HE SAW THE W. A. G. O. N. S. or, SEE THE W. A. G. O. N. S.!
Genesis 45:27 - And they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said unto them: and when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived:
Jacob had a rough life in many ways.
· He thought his favorite son, Joseph, was dead.
· There was a tremendous famine and his had to send to Egypt for food.
· When his sons got back, it was minus Simeon, who was detained in Egypt. The Prime Minister (They didnt know that it was Joseph.) demanded that they return home and bring back their youngest brother with them.
· After much hesitation Jacob consented to send Benjamin with the others back to Egypt.
Now in Genesis 45:25-28 all of Jacobs sons return and announce that Joseph is alive and Prime Minister of Egypt. Jacob was evidently depressed by the events of his life, when he heard the words of Joseph sent to him and when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived:
Joseph saw the wagons as evidence that his son was alive and he revived.
When we feel depressed and out of sorts we need to look at the evidence that God has given us. We need to see the W. A. G. O. N. S. and be revived.
W WONDERS (of Calvary) John 3:16, 1 John 4:10, Romans 5:6-9
A ASSURANCE Romans 8:15-17
G GRACE Ephesians 2:8-9, 2 Corinthians 12:9, Hebrews 13:25, 2 Peter 3:18
O OMNIPOTENCE Proverbs 18:10, Psalm 18:1-2, John 12:12-14
N NEARNESS Hebrews 13:5-6, Philippians 4:5b-6a - The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; (Because the Lord is close by we should not be anxious.)
S SECURITY John 10:27-30
Classes have them. Military units have them. Families have them.
When people who have something in common gather together to renew acquaintances, it is called a reunion. Sometimes reunions are times of sadness because it is held at a funeral, or because there is unresolved tension between some of those attending. Sometimes reunions take people by surprise, because two people are suddenly reunited through unplanned circumstances.
There are many reunions found in the Bible. Two such reunions involved Joseph.
Joseph had been separated from his family because of his brothers' cruelty. Genesis 37:12-36
Joseph suffered much hardship in Egypt, but eventually became Prime Minister. Genesis 39-41
Joseph's brothers came to Egypt to get food during a famine and were forced to deal with him.
They did not know that the Prime Minister was Joseph.
Review the events of Genesis 42-44.
1. THE REUNION BETWEEN JOSEPH AND HIS BROTHERS
FEAR - 45:1-3
The brothers were afraid because they had mistreated their brother, and now he was in a position of power over them.
FORGIVENESS - 45:4-5, 50:15-21
Joseph forgave his brothers for their sins, and saw God's hand in their actions. We should be as quick to forgive. Ephesians 4:32
FORESIGHT - 45:6-13
A message was to be sent to Jacob. There were more years of famine coming. God had sent Joseph on ahead to preserve live. "Come on down!"
FELLOWSHIP - 45:14-15
There was sweet, emotional fellowship between brothers.
2. THE REUNION BETWEEN JOSEPH AND HIS FATHER
EXPLANATION - 45:26-28
Joseph was alive! Jacob saw the evidence. He believed it, and was ready to travel to Egypt.
EXCURSION - 46:1-7
EXCLAMATION - 46:28-30
Jacob made an exclamation of joy because he had seen his son alive whom he thought to be dead.