Monthly Minister's Article

Preserving a Remnant

 

Joseph was the son of the patriarch Jacob and Rachel. The favorite son of his father, Joseph incurred the jealousy of his 10 older brothers. They sold him into slavery in Egypt and told their father, Joseph was dead (Genesis 37).

 

In Egypt, Joseph became the chief servant in the home of Potiphar, a military official. Because Joseph refused to commit adultery with his master’s wife, he was unjustly accused and thrown into jail (Genesis 39). Years later, he interpreted dreams for Pharaoh, who then freed Joseph from prison and placed him in charge of the entire country.

 

When his brothers came from Canaan to Egypt in search of food, they did not recognize Joseph. He eventually revealed his identity to them, forgave them, and invited them and their father Jacob to live in Egypt. Joseph told them, “7 And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. 8 So it was not you who sent me here, but God. He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt” (Genesis 45:7-8).

 

Joseph is especially remembered and honored for his moral uprightness (Genesis 39) and for his willingness to forgive his brothers (Genesis 45 and 50) on March 31st of the Church calendar. Centuries later, God’s Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, was born from the remnant that God preserved through Joseph.

 

Lord Jesus, born from the remnant that Joseph preserved, Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, rule our hearts through Your suffering cross and forgive us our sins, that we may be partakers of Your divine life; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

March & Lenten Blessings!

 

Pastor David A. Feddern