Reading History

What could be more unforgivable than to sell a brother into slavery?  Yet Joseph interprets his life from another point of view. 

Genesis 45:4-7   ESV
    So Joseph said to his brothers, “Come near to me, please.” And they came near. And he said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. [5] And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. [6] For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are yet five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. [7] And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors.

The Joseph account makes it clear several times that the events of their lives were orchestrated by God, for a larger purpose than what they ever had in mind.  This makes a high theology of “providence”, that God is ordering the events of this world, including our freely made and even evil choices, into a good outcome.

See what Paul said on this in Acts 17:24-28


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