Simple Evangelism

At the risk of over simplification, the success of Joseph boils down to 3 factors. Since God is no respecter of persons, this holds true for for us today.

First, God is real and is number one. Without anyone else He still exists. He is the all in all, the creator, the mighty one, the master of the universe. Without God nothing good happens. God existed back in Joseph’s time, as he exists for us today.

 Second Joseph had a relationship with God.  He accomplished amazingly good things. He was thankful for God and because of that he was in a position  to help others. He continued to look to God despite what was going on around him.

When we neglect our own relationship with God we miss out. Nothing ever should stand in the way of freely associating with God. We have that right because of the sacrifice and resurrection And ascension of Jesus Christ. We didn’t earn it. There is no altar rail, no veil, no condemnation by others, education, position, ethnic background, gender, overloaded schedule or anything else in this life that should get in the way of our approach to the throne.

Finally once we know how much we are loved by God, then we can begin to really help others. It is beautiful the changes in Jacob’s family as Joseph rose up. Jacob’s blessing in Genesi 49:22-26 says it all:

22 Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall: 23 The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him: 24 But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel:) 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: 26 The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.

A fruitful bough runs over the wall! The reason Joseph ‘was separate’ from his brethren was that he knew God and listened to Him. It was evident in Joseph’s life that he listened to God from the very beginning of the record on Joseph. It is that simple!

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  1. Verses six and seven, “And Abram passed through the land to Canaan, to a place called Shechem, (located in a valley between Mount Gerazim and Mount Ebal occupied by the Hivites — Serpent’s seed. This is where Joshua divided the whole company as Moses had commanded, setting one half against Mount Gerazim where he recited the blessings of obedience, and the other half against Mount Ebal where he recited the curses of disobedience). And he set up camp beside the oak or terebinth at Moreh (meaning “teacher” as in the teaching or former rain).

  2. “FREELY” He says. How hard it is sometimes to take off our denominational and doctrinal glasses. Some read it as though it says, “How much more shall He freely give all things – ‘to the person who never sins’, or ‘who fasts for three hours, reads 10 chapters of the Bible and prays for at least an hour every day. Or who is worthy and never fails and is always faithful and obedient, etc., etc. “I put in my thumb and pulled out a plum, O what a good boy am I.” That’s why God blesses me!!! Nonsense, all of God’s blessings come through the cross and because of the cross. Sure He will also bless you for being obedient and faithful etc., but they don’t depend on your performance and ability to live failure free, but upon His heart and love for you and what He has already done for you that you didn’t deserve.

  3. Verses six and seven, “And Abram passed through the land to Canaan, to a place called Shechem, (located in a valley between Mount Gerazim and Mount Ebal occupied by the Hivites — Serpent’s seed. This is where Joshua divided the whole company as Moses had commanded, setting one half against Mount Gerazim where he recited the blessings of obedience, and the other half against Mount Ebal where he recited the curses of disobedience). And he set up camp beside the oak or terebinth at Moreh (meaning “teacher” as in the teaching or former rain).

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