Thursday, February 18, 2016

Thursday 18 February 2016 - Number 58 Howard Webber


Thursday word from Genesis 58
'Then  Joseph said to his brothers and to his father's household, “I will go up and speak to Pharaoh and say to him, 'My brothers and my father's household, who were living in the land of Canaan, have come to me....'”' Genesis 46: 31

In advent, we often read, 'The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned,' Isaiah 9:2. With the famine in Canaan, Jacob and his family were living in the 'land of the shadow of death.' God's light dawned, and hope came where there was no hope, in the form of Joseph. We often see something of Christ in Joseph, (as we have mentioned before).

Jacob sent Judah ahead to Joseph, both to get directions to Goshen and also to give notice of the impending arrival of the family. Joseph immediately had his chariot ready so as to race to see his father. So it is with Christ, as illustrated in the story of The Prodigal Son, God in Christ runs out to greet us once he detects a desire in us to come home to him.
'He came down to earth from Heaven
Who is God and Lord of all.'     SASB 87

On seeing his father, Joseph threw his arms around him and wept for a long time, such was his joy, such was his sincerity, such was his love for him, despite having not set eyes on him for so long. Such is Christ's love for you and I. We have no idea of the joy in heaven when even one of us returns to God, (Luke 15: 7&10)

A further sign of the love and forgiveness he had for his brothers, and his wishing good on those who did him evil, was his willingness to get the best for them; to go to Pharaoh and plead their case; for them to be allowed to live in the land of Goshen.

Jesus is our brother, (Matthew 12:50), and he is not ashamed to acknowledge us as such, (Hebrews 2:11), as sinful and as hurtful as we have been towards him. In the same way as Joseph interceded before Pharaoh on his brothers' behalf, Jesus intercedes on our behalf before God, (Romans 8:34, Hebrews 7:25).
May we ever live in praise and thanksgiving to God for his 'indescribable gift,' Christ Jesus our Lord. (2 Corinthians 9:15).

God bless you all.

Howard Webber

'I first received a copy of Howard Webber’s book, Meeting Jesus, October 2012 as a gift from General Linda Bond(R). Howard’s straight forward and real life stories of the challenges of evangelism inspired me. I shared a copy with the principal of the training college and we agreed that every cadet would receive a copy.
In my opinion Howard has done it again. He has written a candid and straightforward description of the struggles of a follower of Jesus midst the difficulties in of life and Christian service. Read this book with a spirit of joy. Be in prayer. You will discern wisdom, uncover resources and see insights in dying to self and living for Jesus. Your life will be deepened.'
Commissioner David Jeffrey. The National Commander of The Salvation Army USA

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