Moses and Joseph

Exo 13:19 And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him: for he had straitly sworn the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you; and ye shall carry up my bones away hence with you.

Eighty years pass. Moses having spent 40 years in Egypt and 40 years in the wilderness is prepared as God’s servant for the deliverance of the children of Israel …as Abraham, Jacob and Joseph had said would happen. Eventually God’s mighty hand forces Pharaoh to release the children of Israel from the bondage of Egypt. Moses does not leave Egypt without carrying the bones of Joseph. The Red Sea parts before the bones of Joseph and his body is carried out of Egypt.

Do you know that God reciprocated this important kindness in the life of Moses by carrying the body of Moses. The Bible tells us God buried Moses. This important seed produced its harvest.

Deu 34:5 So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD. 6 And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Bethpeor: but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day.

Do you know that there are many acts of kindness that appear useless, worthless and meaningless but count very much with God. Moses treasured the promises and ways of God and because he loved God. He knew he must obey Joseph’s commandment to have his body taken out of Egypt. When we seek instant gratification we miss great opportunities to serve God. When we take personal pains concerning divine instructions unnoticed and unrewarded by men …God registers it and does not forget. God does not forget unusual service of obedience…especially in a time when men will not appreciate strict obedience to divine commandments. God was so deeply committed to Joseph … even to his dried embalmed bones … the harvest of Joseph’s rare commitment to God.

God visited the children of Israel even though hundreds of years passed. All the prophecies of God concerning your life will be completely fulfilled. But ponder …what kind of harvest is waiting for me? Amen.

Song.

We reap what we sow…as we scatter the seed
On the ground of obedience of love
What men reward – God has already paid
But seeds of sacrifice that go unsung
Are seeds for GOD himself to nurture
What harvest is waiting for me – when the trumpet eventually sounds.

We reap what we sow … as we scatter the seed
The word of God looking for hearts
When men praise us – God has already paid
But the word that causes repentance and many lonely nights
Is the word GOD himself will nurture.
What harvest is waiting for me – when the trumpet eventually sounds

Prayer : Lord Jesus, Help me to sow good seeds only. 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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Categories of Blessings

Gen 49:25 Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of Heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb:

Joseph is encompassed with divine help and blessings of different kinds. Joshua came from the tribe of Joseph …the chief commander in the wars of Canaan – helped by God as the walls of Jericho fell down flat …and as victories followed victories. Jacob blesses Joseph – pronouncing the blessings of Heaven above – the good things that come from the physical Heaven – rain, good weather and favorable winds. The blessings of the deep that lieth under refer to all the mineral wealth, fruitful fields and the cooperation of the earth to favor Joseph. The blessings of the breasts and of the womb … refer to safe delivery and nursing of infants … none will still be barren, none will be still born … nor will any infant die at the early stages of nursing and nurturing … this refers to fruitfulness and expansions and a prolific unusual fertility. May all these blessings be also yours in the name of Jesus. The Almighty shall bless you with all manner of blessings. May you be singled out for all categories of blessings like the tribe of Joseph.

Joseph has become a blessing not just to Egypt, but to all that will be born through him – his many descendants will enjoy a rare grace to flourish that will cause others to stare in amazement. All of creation was commanded to favor the descendants of Joseph and so it was. To be blessed by all categories of blessings is an incredible favor that has far reaching effects to generations even yet unborn.

Song.

I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.
I need Thee, O I need Thee; Every hour I need Thee;
O bless me now, my Savior, I come to Thee.

I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby;
Temptations lose their power when Thou art nigh.
I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain;
Come quickly and abide, or life is in vain.

I need Thee every hour; teach me Thy will;
And Thy rich promises in me fulfill.
I need Thee every hour, most Holy One;
O make me Thine indeed, Thou blessèd Son.

Prayer : O Lord, Bless me indeed – O Lord bless me like you blessed Joseph. 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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