Looking On The Things Of Others

In chapter 45 of Genesis, Joseph finally reveals who he was to his brothers. It is a story of great deliverance for Jacob’s family.  In addition Joseph was able to protect his family further for the remaining five years of the famine by moving them to Egypt. Joseph really was looking out for things that were so necessary for their lives. Joseph not only blessed his family but many many more people saw deliverance because he looked out for them. God helped to elevate him to the right hand of Pharaoh so that he was free to put all that he needed to do in motion.

In Philippians chapter 2 there is a great record of Jesus Christ:

3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. 4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal (‘isos’ – equivalence) with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

Jesus had undoubtedly read over and understood the record of Joseph in the Old Testament. He understood how God through Joseph had brought deliverance to his people. It must have been a very encouraging record for him. Jesus ‘thought it not robbery to be equal to God’. He knew he would carry out God’s plan for deliverance as God’s son. He didn’t have to worry about what everybody thought about him, he simply served. Jesus Christ has a name that is truly above every name.  God has put everything under his feet. It is through him we now can walk for God and and have the same equivalent value to help others.

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