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约瑟被卖往埃及

(2007-11-26 08:31:09)
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读经:   创世记三十七12至28节
    我们看约瑟的生平传记,发现他在这段人生有很好的表现。今天的故事便是另一个例证,他在当中的表现很像耶稣基督。他不仅乐于遵行父亲的吩咐,而且,去找不与他为善的兄长,关心他们。然而,他们却「不接待他」。

    事情的开始,是雅各担心十个儿子和羊群的安全。他的十个儿子为了放羊,走到离家以北75公里外的地方寻找草原;后来又继续前移25公里,直到多坍。所以,当约瑟听从父亲吩咐去找兄长的时候,他足足走了100公里的路!

    雅各挂心儿子的另一个原因,是因为担心儿子会在示剑附近扎营。他们在几年前曾经在那里杀了许多人(见创三十四章),所以雅各担心当地的人会向他们报复,所以便急于知道他们的情况。

    约瑟几经波折才找到哥哥,然而,却遭到兄长们的恶待。你想,一个少年人面对兄长的欺侮,会有什么反应呢?迷惘、怨恨、懊丧?二十年后,兄长仍然记得约瑟如何哀求他们放他(参创四十二21)。

    你可以想像约瑟当时的困境吗?他先被丢在坑里,然后戴着锁链,被商人的车队带走?当车队向南行驶,几乎经过他父家往埃及时,他在想什么?多坍距离埃及大约三百五十公里,要多久才能走到?当车队每晚在野外露宿时,约瑟心中想些什么呢?

    约瑟被带到埃及后,便被卖作奴隶。他的兄长曾说:「我们且看他的梦将来怎么样。」(19节)他们在有生之年确实看见梦的成就,只是并非如他们所想像。

    神要成就他应许亚伯拉罕的话(创十五13-16),让以色列人进埃及。这位年轻人?来便成为他同胞的拯救者。你觉得,约瑟像不像耶稣基督呢?

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JOSEPH - ON HIS WAY TO EGYPT
Day 21


Bible Reading:   Genesis 37:12-28

Joseph shows up well in this section of his biography. Here is another instance where he is most like Jesus Christ. He was not only willing to do what his father asked, but like Christ, 'his own received him not'.

 

How does this story start? Jacob was concerned about his other ten sons and also his vast flocks. Pasture was where you could find it. In searching for it, the brothers had travelled possibly 75 kms north of their home. Then they moved again, about 25 kms further to Dothan. Joseph had a long walk!

 

Another major reason for Jaocb's concern was that he thought the brothers might be camped near Shechem. That could be a dangerous place for them. They had murdered a number of people there several years before (see chapter 34). No wonder Jacob was anxious for news.

 

ACTIONS AND RE-ACTIONS

 

The sequel to Joseph's search is well-known. What do you think a teen-ager's natural re-actions would be to the brothers' cruelty? Confusion, bitter tears, frustration? Twenty years later his brothers still remembered how Joseph had pleaded with them for his life (see Genesis 42:21).

 

Can you picture him, first in the dry pit, then probably chained and being led away in the merchants' caravan? What would have been his thoughts as they travelled south almost past his own home and father? It was possibly 350kms to Egypt from Dothan.

 

How long would it take to walk there? What we're his thoughts as they camped each night?

 

Finally they arrived in Egypt and Joseph was offered for sale as a slave. The brothers had said: 'We'll see what becomes of his dreams' (v.19). They lived to see it but not in the way they thought.

 

God was beginning to fulfil his word to Abraham (Genesis 15:13-16) that Israel would go into Egypt. Some day that young man would be the Saviour of his people. Is it any wonder Joseph is the man most like Jesus Christ?

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