Genesis 39:6, “Thus he left all that he had in Joseph’s hand, and he did not know what he had except for the bread which he ate”.
To take a way a man’s freedom is to take away his reason for living. Watching inmates being interviewed especially those locked up in a confined environment talk candidly about what it means and feels to loose freedom. There are some who end up going crazy because their freedom is taken away due to what’s been done.
Recently I shared from Genesis 39, I feel compelled to look at it again as I gained additional insight off the passage. From Genesis 39-42, about 20 times the word ALL is used in reference to Joseph, which I find very important. The ALL I see deals with freedom given to him to act in different capacities. Going back to Genesis 39 where Portiphar made Joseph the overseer of ALL that he had, we see him living freely. Given freedom to control, direct, handle, in charge of all in Portiphar’s house. What is freedom? There are several definitions depending on the circumstance, for the sake of this message, I would define it as the ability to act freely or a state in which somebody is able to act and live as he or she chooses, without being subject to any undue restraints or restrictions. A state of independence. Joseph had that in Portiphar’s house. He was brought to be a slave, the way he lived suggested more than a slave.
Of course we know that freedom was taken away from him and confined in prison where he was no longer in charge of Portiphar’s house and his movement was restricted having been accused of attempted rape. All that he was in charge of was gone.
Who does not love freedom? Yet in the realm of our day to day, lives crave for freedom, however we have an enemy who wants to take that freedom away from us. There are people right now reading this who at one point felt freedom in certain areas of their lives but right now feel caged, imprisoned, bound because an enemy has done this, oppressed. The joy of being free is gone; you wake up each day feeling imprisoned in fear, doubt, depression, and defeat. Your financial situation has left you imprisoned to debt and you don’t feel freedom to serve the Lord like you should. Family situations, sickness have imprisoned you.
I have a word for us from the Lord, Psalm 146:7, “…The LORD gives freedom to the prisoners”, but for what purpose? To be free to just enjoy ourselves and do what we want? No, Free to serve Him. That ought to be the drive to desire freedom. When God said in Exodus that he heard the cry of His people the Israelites, He’s main reason for coming to their rescue was not to bring them to the promise land to escape their bondage, prisons and enjoy the land, it was to make them free that they may serve Him. Exodus 4: 22-23, “Then you (Moses) shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the LORD: “Israel is My son, My firstborn. 23 So I say to you, let My son go that he may serve Me”. Joseph had the same freedom to serve God in Portiphar’s house, even in prison and when he was elevated out of prison to be Portiphar’s boss. We also thank God for benefits too that come about when He frees us. John 8:36, “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed”
Are you craving for freedom? Is this your cry? “God free me from my prison to freely serve You”?, this is my prayer, I am imprisoned in some areas of my life and only Him can free me from my prison and lead me to serve Him more and more freely. Blessings Ev
- God Crowns Faithfulness, by Evans Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)
- Works For His Purpose, Evans Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)