shall dwell there forever, and David my servant shall be their prince forever. I will make a covenant of peace with them. It shall be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will set them in their land and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in their midst forevermore. My dwelling place shall be with them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Then the nations will know that I am the Lord who sanctifies Israel, when my sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.” - Ezekiel 37:24-28
“I am the good shepherd. I know My own and My own know Me, just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to My voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason, the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of My own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from My Father.” - John 10:14-18
Questions for Reflection:
▪ Am I listening to Yeshua’s voice?
▪ Can I see myself responding like Joseph?
▪ What is the covenant of peace the Father speaks about?
▪ How do I obey God's rules and statutes?
▪ Where is the dwelling place of God?
▪ What can I learn from the hard times both David and Joseph faced?
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