Pastor Vince Giardino seemed eager from the start to convey this message of Forgiveness. Pastor clued us in that we were going to look at one of the greatest stories in all of God’s word and that is of Joseph. The story of Joseph takes up 12 chapters of the first book in the bible. “The amazing thing is, do you realize that 25% of the first book in the bible has to deal with dialog and storyline regarding the most underlying and thematic topic in all the word of God, and that is ‘Forgiveness'”?
First, reading from 1Pet 1:3. Isn’t this verse speaking about how God had planned out a great forgiveness, leading the elect through sanctification unto obedience and the sprinkling of the Blood of Jesus Christ? I had to take the time to really read this to understand its message. From disobedience unto obedience, where we have grace and peace multiplied unto us. “Forgiveness”
Forgiveness should be the hallmark of why we are sitting here. Forgiveness is what we do not have without God, it comes from divine power, of which Joseph had.
Genesis chapter 37. Joseph being a great and tremendous type of Jesus in the bible. Joseph’s family had issues with Joseph regarding his dreams and the favoritism of their father, Jacob. Eventually his brothers staged his death to their father but actually sold him to some Egyptian travelers. Joseph now is held in high esteem, in Egypt, after much hurt. Now, the brothers come to Egypt for food because of the famine in the land. Joseph held back revealing himself in order to test them. Very dramatic story as Joseph (The Governor in Egypt), with divine power, promotes and works up to the attitude of forgiveness.
Verse 21: The brothers confess their guilty hearts concerning their brother Joseph to Joseph, the governor, and how they delivered him into the hand of foreigners. Joseph setting up the scenario of a great forgiveness. Joseph wanted the glory of God’s purpose and will to shine forth. If Joseph were only lead by his feelings and pride there could have been a very different and fruitless outcome.
Ps. 130:4 – God’s forgiveness is so great it brings about fear in our hearts. We need a good dose of this fear.
Pastor wanted us to really hear the message from Genesis 41:51. Joseph called his firstborn son Manaseth, which means “forgetting”. “For God, said he, hath made me to forget all my toil, and all my father’s house.” We can’t forget our toil and turmoil But God can give us the ability. (His divine power) Pastor preaching several times, that infamous Italian quote, “FORGET ABOUT IT.” Gen. 41:52 His second son’s name he called Ephraim: “For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.” Fruitful in affliction. “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy faith is small.
We will suffer affliction, even by those of our own. Zach. 13:6 “And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.
2Pet.1:8-9 What we need to be fruitful. “If these things are yours and abound…” If others don’t see forgiveness and grace from us, what are they seeing? The word of God is in us like food during a famine. Can they come to us? Have we shut doors? I think of what I was told once. There is a difference between forgiving and being forgiveness. “Christ in us, the hope of glory.”
Pastor encouraged us to receive this message so that we can start applying it so that fruitfulness (Ephraim) will be in us.
Pastor brought up three points:
- Holy Kiss
- Holy Grace
- Holy Cause
Point (1) Gen. 45:1-15. Joseph falling upon the neck of Benjamin, the youngest of the other brethren, and revealed who he was and went and kissed all the brothers. Ps.2:12 – “Kiss the Son, lest he be angry….” Luke 7:37-48: Of the woman who was forgiven much and wept and washed Jesus’ feet with her hair and kissed His feet. “He who has been forgiven much, loves much.”
There was not enough time to continue with points 2 and 3. Lord willing we will hear more next Sunday morning. If God has shown great forgiveness and patience, ought we not be the same?