Joseph

“By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, made mention of the exodus of the Israelites and gave directions concerning his bones.” – Hebrews 11:22

“Here the example is given of Joseph, who certainly faced struggle and hardship during his life (Genesis 37:23–24; 39:10–20). Despite that, he witnessed God using those hardships to rescue the descendants of Jacob (Genesis 45:1–5; 50:19–20). As a result, though he died with Israel still living outside of the Promised Land, Joseph specifically asked that his bones be carried into that land when Israel finally took possession (Genesis 50:25). During the exodus from Egypt, four centuries later, Joseph’s bones were transported personally by Moses (Exodus 13:18–19).” (quotation from a bibleref.com entry on Heb 11:22).

Admirable Qualities of Joseph’s Faith:

• Joseph made a point to insist on the importance of God’s plan for his community.

What can we do day to day to insist upon God’s will for our communities? How can we reach our communities through outreach and kindness?

“‘“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.” Then the righteous will answer him, saying, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?” And the King will answer them, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”’”- Matthew 25:35-40

“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” -James 2:14-17

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