Soli Deo Gloria

“God Preserves His People” Genesis 37:1-41:57

An Expositional Sermon
Consider Christ. He was rejected by sinful men, sold out for not 20 shekels of silver but 30 pieces of silver by Judas. Jesus didn’t bear the whips of Ishmaelite/Midianite slave owners, but the cruel flogging trained executioners on behalf of the Rome. Jesus was handed over to the Roman authorities to be crucified by His Jewish brotherhood who originally plotted to murder Him themselves. There was not a Reuben and Judah to be used in God’s sovereignty to save Jesus. Satan tried in the temptation to redirect Jesus from the cross, to direct Him away from the path of victory through weakness. Peter tried to lead Jesus away from the cross, after the feeding of the 5,000 they tried to make Jesus king. No, God’s King is not exalted by earthly means, but through suffering. Jesus is the only Savior, but He’s not the kind of Savior that avoids bearing the trial of hell that His people deserve. He’s the kind of savior king who faces hell square on and He triumphs for His glory and for the saving of His people. Jesus wasn’t in this to save Himself, but to save people who were deserving only of God’s wrath. Even as we’ll see that God is working in the suffering of Joseph to establish him in a position of authority and preserve His people.