Today I thought I would share an insight from the life of Joseph that lit up for me this morning. The life and times of Joseph, as recorded in Genesis, has so many parallels to the life of Jesus Christ. One is revealed at the end of Genesis with Joseph saying, “You thought evil against me; but God meant it for good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.” This is quite an amazing thing for Joseph to point out to his manipulative brothers but that last part is the kicker “to save much people alive.”
Joseph was sold into slavery as a result of evil intentions on the part of his brothers. You see they were jealous of him and carried out their dastardly deed in order to remove him from their lives. Little did they know their act of betrayal would actually save them one day, but let’s get to the point. Since God is sovereign he knows the end from the beginning and thankfully he loves us. He worked this whole thing out, the mistreatment of Joseph by his own brothers, so in the end they could be saved. God pre-planned for Joseph to be in a position to provide and save the very people that sold him out in the first place. Amazing!
If you look in Revelation 13:8 you will see where Jesus Christ is “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” In other words the provision for our salvation was in place long before the fall of man in the Garden. “Oh the depth and riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God.” You see while the fall of man was tragic, apparently it never caught God off guard. In fact one could argue the fall is part of the plan. After all the result of the fall brought sorrow into the lives of Adam and Eve, sorrow in childbearing for her and sorrow in providing food for him. You see this sorrow is actually a gift from God because without it we would never come to see our need of him and the true purpose and plan God has for us.
God’s plan of “making man in his image and giving them dominion over all he created” still applies. He hasn’t changed his ultimate plan for us in that he still plans for us to reign over his creation. The fall, as it were, is really just one aspect of his plan. If we had never attempted to run things our own way we never would come to the conclusion his way is the only way. God knows we have to learn the wrong way before we will go the right way. So he went into this whole human project with full knowledge of what it was going to take for us to get it and still thought it worthwhile. Isn’t it great to know the fall didn’t catch him off guard? God really does work all things out for our good. He is so patient with us not wanting any to perish but for all to come to repentance and faith in him.