Worship Preparation: September 24, 2017

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Read the sermon text: Genesis 42-44

Read the sermon summary: Joseph has risen to second-in-command in Egypt. The good years of harvest have passed and the years of famine are upon all the land. Since Jacob and his family need food, we are led to anticipate an awkward meeting between the sons of Israel and their brother Joseph. How will Joseph respond? Have his brothers changed from their wickedness? Will the brothers be reunited and reconciled? In these chapters, the author tells the story of Joseph testing his brothers to see if they are worthy to be welcomed into the land of Egypt. God uses Joseph’s tests to convict his brothers of their sin and to bring them to a point where at least one of them, Judah, is willing to offer himself in the place of his younger brother, Benjamin. Thus, Joseph receives his brothers and they are reconciled together. Through Judah’s (and his brothers’) repentance, God’s people are preserved and reconciled. In Egypt, they will prosper and grow into a great nation. And from that nation would spring the promised offspring, Jesus, one greater than Judah. He would not only offer his life for the life of his younger brothers, but would actually go through with dying in their place. We are reminded that our acceptance with God is not found in our worthiness nor our willingness to give ourselves for others. Rather, our acceptance with God is found in the One who is worthy and has given himself for us when he died on the cross for sins.

Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:

How Deep The Father's Love For Us
How deep the Father's love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure
How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the Man upon a cross
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers
It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts no pow’r no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection
Why should I gain from His reward
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

CCLI Song # 1558110
Stuart Townend
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Preaching: Jim Upchurch
Music Leader: Landon Pauley

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