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God surprises, Genesis 44:1-45:3

We have reached a pivotal moment in the saga of Joseph's mistreatment at the hands of his brothers. Step by step, God unpicks the wrongs inflicted on him, reversing the position to the point where Judah, who had been the instigator of Joseph's exile, offers his own life in the place of his brother, foreshadowing the One who would come later from the line of Judah, who would be the ultimate stand-in, not just for his brother, but for his enemy too.

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Fairness in the Kingdom

Picture this: you have a mountain of work to get through; what will motivate you to plough through it? Matthew is at pains to show us God's kingdom. In today's passage, he shows us what God has to say about rewards. He exposes man's values and shows how God's kingdom values are different. Man values rewards based on work done, whereas God gives rewards based on his grace alone. If our reward in heaven were to be based on what we deserve then we will be paid in punishment, but this isn't about earning reward; instead it's about receiving God's gift. So, if we can't earn our reward, what motivates us? Only that we want to respond to God's grace, His undeserved gift of salvation!

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God plans, Genesis 42:1-38

In this section we hardly see God mentioned. It’s all about the brothers and their visit to Egypt where they encounter Joseph. But what I’d like us to see is that there are traces of his presence all through the text. And if we see God’s footprints here, we might also see them in our own lives. The Joseph story shows guilt being addressed; it shows a change from lying to truth telling; from godlessness to godliness. And it’s not just an old story – it could well be our story; and the relief we find at the cross of Jesus where guilt is atoned for.

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God’s vision for the church 4, Matthew 28:16-20 & Acts 2:42-47

In this, the last of four talks in this series on God's vision for the church, Jonathan Shulver and Philip Sweeting summarise the earlier sermons and John Ross draws final conclusions.

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God reveals, Genesis 41:1-43

Genesis, the book of beginnings, starts with creation – but then we are plunged into the most terrible fall from grace – and judgement follows. God, however, won’t be beat – and he begins his plan of rescue with Abraham; he will take a rag-bag of people and make them into a great nation in order to produce his Messianic Rescuer, Jesus Christ. Genesis features the great ones of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. These last chapters are all about the son of Jacob – Joseph. They show how God becomes centre-stage; they set us up for the greatest rescue of the Old Testament – the Exodus out of Egypt; which is a foreshadowing of Jesus’ rescue at Calvary.

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