The category 4 Hurricane Harvey that devastated Houston Texas from August 25–28, 2017 is a tragedy that is near impossible to put in words. The sheer amount of people displaced, hungry and wedged into refugee stations is likened unto the famine of Genesis, which Joseph ministered a relief plan that saved untold lives. Whole tribes and nation’s were forced to rely on the planning of one Biblical patriarch. Obedience to God’s plan of provision saved many lives through Joseph, just as many souls are saved through the provision of God’s plan. I recently shared it in simple terms on a comment on the Messianic Truth facebook group of Douglas Hamp’s Awakenning Report:
The New Covenant in the Blood of Yeshua ha Mashiach is the fulfillment of the “beautiful prophecy of restoration, reconciliation, and regathering through the new marriage covenant in the blood of Yeshua.”
In Genesis 41:33-57 many nations are saved by one man’s dedication to YHWH. God gave Pharaoh a harbinger dream and Joseph followed God in faith according to God’s ways and provisions.
33 Now therefore let Pharaoh look out a man discreet and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt.
34 Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint officers over the land, and take up the fifth part of the land of Egypt in the seven plenteous years.
35 And let them gather all the food of those good years that come, and lay up corn under the hand of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities.
36 And that food shall be for store to the land against the seven years of famine, which shall be in the land of Egypt; that the land perish not through the famine.
37 And the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants.
38 And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?
39 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art:
40 Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou.
41 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt.
42 And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph’s hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck;
43 And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt.
44 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I am Pharaoh, and without thee shall no man lift up his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.
45 And Pharaoh called Joseph’s name Zaphnathpaaneah; and he gave him to wife Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On. And Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt.
46 And Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt.
47 And in the seven plenteous years the earth brought forth by handfuls.
48 And he gathered up all the food of the seven years, which were in the land of Egypt, and laid up the food in the cities: the food of the field, which was round about every city, laid he up in the same.
49 And Joseph gathered corn as the sand of the sea, very much, until he left numbering; for it was without number.
50 And unto Joseph were born two sons before the years of famine came, which Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On bare unto him.
51 And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: For God, said he, hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father’s house.
52 And the name of the second called he Ephraim: For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.
53 And the seven years of plenteousness, that was in the land of Egypt, were ended.
54 And the seven years of dearth began to come, according as Joseph had said: and the dearth was in all lands; but in all the land of Egypt there was bread.
55 And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread: and Pharaoh said unto all the Egyptians, Go unto Joseph; what he saith to you, do.
56 And the famine was over all the face of the earth: and Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold unto the Egyptians; and the famine waxed sore in the land of Egypt.
57 And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph for to buy corn; because that the famine was so sore in all lands.”
Countless lives were saved because of God’s provision, wise stewardship, and leadership. That leadership saved much of the Levant region of Israel, the expansive Hittite Empire, and revenant of the once great Assyria of Nimrod.
Mothers and children learn what it is like to have No food. They savor precious little fresh water available when basic utilities come under damage. The cries of children and parents over the washing away of their homes, lives, and certainty of tomorrow is more devastating than a mere reading of the famine of the Near East in the account of Joseph in the Bible. That affected untold scores of families and individuals. Yet, these accounts of woe and deliverance illustrate the fact that we are in an alternate reality than the perfection of Eden before the Fall.
God allows all this. Why? Love cannot be controlled. A fundamental error in the system of the perfect world took hold. Pain. Grief. Loss. Death. All these and more burrowed their way into the life we could always dream after. The best of what was lost was the comfort of the protection and comfort of a relationship with Yeshua, or Jesus if you prefer.
Every possible need was handled by the creator and form of the invisible God. His voice would fill one’s heart with joy, pleasure, loving intimacy, and supreme purpose. Communion with him was the goal and it was easily attainable.
Then selfish conceit and pride swept through the creation. It destroyed the communion with the maker. It put enmity between us and all others that would stand in our way of self love. Real love does give all away to the beloved. It does shelter and comfort others from the storms of life. It places a greater weight of importance on the betterment of others over selfish concerns.
As the picture of oneness with Yeshua fades from all our minds as a people (one race of people only called mankind) the storms that rush over our lives are less destructive by comparison when we surrender and allow Yeshua ha Mashiach to change us from the inside to be like him, while making him our Lord and Savior. Pray for salvation of all people. Pray for the safety of all the countless people who have survived the recent Hurricane and the ones effected by Hurricane Irma in Puerto Rico that is in the path of the East coast of America.
Lead your congregation in the call to stand up and give aid, help, and all the time they can give to help the hurting in Texas and those in Puerto Rico. The help will be needed soon again. Prayer might just help in the course of this latest hurricane.
Learn from CNN.
Don’t dispassionately capitalize on the suffering of those who are devastated by these hurricanes. They tried to interview a mother recently who barely made it to a refugee center with her children. They were cold. They were exhausted. They were hungry and thirsty from a lack of basic provisions in this emergency flooded city. The CNN reporter glibly pressed for answers on the obvious. It was the STORY that mattered. That cold and tired mother chewed out that reporter from top to bottom and exposed the true intentions of the news outlet in this case.
Don’t grandstand about how God will use the congregation to save lives. That is a “works” teaching if it is done without a declaration of God’s power to save and deliver through obedience and faith in God’s power alone working through us.
Instead, declare that God cares intensely about the lives of the victims of these hurricanes and tell your congregation that they are the hands and feet and care team of Yeshua in this time of need. Words like that are powerful.
I refuse to use pictures and fancy fonts in this blog post. Just use your words wisely like I use mine to simply get a point across for ultimate compassion from the Messiah’s representatives here on earth.
Douglas Hamp recently made a post on the Awakenning Report about all the blessings that the nation of Israel (all believers who are in Christ, Yeshua ha Mashiach) are promised through “obedience to God’s laws…” It makes a great point that blessings follow a nation’s obedience (from those of the commonwealth of Isreal, whom all believers are made near to and of one faith in Christ together from Ephesians 2:4-22):
Douglas then goes on truthfully to state the following,
The principle is clearly laid out – we can’t say that we aren’t Israel and hence these judgments aren’t for us – because we claim to follow the God of Israel and we are part of the commonwealth, then these principles are true for us as for them.
IF WE OBEY…
“Then it shall come to pass, because you listen to these judgments, and keep and do them, that the LORD your God will keep with you the covenant and the mercy which He swore to your fathers. (Deut 7:12)
“And He will love you and bless you and multiply you; He will also bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your land, your grain and your new wine and your oil, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flock, in the land of which He swore to your fathers to give you. (Deut 7:13)
“You shall be blessed above all peoples; there shall not be a male or female barren among you or among your livestock. (Deut 7:14)
“And the LORD will take away from you all sickness, and will afflict you with none of the terrible diseases of Egypt which you have known, but will lay [them] on all those who hate you. (Deut 7:15)”
I feel that my comment in response to Douglas’ post rounds out the intent of this blog post on faith, blessing others, and obeying YHWH for His covenant blessings:
I was reading the blessings and curses from Deuteronomy the other day and it made me pray for the USA big time to wake up. YHWH is not a genie in a bottle. He is with us through the fires of life… His favor is unmerited, but blessings and curses are part of how He set up the universe. It is wise to choose life through obedience to Him.”
This day choose life and obedience to God’s Torah truth in your walk with Yeshua and bring your congregation in line with the blessings of Deuteronomy rather than the curses.