COVERED AND COLOREDBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt"And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him. And delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favor and wisdom in the sight of Pharoah king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house."Acts 7:9-10------Joseph was the early envy of his brothers.Between the sizeable dreams, the apparent favor of their father, and the colorful coat, his presence was just a little too much. Moved to envy, they thought to be rid of him.Concocting a seriously curious plan, they determined first to kill him, but then changed their minds (thanks to Judah,) trading him for money instead.Twenty pieces of silver later, Joseph is loaded up on an Ishmaelite "train" headed south and brought into Egypt.Hmmm ...------What strange and seemingly "unmerciful" events tend to Joseph in the early and vulnerable years of his life ... and yet what curious and wondrous supernatural events transpire for him, his family, and the entire nation of Israel over time.Over and over we see this scene reenacting itself in the lives of God's elect.We see it happening in Jesus' life too.Luke reminds us, in the book of Acts, of the wondrous supernatural realities which rest and reside on the heads of God's elect because of His victorious Son, Jesus Christ.Weaving the everlasting thread of His authoritative sovereignty throughout the book, we are reminded of His divine providence, purpose, and power in prevailing with finality over all, through all, and in all on this earth.+In sending His Son to death, ours souls will be spared death.+In raising His Son to life, our souls will be saved and raised with Him to newness of life.Looking to Christ is the prerequisite for obtaining eternal life;and the Spirit's indwelling is given to us upon this confession.What an adventure awaits us upon this acceptance!God's indomitable power is going to usher in for us, a concoction of events, trials, and conformities which appear, for a season, to work contrary to the favor of God yet will predispose themselves to a larger God-glorifying work clearly evident with time through the power of Jesus Christ, in the end.-----Men will see the glory of God and give Him praise; Christ will show Himself with power and men shall gaze.Covered and colored by the scarlet blood, In a robe of grace.God be praised for endless days ...forever and ever."Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? ... Nay in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come; Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."Romans 8:35;37-39------- THREE STUDY EMPOWERMENTS1) Read Acts 7-13 and reflect on God's extraordinary power, authority, and sovereignty through the ages. Make empowering observations and view your life as woven "into" this marvelous masterpiece.What can be decidedly affirmed?-------2) What is Luke's objective of reaching into the past and what purpose does it fulfill in light of the resurrection?What power avails itself to us as a result?--------3) Contemplate the greater story of redemption as it makes its way into the lives of the Gentiles. What story (Acts 7-13) or character empowers you? Why?--------Love the life you live ...Covered and Colored.
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