The Gospel According to Joseph

English Service on August 20

Messenger: Pastor Jim Allison


Genesis 45:1-10


“The Gospel According to Joseph”


I’d like to continue with you today discovering in God’s word what He tells us about Himself through both the Old Testament story of Joseph and the New Testament one of Jesus.  When we began this in last month’s English worship, we saw they all present in different ways the same message: God saves.  They are separated in time by hundreds and hundreds of years, yet they have an amazing number of points in common.  For example, in both stories Bethlehem and shepherds appear.  Clothes are a motif that shows some key things about Joseph, who points ahead to the coming life of Christ.  The acts of going from today’s Israel down to Egypt and being freed to return make another link.  Deep grief of people who have lost their children connects the events in Joseph and Jesus’ lives.  Other common points are God’s speaking through dreams, the savior figure being sold for pieces of silver, and this person’s beginning his work around age 30.  


Before we continue by focusing on Genesis 45, let’s look back at how Joseph’s life has changed up to the point of today’s reading.  He has been (a) the special son.  His father Jacob’s love for him has been a deep, powerful force through his whole life, even though it has been misused in ways that have nearly destroyed the family.  In this imperfect parent-child relationship, we still see a shadow of the perfect relationship between God the Father and Jesus.  We recall God saying with matchless joy at Jesus’ baptism (Matthew 17:5), “This is my Son, and I love him. I am very pleased with him. Listen to him!”


Joseph has also been (b) the suffering servant.  His father’s parenting mistakes, his own self-centeredness, his brother’s jealous cruelty, the slavery system, the lie of his master’s wife, and other things have brought him great trouble.  Yet God has not forgotten him.  He has found ways to turn these evils around and bring good out of them.  Isaiah 53:3a talks about someone Christians understand is the Christ, who will be born in years to come.  It says, “Men looked down on him. They didn’t accept him. He knew all about sorrow and suffering. He was like someone people turn their faces away from.”  This is the Christ of the cross.


Yet Joseph, and even more Jesus later, the very ones who have become the lowest of all, have now been made (c) the great ruler.  Gen. 40:55 tells us, “When all of the people of Egypt began to get hungry, they cried out to Pharaoh for food. He told all of the Egyptians, ‘Go to Joseph. Do what he tells you.’”


This reminds us of the John 2 story of the wedding at Cana.  People are in trouble, in this case because the wine has run out at an important party.  How embarrassing!  Mary tells the workers about Jesus (v. 5), “Do what he tells you.”  In these stories, Joseph and Jesus have been put in positions of power.  God has found a way when there seemed to be no way.  Through something the Lord Himself has done, Joseph has been made a great leader in the powerful nation of Egypt.  God has led him from the pit and the prison to the palace.  When he goes around Egypt, people go before him shouting, “Get down on your knees!” (Genesis 41:43), and they do that in respect.  His life points forward to Christ.  Though He died a criminal’s death on a cross, He did not stay there.  Now He is risen, rich, and reigning.  Philippians 2:8-11 tells us:


He appeared as a man. He came down to the lowest level. He obeyed God completely, even though it led to his death. So God lifted him up to the highest place. He gave him the name that is above every name. When the name of Jesus is spoken, everyone's knee will bow to worship him. Every knee in heaven and on earth and under the earth will bow to worship him. Everyone's mouth will say that Jesus Christ is Lord. And God the Father will receive the glory.


To summarize all this, Joseph’s life points us to Jesus, who was the celebrated One, the sent One, the scorned (or rejected) One, the suffering One, and the slain (or killed) One.  But there is more.  Christ is also the seeking One, the saving One, and the sending One.  Let’s focus on this in our remaining time and see more what Joseph in Genesis 45 shows us about Christ, the seeking Savior.  Joseph, as Jesus will later, (1) reveals himself to his brothers, (2) calls them back into relationship with him, (3) shows them their sin, (4) forgives them, (5) tells them of God’s plan of salvation, and (6) sends them out with important work to do.  


That is what some people call “The Gospel According to Joseph.”  Now that you see the outline of it, I want to walk through this process with you quickly but step by step.


(1) Joseph reveals himself to his brothers.  Verse 1 reports, “. . . He told his brothers who he was.”  He says, “I am Joseph!” (v. 3), and it seems he has to tell them again in the next verse so they can really get the message.  “I am your brother Joseph” (v. 4).      


Jesus’s disciples hear from Him again and again the simple message, “It is I” (for example in John 6:20).  They know Him, but they keep discovering more and more how limited their understanding of Him is.  Especially after the resurrection, He comes and reveals Himself to them in amazing times and places, and they keep finding that He is and teaches and does even more than they knew.

(2) Joseph calls his brothers back into relationship with him.  In 45:4, 

He says to them, “Come close to me.”  They don’t feel ready to do that at first, so repeats His call.  Then they do it.  Joseph does not just mean for them to come close physically.  He is rebuilding peace with his brothers.  This is not only forgiving their sin.  He gets to that later.  Here Joseph wants them to 


know first that there does not have to be a wall between them any longer.  God teaches His people to forgive each other’s sins.   But that alone is not enough.  What He wants beyond that is renewed, restored relationships.  He wants the shalom, the healthy, peaceful relationships in which He designed us to live in the first place.  Forgiving is a key first step to that, but remaking relationships is more involved and takes time.


Jesus’ message is also, “Come close to me.”  Even the Bible’s teaching about the cross is not only about His forgiving our sin.  It’s not like we didn’t have enough money in our bank account, and by dying He paid our bill for us.  It’s more than accounting.  In Christ, God shows us that He wants to be close to us, to live daily in a relationship of communication, trust, working together, and enjoying life as members of His family.  That is what He means when He says to us (Matthew 11:28), “Come to me, all of you who are tired and are carrying heavy loads. I will give you rest.”


(3) Joseph shows his brothers their sin.  He says, (v. 4), “I'm the one you sold into Egypt.”  He is talking to all of them.  But one of them knows he is speaking especially to him.  Which brother’s idea was it to sell Joseph for silver to the people who happened to come by on their way to Egypt?  If you said it was Judah’s, you are right.  

What is the Greek language version of the name, Judah?  It’s Judas.  As we noted last message, Judas is the one who sells Jesus, the very One sent to save.  When he brings people with swords and clubs to take the Lord to the cross, Christ doesn’t tell him, “Oh, no worries, Judas.  No problem.”  He speaks directly to him and says, “Friend, do what you came to do” (Matthew 26:50).  That word, “Friend,” must have cut deeply in Judas’ mind when he thought later about what he had done.  


(4) Joseph forgives his brothers.  He says to them (v. 5) “But don't be upset. And don't be angry with yourselves because you sold me here.”  In this way, he is showing us what Jesus will be like.  When He was hanging on the cross, He prayed for the people who had put Him there (Luke 23:34), “Father, forgive them . . . .”  This is what God does—He forgives—and He teaches people who follow after Him to do the same.  This is the characteristic He expects our lives to have: we don’t hold grudges but forgive people who hurt us.  


But this is so, so difficult, we have to ask, How is it even possible?  Joseph’s story gives us some strong hints.  From the time his brothers come to Egypt to buy food, it seems he is testing them.  If they had a chance to sell their brother again, would they do it?  He puts them in a position to do so by making it look like Benjamin has stolen his special cup and must pay for the crime by becoming Joseph’s slave.  At that point, one brother speaks up and volunteers to take Benjamin’s place and become Joseph’s slave.  This is the thing that hits Joseph’s heart so hard that he weeps out loud and decides to tell his brothers who he is, forgive them, and try to rebuild their broken family.  Who is it?  


Yes, it’s Judah.  He has changed.  From the traitor who sold his brother, through being caught in a sexual sin and forced to admit it publicly (chapter 38), he has grown into a man willing to take responsibility for his actions.  He is the one who promises his father, Jacob, that he will take the blame if he does not bring Benjamin back safely from Egypt (Genesis 43:8-9).  Then when he shows that he is willing to sacrifice his freedom for his family, Joseph’s heart is moved to forgiveness.  Up to this point, he has kept the possibility of revenge or at least silently keeping his life separate from the brothers’.  But now he chooses to make the family relationship more important than his rights or pride.


And there is something beyond even this that makes Joseph ready to 

forgive.  He has turned his eyes more directly to God and what He is doing in the life of the family.   


(5) Seeing that, Joseph tells his brothers of God’s plan of salvation.  He says (v. 5) “God sent me ahead of you to save many lives.”  Then he continues (vv. 7-8a), “But God sent me ahead of you to keep some of you alive on earth. He sent me here to save your lives by an act of mighty power. So then, it wasn't you who sent me here. It was God.”  


Joseph knows that God has bigger plans in mind than we often notice.  He has looked not only at Joseph’s life but the many lives He wants to save through Joseph’s faithful obedience.  He has been more concerned with Joseph’s character than his comfort.  Growing Joseph up spiritually, morally, and psychologically has been more important to Him than making sure people treat him fairly and all his personal needs are met.


Seeing God’s hand at work in these ways, Joseph finds a way to let go of the resentments and inner wounds that could define and control his life if he let them.  He is seeing how God is able to use even the terrible parts of his life in a good way.  Knowing that nothing is beyond God’s control and ability to use in His good plans, Joseph becomes free to forgive, let go of the past, and move ahead into the better parts of life God has prepared.  


He is a picture of the Messiah, Jesus.  Joseph told his brothers (50:20), “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”  When people put Jesus on the cross, they intended to harm Him, but God intended it for good.  Through Christ’s death, He made possible the saving of many lives, including yours and mine.  He died for our sin.  So from a human point of view, the cross was our worst failure.  But from God’s point of view, it was His greatest victory.


When Joseph was made a great ruler over Egypt, he was given the name Zaphenath-Paneah.  Bible scholars have translated it in different ways.  One is “Revealer of a Secret,” which fits nicely with the ability God gave him to interpret dreams.  But others translate it “The Preserver of the Age” or “Savior of the World.”  All those link with the main point of the story, again: God saves.


And saves whom?  Joseph’s wife tells us something interesting and important.  The story says she is given to Joseph.  She is Egyptian, not Jewish, and the daughter of a priest (Genesis 41:45a).  So theirs was an international family, though it is likely that she took the faith of her husband after they were married.  The New Testament says that Jesus, too, will receive a Bride.  That is the name it uses for the Church (Revelation 21:2, for example).  Its people come from many, many ethnic groups all over the world (see Revelation 7:9).  In other words, the good news that God is working to save people is not only for any one ethnic group’s people.  It is good news for anyone who is willing to receive it in faith.  The only people for whom it is not good news are those who shut themselves off from it and say no to receiving it.  


(6) Finally, Joseph sends his brothers out with important work to do.  In v. 9 he instructs them, “Now hurry back to my father. Say to him, ‘Your son Joseph says, “God has made me master of the whole land of Egypt. Come down to me. Don't waste any time.”’”  Jesus Christ today, too, calls people first to come to Him.  But after we do, He then sends us out to do the work He gives us to do.  His first call to us is, “Come.”  But He also calls us, “Go.”  “. . . Go and make disciples of all nations. Baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19b-20a).  As someone said, you can’t spell “gospel” without “g-o.”  


That is why we are here, why Open Door is here.  God saves.  He always has.  Since the time of Joseph and before, He has made it His business to come to people who are broken, hurting, in need (that is, all of us) and create something beautiful out of the broken pieces of our lives.  He made a way for that to happen in your life, mine, and the world, through Christ, His Son.  


He continues to work in the same way today that He always has.  To review, He (1) reveals Himself to us, (2) calls us back into relationship with Himself, (3) shows us our sin, (4) forgives us, (5) tells us His plan of salvation in Christ, and (6) sends us out to work in His name.       


Today I have been given the job of bringing the good news of Christ.  So as His representative, I give you an invitation from Him.  It is a simple one: “Come to me.”  As Joseph called His brothers back to a life at peace with him, God wants all of us as His children in a right relationship of love and trust with Him.  We do not always give a formal invitation at Open Door, ask people to make a public commitment to following God in faith.  But I want everyone to know that the invitation is always there for you.  God has given you a standing invitation.  The door is open.  He wants you to walk through it.  If Pastor Sasaki or I or another here can help you do that, we very much want to do so.  Whether you are a Christian already and feel the call to live a life of deeper faith, or you are not yet a Christian but you feel God calling you to begin your journey of faith, all the same, He says, “Come to me.”  Please be free to talk with us after today’s worship or any time about how you can do that.  Let’s pray.


God who saves, we praise you for being able to bring good out of evil, wholeness out of brokenness, light out of dark, joy out of the gloom in our lives.  No matter what pain or scars we bear, help us to place our lives in your hands with the deep confidence that you can use every single part of them for something beautiful and good.  Do that we ask, through the power of the Holy Spirit, the power of your love.  In Christ’s name we pray it, amen.     




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   旧約聖書のヨセフ、新約聖書のイエスの物語は、何千、何百年もの時代を超えて離れているにもかかわらず、数々の点で驚くべき共通点があるのです。例えば、どちらも”ベツレヘム”と”羊飼い”が登場します。 ”衣服”はヨセフについてキーポイントとなる事象を表すモチーフ(主要な題材)となっています。ヨセフの生涯は来るべきキリストのご生涯を前もって示しているのです。現在のイスラエルからエジプトに下って行き、自由になって帰還するという行程は、また違った結びつきです。子供達を失った人々の深い悲しみはヨセフとイエスの生涯の出来事と結びつきます。

  その他の共通点としては、 神様が夢を通して語られること、救い主(救う者) が銀貨何枚かで売られていること、どちらも30歳前後の年齢で働き始めていることです。



  a ヨセフは特別な子供でした。



       マタイの福音書17章5節で、イエスのバプテスマに父なる神様が、比類なき喜びをもって、”これは我が子、私は彼を愛する。私はとても喜ぶ。彼に聞き従え。” と言われたことを思い起こします。

  b   ヨセフも苦難大き召使いでした。父親の育て方かの間違い、ヨセフ自身の自己中心な性格、兄弟達の狂ったような嫉妬、当時の奴隷制度、主人の夫人の偽証などがヨセフに様々な困難を持たらします。しかし、神様はずっと彼を忘れませんでした。ヨセフはこれらの悪い事を変えて良い事をもたらす方法を見つけたのです。



   c ヨセフ、更には後のイエスも同じなのですが、両者は最低辺の人間から偉大な支配者に立てらました。創世記40章55節では、”エジプトに住む全ての人々が餓えた時、ファラオに食料を求め泣きついた。王はエジプトの民に言った。ヨセフの元へ行き、彼の言う事を為せ。”









       キリストは人として現れ、最下層にまで落ちて行って、死に至るまで神様に完全に従いました。それで神様はキリストを最も高い位にまで引き上げて、全ての名前の上にある名前をお与えになりました。イエスの名前が語られる時には全ての者が拝するためひざを屈めます。天上、 地の上または下においても、全ての膝は、それを屈めてキリストを礼拝します。全ての口はイエス キリストは主であると言い、父なる神様が栄光をお受けになります。








       (1)   ヨセフは、後にはイエスも同様ですが、兄弟達に自分を明らかにします。

      (2)   自分との関係を戻すように呼びかけます。

      (3)   彼らの罪を示します。

      (4)   彼らを赦します。

      (5)   彼らに神様の救いの計画を伝えます。

      (6)   為すべき重要な働きを持たせて送り出します。





      (1) 最初に、ヨセフは彼の兄弟達に自分のことを明らかにします。1節では、               ”彼は兄弟達に彼が誰かを語った。彼は言った。”私はヨセフです。”(3節)

          次の節ではヨセフは兄弟達が本当に理解できるよう、”私はあなた方の弟のヨセフで す。(4節)”と言いました。

          イエスの弟子達もイエスから何度も”それは私です”(ヨハネ福音書6章20節)という単 純なメッセージを聞いています。弟子達はイエス(その本質)をしっているのですが、もっと、より多くのことを見つけようとし続けます。イエスを理解しようとする弟子達  の能力は何と限られているのでしょう。とりわけ復活後に顕著になるのですが、イエスは弟子達に驚くべきタイミングと場所でご自身を表されました。弟子達と言えば、それ がイエスご自身であること、そして彼らが知っていたことよりもっと多くのことをイエスが教え、するかどうかをずっと探そうとします。



     (2) 創世記45章4節で、ヨセフは兄弟達との関係を持つため、再び話しかけます。”私に近づいて来なさい。”


           ヨセフはただ単に物理的に近づいて欲しくてそう言ったのではなく、兄弟達と和解をしたくてなのです。これはヨセフが兄弟達の罪を赦しているというだけに止まりませ ん。後にはそうなるのですが、ここでヨセフは兄弟達にまずもって、ヨセフと兄弟達 の間にはもはや壁がある必要などないと知ってもらいたかったのです。

            神様はお互いの罪を赦し合うよう教えています。しかしそれだけでは十分ではあり ません。神様は、神様によって造られた私達が、まず第一に”シャローム(神の祝福が ありますように)”、健康、平和(穏やかさ)な関係の内に生きることを望んでおられ ます。赦しはその為の大事な第一のステップ(段階)です。ですが、関係を作り直すには多くのことが関係する必要があり、時間がかかるものです。



            それは私達のが銀行口座に十分なお金がなかったから、イエスが死なれて私達の借 金を払ったとかでもなく、会計上の問題以上のことなのです。

            キリストにあって神様は、私達の近くにありたい、コミュニケーションが取れる、 信頼する、共に働くという関係性の中で日々生きている存在になりたい、わたしたち が神様の家族の一員として人生を楽しむようにと示しているのです。



      (3) ヨセフは兄弟達に彼らの罪を示します。4節で、彼は”私はあなた方がエジプトに売った者です。” ヨセフは兄弟達の皆に言っているのですが、兄弟達のなかの一人は 自分のことを特に言っていると知っています。エジプトに行く途中たまたまやって来た者達に銀と引き換えヨセフを売ったのはどの兄弟だったか分かりますか?もしJudah(ユダ)と答えるなら、正解です。

          Judah という名前をギリシャ語にするとJudasとなります。先月の英語礼拝で言及    したとおり、救いのために遣わされたイエスを売った”ユダ”と同じです。



       (4) ヨセフは兄弟達を赦します。5節では ”今、私をここに売ったことで心を痛めたり、怒ったりしてはしけません。”とあります。


           イエスが十字架に架けられた時に、イエスはご自身を十字架につけた人々のために、父よ彼らを赦したまえ ‥」(ルカ23章34節)と祈られました。

           これは、神様が行うこと〜神は赦す〜で、神様に従う者にこうするよう、教えているのです。それは、また、神様が私達が人生において持つよう期待される特徴的なもので す。



                兄弟達が食料を買いにエジプトに来た時から、ヨセフは兄弟達をためしていたようです。もしも兄弟達が兄弟の内の誰かを売るという事態になったら、彼らはそうするのでしょうか? ヨセフはまさにそのような事態に兄弟を置いてみます。ベンジャミンがヨセフの特別な帽子を盗み、その罪を償うためヨセフ(兄弟達はヨセフと知らない)の奴隷となるという状況を見せかけたのです。この時、一人の兄弟が自分がベンジャミンの身代わりとしてヨセフの奴隷となると言いました。これがヨセフを号泣させるほど彼の心を激しく打ち、自分が誰であるかを打ち明ける決心をし、ついに兄弟達を赦すことで壊れてしまった家族関係を修復することになるのです。その人とはだれのことでしょう。







        (5) ヨセフが兄弟達に神様の救いの計画を告げるところ、5節で、彼は「神が、多くの命を救うためあなた方に先んじて私を送った」と言い、続けて「神は私をあなた方より先にお遣わしになりました。それは、あなた方のために残りの者をこの地に残し、また、大いなる救いによってあなた方を生きながらえさせるためだったのです。だから、私を ここに遣わしたのは、あなた方ではなく、実に神なのです。」(7節、8節前)と言います。

               ヨセフは、私達が普通に気がつくよりももっと大きな計画を神様がもっておられることを知っているのです。神様はヨセフの命だけではなく多くの命を見ており、ヨセフの信 仰による従順を通して救いたいと欲しているのです。神様はヨセフ自身の慰めより彼の人格に関心を持ってきました。神様にとっては、ヨセフを霊的、道徳的、心理的に成長させることの方が、ヨセフが確かな人から正当に扱われ、個人的な必要がみたされることより重要であったのです。


              神様が働かれる時の御手をこのように見ると、ヨセフは憤りと心の中の傷を解き放つことで、自分の人生の酷い部分さえ良い方向へと使うことができるということをみてきました。神様の良いご計画に用いられる神様の支配と能力に勝るものがないと知り、ヨセフは赦す自由、過去からの解放、神様が用意するより良い人生へと進むように変えられ たのです。





               人々がイエスを十字架に架けた時、人々はイエスを害するつもりだったのです。しかし 神様はそれを良いことの計らいにしたのです。キリストの死によって、神様はあなたが たや私を含めた多くの人々の命を救うことを可能にしたのです。  キリストは私達の罪の ために死なれました。人間の視点で見ると十字架の死は私達人間の最悪の結果ですが、 神様の視点で見ると、それは偉大な勝利であったのです。


                ヨセフがエジプトの偉大な支配者に据えられた時、Zaphenath-Paneah という名 前が与えられました。聖書学者達は異なった翻訳をしてきました。その一つは”秘密を明 らかにする者”というもので、神様が彼に与えた夢を解釈する能力を良く表してピッタリですね。しかし他の翻訳では” 年代を保護する者”か”世界を救う者”というのがあり、また しても、これら全てがこの物語の主要な点である神様は救うということに連結するので す。


             誰による救いなのでしょう? ヨセフの妻が興味深くも重要なことを言っています。

             彼女がヨセフに与えられたというお話です。彼女はユダヤ人ではなくエジプト人で祭司 の娘でした。(創世記41章45節前段) 


             新約聖書で、イエスも、将来、花嫁を娶ると言っています。これは教会のことを指して 使われているのです。(ヨハネの黙示録21章2章例示) 

                そこに集う人々は世界中の様々な民族から成っているのです(ヨハネの黙示録 7章9節)。  違う言葉で言うと、神様が働かれて人々を救われると言う良き知らせは ただ一つの民族の人々のためだけではないということです。  信仰によってこれを受け 入れようとする全ての人々の良き知らせなのです。 良き知らせとならない唯一の人々とは、この良き知らせを拒絶し、受け入れることに否と言う人達です。


         (6) 最終的に、ヨセフは兄弟達に重要な職務を与えて送り出します。9節で、彼は兄弟達 に”さあ今こそ父の元へ急いで戻り伝えてください。「神が、あなたの息子のヨセフをエジプト全土の支配者とされました。時間を無駄にせずここに下ってきてください」と、ヨセフが言っていると。”と指示しました。


              私達がそうした後、キリストはキリストが与える御用を私達がするために私達を送り出します。キリストの最初の招きは”来なさい”というものですが同時に”行きなさい”とも 呼びかけているのです。 ”行って全ての国の人々を弟子としなさい。父と子と聖霊の御名によってバプテスマを授けなさい。私の命じることに従えと教えなさい”(マタイ28章19節後段〜20節前段)。だれかが言ったように”gospel”(「福音」、「ゴスペ




                 ヨセフやそれ以前の時代においても、神様は、心破れ、傷つき、必要がある(私達皆 がそうですが)人々へ赴き神様の御用をされてきたのです。また、私達の壊れた人生の破片から何かしら美しいものを創造されるのです。神様はその独り子キリストをとおして、あなたの、私の人生やこの世界においても、これらが起こるような道(方法)を作られました。      



(1) 神様は私達にご自身を現しになる

(2) 神様との関係に戻ることを呼びかけられる

(3) 私達の罪を示す

(4) 私達を赦す

(5) キリストにある救いのご計画を告げる

(6) 神様の名前によって働くため私達を送り出す



       そういう訳で、神様の僕(しもべ)(従う者の代表)として、神様からの招きをしたいと思 います。

         その招きとは ”私の許に来なさい。” という単純なものです。


          オープンドアで私達は、毎回、正式な招き、すなわち信仰を持ち神様に従うことの公の約束を促がすといった事をしていません。しかし私は皆さんに、招きがいつでも皆さんに用意 されていることを知っていただきたいのです。神様は皆さんをいつでも招いていて 下さいます。ドアは開いているのです。神様は皆さんがそのドアを通って歩いて来ることを

       望んでおられます。佐々木牧師や私又はここにいる他の誰かが、あなたがそうなさりたいのであれば、喜んでお手伝いします。あなたが、もう既にクリスチャンであっても、又はそうで なくても、深い信仰による生涯を生きるという(神様からの)呼び掛けを感じたり、神様が 信仰の旅路を始めるようあなたに呼び掛けていると思うことでも、神様は同じように仰います。




    祈りましょう。 救いを為される神様、私達はあなたを誉めたたえます。あなたは、私達の人生 の悪から良いことをもたらすことができるお方、壊れたところから完全なものをもたらすことができるお方、悲しみから喜びをもたらすことのできるお方です。







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