Hope you are having a great week. I would like to share a couple verses with you to help you to stay rooted and grounded in the Scriptures.Colossians 2:6-7
FaithPoint Men, we are changing our time of meeting together. Beginning the first Tuesday in February, we will begin meeting at 7:00 pm. at the Wendy’s in front of Target. I look forward to having you join us.
Here are the notes from the sermon this past Sunday:
The text for this sermon comes from Genesis 42.
This is a part of our Genesis series.
Memories take a moment to create and a lifetime to forget. – Andy Mineo
Betrayal: an act of deliberate disloyalty
For betrayal to occur, it takes one person to violate a contract, trust, confidence or covenant. People betray each other for any number of reasons.
- A spy betrays their country and it is called treason
- A person betrays their spouse and it is called infidelity
The idea of betrayal makes a lot of money.
- Betrayal takes place in books, movies and TV.
Regardless of the reason behind the betrayal, the person that commits the betrayal is extremely selfish.
A person is never betrayed by a stranger. A stranger can lie to you or steal from you and it doesn’t really matter because you are not relationally close to a stranger.
The closer a person is to you, the more the betrayal hurts.
The act of betrayal is the most hurtful thing a person can do to another person.
It hurts the most when the person that commits the betrayal shares your last name.
It produces moral and psychological conflict in one or both parties. Betrayal changes the terms of the relationship. It destroys trust.
That is where we left Joseph’s brothers. The last time we saw them, they sold Joseph into slavery.
Remember that they wanted to kill him first before they sold him. They would have shared the same story as Cain and Abel.Genesis 42:1-11
Our culture says that when you are betrayed, you can’t trust anyone. You got to get yours and not worry about anyone else. How do you even have time to worry about anyone else? You are too busy doing you. When you get betrayed, our culture says to burn the bridges, cut them loose. If you listen to the voices long enough, you hear them tell you to go get them back. Revenge. They hurt you. You have to hurt them just as bad if not worse than they hurt you.
It has been 20 years since Joseph has seen his family. His dad thinks that he is dead. His brothers have no idea what happened to him.
A famine has hit the land and necessity forces Joseph’s family to have to go to Egypt to buy food.
Notice that the other sons could have just sent their servants to go buy the food. Why didn’t they? Some tasks you just can’t delegate. Their lives and the lives of their families depend on this food.
Joseph’s brothers bow to him. – Dream answered
Joseph has every opportunity to take revenge. He knows who they are but they do not recognize him.
Genesis 42:18 Joseph says, “I fear God.”
Joseph does not take revenge on his brothers because of his fear of God. Joseph knows that he is not God. Joseph knows that revenge is not the answer. God will take care of Joseph. Enter forgiveness.
There is nothing that anyone can do to you that is worse than the acts that we did that caused Jesus to die on the cross.
Because we have been forgiven, we are to forgive those. We forgive those who have hurt us to the same degree that Jesus has forgiven us.
For the person that has been betrayed: You can forgive the one who betrayed you.
For the person that did the act of betrayal: You can ask forgiveness and be free from the guilt of the act that you committed.
There is grace here.
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