In the world but not of it

June 1, 2010

A certain man…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

Now a certain man found him, and there he was, wandering in the field. And the man asked him, saying, “What are you seeking?” Genesis 37:15

This verse has always intrigued me. The use of the term “certain man” in this passage or “traveler” in 2 Samuel 12:4 makes me wonder whether that is the Holy Spirit’s way of providing a subtle reference to the enemy and his tactics.

My intent is not to read into the scripture more than is there but sometimes a word or phrase catches us and causes us to see something we may have missed.

In this context Joseph is out looking for his brothers but notice it says that “a certain man found him” –notice also he found him while he was “wandering in the field”. It is just like Satan to find us and show up on our path when we are wandering. You’ve heard the phrase “idle time is the devil’s handiwork”. The term “wandering” used here refers to going astray or walking around as if intoxicated. It is likely while Joseph was out he was tired of looking to find his brothers and it was at this moment of weakness that the “certain man” found him.

Notice also that when Joseph responded to the man’s question by telling him he was looking for his brothers, the man immediately told him where they had gone. Did this “certain man” know Joseph and that he was related to these men? We don’t know, but we do know that Joseph was pointed in the direction of his brothers who would scheme to kill him once they saw him coming. It is just like the enemy to try and send us down a path where discouragement, depression or destruction may be waiting…

We know how the story ends. We know that what Satan means for evil God uses for good and despite the enemy’s tactics and plans to thwart the work of God in our lives, the Lord has His hand upon us as he did on Joseph…


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