Acts 7:9–16 (ESV)
Stephens Speech (Part 2)
“And the patriarchs, jealous of Joseph, sold him into Egypt; but God was with him 10 and rescued him out of all his afflictions and gave him favor and wisdom before Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who made him ruler over Egypt and over all his household. 11
Now there came a famine throughout all Egypt and Canaan, and great affliction, and our fathers could find no food. 12 But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent out our fathers on their first visit. 13 And on the second visit Joseph made himself
known to his brothers, and Joseph’s family became known to Pharaoh. 14 And Joseph sent and summoned Jacob his father and all his kindred, seventy-five persons in all. 15 And Jacob went down into Egypt, and he died, he and our fathers, 16 and they were
carried back to Shechem and laid in the tomb that Abraham had bought for a sum of silver from the sons of Hamor in Shechem.
In today’s part of Stephen’s speech, we see God’s hand at work.
Jealousy cause family to turn against family when Joseph’s brothers sold him as a slave. They had wanted to kill him. My, the power of jealousy! But Joseph believed in the Lord and tried to do what was right. God blessed him,
even though others were trying to stop him. God used Joseph to not only to save the people of Egypt, but also his own family from a massive drought that hit Egypt and the promised lands. Joseph become like a Lord and Savior to the people, saving
them from hunger, even saving his family. Joseph is a Christ like figure.
I pray: O Lord, us me and mold me to be more Christ-Like. Help me to seek your truth and to turn from evil.