Posts Tagged With: Joseph

The Word ”Know” In The Bible.

I was in the office today when the boss runs in, ”Stephen I want you to go around to this school, our product has been in it for years and we have known them a long time but their principal is gone and there is a new one.

The young principal who has taken over doesn’t know us and I’m afraid that because of this he will be easily switched by the Competition. I want you to pay him a visit and show some face even try and sell him a new machine.

Whilst I drove to this school in the middle of nowhere somewhere in Ireland I thought about what my boss had said and how it reflected the Bible.

In the Bible, the book of Exodus we are told that a new pharaoh arises who doesn’t know Joseph.

”In the mean time there arose a new king over Egypt, that knew not Joseph:” (exodus:1:8)

When the bible writes this it doesn’t mean that the new king did not know Joseph as in he had never heard of him before. It’s not like we use it today in which we often use it to reference never seeing or meeting someone before.

No, this not knowing was ”political” in nature. It meant that this new king didn’t politically recognize him nor like him. He had no ”covenant” with Joseph or his people and so decided he’d get rid of them.

The Bible also talks about Adam knowing eve and this knowing leading to the birth of Children and so on and so forth.

When my boss said it, it made so much sense that this principal doesn’t have a relationship with us, he knows of us but does not have an established relationship. Therefore he will get rid of us the moment the competition arrive with their product because he has no emotional ties with us.

It amazes me that even after 10,000 years or more us humans have not changed in our mentality.




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We Named You Joseph Benedict

Monday gone my wife had her chemotherapy. It was here that we both found out about His Holiness decision to step down from the Papal Chair on 28th February. We were shocked at the sudden news but not surprised. I knew that His Holiness did not want this Papal office to begin with and was hesitant of taking such a stressful position.

Prior to learning about the Popes resignation, my wife told me that she had learned from the doctor that morning how they had decided on a date when they would induce and deliver the baby early. The original due date was March 27 but now that Audrey has cancer they must deliver earlier. The date they have decided on is March 19th.

We arrived home from hospital that day and having put our feet up we decided to talk about names for the baby. I came up with Benedict. My suggestion had nothing to do with the Pope, it just came to me. We kind of thought it would be a nice middle name but that was about it. Exhausted from all the attempts to try and arrive at a name we acknowledged that in the end, whatever name we do happen to decide upon would always be the result of Jesus. For it is Jesus who names our children.

It was at this point my wife retired and I sat up a little longer. When I got to bed it was then that she excitedly told me whose feast day it was March 19th. It was indeed St.Josephs feast day. We never even thought of it. We knew there was no way we could avoid calling him after St.Joseph so we did decide to call him Joseph.

Then something even more providential happened afterwards. We updated about it on our facebook status and then followed up that we are just looking for a middle name now. it was then that our friend Susan commented that we should call him Joseph Benedict Mc Elligott. That was amazing because earlier before going to bed we had discussed calling him benedict or at least using this name as a middle name.

To stretch it even further, to our amazment, Joseph is the current Pontiffs first original name and Benedict the name he took for the Papacy.

God truly is wonderful. On the day of the Popes resignation and act of sincere humility, we called you Joseph Benedict. God truly is wonderful.

God bless and have a great lent.

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