每日诗歌: 我心靈得安寧 (http://www.mbcsfv.org/chinese/library/hymncampanions/011.html)
但我们还需要来到故事以外看更大的图画。当摩西写了这些章节，也可能在旷野念给了以色列人听， 除了讲述这些动人故事之外，他一定有其他目的。如果回来看创15:13，我们发现约瑟事件只是计划的前一半，以色列人是注定要到埃及的。如果不是约瑟，神也会借着其他手段达成。从另一个角度看，不管埃及多舒服，总不是他们的家。他们的应许之地还是迦南。在埃及住一段时间只是这大计划中的一部分，最终是要带着许多财物离开埃及的（创12:20）。神的计划好像是耽延了，但决不会被阻止。作为基督徒， 对这点我们一定要深记脑海并铭刻于心。
Genesis 44 [Read]
Genesis 45 [Read]
Matthew 14:1-21 [Read]
After three chapters of back and forth between Egypt and Canaan by the sons of Jacob, Joseph finally revealed his identity. Right after Judah pleaded for Jacob’s life (44:31, 34), Joseph broke down and wept loudly in front of his brothers: “I am Joseph, the one you sold to Egypt” (Gen 45:4). Of course, Joseph was deeply moved by the fatherly love of Jacob. But this was also the moment when he was awed by the divine love of God He saw the grant plan of God for his family, and he realized that he was blessed to be the conduit of God’s grace. The key theme of the entire episode was declared by Joseph: “but God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.” (Gen 45:7) Who would not be moved by such realization? His loud weeping was indeed a proper reaction.
But we also need to go beyond the story itself and try to see the big picture. When Moses wrote these chapters and probably also read them to the Israelite in the wilderness, he must have other purposes besides telling a touching story. If we go back to Gen 15:13, we see that the Joseph episode is only the first half of the plan. The Israelites were destined to come to Egypt, if not through Joseph would be through other means. On the other hand, no matter how comfortable Egypt was, it was never meant to be their home. Their promised land was still Canaan. The detour to Egypt was part of the grand plan, and they were supposed to leave Egypt eventually with lots of treasure, just like their ancestor Abraham (Gen 12:20). God’s plan might seemingly be delayed, but it will never be deterred. As Christians, we need to pound that into our head and engrave it unto our heart.
In our life, we will have moments like Joseph’s to suddenly realize that our sufferings were actually part of God’s plan to bring blessings to others. You can be sure about that, because we are part of God’s plan and his will is “good, pleasing, and perfect” (Rom 12:2). And when that happens, it’s okay to cry a little or even weep loudly. You have earned it.
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