We need to ask ourselves if we are really free or do we allow comfort, fear, complacency to dictate and enslave us in our circumstances. I am hanging out a bit in Genesis and Exodus because there is so much revelation about the way we operate and how to break the chains we have in our lives. Of course the entire bible does that, I just am amazed at how much the word of God is living, breathing and revealing.
In Genesis I’m going to start towards the end in chapter 48 where Joseph has already been set second in command over the land of Egypt and his father and brothers are now living in the land with him.
Genesis 48:21 Then Israel said to Joseph, “I am about to die, but God will be with you and take you back to the land of your fathers.
Lets keep in mind that Joseph was second in command with Pharaoh but he was still a slave because he couldn’t go back to his land all willy-nilly, he needed to get permission.
Israel (Jacob) knew better than to think this was the land the Lord had promised. Israel wanted to be truly free and buried in his own land. He wanted the same for his son Joseph. He did get permission from Pharaoh to bury his father but I feel like this is also a great opportunity to ask Pharaoh to let him go back to the land that was promised to him by God and live there… Hmm…..
Do we get to comfortable with where we are that we don’t see or think we need the promises of God right now? Have we been enslaved so long with “it” that we make room for it? Justify it? Work with it? What is your “it” your “Egypt”?
After Joseph’s father died he buried him in his fathers land as promised and came right back, maybe because he was comfortable, wealthy, fearful, powerful, in control…..
so fast forward..
Genesis 50:22-26 Joseph stayed in Egypt, along with all his father’s family. He lived a hundred and ten years 23 and saw the third generation of Ephraim’s children. Also the children of Makir son of Manasseh were placed at birth on Joseph’s knees. 24 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die. But God will surely come to your aid and take you up out of this land to the land he promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” 25 And Joseph made the Israelites swear an oath and said, “God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up from this place.” 26 So Joseph died at the age of a hundred and ten. And after they embalmed him, he was placed in a coffin in Egypt.
Why would the scripture point out that Joseph stayed in Egypt? It implies that he had a choice not to…
Joseph had extreme amount of favor with this Pharaoh, I truly believe he would’ve gotten the OK to leave, no one was a slave just yet… except for him.
Which begs the question; when we are slaves to something do we make others slaves to it as well? become comfortable with it or have them be a part of it?
Do you have a choice to not be a slave to your Egypt? How did we allow ourselves to get to the point where we are slaves to Egypt? Where do we go from here?
The book of Genesis ends there, but this is just the beginning!