A New Beginning

Exo 1:1Exo 1:1
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The Second Book of Moses, Called Exodus 1 1 Now these are the names of the children of Israel, which came into Egypt; every man and his household came with Jacob.  

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Now these are the names of the children of Israel, which came into Egypt; every man and his household came with Jacob. Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin, 4 Dan, and Naphtali, Gad, and Asher. 5 And all the souls that came out of the loins of Jacob were seventy souls: for Joseph was in Egypt already. 6 And Joseph died, and all his brethren, and all that generation. 7 And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them.

August is the eighth month of the year and eight is a month of new beginnings. Beginnings tend to be deceptive. They could like the end has come …beginnings sometimes resemble endings and we need to look closer to see fresh starts when your senses observe only sad closures. The book of Exodus starts with an account of the number that entered Egypt. God is concerned about details, the Bible says even the strands of hair is numbered to God. God does not miss any detail. The entire generation of 70 souls died.

Deu 1:11Deu 1:11
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(The LORD God of your fathers make you a thousand times so many more as ye are, and bless you, as he hath promised you!)

The Lord can multiply that which is placed obediently in His hand. The Children of Israel multiplied and they became renowned and influential. I believe God can take that ministry, that vision …that business concept …whatever seems to be starting in death is about to suddenly explode in fantastic multiplication and growth. Just remain in His purpose … do not stray from where He has positioned you. Take your eyes off the corpse of Joseph and look to His God. What looks like the end is really a blessed new beginning. A nation cannot be a nation if the citizens are few. The nation of Israel is incubated (not in Canaan) …becomes a people in the least likely place … in Egypt. God wants you to know that He is unlimited by location … only your disobedience frustrates your destiny. Be still in Him. Soon all that pertains to you will be a thousand times more.

Song.
O God, our help in ages past, Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast, And our eternal home.

Under the shadow of Thy throne – Thy saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is Thine arm alone, And our defense is sure.

Before the hills in order stood, Or earth received her frame,
From everlasting Thou art God, To endless years the same.

Thy Word commands our flesh to dust, “Return, ye sons of men:”
All nations rose from earth at first, And turn to earth again.

A thousand ages in Thy sight – Are like an evening gone;
Short as the watch that ends the night – Before the rising sun.

Prayer : Lord Jesus, be our security, our help and shield in all situations. 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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Embalmed

Gen 50:26Gen 50:26
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26 So Joseph died, being an hundred and ten years old: and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.  

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So Joseph died, being an hundred and ten years old: and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.

It does not matter where life and circumstances have put you. You will still be brought out. It might be years later, your situation may have become like dried and flaky bones … you will still be brought out. They put Christ in the grave and found a huge stone to make it impossible for him to come out …but the Holy Spirit is unstoppable. Not even by death. The dried bones of joseph would still one day be carried through the Dead Sea … after a mighty victory over all of Pharaoh’s resistance.

I want the reader to reflect on how God can overcome extremely unlikely odds to still achieve his purpose. Death, embalmment and Egypt cooperated to keep Joseph down … but one day He was brought up. It does not matter how many generations would pass …and that it would be about 400 years later …Time cannot stop the promises of God. It is never too late.

Be encouraged if hopes seem dead and buried … for Lazarus, his body had already started stinking …for Jesus it was after three days … for Joseph – it was generations after. Egypt will never be your home for there is no rest in Egypt – symbolizing worldliness. But there is a place of rest. God enjoys demonstrating His power over everything the world will call impossible …whatever the world has closed its file on …God will open up …in His appointed time. A day was coming when that coffin would be disturbed … and a day was coming when Joseph will come out. Death is not the end for the pilgrim … instead it is the beginning of a glorious transition. Your trouble is not the end. It seems over but it is really a new beginning in disguise. Even the dead rise. Hallelujah

Song.

It’s not over. I’m coming out
Nothing can stop me … not even the grave
The bones may dry up … people may forget
But it’s not over … the Spirit is moving
Soon the Red Sea must part

To remind all that nothing – absolutely nothing
Can stop what the Lord brings out.
Not even a coffin or centuries in a sealed grave
Will stop my rising again.
It’s only a new beginning waiting to start.

Prayer : Lord Jesus, in you mercy … let your love keep and guide me through the final journey back home.

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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