Jesus, my Surety Stands

Gen 42:18Gen 42:18
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18 And Joseph said unto them the third day, This do, and live; for I fear God:  

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And Joseph said unto them the third day, This do, and live; for I fear God: 19 If ye be true men, let one of your brethren be bound in the house of your prison: go ye, carry corn for the famine of your houses:

Joseph gives his brothers instructions on what to do if they must live. Someone must be held as a surety while others go with corn. This is a picture of salvation in Christ. There is a better testament but it requires a surety. Jesus was made a surety of this better testament. Only He is able to save to the uttermost. Come to Him and live.

Heb 7:22Heb 7:22
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22 By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.  

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By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament. 23 And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death: 24 But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. 25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them
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Christ stood in our place, suffered in our place, was punished in our place and died in our place. He paid the price while we could go free. He came bound in the body of mortality – a prison he accepted and into the womb of a woman. He lived a blameless life only to be arrested, mocked, spat at and reviled by sinful man … eventually to be crucified. He went to the grave and the dark chambers of death to face principalities and made a shew of them … He took the keys of death and the grave so that we – His own will no more fear these evils. He had victory and rose the third day and ascended into the greatest glory.

He did all this so we can live. So we can carry corn in times of famine. Yet many prefer still not to accept His offer of salvation. Joseph gives the brethren instructions on what to do if they must go … they need a surety. You need a surety in the courts of Heaven to live forever. Let Jesus be your surety.

Song.

Arise, my soul, arise;
Shake off thy guilty fears;
The bleeding Sacrifice
In my behalf appears:
Before the throne my Surety stands,
Before the throne my Surety stands;
My name is written on His hands.

Five bleeding wounds He bears,
Received on Calvary,
They pour effectual prayers,
They strongly plead for me:
“Forgive him, O forgive,” they cry,
“Forgive him, O forgive,” they cry,
“Nor let that ransomed sinner die!”

Prayer: O Lord, help me … Stand as my Surety before the throne. Amen

 

The Songs of Joseph is an integration of encouragement scriptural devotions, prayers and a compendium of songs of mercy, salvation, new beginnings and victory.  We can expect as we trust and obey that our end will indeed be ultimately glorious  because God works His marvellous agenda.   Be blessed as you read and sing along, daily.   Edited by  Bolade Apampa 

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Time to Reap

Gen 42:16Gen 42:16
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16 Send one of you, and let him fetch your brother, and ye shall be kept in prison, that your words may be proved, whether there be any truth in you: or else by the life of Pharaoh surely ye are spies. kept...: Heb. bound  

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Send one of you, and let him fetch your brother, and ye shall be kept in prison, that your words may be proved, whether there be any truth in you: or else by the life of Pharaoh surely ye are spies. 17 And he put them all together into ward three days.

The brothers that put Joseph in prison are now arrested and jailed. Destiny will is not immune to certain divine principles. One of such is sowing and reaping. The Bible encourages us not to be weary in good deeds. We are to scatter our seeds as we do not know when it will spring forth … sometimes at the least expected time to favor us. There are many acts of kindness that you have done that you will soon see the harvest coming back to you as God multiplies the seed. You who could not see your brother in lack will also not lack. You who did not permit the stranger to be without a home will also never be homeless. You who gave a home as a facility for the work of the Kingdom will find homes equally given to you. You who cared for the helpless will always find help.

But there are wicked seeds. Alas we pray God will forget them. Indeed He forgives, but we need the learning that reaping provides to us. The brothers who facilitated the imprisonment of the innocent now will go to prison. Paul who arrests many Christian in a previous era now finds himself writing the Epistles in a prison in Rome. God is not mocked and we do not need to clamor for justice as He is always just. He is ever merciful to sustain us through our learning.

The most important thing is to change our seed if we need to. You can sow a kind word, instead of criticism. You can sow mercy instead of justice. You can give generously and scatter even more of that which others have a desperate need. You can give a room to a friend … you can sow a visit to that elderly man with no relatives to care for him.

If you are reaping the wrong seed of yesterday … you can go to God for mercy … but learn. Do not be hasty to do unto someone else that which you will not want done to you … and in multiples too. The harvest is always much more … many multiples of the seed. Mercifully, the brothers are put in prison for only three days. Joseph has truly paid the price and cannot bear to see his own incarcerated.

Isa 53:5Isa 53:5
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5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. wounded: or, tormented stripes: Heb. bruise  

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But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed

Song.

You are going to reap – just what you sow 2ce
Up in the mountain …or down in the valley
You are going to reap – just what you sow.

Prayer: O Lord, help me to change my seed today. Amen

 

The Songs of Joseph is an integration of encouragement scriptural devotions, prayers and a compendium of songs of mercy, salvation, new beginnings and victory.  We can expect as we trust and obey that our end will indeed be ultimately glorious  because God works His marvellous agenda.   Be blessed as you read and sing along, daily.   Edited by  Bolade Apampa 

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