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the lord's tool box

the lord's tool box

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THE LORD'S TOOL BOX
THE LORD'S TOOL BOX
Hello everyone,
Hello everyone,
I shared a message Thursday evening, December 20
I shared a message Thursday evening, December 20th
th, at a
, at a
home fellowship in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. It was actually fairly
home fellowship in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. It was actually fairly
well received, except that a paragraph or two disturbed a
well received, except that a paragraph or two disturbed a
couple of guys who were strongly biased towards a certain
couple of guys who were strongly biased towards a certain
control doctrine. It is supposed to be a fairly rare doctrinal
control doctrine. It is supposed to be a fairly rare doctrinal
error, but for some reason I seem to have had more friends and
error, but for some reason I seem to have had more friends and
acquaintances over the years, who have been on the receiving
acquaintances over the years, who have been on the receiving
end of said control doctrine, so it has become a sort of pi\u00f1ata
end of said control doctrine, so it has become a sort of pi\u00f1ata
that I whack at from time to time. Even though my natural
that I whack at from time to time. Even though my natural
tendency is to avoid conflict, and I have never had a problem
tendency is to avoid conflict, and I have never had a problem
with losing my temper, at times, I can wax very passionately. I
with losing my temper, at times, I can wax very passionately. I
knew that at least two people were present who strongly
knew that at least two people were present who strongly
support that type of Lord It Over doctrine, but I let it rip
support that type of Lord It Over doctrine, but I let it rip
anyway. Most of the what I shared is about is a Roman 8:28
anyway. Most of the what I shared is about is a Roman 8:28
issue, but I found space to shoehorn in a couple of paragraphs
issue, but I found space to shoehorn in a couple of paragraphs
concerning that brightly colored pi\u00f1ata that I mentioned earlier.
concerning that brightly colored pi\u00f1ata that I mentioned earlier.
Two others also spoke, so to save time, I didn\u2019t read the
Two others also spoke, so to save time, I didn\u2019t read the
scripture concerning Joseph, only referenced the story. I
scripture concerning Joseph, only referenced the story. I
haven\u2019t shared anything for a while, at HCS, so here goes. I
haven\u2019t shared anything for a while, at HCS, so here goes. I
also posted it at my WAYNE'S MINISTRIES website. Unlike
also posted it at my WAYNE'S MINISTRIES website. Unlike
some of the other material I\u2019ve shared it is only a couple of
some of the other material I\u2019ve shared it is only a couple of
pages long.
pages long.
THE LORD\u2019S TOOL BOX
Gen 37:13-36
(13)And Israel said to Joseph, Do not your brothers feed the flock
in Shechem? Come, and I will send you to them. And he said to
him, Here Iam.
(14)And he said to him, please go see whether it is well with

your brothers and well with the flocks. And bring me word again. And he sent him out of the valley of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.

(15)And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was
wandering in the field. And the man asked him, saying, What
are you looking for?
(16)And he said, Iam seeking for my brothers. Please tell me
where they are feeding.
(17)And the man said, They are gone from here, for I heard
them say, Let us go to Dothan. And Joseph went after his
brothers, and found them in Dothan.
(18)And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near
them, they conspired against him to kill him.
(19)And they said to one another, Behold, this dreamer comes.
(20)Therefore come now, and let us kill him, and throw him into
some pit, and we will say some evil beast has devoured him.
And we shall see what will become of his dreams.
(21)And Reuben heard, andhe delivered him out of their hands
and said, Let us not kill him.
(22)And Reuben said to them, Shed no blood. Throw him into

this pit in the wilderness, and lay no hand upon him (in order to
rescue him out of their hands, to deliver him to his father
again).

(23)And it happened when Joseph had come to his brothers, they
stripped Joseph out of his tunic, the tunic reaching to the soles
of his feet that was on him.
(24)And they took him and threw him into a pit. And the pitwas
empty, with no water in it.
(25)And they sat down to eat bread. And they lifted up their

eyes, and looked. And behold, a company of Ishmaelites came
from Gilead, with their camels bearing spices and balm and
myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt.

(26)And Judah said to his brothers, What profit is it if we should
kill our brother and hide his blood?
(27)Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand
be upon him. For heis our brother, and our flesh. And his
brothers listened.
(28)And men, Midianites traders, came by. And they drew up

Joseph and took him out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the
Ishmaelites for twentypieces of silver. And they brought Joseph
into Egypt.

(29)And Reuben returned to the pit. And behold! Josephwas not
in the pit! And he tore his clothes.
(30)And he returned to his brothers and said, The child, he is
not. And I, where shall I go?
(31)And they took Joseph's tunic, and killed a kid of the goats,
and dipped the tunic in the blood.
(32)And they sent the tunic reaching to the soles of the feet, and
they brought it to their father. And they said, We have found
this. Do you know whether itis your son's coat or not?
(33)And he knew it, and said, It is my son's tunic. An evil beast
has eaten him. Joseph is without doubt torn in pieces.
(34)And Jacob tore his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his loins,
and mourned for his son many days.
(35)And all his sons, and all his daughters, rose up to comfort

him. But he refused to be comforted. And he said, For I will go down into the grave to my son mourning. And his father wept for him.

(36)And the Midianites sold him into Egypt to Potiphar, a eunuch
of Pharaoh, the chief of the executioners.

So Joseph\u2019s brothers hated him and wanted to kill Him, but the
Lord still had plans for Joseph. Joseph was sold to a merchant
caravan and taken to Egypt to be sold as a slave. While there
he became a servant and was unjustly sent to prison. What
was meant for evil, God used for His own purposes. While
there Joseph went through many trials and God refined his
character. I won\u2019t go into detail on that, but I would encourage
you to read the several chapters in Genesis that relate to this
story. I will skip to chapter 45: 4 \u2013 7.

Gen 45:4-7
(4)And Joseph said to his brothers, Please come near me. And
they came near. And he said, Iam Joseph your brother, whom
you sold into Egypt.
(5)

And now do not be grieved, nor angry with yourselves
that you sold me here. For God sent me before you to
preserve life.

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