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Topic: Escape (01/02/06)
TITLE: Escape - ours for the asking
By Suzanne R
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Joseph – aged 17:
“Get me outta here! These ropes hurt so bad. Don’t they know who I am? Help!”
“Can’t believe those scumbag brothers of mine sold me to slave-traders. Dad’s gonna kill ‘em. They’ll never get away with this.”
“Can’t stand it. The muck they pour down our throats. Having to … you know … while tied to these other stinky men. Not even able to wipe myself properly. I’d try and work the ropes loose, but they burn so bad.”
“I’m gonna escape. Gotta escape. Jehovah, God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, help. Please. I wanna go home. I’m not much more than a kid. PLEASE.”
“Gone! That boastful dreamer is gone! Someone go buy some booze. Let’s grab one of Dad's young goats. Better drain the blood before throwing it on the barbeque. It’s time to celebrate.”
“Guess we’ve got to go home sometime. What are we going to tell the folks? We need a story, or Dad will have us out scouring the hills for Joseph for the rest of our lives. He wouldn’t do that for us.”
“Okay – here’s the plan. We’ll make out he’s been eaten by wild animals or something. Here – we’ve got his fancy coat. Rip it – splash around a bit of the blood from that goat. There – looks convincing.”
“Okay, time to go home and break the news – freedom at last from that pesky kid!”
Place - Egypt
Joseph – aged 23:
“Ma’am, the master has entrusted me with everything. He has not withheld anything except you. I cannot betray his trust. I hear your threats, but believe me, I would rather rot in jail than sleep with you. Escape? Not for a moment, ma’am. Not on those terms.”
Joseph – aged 30:
“Redeemer God, you have done it! I’m not only free, but am in charge of the whole land of Egypt! Thank you for the gift of interpreting dreams. With your help, I’m confident of doing a good job here. Escape? You’ve granted more than escape!”
(Joseph – aged 39)
“Sir, we beg of you, take pity on our family and approve our application to buy grain here in Egypt. Your mercy is our only way of escape from sure starvation. Please.”
“You are spies. You are up to no good. Prove your innocence to me. You swear your youngest brother is at home with your father. Fine. Until you bring him here, I’ll keep one of you imprisoned. Soldiers – take that man to the dungeons.”
Brothers (speaking amongst themselves):
“Surely our actions are catching up with us. Is it not enough that our father has mourned these many years? Is it not enough that each of us has been tormented daily by guilt? The God of our fathers has not let us escape. We are being punished for that atrocity.”
(Joseph – aged 40)
“We’ve brought Benjamin. It almost killed our father to let him go. And here is the money for last year’s food. We don’t know how it came to be in our sacks. Please, sir, be kind to us. Please spare us from sure starvation. We beg you for permission to buy from Egypt’s stores of grain.”
“So this is the kid brother, eh? Fine young man he is. Keep your money – your payment was complete last year. I need some space … I’ll have Simeon sent up from the cells. Be ready for lunch at midday.”
Two days later:
“Impossible! The governor’s silver goblet is here in Benjamin’s sack of grain? What hope do we have? God is punishing us. We shall never escape. And no, soldiers, you can’t take Benjamin. Take us all. We cannot face Father without Benjamin.”
“My dear brothers, don’t you see who I am? I am Joseph. You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good. He has given our family a way to escape the famine. He put me in this place at this time to save many.”
God’s ways are above our ways. Joseph seemed to be captive for life, betrayed by his own people. Yet through the favoured son, Joseph, the Israelites escaped certain destruction.
Centuries later, another Israelite submitted to what seemed like captivity, betrayed by His own people. Yet through the favoured Son, Jesus, any who believe can escape destruction.
Thanks to the captive, escape is ours for the asking.
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