God’s Love Being Displayed Through Joseph’s Hardships

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Genesis 50:15-21

15 When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said to one another, “If Joseph is holding a grudge against us, he will certainly repay us for all the suffering we caused him.”

16 So they sent this message to Joseph, “Before he died your father gave a command: 17 ‘Say this to Joseph: Please forgive your brothers’ transgression and their sin—the suffering they caused you.’ Therefore, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when their message came to him. 18 Then his brothers also came to him, bowed down before him, and said, “We are your slaves!”

19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? 20 You planned evil against me; God planned it for good to bring about the present result—the survival of many people. 21 Therefore don’t be afraid. I will take care of you and your little ones.” And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

When evil times come our way, we sometimes tend to take our focus away from Jesus and into the bad situation we are in. By losing focus, we will miss God’s love being displayed on us. Joseph did not do this, even though his brothers had evil intentions for him and sold him as a slave, God had other plans to save not only those in Egypt (where he was sold to) and the other nations around it but also the same brothers who betrayed him. That is the love of God in action.

Joseph understood the bigger picture because he looked at it at God’s vantage point instead of his. He knew that God never left him but even though he was a slave to an Egyptian captain and then was thrown in prison from a false accusation, Joseph trusted God all the way. His faith NEVER wavered.

After Jacob died (their father), Joseph’s brothers became afraid thinking that their little brother whom they abandoned by selling him as a slave was going to get revenge on them.

In verses 19-20, we see that Joseph always had the bigger picture in mind and truly forgave his brothers because his bad situation turned out to be salvation for countless of people who would have died from the famine. Joseph had to  go through the bad times, which molded him into God’s image to bring about God’s will and glory.

When you see yourself going through tribulation, know that God is in the process of making you ready to accomplish His will that is going to affect many people in your path.

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The World hates The One Who Belongs To Christ

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John 15:18-19

18“If the world hates you, understand that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own. However, because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of it, the world hates you.

Even though you might think that you are unloved by some people or even those that are close to you. Remember that no matter your stands with people in this world, Jesus will always love you and will never leave you nor forsake you, now and forever (Deuteronomy 31:6). As Christians, Jesus said that we will be hated by the world but that’s okay because that means that you are living a life that pleases the Lord. When the world loves you then you should worry because the world is hostile toward Christ since the world is under the influence of the devil. You must prepare your mind for battle, for the flesh desires the pleasures that the world offers which wages war with your inner man. Remember this, the Lord overcame the world so by His strength you will overcome the world too.

1 John 5:4

for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.

Biblical Q&A Form: A Question On Revelation 2:10. What Does “affliction for 10 days” Mean?

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A Christian asks:

Does the “affliction for 10 days” mean anything? Thanks for the anticipated reply!

The question above is pertaining to Revelation 2:10 which says, 10 Don’t be afraid of what you are about to suffer. Look, the Devil is about to throw some of you into prison to test you, and you will have affliction for 10 days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.


Thank you for your question, I hope my answer(s) help.

Answer:

The 10 days are literal days, there’s no indication in the context that it is symbolic or means completion as the number 10 could possibly mean. Keywords or phrases: Don’t be afraid, suffer, throw some of you into prison to test you, are indications that they will literally go through that and the Lord gives them a time frame and concludes by telling them to be faithful.

Affliction can only produce two results in a person:

1.) It can destroy a person’s faith in Jesus, proving that their faith wasn’t genuine.

1 John 2:19 

19 They went out from us, but they did not belong to us; for if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. However, they went out so that it might be made clear that none of them belongs to us.

2.) Affliction builds up or strengthens a person with genuine faith.

James 1:2-4 

2 Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.


Either Satan doesn’t know which one has genuine faith so he tests all who claim to be believers or he can see the Holy Spirit in a person but still believes that he can make them abandon God.

Whichever it is, the conclusion is the same, the destruction of a professing Christian’s faith.

Jesus allows these testings to weed out the fake ones.

Deuteronomy 8:2

Remember that the LORD your God led you on the entire journey these 40 years in the wilderness, so that He might humble you and test you to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep His commands.