Closing out Genesis is always bitter sweet when I read the Bible. I know that I have made a big step but I also know the rest of the Pentateuch isn’t nearly as interesting.
There are several interesting stories at the end of Genesis. And I wanted to talk about Joseph and his trials. Who was responsible for the things that happened to Joseph? Were his brothers solely responsible? Was God in charge the whole time and caused or allowed Joseph to be treated the way he was. If so will his brothers be held responsible for their actions, after all they were simply doing God’s will right?
I don’t know if I am qualified to answer these questions but they are things that come to my mind as I read these passages.
Particularly Genesis 50
Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? 20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.
The Bible clearly states that God intended this, now as always when quoting a quote you can make the argument that Joseph said it and the Bible records it accurately but it may not be ultimately true.
But God, being sovereign, us in ultimate control of even human sin isn’t he? After all he didn’t just hope that Jesus would be crucified but planned it from the foundations of the world. The greatest sin ever committed, the murder of the holy Son of God, was ordained by the sovereign God of the universe right?
So it all boils down to how much control God has over the universe. We call him sovereign but then say he can or will not work against human free will, which makes man sovereign doesn’t it? I hope to someday work out my thoughts on the sovereignty of God but this isn’t the day.