I. THE END IS GOODNESS AND MERCY.
1. To preserve life.
2. To set the seed of the better society in the midst of the corruptions and imperfections of the old.
3. To prepare the way for the higher revelations of the future.
II. GOD'S METHOD OF INSTRUMENTALITIES HIS GLORY.
1. The history of his people, their persecutions, their apparent humiliations, their marvelous victories.
2. The transformation of men, whereby enemies are made friends, &c.
3. The biographies of distinguished servants of God illustrate his grace in bestowing fitness for appointed work.
III. MYSTERIES LOOKED AT FROM A HIGHER POINT OF VIEW BECOME REVELATIONS.
1. Time a great revealer. Wait for the Lord.
2. The narrow circle of a family history taken up into the higher sphere of Divine purposes concerning nations and humanity itself.
3. Ultimate vindication of the spiritual men and spiritual principles as against the merely earthly and selfish aims of individuals or communities. - R.
Thus saith thy son Joseph.1. Providence may order traitors to be messengers of better news than they intended.
2. Gracious children are speedy to take off grief from their parents' hearts.
3. God orders those events of mercy to be declared unto His, which they sometimes would not believe.
4. Joseph's spirit owneth his afflicted father in all his own glory.
5. Joseph's heart ascribes all his glory unto God only.
6. Joseph contents not himself to be in plenty and glory, but to have his father with him (ver. 9).
7. Certain and fertile habitations are human motives to draw from barren places.
8. Nearness to dearest relations may persuade to change habitations (ver. 10).
9. Alimony is a duty of children to parents in straights.
10. Assurance of nourishment may well draw from places where bread is wanting.
11. God's continuance of famine should move souls to follow His providence for food.
12. It is beseeming God's servants to provide under Him against impoverishing of their families. So Joseph (ver. 11).
13. Eyewitnesses and they dear ones of God's gracious events, should persuade good souls to believe them (ver. 121.
14. Gracious souls may urge their dignity to help the distressed, but not in vain glory.
15. Grace makes nature speedy in the execution of its duty.
16. Gracious children desire earnestly their parents with them in their fulness (ver. 13).
(G. Hughes, B. D.)
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