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Garments of Reconciliation

Genesis 41:42 NASB

"Then Pharaoh took off his signet ring from his hand, and put it on Joseph's hand, and clothed him in garments of fine linen, and put the gold necklace around his neck."

Last week, Joseph interpreted Pharaoh's troubling dreams and advised him to appoint a wise man to administer a savings plan during the seven years of plenty to provide for the nation during the seven years of drought to follow.

Pharaoh followed his advise and appointed Joseph-the man he'd just called out of his prison-to prepare the country for their future. He put his signet ring on Joseph's hand and the garment of exultation on his back. Last week, as we closed, we considered the questions, "How will Joseph do during this season of prosperity? Will he exact revenge on the cupbearer who forgot about him or Potiphar's wife who lied about him? How will he use his power? Will he remain faithful to his God, or while in Egypt will he do as the Egyptians do?" During the evening service we discussed three strategies to help a Christian remain faithful to God during prosperous years. We said to, first, "Bless the Lord and give Him the praise He deserves." Deut. 8:10 says, "When you have eaten and are satisfied, you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land which He has given you." Second we said to "Be careful to keep His commandments." Deut. 8:11 says, "Beware lest you forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments and His ordinances and His statutes which I am commanding you today;" And third, we said to "Remember the Lord," like Deut. 8:18 teaches, "But you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day."

So what did Joseph do? Did he Bless the Lord, keep His commandments and remember the Lord? We'll see in just a minute, first let's see what happened in Egypt.

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