I am looking forward to this two-week study! Joseph is one of my Bible heroes.
Joseph sets an example that I want to follow.
The Bible correlates obedience to God with prosperity many times, in the Old Testament, including: Deuteronomy 5, Deuteronomy 30, 1 Kings 2, 1 Kings 3, 1 Kings 11, 2 Chronicles 31, Jeremiah 7, Zechariah 3.
However, the term obedience is not correlated to prosperity in the New Testament.
Why the change?
Paul reminds the Galatians that just because Jesus’ sacrifice freed us from the Law, that doesn’t mean that we have permission to do anything.
It’s no contest.
Josiah’s father, Amon, was wicked. He was assasinated at age 24.
But Josiah, only 8 years old, had a faithful mother. The young kings’ mothers are all given prominent mention.
Without Jedidah, Josiah wouldn’t have had the influence necessary to grow into a faithful king.
We find Jonah complaining to the Lord in prayer after seeing the Ninevites forgiven.
I find Daniel’s unwillingness to pray privately in Daniel 6 fascinating.
He knew he’d be thrown to the lions.
But he stuck to his regular habit of praying in front of his windows anyway.
I wonder if he was really several steps ahead of his adversaries and sensed that his God would save him from the lions.
This is one of the best reminders in the Bible that prayer really does make a difference.
In Isaiah 37, we learn that Hezekiah’s humble prayer led directly to the defeat of the Assyrian army.
In Proverbs 15:8, we learn that God would prefer words of prayer from “the upright” than gifts from “the wicked.”