Read Exodus 1
Focus on verse 8-10
Anyone who has been looking for a job for any length of time had most likely realized at some point that “its not what you know but WHO you know” that gets you’re the job. In today’s reading we read that after Joseph dies and Pharaoh dies and a new Pharaoh is on the throne…that this Pharaoh did not know Joseph, and because he didn’t know Joseph the relationship with the Israelites changes.
Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. And he said to his people, “Behold, the people of Israel are too many and too mighty for us. Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and, if war breaks out, they join our enemies and fight against us and escape from the land.” (v. 8-10)
As a result the Israelites are overcome by the Egyptians and forced to serve the Egyptians as slaves. What a grim example of the difference knowing someone makes, in this case for an entire nation of people.
In the New Testament Jesus relates a parable about how at the end of time we will all be sorted our similar to the way a shepherd separates sheep from goats… we will all be judged based upon one very important distinction. That distinction will not be our knowledge of the scripture, or the number of good or bad deeds we have committed. When the judging is completed, one group will be welcomed into the kingdom with Him, and the other will be sent into the outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. Jesus goes on to describe how some will respond by saying “but Lord, we cast out demons in your name and did all sorts of good stuff for You!” but His reply to them will be “I never KNEW you”.
It would seem there might be more truth than many of us know in the statement “it’s not what you know, or what you’ve done, but Who you know” not just in this present life, but also when this life is over and we stand before God. The only thing that will matter then will be our relationship with Jesus! So, you see…it is the relationship we have – or do not have – with Jesus Christ that will ultimately determine our eternal destiny.