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Genesis 45:6 For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping. 7 But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
8 “So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.
There is a certain harshness about the statement above which is frequently overlooked which for Christian folk should be a matter of grave concern. Many who come to Christ are immediately overwhelmed by the fact that most of the world, and more significantly the people around them are utterly indifferent to the claims of Christ upon their lives. One of the most frightening lyrics to come out of the modern era is, “He’s got the whole world in His hands.” For Lovers of Christ this is wonderful news. For the rest of the world this should cause them to fall to their knees in despair.
Joseph in the text and illustration above represents an Old Testament type of Christ. While the descendants of Israel (Jacob) may be secure as the family remnant the famine alluded to above would mean the death by starvation of many in Canaan.
“So what?” you ask. Just this; While we may feel “secure” in Christ if we fail to carry out His great commission (See Matthew 28) we are flying in the face of the fact that “God is not willing for any to perish…” (2 Peter 3:9). If we are truly disciple of Jesus, we must be devoted to carrying out His most important of commands.