"He will not say to us I never knew them"



"And Joseph knew his brethren, but thy not him"

(Genesis 42:8)



This morning  our desires went forth for growth in our acquaintance with the Lord Jesus; it may be well to night to consider a kindred topic, namely, our heavenly Joseph knowledge of us. This was most blessedly, perfect long before we had the slightest knowledge of him.

"His eyes beheld our substance, yet being imperfect, and in his book all our members were written, when as yet there was none of them".

Before we had a being in the world we had a being in his heart. When we were enemies to him, he knew us, our misery, our madness, and our wickedness.

When we wept bitterly in despairing repentance, and viewed him only ad a judge and a ruler, he viewed us ad his brethren well beloved, and his bowels yearned towards us.

He never mistook his chosen, but always beheld them ad objects of his infinite affection. "The Lord knoweth them that are his", is as true of the prodigals who are feeding ad of the children who sit at the table.

But, alas! We knew not our royal Brother, and out of this ignorance grew a host of sins.

We withheld our hearts from him, and hallowed him no entrance to our love. We mistrusted him, and give no credit to his words. We rebelled against him, and paid him no loving homage. The sun of Righteousness shone forth, and we could not see him.

Heaven came down to heart perceived it not.

Let God he praised, those days are over with us; yet even now it is but little that we know of Jesus compared with what he knows of us.

We have but begun to study him, but he knoweth us altogether. It is a blessed circumstance that the ignorance is not on his side, for then it would be a hopeless case for us. He will not say to us, "I never knew you",  but he will confess our names in the day of his appearing, and meanwhile will manifest to us as he doth not unto the world.




C. H. Spurgeon