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Joseph's Story from Genesis

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    • THE BIG PICTURE Genesis 37:5-8,26-28; 50:15-21 By John R Wible November 1, 2013 11/17/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 1
    • The Big Picture 11/17/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 2
    • The Big Picture (Literally) 11/17/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 3
    • What’s the Point? God is at work even in the midst of conflict. 11/17/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 4
    • Conflict • Can feel draining, can feel like it is keeping us from something meaningful • God can use whatever conflict to bring meaningful results in our lives. • Conflict can lead to resolution, which can lead to stronger relationships. • God can strengthen our faith and endurance through conflict. 11/17/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 5
    • The Bible Passage • Genesis 37:5-8,26-28; 50:15-21 • Joseph’s life from teenage to VicePharoah 11/17/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 6
    • The Setting • Favoritism, hatred, and envy defined the family of Jacob. • Brothers hated Joseph wanting to kill him. • Instead they profited from their hatred. • Done with their brother, later, they found themselves standing before him in Egypt. • He forgave them because he saw that God was at work through all that transpired. 11/17/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 7
    • The Bigger Picture • Israel’s role as the people of promise was being jeopardized by their acceptance of the loose moral standards of the native Canaanites. – Incest, Reuben and his father’s wife – Judah’s marriage to a Canaanite, incest • God moved them away to Egypt through Joseph’s story 11/17/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 8
    • A Silver Lining • When have you seen the silver lining in a difficult situation? • When did you figure out that it was, in fact, a silver lining? • How did you react to the initial incident and then to the Big Picture? 11/17/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 9
    • Focus • We’re not going to focus on anyone’s dysfunctional family. • We’re going to focus on the work of God in the midst of whatever dysfunction or conflict we are facing. 11/17/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 10
    • What Have We Learned? Four Sessions of resolving conflict • Conflicts can arise because of different priorities • It’s Not about ME! • Sometimes you need to stand down • Never compromise on the Bible • Sometimes you have to “step in” 11/17/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 11
    • I Have a Dream Read: Genesis 37:5-8 • Joseph had a dream that all the sheaves bowed down to him. • Perhaps he should have kept it to himself • Page 151 Question # 2? 11/17/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 12
    • Enough Blame to Go Around • What was Joseph’s heritage of deception? • Who all was to blame? – Joseph – The Brothers – Jacob – Rachael 11/17/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 13
    • Bad Blood, Maybe? • • • • Read Genesis 37:26-28 What happened here? See page 152. How did the brothers justify themselves? How does that differ from the teachings of Jesus? • How has a conflict shaped your life? • What does the quote on p. 156 mean? 11/17/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 14
    • Then What HaPPened? • What has happened here? Joseph was: – Priced – Potiphar – Prison – Phantasies – Prime Minister 11/17/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 15
    • Drama in Egypt 11/17/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 16
    • Drama in Egypt • • • • Read Genesis 50:15-21. Q: Page 155 # 4? Joseph saw the big picture. How did God use event’s in Joseph’s life to impact positively Joseph, his family, the people of Egypt, all of the region? • How does it affect us today? 11/17/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 17
    • Your “Big Picture” • Look at “The Big Picture” on page 148 of the BOOK:
 • Someone who hurt you is now asking to be a part of your life again, how might God be at work in this? • How might God be at work in a current conflict in your life? • How can we encourage each other? 11/17/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 18
    • Live It Out • • • • • Conflict can be draining, God can use it. Conflict can lead to resolution. Resolution can enhance relationships. God strengthens faith and endurance. What are you going to do about it? – Trust God? – Forgive someone? – Call someone? 11/17/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 19
    • I Wonder . . . • Could God be at work in your conflict, preparing a better story for you? • That’s far better than any silver lining.” 11/17/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 20
    • Let’s Pray About it! 11/17/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 21