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Hebrews 11:21-22 **. By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph (Manasseh and Ephraim), and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff.  By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the departure of the children of Israel, and gave instruction concerning his bones.

The destiny of all mankind is to die because we are descendants of Adam and Eve who were cast out of the “Garden’ for disobedience. Yet, those with the faith of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob die in faith, not having received the promise of the coming Messiah, Y’shua Christ Jesus; but having seen the promise afar off and embraced and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on this wicked earth.

Genesis: 41:41-43 **. And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt”. Then Pharaoh took his signet ring off his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand; and he clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck. And he had him ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried out before him, “Bow the Knee!” So he set him over all the land of Egypt.

I deeply love how our Mighty God restores the life of poor and obedient servants who keep his commandments. A condensed account of the life of Joseph is an obedient but poor shepherd, the son of Jacob, then a slave, and soon after, a prisoner. However, the mighty hand of our God made him ruler over all the land of Egypt. This important story of Joseph begins in Genesis, Chapter 37 and ends at his death at 110 years old (Genesis 50:26).

The carnal mind of this age and ages past demands that we seek health, wealth and fame to be successful and happy in life. This intense training is taught by parents, teachers and peers. Nothing else in life seems to matter even to a child’s parents, who never have time to teach daily Bible reading and study. No focus is directed to lead a child along the straight and narrow path leading into the Kingdom of God. This is where every soul will find the truth that the end result is bestowed upon the few who seek and find perfect success in health, wealth, fame and happiness. Added benefits are the riches of the tranquility in peace and joy throughout eternity.

When we seek the wonderful words of life in the Bible we start on the correct God pleasing path, we find such words spoken by the Psalmist in 142:7, saying, “Bring my soul out of prison (entire world), that I may praise YOUR name. The righteous shall surround me, for YOU shall deal bountifully (riches forever) with me”. ** Solomon became the richest, most powerful king and the most wise man born of woman (except the Messiah, Y’shua Christ Jesus). He quoted this verse in Proverbs 22:6, saying, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it”.

Parents and other responsible teachers are quick to forgive a young person’s wickedness and do not apply any type of discipline. Even the laws of man are quick to forgive stealing a car, housebreaking, lying, cursing and normally will not hold them in custody if under age 16. Yet, if young persons wickedness is not driven out with constant teachings from our Creators powerful and wonderful words of truth and life; they will turn to greater wickedness as they grow older.

The example of a 17 year old poor shepherd boy (Joseph) properly trained but hated by his ten brothers so much they wanted to kill him. Their evil minds instead greedily sold him into slavery for 20 pieces of silver and lied to their grief stricken father (Jacob). Because of more lies, Joseph was innocently put in prison for nearly 13 years. Yet our God promptly made him ruler of all Egypt at age 30. Our God was with him every step of the way because he kept the faith of the God Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Our God has a plan for many other souls that yield themselves in faith to serve Him.  They remain anonymous but never receive any form of recognition in this world. Only God knows their story which will be told in the soon coming new heaven and earth. Their story will be told as the real never ending story throughout eternity.  The Messiah, Y’shua Christ Jesus said, “I am come that they might have life and have it more abundantly”. (John 10:10b).  ** Fall into the loving hands of the living Creator God Jesus and ask Him to come into your heart today!  He will train you, teach you and lead you along the narrow path leading into His new eternal ‘Garden’!                   

 

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