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Topic: It's a Colorful World (12/03/09)
TITLE: A Multi-Colored Gift
By Shayne Catoe
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Joseph was traded, enslaved, imprisoned, forgotten, and betrayed numerous times, but the bitterness that sent him near his grave never touched his soul. He chose not to let it. Wherever Joseph went, God’s blessings of success followed him, even in the bleakest of circumstances.
The day came when his name was called by Pharaoh to interpret the truth of his perplexing dreams. Joseph’s body, dirty, and stained from years of imprisonment was groomed in preparation for his presentation before the Great Pharaoh. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob revealed the disastrous meaning of Pharaoh’s dream to Joseph. Joseph instructed the Great Pharaoh to appoint someone to gather and glean for the upcoming famine to feed the mouths of all the colors of the world.
Pharaoh consented and appointed none other than Joseph himself, who feared the God of his fathers. And the world was saved. Joseph could of felt wrath in the standard of human events, but grace took over.
The joy of the story is that Joseph was reunited with his repentant brothers and beloved father as we will someday have a reunion with all we have loved and lost in Christ. For Jacob there was no more weeping over the bloodstained multi-colored coat, but a reunion with the one who had saved him from the famines destruction. Someday we will no longer think of the blood-stained cross, but all our tears will be wiped away and we will be reunited with the One, Jesus, who saved us, along with the others around the world who have accepted his invitation. And in our great host will be a great gift, a multicolored gift, a people for His names sake.
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