THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
One of the first episodes of the ANDY GRIFFIN SHOW was sad but cute.
After the death of his wife, Sheriff Andy Taylor invited his spinster Aunt Bee to come and live with him and Opie (his son).
Opie was not please to have Aunt Bee there.
He felt like she was trying to replace his mother.
Andy tried to help the situation by inviting Aunt Bee to accompany them fishin’ and frog catching.
But she failed on both tries.
So Andy invited her to play football with them - another failure.
Finally, Aunt Bee broke down and talked Andy in to taking her to the bus station so she could go back home.
Opie heard the conversation, and ran down the stairs.
He said, "We can't let her go, Pa! She NEEDS us! She can't even catch frogs, take fish off the hook, or throw a ball. We've got to take CARE of her or she'll never make it!"
31 And Joseph said unto his brethren, and unto his father's house, I will go up, and shew Pharaoh, and say unto him, My brethren, and my father's house, which were in the land of Canaan, are come unto me;
32 And the men are shepherds, for their trade hath been to feed cattle; and they have brought their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have.
33 And it shall come to pass, when Pharaoh shall call you, and shall say, What is your occupation?
34 That ye shall say, Thy servants' trade hath been about cattle from our youth even until now, both we, and also our fathers: that ye may dwell in the land of Goshen; for every shepherd is an abomination unto the Egyptians.
Joseph had learned much in the land of Egypt.
And he shared some of this knowledge so that it would be beneficial to the family.
When Joseph told Pharoah of their occupation, he gave them a "plush" land for raising cattle and sheep.
This land also happened to be separated from the major population, which would keep Jacob's family protected from mixing with the Egyptians.
Egyptians think very little of "shepherds." But they NEEDED them.
In Chapter 47, verse 6, Pharoah asked Joseph to appoint some of his family men to take responsibility of raising the cattle and sheep for Pharoah.
Let us take heed to this lesson.
Our Lord, Jesus knows us and knows that the world thinks little of us.
But the TRUTH is: the world NEED US!
Christians have the knowledge of TRUTH.
We have the Lord Jesus, Who is eternal and perfect truth.
We also have His Word which is eternal and perfect truth.
As Christians, we are to live lives that are separate from the world's actions, but not necessarily from the people of the world.
And when we mix with those of the world, we are to share and be helpful so that they might know THE Truth.
Let us be faithful to our Lord, studying His Word and seeking His PRESENCE to guide us; and let us ALWAYS be witnesses for Him in this world.
Be sure: the world NEEDS TRUTH, especially THE Truth!
People NEED the Lord!