Joseph and Predestination

Take the case of Joseph whose brothers sold him into slavery.

Joesph had dreams that indicated not only his 11 brothers but also his mother and father would bow down and give homage to him. Joseph was just 17 years old.

Was this a dream conducted by Joseph’s own imagination or was it a dream instigated by God telling the future of what would happen. Was Joseph reacting to the bad treatment of his brothers to him when he dreamed a dream with him getting their upper hand of them?

We learn that the dream was of God and indicated some things what would happen in the future. In fact many years in the future.

It was a prediction of God’s intention and predetermined plan for Joseph and his family. It was decreed by God. It was not a look into the future by a sooth teller in a crystal ball so see what was likely to happen.

How ever how did Joseph’s brothers respond to this dream. They hated him even more and planned to kill him. They were all responsible for how they heard and responded to Joseph and his dream. It was their evil response’s that God used and arranged providentially to send Joseph down to Egypt.

Look at all the circumstances of Joseph and him being raised up to be Pharaohs right hand man and bringing great good and relief to many.

Joseph concluded the whole matter saying to his brothers you meant it for evil but God meant it for good.

20But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. 21Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.

We are to learn that all events are in the controlling hand of God and at each stage we are all responsible for how we react and respond to life’s events. God uses our evil actions and holds us responsibly for them, to bring about his predetermined end. God uses the good actions of men and rewards them on rout to bring about the good end. Or evil end to which some are pointed. Which means all things work together for good to them who love God and are called according to His purposes.

This is a demonstration that all events in providence and grace, unfolds the purposes of God that have been determined before hand by the decree of God.

The creation of the heaven and earth by God and fall of Adam , the turmoil’s of all our life’s events to which were are subject. The salvation and recovery of a vast number of men from sin by Jesus Christ in this our day. The Lord Jesus is a greater than Joseph and after his death resurrection and ascension he delivered many from their sins and their enemies. At the parousia many believers were delivered from the destruction that came upon the reprobate Jews, in AD 70 all according to the predetermined plan of Good.

Jesus is greater than Joseph and is bringing about is the greater good to which we should be thankful and look too and believe in him. God is sovereign and has decreed all things to bring about the salvation of the elect, this great Good. That is the glory of the grace of God in the face of the lord Jesus Christ.

They will appear to be objects or vessels of wrath fitted to destruction and made to answer for all their sins.

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Joseph and His Dreams Predestination