English Sermon (01/24/21) – Beneath the Surface: Going Back in Order to Go Forward (Genesis 50:15-21)
Something that none of us get a say in is the family we are born into. However much we love them or whatever way we feel about them, we all know that none of us are born into perfect families. Joseph’s family in Genesis was no exception. Looking through his life, we know that in his family there were lies, sibling rivalry, favoritism, and unhealthy marriage – most of which were sins passed on from his family generations before. Yet, we see what he says to his brothers, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good” (v.20). Joseph recognized and eventually called out the sins of his family but even more than that, he was able to show love to his brothers because he loved God and trusted in God’s sovereign hand. Our family past becomes part of our identity, and exploring that past and knowing more about them gives us discernment for our choices in the future. Through the power of the gospel, we can break free and move forward.