Joseph’s Three Coats: 3

‘He clothed him in garments of fine linen.’ Genesis 41:42 NKJV

The third coat Joseph wore was the coat of destiny. Joseph honoured God in the most difficult circumstances—so he ended up on the throne of Egypt, wearing the fine linen garments of rulership. He fulfilled the destiny he’d first learned of in his dreams.

The psalmist said that God ‘sent a man before them—Joseph—who was sold as a slave. They hurt his feet with fetters, he was laid in irons. Until the time that his word came to pass, the word of the Lord tested him. The king sent and released him, the ruler of the people let him go free. He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his possessions.’ (Psalm 105:17–21 NKJV)

The tests and temptations you face right now are over your future. They are preparing you for your destiny! All of your life can be training for one special assignment. And the greater the assignment, the greater the attack that will come against you.

Five times in Genesis chapter 39 the Bible says, ‘The Lord was with Joseph.’ But that did not save him from betrayal by his family; or repeated temptation at the hands of his boss’s wife; or slander and false imprisonment; or disappointment at the hands of the butler he befriended in prison. But looking back, Joseph realised that all of these experiences were ‘training for reigning’.

So persevere, keep trusting God, stay close to Him and you’ll sing a song of victory.

SoulFood: Exo 20:12, Eph 6:1–3, Matt 15:1–9, John 19:25–27

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2020

Today’s Readings

Exodus 20:12 ()

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12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.

Ephesians 6:1–3 ()

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6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”

Matthew 15:1–9 ()

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15:1 Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat.” He answered them, “And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? For God commanded, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ But you say, ‘If anyone tells his father or his mother, “What you would have gained from me is given to God,” he need not honor his father.’ So for the sake of your tradition you have made void the word of God. You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said:

  “‘This people honors me with their lips,
    but their heart is far from me;
  in vain do they worship me,
    teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’”

John 19:25–27 ()

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25 but standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.

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