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The Great Reverser

The Great Reverser

So Pharaoh sent for Joseph, and he was quickly brought from the dungeon. When he had shaved and changed his clothes, he came before Pharaoh. (Genesis 41:14)

Don’t you believe in resurrection? Not just at Easter, but everyday resurrection? Resurrection in your marriage, in your relationships with your kids, at work, in your finances, in your health.

Maybe even a resurrection of a nation?

We are resurrection people. The concept is central to our faith. God loves reversing things! In fact, God is the Great Reverser. He brings life where there’s death, light where there’s darkness, and love where there’s hatred.

When Joseph, by God’s grace, helps Pharaoh, he’s given a place of power and prestige. He’s given a new Egyptian name, Zaphenath-Paneah, which means “God lives and sees.” And he’s given a wife of important lineage.

But there’s more “reversal” and “resurrection” in Joseph’s life. God exchanged:

  • his orange prison jumpsuit for a signet ring, gold chains, fine jewelry
  • his public humiliation for public acclamation
  • his powerlessness in prison for his status as second in command in Egypt
  • the family that betrayed him for a fresh start with wife and kids

Do you need a resurrection in your life? Need a reversal? God says to you, “…[I] will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair…” (Isaiah 61:3, NLT)

If you’re interested to find out how God does this, join us Sunday for my message, “Forgetful and Fruitful” from Genesis 41.


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