Come Near to Jesus

Gen 45:4 And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt.

Jesus once told the disciples when He rose from the dead that it is He that they crucified. Doubting Thomas needed to touch His hands and feel the nail prints, the wounds that were still visible on His body. Jesus wants us to come nearer to Him to discover that indeed He has died for our sins and is calling us to be cleansed by the blood that He shed at Calvary. We must come up higher to He that dwells on high. As we come higher to Him, we drop the weights of fear, doubt, sin and foolishness. As we come nearer we see Christ has been glorified. He is not bitter or vengeful about His crucifixion, but more concerned that His work be not in vain. He does not want us in pain, fear or sin again. He is sad when we enter into bondages He has already paid for.

Joseph has similar feelings towards his brothers and wants them to see that God only used the situation to cause Him to protect and raise them up to join him albeit in a time of famine. Joseph wants them to come close to examine him well … indeed there are marks that only brethren can identify. Joseph reminds them that it was their wicked actions God used to bring Him to this exalted place.

When we come near to Jesus, we feel His compassion, His love, His forgiveness … we hear Him, we begin to know Him and love Him. When we come near to Jesus, darkness flees from our heart as darkness cannot come close to Jesus. We come near to Jesus by meditating more on the word of God as He is the word made flesh. We understand and have a deeper revelation of the fellowship of His suffering and the power of His resurrection. We are crucified with Him – therefore we no longer live, Christ lives in us. Christ becomes everything .. our all in all. Lord draw me nearer to you today.

Song.
I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice, And it told Thy love to me;
But I long to rise in the arms of faith And be closer drawn to Thee.

Draw me nearer, nearer blessèd Lord, To the cross where Thou hast died.
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessèd Lord, To Thy precious, bleeding side.

Consecrate me now to Thy service, Lord, By the power of grace divine;
Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope, And my will be lost in Thine.

O the pure delight of a single hour That before Thy throne I spend,
When I kneel in prayer, and with Thee, my God I commune as friend with friend!

There are depths of love that I cannot know Till I cross the narrow sea;
There are heights of joy that I may not reach – Till I rest in peace with Thee.

Prayer: Lord, Draw me nearer to you never to be apart from you, again. 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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The Final Cry

Gen 45:1 Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all them that stood by him; and he cried, Cause every man to go out from me. And there stood no man with him, while Joseph made himself known unto his brethren. 2 And he wept aloud: and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard.

The Egyptians did not suspect that Joseph had any relationship with these tent dwellers and had no reaction for what was going on until they hear the loud cry of Joseph – who could no more restrain himself. This was no ordinary cry nor was it an expression of sorrow or loss. This cry was loud the Bible tells us and gets the attention of the house of Pharaoh.

This was a cry of victory. The victory of God over every plan of hell to destroy the destiny of men. Joseph could see that the father he missed was alive and well, the brother he missed was right in front of him, his other brothers had been transformed … and that God had used him to preserve the clan from death in the seven year famine. It was a cry of joy, to suddenly realize that the years of sacrifice and waiting on God was not in vain. It was a cry to announce that destiny has at last been fulfilled and dreams have come true. It was a cry that had never been heard before – that the salvation of God is real, complete and beyond the comprehension and manipulation of men. It was a loud cry to declare that Jehovah indeed reigns in all the affairs of men, and above every other god … including the gods of Egypt. It was a cry that wiped out every previous cry ushering a new era -an end to pain, toil and conflict.

But this sound also has a significance to Egypt … the Bible says in Rev 8:13 And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of Heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!

For the unsaved, there will be an appointed day of loud sounds, trumpets and cries. But it will be a day of woe. A day of sudden realization that the Most High reigns forever and ever, and He rules over every other god including the gods of Egypt and their evil princes of lust, mammon and religious deception. A day that marks the beginning of an eternal damnation and wails of regret – the shrieks in hell fire. The unsaved will one day hear … the announcement of a woe that has come upon them. A final cry is coming with different implications for different people. May God have mercy on us when the trumpet sounds.

Song.

Jesus cries out that “I am come … I am come with great love”
My heart in answer says come Lord – And bring salvation nigh

Will you be ready when the Lord shall come
Will you be ready when the Lord shall come
I will be ready I will be ready I will be ready when the Lord shall come 2ce

Prayer: Lord, May I be in the assembly that will rejoice forever at the final cry. 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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