The story of Joseph’s life is found in Genesis 37 and 39-50. Throughout Joseph’s life, he suffered unjustly. He was a human and so he was imperfect, but he did not do anything to deserve to be sold as a slave by his own brothers or to later be thrown into jail. In fact, if he had sinned with Potiphar’s wife, he may not have been thrown in jail at all.
“The Lord has sworn
and will not change his mind:
‘You are a priest forever,
in the order of Melchizedek.’ – Psalm 110:4
The above Psalm is a prophecy about the priesthood of Jesus in the order of Melchizedek. The story of Melchizedek is contained in Genesis chapter 14. Abram rescued his nephew Lot who had been captured after the city of Sodom and her allies were defeated in battle. Abram rounded up his fighting men and some others to help and went and defeated the victors, freeing Lot and the other captives. After winning the victory this scene occurs,
“You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds,
God our Savior,
the hope of all the ends of the earth
and of the farthest seas,
who formed the mountains by your power,
having armed yourself with strength,
who stilled the roaring of the seas,
the roaring of their waves,
and the turmoil of the nations.
The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders;
where morning dawns, where evening fades,
you call forth songs of joy.” Psalm 65:5-8
This Psalm uses beautiful imagery to declare that God is the creator of all, sovereign over all, and Savior for all.
“Many, Lord my God,
are the wonders you have done,
the things you planned for us.
None can compare with you;
were I to speak and tell of your deeds,
they would be too many to declare.” – Psalm 40:5
“Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” – John 21:25
I’ve mentioned before that our words fall short of being able to describe God as He truly is because He is so far above and beyond what we can even comprehend. These verses show us that not only are our words inadequate in quality, but also quantity.
“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.” – Peter 1:18-21
“All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.” – Revelation 13:8
“Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” – Hebrews 4:14-16
The idea that because of Christ and through Christ we can boldly approach the “throne of grace”, that we can go with confidence into the throne room of the creator of the universe, is hard to grasp. I try to picture what the throne room must look like, knowing that my imagination does not and cannot come anywhere near a resemblance of what it is actually like. Isaiah 6 and Revelation 4 have descriptions that help, but I am sure they were at a loss for words trying to describe the indescribable.