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Jacob, Joseph's dad is suffering the effects of a wide spread famine.(re:.God looking after us in famine).and sends almost all the sons still with him to where he has heard there is food:.Genesis 42:1-5. And that is where Joseph is! And Joseph is in charge of it all. And his brothers do not now recognize him, so Joseph plays along, even 'turning the tables' on them a bit:.Genesis 42:6-38.

The brothers having returned home are forced by the famine to again go for more food:.Genesis 43:1-26. Joseph meets with them again and is overcome with emotion in private:.Genesis 43:22-31.

Joseph is still turning the tables on his brothers and hiding his true identity from them and gets them to explain a few things:.Genesis 44th chapter

Joseph can hold the emotion no longer and reveals himself to them and that it was God behind their evil deed who turned it into good:.Genesis 45:1-8; Romans 8:28. All the while Joseph had no animosity toward his brothers, as he possessed and understood an overview of a much greater picture:.Genesis 50:21

Joseph invites all his family to come to Egypt to be with him:.Genesis 46th chapter. Jacob lives in Egypt close to his son till his death at 147 years of age:.Genesis 47:1-29

Joseph asks his father to leave a blessing on his.(Joseph's).children.(Jacob, his father's grandchildren):.Genesis 48:9-19.

Joseph's father Jacob.(whose name was earlier changed to Israel).dies:.Genesis 50:1,2.

Joseph dies:.Genesis 50:22-26.

Spiritual people do get their share of trials:.Revelation 2:10; Philippians 1:29. But for the hot ones, so what?.Revelation 12:11. What is your life for anyhow?.James 4:14,15. Life is short, so make the best of it that you can:.Ecclesiastes 2:24; 3:22.

-James 1:12: Why you should count it all joy.(James 1:2).when you are 'goin' through it'?.Romans 8:17,18. Why should we be this way?.2Timothy 1:8

-Paul went through enough trials to depress most anyone, but not Paul:.2Corinthians 1:8-10; 11:23-29; Acts 20:19,31,34
2Corinthians 6:4-10; Romans 5:3. And he had even more hardships.

What Paul really thought of all these negatives coming on him from outside himself:.Philippians 3:8; 2Corinthians 4:17; Romans 8:28.
   Nothing got him down.for long! Why?

-Why does God allow us to be afflicted?.Deuteronomy 8:3 and even abased

And what does.Romans 8:17,18, 1Peter 2:21, Philippians 1:29 and Philippians 2:8 mean when it seems to intimate that we are also to suffer as Emmanuel did?

-What should we do when afflicted?.James 5:13;.1Peter 3:14,17 ".....but and if you suffer for righteousness sake, happy are you. For it is better, if the will of God be so, that you suffer for well doing than for evil doing." Matthew 5:12 "Rejoice and be exceeding glad for great is your reward in heaven, for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you."

Matthew 7:21-23 "Not every one that says.(prays).unto me, Lord, Lord, enters into the kingdom of heaven, but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? And in your name have cast out devils? And in your name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you. Depart from me, you work iniquity.(original Greek is 'lawlessness')."

What lawlessness? What command are we not keeping very well? And, just how do we."walk in truth"?.1John 4:21; 2John 1:5,6;.1John 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment.(Revelation 20:12); because as he is, so are we in this world.

-Having trouble with depression and want to snap out of it

-Worried about your state of affairs?.Philippians 4:19 "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Emmanuel."

Composite of Matthew 6:25-33 and.Luke 12:27-31 "Therefore I say unto you: Take no thought.(anxious, worrisome thoughts; of course you have to shop; always use commonsense).for your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor yet for your body, what you shall put on.(because God is in control). Is not the life more than meat.(means 'food').and the body than raiment.(clothing)? Behold the fowls of the air, for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much better than they?.....Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin. And yet I say unto you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you.(means 'look after what you need', not just clothing), O you of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying What shall we eat, what shall we drink or wherewithal shall we be clothed? For all these things do the nations of the world seek after. For your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things. But seek you first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things 'shall be added'.(or, 'are added with that').unto you."
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