The Life of Joseph – Part 9

While Joseph was going through his trials, he had realized that even though his brothers meant evil against him, God meant it for good. Even when Joseph was falsely accused, imprisoned, and forgotten, he knew that God was sovereign. This week we see that Jacob affirms Joseph’s interpretation of his life from God’s perspective. He is saying that Joseph was fruitful because he had endured these trials in God’s strength.
He uses the metaphor of a boy whose father is teaching him to shoot a bow and arrow. The boy isn’t strong enough to pull the bow back all the way and hold it steady on the target. So the father wraps his arms around the boy, puts his strong hands over the boy’s hands, pulls back the bowstring and aims it at the target. The boy is a strong archer because of his father’s strength. It’s a beautiful picture of being strong in the strength of God our Father.

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