All is revealed……and oh, so many tears….

23 01 2011

DAY TWENTY-THREE : Genesis 45 v. 1 – 47 v. 12; Matthew 16 v. 1 – 20; Psalm 14 v. 1 – 7

This Sunday feels like ‘revelation’ day. Joseph reveals who he is to his brothers (and there is so much weeping). Simon Peter answers Jesus’s question about who He is by revealing “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Other points I noticed :
Genesis 45 – Joseph is bursting to tell them, and bursts into tears as he does. The brothers are terrified at first. Joseph is able to see that God’s hand has been in all this, steering Joseph to this very point,
“it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you…”
“God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.”
A place is prepared for Jacob and all the family to relocate to Egypt.
Lots of kissing and weeping as the brothers are reunited. Not a hint of bitterness towards them.
Pharoah promises the best land for Joseph’s family. “The best of all Egypt will be yours”.

I love the fact that when he sends his brothers off back to Canaan to fetch Jacob, Joseph tells them, “Don’t quarrel on the way.” Ahh, he know his brothers well, eh?

Jacob (Israel) is stunned, but his “spirit is revived”, and he determines to go to see Joseph before he (Jacob) dies. His son had been lost to him for well over 20 years. It reminds me to pray for all those parents of ‘missing’ children, that in their pain, they might know the love, peace, strength and hope of God.

Genesis 46 – As Jacob offers sacrifices, God speaks to him, bringing to life again the promise to Abraham and Isaac about making these people a great nation. The phrase “and Joseph’s hand will close your eyes”, is beautiful for the elderly Jacob to hear.
66 men (same no. as books in the Bible) were in the Jacob entourage (sons / grandsons) who travelled.
Very emotional reunion for Jacob and Joseph (more tears, ‘ for a long time’).
The symbolism of this ageing Hebrew shepherd father blessing the Egyptian Pharoah is both touching and awe-inspiring.

MATTHEW – “Red sky at night, shepherds’ delight; red sky in the morning, shepherds’ warning”, Jesus more or less quotes to get them to realise how slow they are to read the signs of the age. Jesus talks to His disciples cryptically / parabolically about the dangers of being influenced by the Pharisees / Sadducees – the ‘yeast of the Pharisees’. Just as there’s a good yeast, a good influence in the dough, so there can be a bad yeast / influence.
Be on your guard, says Jesus. Be careful what you listen to (even impressive sounding religious teachers).

THE KEY QUESTION – when Jesus asks the disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” it is a question which reverberates down the ages and comes to us today. Who is Jesus ? Peter is led to an amazing confession that he believes, he sees that Jesus us the Son of God, the Messiah. Jesus points out that Peter (and we) can only know this as a result of God revealing Himself to us.
Jesus says that He will build His church, a church which will be able to withstand all that hell might throw at it.
Peter (and the other disciples?) will be given the keys of the kingdom (hence, St. Peter often pictured at the pearly gates) – keys to loose, to set free, to release
keys to bind, to hold captive, to lock away
ours is the task to set people free – may we unlock people and potential every day.
Jesus is cautious about who knows what at this stage, so tells them to keep it under their hat.

THE PSALMIST TODAY – is struggling to see or experience any good. He/she longs for God to bring salvation, to restore the land, to bring a season of rejoicing and of happiness.


They are happy tears
the tears that roll down my cheeks
at the sight of family reunions
long lost relatives reconnected.

They are happy tears
the tears that roll down my cheeks
as the penny drops, it hits home
and all is revealed, laid bare.

They are happy tears
the tears that roll down my cheeks
as Jesus becomes known as Christ,
Messiah, Redeemer, Saviour, Friend

They are happy tears
the tears that roll down my cheeks
face to face with a God who
calls and attracts one life at a time
one family at a time,
one community at a time.

They are happy tears
the tears that roll down my face,
as  I realise, like Joseph did,
that God is in charge
wherever we are, whatever we face.
And a brighter day is coming….




2 responses

23 01 2011
kathryn Townson

Wow. Emotive words at the end. Beautiful!

24 01 2011

Thanks !

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