Monday, February 21, 2011

Joseph movie

Over the last two Lord's day evenings I watched this long movie with the Es. Overall it was very good, stuck to the Biblical account and we all enjoyed it. I think watching movies of the Bible stories makes me better able to imagine the character's day to day lives - often I just tend to think of the major events they went through rather than thinking of them as real people with real jobs, problems, fears, etc, etc. The story of Joseph is one of my favorites - I find it encouraging when I look at how awful things must have seemed to him, yet knowing that God was working good in it for him, and for his people even in the very darkest times. One aspect that the movie brought out that I had never thought of was when Joseph was telling his wife about his brothers coming to Egypt. She expressed a wish to thank them - if they hadn't done what they did, she would not have been blessed by being given Joseph for a husband! That was a neat thought....and one that had never occurred to me. The Lord really does work all things for good to those that love Him, and this story is such a good reminder of that. Below are two of my favorite verses from the story of Joseph.
(the episode above is actually part 7 of the movie - for some reason the embedding code was disabled in the first 6, but if you go to the link you'll easily be able to find the beginning of the movie).

"Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh, “For God has made me forget all my toil and all my father’s house.”
Genesis 41:51

"But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them. 
Genesis 50:20-21

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