Torch of truth
Then Israel said to Joseph, “Behold, I am dying, but God will be with you and bring you back to the land of your fathers.” Genesis 48:21 (NKJV)
All month long, we’ve been looking at the instances in scripture where we see God’s divine intervention. These instances can be identified and marked by the phrase “But God” or “But the Lord.” When we see these markers, we also see God stepping in and doing something good in relation to man.
We see another “But God” here in Genesis 48:21. To set the scene, it comes as Israel (or Jacob) is at the end of his long life as a pilgrim. His sojourn came to its closing stages in Egypt, far from the Land God had promised to his forefather, Abraham. As Jacob shares his wisdom with his son Joseph, he assures him that God will one day lead His people out of Egypt and back to the Promised Land.
Fast forward to the end of Joseph’s life. Watch what he says to those he was about to leave behind:
Joseph said to his brethren, “I am dying; but God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land to the land of which He swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.” (Genesis 50:24 NKJV)
Notice how the “but God” that Jacob passed down to Joseph is now passed on to his descendants. The promise of the Lord’s intervention was like a torch of truth that Joseph made sure he handed down to the next generation.
Here’s the lesson to be learned: The “But God’s” in the Bible are to be passed down and carried on by our spiritual descendants. We should know and treasure them so greatly that we’re deliberate and intentional about entrusting the eternal truth they represent to the next set of hands.
Don’t just sit on what you’ve learned this month. Follow Joseph’s lead by sharing the significance behind every “But God” in the Bible.
Think About It…
What does this passage reveal to me about God?
What does this passage reveal to me about myself?
Based on this, what changes do I need to make?
What is my prayer for today?