Genesis 41: 49-52
James M. Moody
Sermon Outline October 16, 2016
~ We Write the Narrative VI ~
Forget It and Be Fruitful!
READING FOR WORSHIP GUIDE: Genesis 41: 49-52
|Sunday||10/16||Proverbs Ch. 16; Genesis 41: 1-39|
|Monday||10/17||Proverbs Ch. 17; Genesis 41: 40-57|
|Tuesday||10/18||Proverbs Ch. 18; Genesis 42: 1-24|
|Wednesday||10/19||Proverbs Ch. 19; Genesis 42: 25-38|
|Thursday||10/20||Proverbs Ch. 20; Genesis 43: 1-34|
|Friday||10/21||Proverbs Ch. 21; Matthew 6: 5-15|
|Saturday||10/22||Proverbs Ch. 22; Ephesians 3: 14-21|
We Write the Narrative VI – FORGET IT AND BE FRUITFUL
Genesis 41: 50-51 – Before the years of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph by Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On. 51 Joseph named his firstborn Manasseh[e] and said, “It is because God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household.” 52 The second son he named Ephraim[f] and said, “It is because God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering.”
Quote: “We can’t gain any momentum moving forward if we are dragging the past behind us.” (Jack Hayford, Church on the Way, Van Nuys, California)
Joseph was a victim of many injustices. But by the time he became a father, he was able to celebrate ascendancy to a level of success that few people ever achieve. He had been beaten and sold into slavery by his own brothers, falsely accused by his employer’s wife, and forgotten by his jailhouse friend. Too often, those that are victims begin to think that they deserve to be treated badly and begin to think less of themselves. Some victims become abusers themselves and take out their anger on other people. Joseph did neither. The names that he gave his first two sons indicate what he had accomplished: he forgot all his trouble and those responsible and became fruitful in the very place of his suffering.
FORGET IT AND BE FRUITFUL!
INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.