Are you unconverted, is your soul in a spiritual famine without Christ? And you know that if you remain where you are at you are going to perish? There is grain and life in Christ, because God sent a “greater than Joseph” into this world; to live in place of and to suffer and die for you, and to offer the free gift of everlasting life to anyone who will come to Him for salvation. You see God has sent Jesus before you to make provision; all that is needed that you may live and not die, so go to Jesus at once.
Genesis 42:1 – When Jacob saw that there was grain in Egypt, Jacob said to his sons, “Why do you look at one another? And he said, “Indeed I have heard that there is grain in Egypt go down to that place and buy for us their that we may live and not die.”
Let’s pray. Lord Jesus, we asked now that you would make yourself known through this Word, that you would be lifted up and draw all men unto yourselves. In Jesus name, Amen.
At this point in time, the whole world has been cast into a severe famine and Jacob and his sons, who are still living in Canana, they are coming to the point of starvation. If things stay as they are, if Jacob and his sons stay where they are, they will know certainly perish, they will all die of hunger. But then Jacob hears of a hope that there is an abundance of grain and an abundance of corn in the land of Egypt that they have stored up in provision and they are willing to sell to foreigners. Of course the reason those provisions are there in Egypt, I trust most of you are familiar with this account, it is because God sent forth Jacob son, and their brother Joseph, into the land of Egypt to store up all the provisions they need in order to survive this famine, so that they may live and not die. But Jacob in these brothers, that they don’t know that at this point, they don’t know it’s Joseph. All Jacob knows is that there is an abundance of corn available in Egypt that they are willing to sell and if they stay where they are they will perish in the famine. As far as Jacob is concerned Joseph is dead. The last time you heard, he was given a robe of Joseph, covered in blood, and told that he’d been torn up by animals. But when Jacob thought he was dead God sent forth his son Joseph into Egypt to make provision that he may live also.
Brethren, I want us to consider this text now as an allegory, as a picture, of the Gospel of salvation. You see this famine here really sums up the condition of the lost world without Christ. This famine really sums up men’s hearts without Christ. And if that’s you, if you stay where you are, if people stay where they are without Christ, then they will perish. Not just in this life, but you will perish eternally, forever. But God has sent forth His Son Jesus into the world to make all the provision we need, so that anyone can come to Him and may live and not die. So Jacob, in our text, he looks around at his sons here, and says, “Why do you continue to look at one another?” “Why are you just sitting around doing nothing?” He says to them. That’s not going to help you is it? That’s not going to help us, just looking at one another, sitting around doing nothing. If we carry on doing nothing, Jacob says, if we stay in the place where we are, then we are going to perish of starvation. But I have heard that there is grain there is an abundance of grain in the land of Egypt and they are willing to sell it even to foreigners, so go, he tells them, go at once and get some for us that we may live and not die.
So what about you? Do you find yourself, this morning, in the position that this paints? Are you unconverted, is your soul in a spiritual famine without Christ? And you know that if you remain where you are, if you remain in the state that you are in, you are going to perish. The first type of person here, I want to address this morning about this, are those who like this. I am talking now about the person who has not gone to Christ for salvation, you are unconverted, but you’ve set around doing nothing, or very little about it. Of course like Joseph’s brothers here, you may be very busy with hobbies and works and different things in general life. I mean these brothers of Joseph here they may have had a lot of things that they could get on with and be very busy with in normal life. But all those things would not help their most urgent need of attending to the food they need to save their life. So do you who are unconverted. Do you are not only unconverted, but doing nothing, or very little about it. Why stand around looking at one another? If you remain where you are without Christ then you going to perish, but there is grain, there is life in Egypt, because God sent a greater than Joseph, Jesus Christ His Son, into this world, to live in place of and to suffer and die for you, and to offer the free gift of everlasting life, to anyone who will come to Him for salvation. You see God has sent Jesus before you to make provision. All that is needed that you may live and not die. Jesus has provided all this and it’s available to you, so why stand around doing nothing? There are some people who know they need to be saved. They know they’re not right with God. But like Joseph’s brothers here, Jacob’s sons, they sit around doing nothing about it… (Rest of the transcript may come at a later date.)
Kevin Williams pastors at Grace Fellowship Manchester