Our Scripture passage for the remainder of the week is Psalms 105.
This Psalm rehearses with great enthusiasm all that God did from the giving of the covenant to the time when He led the children of Israel into the promised land. The entire emphasis is on what God did. Nothing is said about Israel's sins and backslidings, as in most of the historical Psalms.
Our emphasis is on Joseph, in verse 19 it says, Until the time that his word came to pass, The word of the LORD tested him. (NASB)
The life of Joseph is found in Genesis 37, 38-50. In chapter 37 we see Joseph highly favored by his father, his brothers are jealous of that special bond. But to add insult to injury Joseph shares his dreams of his brothers, father and mother one day bowing down to him. To say the least, his brothers are infuriated and plot to kill him but Ruben steps in…they sell him into slavery instead.
In Psalms 105 vs. 17 it says, He (God) sent a man before them (Israel), Joseph, who was sold as a slave.
At the end of Genesis Joseph says to his brothers; "As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. (Gen. 50:20)
I love what David Guzik Commentary says about Joseph life.
He was Sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh and captain of the guard: Even in the midst of this horror, God did not depart from Joseph. In some ways the story will get worse - and when it does, God will still be with Joseph. God is working not only for Joseph himself, but also for the larger purposes of God’s redemptive plan.
We can thank God for His great plan.
• If Joseph’s brothers never sell him to the Midianites, then Joseph never goes to Egypt.
• If Joseph never goes to Egypt, he never is sold to Potiphar.
• If he is never sold to Potiphar, Potiphar’s wife never falsely accuses him of rape.
• If Potiphar’s wife never falsely accuses him of rape, then he is never put in prison.
• If he is never put in prison, he never meets the baker and butler of Pharaoh.
• If he never meets the baker and butler of Pharaoh, he never interprets their dreams.
• If he never interprets their dreams, he never gets to interpret Pharaoh’s dreams.
• If he never gets to interpret Pharaoh’s dreams, he never is made prime minister.
• If he is never made prime minister, he never wisely administrates for the severe famine coming upon the region.
• If he never wisely administrates for the severe famine coming upon the region, then his family back in Canaan perishes from the famine.
• If his family back in Canaan perishes from the famine, the Messiah can’t come forth from a dead family.
• If the Messiah can’t come forth, then Jesus never came.
• If Jesus never came, you are dead in your sins and without hope in this world.
Let’s take a closer look at Ps. 105:19
Until the time that his word [of prophecy regarding his brothers] came true, The word of the Lord tested and refined him. - AMP
The Word of the Lord (prophesy, dreams, visions, etc.) tested and tried him. It doesn’t say that God tested him, it says the prophetic word tested him.
Tested H6884 (Strong) A primitive root; to fuse (metal), that is, refine (literally or figuratively): - cast, (re-) fine (-er), founder, goldsmith, melt, pure, purge away, try.
The melting of metals in a crucible to remove the impurities and pour into a mold.
Psalms 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words; As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times.
Words H561 ’êmer From H559; something said: - answer, appointed unto him, saying, speech, word.
In other words, from the time Joseph received the dreams (words of God) until the time they were fulfilled (24 yrs) he was tried, tested, pushed to the limits BUT kept by God!
Facts about Joseph’s Life
He was 17 when he was sold into Egypt
He was 30 when he was made overseer…13 yrs. in prison
He was 39 when his brothers first came to Egypt (second year of the famine, or nine years after being made overseer)
He was probably 41 or so when the brothers came a second time and Jacob comes to Egypt…2 more years past before Joseph brought his family to Goshen. A total of 24 yrs of trials, waiting for the FULFILLMENT OF GOD’S PROMISE.
He was 110 when he died. He lived 69 years in God’s promise!
Expositor’s Bible commentary says of Psalm 105:19 …the thought of the verse is a great and ever true one, that God’s promise, while it remains unfulfilled, and seems contradicted by present facts, serves as a test of the genuineness and firmness of a man’s reliance on Him and it. That promise is by the psalmist almost personified, as putting Joseph to the test. Such testing is the deepest meaning of all afflictions. Fire will burn off a thin plating of silver from a copper coin and reveal the base metal beneath, but it will only brighten into a glow the one which is all silver.
John Gill says, the word of the Lord tried him: it tried his faith and patience before it was accomplished; and when it was, it purged him and purified him, as silver in a furnace.
We see this principle with David, Abraham, Moses, etc….How long have you be waiting?
Know this you are in great company (Hebrews 11) - KEY is not giving up but pressing on to the high calling in Christ Jesus.
I hear the Spirit of the Lord saying…PUT ME IN REMEMBRANCE says the Lord! Isaiah 46:26
Read Psalms 105: 1-6: Give Thanks and Praise!
Take your prophetic word(s), your scriptural promises and contend for their fulfillment.
Contend: to use earnest efforts to obtain, or to defend and preserve.
Take time to wait in God’s presence, listen to the song Won’t Stop Now and let your heart be encouraged!
God’s promises are yes and amen…CHOOSE to BELIEVE His PROMISES over your life!
Waiting for the Fullness of the Promise,