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CityLight Pastor Commentary:
“Until the time that his word came to pass, the word of the Lord tested him” (Ps 105:19). Joseph had already been given his word before he was put into captivity. The Lord had spoken to him in dreams, and told him that he would be a ruler over many. Then what happened? He was sold into slavery, and then locked in prison. Joseph was being tested. But ‘tested’ in this verse does not mean a test as we think of the word in school: something scary that we need to pass in order to move on and be blessed. Tested is the Hebrew ‘tsaraph,’ which means to refine and prove true. When a silversmith tests (refines) silver, he heats the metal and puts it through a process so that all impurities can be removed. The end result is purity. The testing (refining) process ends when the silversmith can see his own reflection in the metal: then, and only then, has the silver been purified. God was testing Joseph: waiting to bless him until He could see His own reflection in the man He had created for great things.
Father, thank You for making us into the spitting image of Your Son Jesus Christ! Help me to trust in Your testing process. I know Your word is true, and I will trust in it!