A Great Deliverance

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Joseph explains that his brothers only facilitated a great deliverance. The brothers did not know that the famine was to last five more years, and without Joseph they would all have died of hunger. What lessons emerge from the text in today’s devotional?  Let us meditate on only three.

Gen 45:6  For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest. 7  And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.

Joseph explains that his brothers only facilitated a great deliverance. The brothers did not know that the famine was to last five more years, and without Joseph they would all have died of hunger. What lessons emerge from the text in today’s devotional?  Let us meditate on only three.

1.  Life and death is in the hands of God. Indeed many would have perished during this seven year famine. The years of plenty and harvest were all decreed and controlled by God.

2. God will preserve His own – one way or another.  None that ever puts His trust in Him will ever regret or suffer a lack of divine provision.

3. A great deliverance counters a great famine – both ordained of God. There is no problem too vast for which a matching deliverance has not already been put in place ahead.  The Almighty does not work in time.  He can start the work of deliverance decades ahead of any sign of trouble.

Why is this called a great deliverance? It is great in its concealment … no one could ever discover this deliverance.  It is great in its magnitude. God translates a tribe of hungry wandering tent dwellers who were an abomination to Egypt into people who bask in the best of royal provisions and stores/barns of a wealthy civilization that abhorred their very existence. It is great in its authorship.  It was all the work of a great and mighty God.  We need to appreciate the great deliverances of the Almighty to see how puny our thinking can be.  How can we ever do anything but worship a God that can begin a work of protection over ten years before we even perceive the need for deliverance.   God is truly awesome – even Joseph does not know the plan until he sees his brothers in need of provisions at a time of great death. Jehovah is not an ordinary deliverer.  He is a great deliverer – an awesome deliverer.

Now compare your challenges of today to what God did in this text and observe that your issues are elementary, way too easy for God to deal with and bring the required restoration.  He can store the food, supplies in hidden places waiting for you.  Israel and his clan did not labor a single day for the provisions they enjoyed … provisions Egypt gathered and stored for seven years. Perhaps you only need to wait a few more years for what you will enjoy to be fully stored up by those that cannot even stand your presence.  God is awesome.

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My God is awesome, He can move the mountains, Keep me in the valley, hide me from the rain,
My God is awesome, heals me when I’m broken, Strength where I’ve been weakened
Forever He will reign
My God is awesome, Savior of the whole world, Giver of salvation, by His stripes I am healed
My God is awesome, today I’m forgiven – His grace is why I’m living
Praise His Holy Name.

Prayer: Great Deliverer – Be my strength, my shield and my helper. Amen

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The Story behind “Perfect Fall Wedding : The Coming of Christ”

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A fourth book has typical challenges in the sense that one begins to feel somewhat jaded and must recover perspective as though indeed there is something else coming that is yet to be said as it should.  “Three” in the Bible is the number that denotes perfection …the revelation of God in the Trinity.  Four is three plus one … that which proceeds from His complete perfection and that must be His creative work.  “Four” is emphatically the number of Creation;

The fourth day saw the material creation finished (for on the fifth and sixth days it was only the furnishing and peopling of the earth with living creatures). The sun, moon, and stars completed the work, and they were to give light upon the earth which had been created, and to rule over the day and over the night (Genesis 1:14-19).

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Perfect Fall Wedding is therefore perhaps more creative than previous works.  It is not a book about true or false predictions. The metaphor of marriage and a love letter from the  groom to His bride was for me the very best canvas with which the creative agenda of the Godhead could be completely and thoroughly understood.  Indeed there are  snippets in the Bible to help us deal with every challenge and truly the Bible can be a prosperity book, a government manual, a guide for ethics, a cure for social maladies and even more…but this is like Peter being shown where to find the fish but after invited to come and dine only to discover prepared bread and fish was hot and ready waiting …his fish search  irrelevant.

In my few years of teaching, and I have taught extensively the contents of this book, I have not found a picture so familiar and easy to relate to and understand and yet so compelling to tie the plans of God together as the marriage of the Lamb does –from before time into Genesis to Revelation and the after-time.  I have not found imagery so vivid to explain heaven, hell, eternity and judgment as that of a wedding.  The joy of purification, having dominion and remaining apart is no more hard to appreciate or seen as drudgery when this is understood as part of preparations. Also I have not known any other ceremony with more prearrangements, colour and style.  God created us with a style and flourish that is uniquely His – through this metaphor we catch some glimpse of it.  The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton is but nothing compared to what God has laid out.

Why the obsession with “Fall” … the season of the feast of Trumpets which I have said in the Book foreshadows the Rapture.  We know the significant events in the calendar of God did not merely occur they were announced by prophetic fulfilment of feasts as given to Moses in Leviticus.  But the Bible warns us not to relax in the winter, spring and summer and expect to be set for His coming in the Fall.  More importantly a saint unprepared for Him anytime will not be prepared even at a given set time…noting that preparation is given to the Bride – a grace she receives, but cannot originate. The chosen bride will without doubt be prepared.

The book is not about how to live a happily married life, but it does emphasise divine directions as it pertains to marriage ordained by God and not man.  Marriage is therefore always a spiritual and theological issue and not a civil construct. This book is not remotely new revelation – only that present day readers I suspect peep in the word nervously … finding right answers to trivial questions … rather than be given to diligent study and examine research, context and previous interpretations allowing the Holy Spirit to guide.  Also the great achievement of post-modernism  is to suggest to a world with itching ears that Biblical truths are nothing but plain fantasy. Only crazy people will believe in a millennium reign of Christ with His saints.  Existentialists will call this book – a mere piece of futurism and an escape from reality due to inability to cope with today’s challenges.

The key aim of Perfect Fall Wedding is to help the preparation of the bride – the Church – chosen from the foundations of the world.  The bride will glow with joy browsing through the chapters and will keep her letter.  Many others, atheists, non Christians will feel a tug in their heart – a call to return to what has always been there – back to your husband , your maker.  But some will read and feel excitement, entertainment, annoyance, a thrill, a sense of fantasy, amusement, outright disgust, unbelief and anger –like someone devouring the contents of a letter written to another and wondering …what utter nonsense.

Isaiah 54 [5]  For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.

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