Sunday, July 27, 2008

Our Defender - Isaiah 31

Our Defender

Isa 31:4 For thus hath the LORD spoken unto me, Like as the lion and the young lion roaring on his prey, when a multitude of shepherds is called forth against him, he will not be afraid of their voice, nor abase himself for the noise of them: so shall the LORD of hosts come down to fight for mount Zion, and for the hill thereof.

The LORD will let us know when danger comes. He will roar as a lion, as a lion of Judah after his cubs when men come to do them harm. Assyria was coming, would God's people seek Him, or would they trust in the might of Egypt? Is the LORD our help or the world, which is mightier? If we put our trust in the LORD we shall not perish. The LORD is not afraid of evil men, he will come to rescue those who trust in him.

Isa 31:5 As birds flying, so will the LORD of hosts defend Jerusalem; defending also he will deliver it; and passing over he will preserve it.

Three steps; the LORD, as a bird, perhaps an eagle in the air or an angel, the LORD will defend, he will deliver, and he will preserve. We know that calling on the name of God will bring angels to defend us. Next we need deliverance from sin by being in his Son Jesus, who will deliver us from the worlds power and the strongholds of satan as we submit all to him. As we trust in HIM and walk in His Spirit, we are preserved. Jesus our Savior will preserve us, sealing us with the Holy Spirit until this corruptible flesh becomes incorruptible.

Isa 31:6 Turn ye unto him from whom the children of Israel have deeply revolted.

Repent, turn to him again.

Isa 31:7 For in that day every man shall cast away his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which your own hands have made unto you for a sin.

Some things we must do. Cast off idolatry and sinful ways.

2 Cor 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
2 Cor 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

2 Tim 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

Isa 31:8 Then shall the Assyrian fall with the sword, not of a mighty man; and the sword, not of a mean man, shall devour him: but he shall flee from the sword, and his young men shall be discomfited.
Isa 31:9 And he shall pass over to his strong hold for fear, and his princes shall be afraid of the ensign, saith the LORD, whose fire is in Zion, and his furnace in Jerusalem.

If they or we trust in the LORD, putting away sin and idolatry, then the enemy must flee the power of God. He is as a fire burning off the chaff from the wheat. The fire of God protects Zion and the intense fire is in his holy temple. We, in Christ Jesus are his holy temples. Jerusalem is the city of God, God will protect Jeruslaem. " For I will defend this city, to save it, for mine own sake, and for my servant David's sake."

The LORD defended Jerusalem as told in 2 Kings 19.

2 Ki 19:32 Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shield, nor cast a bank against it.
2 Ki 19:33 By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and shall not come into this city, saith the LORD.
2 Ki 19:34 For I will defend this city, to save it, for mine own sake, and for my servant David's sake.
2 Ki 19:35 And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.
2 Ki 19:36 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Genesis 41 - Pharaoh's Dreams

Genesis 41

Pharaoh's Dreams

Gen 41:1 And it came to pass at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh dreamed: and, behold, he stood by the river.

Joseph had been in prison for two years, now God would open a door for him. It would come because Pharaoh was troubled by dreams. Another persons trouble may be our opportunity for service.

Gen 41:2 And, behold, there came up out of the river seven well favoured kine and fatfleshed; and they fed in a meadow.
Gen 41:3 And, behold, seven other kine came up after them out of the river, ill favoured and leanfleshed; and stood by the other kine upon the brink of the river.

Seven fat cows, followed by seven lean cows.

Gen 41:4 And the ill favoured and leanfleshed kine did eat up the seven well favoured and fat kine. So Pharaoh awoke.

The lean cows ate up the fat cows.

Gen 41:5 And he slept and dreamed the second time: and, behold, seven ears of corn came up upon one stalk, rank and good.
Gen 41:6 And, behold, seven thin ears and blasted with the east wind sprung up after them.

Seven good ears of corn and seven thin ears of corn.

Gen 41:7 And the seven thin ears devoured the seven rank and full ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and, behold, it was a dream.

Again, the thin corn ate up the fat corn, and he awakened from his dream.

Gen 41:8 And it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled; and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt, and all the wise men thereof: and Pharaoh told them his dream; but there was none that could interpret them unto Pharaoh.

The dreams troubled him, so he consulted his psychics. This is still going on today, people dream then go to psychics, instead of to God.

Gen 41:9 Then spake the chief butler unto Pharaoh, saying, I do remember my faults this day:
Gen 41:10 Pharaoh was wroth with his servants, and put me in ward in the captain of the guard's house, both me and the chief baker:
Gen 41:11 And we dreamed a dream in one night, I and he; we dreamed each man according to the interpretation of his dream.
Gen 41:12 And there was there with us a young man, an Hebrew, servant to the captain of the guard; and we told him, and he interpreted to us our dreams; to each man according to his dream he did interpret.
Gen 41:13 And it came to pass, as he interpreted to us, so it was; me he restored unto mine office, and him he hanged.

Pharaoh's butler remembers Joseph to the king. Why not earlier? Because the king would not care about Joseph and his troubles. It was when he himself was troubled that he sought help from Joseph. Sometimes that is how God gets us to care for others, by giving us cares and concerns.

2 Cor 1:3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
2 Cor 1:4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
2 Cor 1:5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
2 Cor 1:6 And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.
2 Cor 1:7 And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.

Gen 41:14 Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon: and he shaved himself, and changed his raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh.

They cleaned up Joseph. We also must be cleaned up to meet the king. Jesus is our cleanser of sins and filth. He himself cleans us up to rule and reign with him. But no man can come to the Father, until Jesus has cleansed him.

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

John 13:8 Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.
John 13:9 Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.
John 13:10 Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.
John 13:11 For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean.

Gen 41:15 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it: and I have heard say of thee, that thou canst understand a dream to interpret it.

While in prison Joseph revealed the meanings of the dreams of the accused Baker and the accused Head Butler. As predicted the Baker lost his life, but the Butler was set free. The Butler had promised to remember Joseph. I'm sure that it seemed like a long time to wait, but finally the Butler has remembered Joseph.

Gen 41:16 And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.

Joseph did not speak of himself, like Jesus he heard from God.

John 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.
John 5:31 If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.
John 5:32 There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true.

Joseph needed the butler to witness of him as Jesus needed John the Baptist to prepare hearts to receive him. A witness is needed before someone is received. We are to be witnesses of Jesus Christ.

Rom 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Rom 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
Rom 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
Rom 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
Rom 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Gen 41:17 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, In my dream, behold, I stood upon the bank of the river:
Gen 41:18 And, behold, there came up out of the river seven kine, fatfleshed and well favoured; and they fed in a meadow:
Gen 41:19 And, behold, seven other kine came up after them, poor and very ill favoured and leanfleshed, such as I never saw in all the land of Egypt for badness:
Gen 41:20And the lean and the ill favoured kine did eat up the first seven fat kine:
Gen 41:21 And when they had eaten them up, it could not be known that they had eaten them; but they were still ill favoured, as at the beginning. So I awoke.
Gen 41:22 And I saw in my dream, and, behold, seven ears came up in one stalk, full and good:
Gen 41:23 And, behold, seven ears, withered, thin, and blasted with the east wind, sprung up after them:
Gen 41:24 And the thin ears devoured the seven good ears: and I told this unto the magicians; but there was none that could declare it to me.
Gen 41:25 And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh is one: God hath showed Pharaoh what he is about to do.

God often will warn us of things that are to come.

Gen 41:26 The seven good kine are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years: the dream is one.
Gen 41:27 And the seven thin and ill favoured kine that came up after them are seven years; and the seven empty ears blasted with the east wind shall be seven years of famine.
Gen 41:28 This is the thing which I have spoken unto Pharaoh: What God is about to do he showeth unto Pharaoh.
Gen 41:29 Behold, there come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt:
Gen 41:30 And there shall arise after them seven years of famine; and all the plenty shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine shall consume the land;
Gen 41:31 And the plenty shall not be known in the land by reason of that famine following; for it shall be very grievous.
Gen 41:32 And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice; it is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.

In the Bible when verses are repeated they are important to God for our understanding. In the law, two witnesses were required to establish a truth.

Deu 19:15 One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.

Mat 18:16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.

This dream being repeated in detail was Gods way of showing its importance. Can we use this principle for dreams? Perhaps, but first we need to be sure the dream is of God.

Prov 11:14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.

Here is where a multitude of counsellors is important. Share the dream with trusted Spirit filled Christians and pray about the interpretation.

Gen 41:33 Now therefore let Pharaoh look out a man discreet and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt.

No time to waste, this is serious.

Gen 41:34 Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint officers over the land, and take up the fifth part of the land of Egypt in the seven plenteous years.

God is showing Joseph the plan.

Gen 41:35 And let them gather all the food of those good years that come, and lay up corn under the hand of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities.
Gen 41:36 And that food shall be for store to the land against the seven years of famine, which shall be in the land of Egypt; that the land perish not through the famine.
Gen 41:37 And the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants.
Gen 41:38 And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?
Gen 41:39 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath showed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art:

Everywhere Joseph goes, God gives him favor, as he submitted to God's will. Life has not been easy, but God has been shaping and perfecting Joseph through all of this. God has a perfect plan. We often get impatient and wonder why things do not go our way. Here Gods plan for Joseph was coming to light.

Lord we trust you with our lives. Lead us LORD into your perfect plan for us. Not my will but yours LORD. We want to obey you. In this we will be perfected and formed into your image. Keep us strong LORD, be our strength and forgive us when we are impatient. The purpose of your plan comes about when it is your appointed time. Praise God we are in your good will!

Joseph Exalted

Gen 41:40 Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou.

Joseph was a slave made head of Potiphars house, then prison, now he is lifted up to the ruler of Pharaohs palace, second only to pharaoh. God had rewarded his faithfulness. There are many similarities to Joseph life and the coming Christ.

Gen 41:41 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt.
Gen 41:42 And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph's hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck;

The king's ring with the royal seal. This was the authority of the king given unto Joseph. Our seal is the Holy Spirit, by the Spirit we are given power and autority from Jesus, through faith and grace. The fine linen is symbolic of our being clothed in righteousness, from Jesus. The gold chain could be a parable for the unbroken promises of God for us.

Rev 21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
Rev 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

Gen 41:43 And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt.

Joseph was given the Kings authority and honor, all bowed to him, as all will bow to Jesus the second in the Godhead.

Phil 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Phil 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Gen 41:44 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I am Pharaoh, and without thee shall no man lift up his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Gen 41:45 And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphnathpaaneah; and he gave him to wife Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On. And Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt.

As the name must have been Egyptian, it has been explained from the Coptic, Egyptian language, as meaning the preserver of the age. So Joseph received a nice Egyptian name and an Egyptian wife. He was to be the savior of the people, symbolic of Jesus the savior, who is coming for his bride, the church.

1 John 4:14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.
1 John 4:15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.

Rev 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

LORD you are God. You reward the faithfulness of your people. Lord may we be faithful, not to be bowed to but to bring others to your feet for healing and grace. You are LORD, we are your servants and children. Thank you for this honor father.

The Harvest

Gen 41:46 And Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt.

Joseph became second highest ruler of Egypt at age 30. He was sold into slavery at age 17, so was in Egypt for 13 years before being elevated to his title of authority.

Thirty was the lawful age for a priest in Israel, so Jesus began his ministry at age 30. Jesus was the messiah, the saviour, the great high priest, prophet, Son of God, King, and so much more.

Luke 3:22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.
Luke 3:23 And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli,

Gen 41:47 And in the seven plenteous years the earth brought forth by handfuls.
Gen 41:48 And he gathered up all the food of the seven years, which were in the land of Egypt, and laid up the food in the cities: the food of the field, which was round about every city, laid he up in the same.

Seven in scriptures refers to perfection and completeness. The harvest was bountiful. We have bountiful blessings of God, especially his word. We are to gather as much as we can and store it in our hearts. It is food for ourspiritual lives. In time of want or affliction it is there to draw from, to give us nourishment.

Gen 41:49 And Joseph gathered corn as the sand of the sea, very much, until he left numbering; for it was without number.
Gen 41:50 And unto Joseph were born two sons before the years of famine came, which Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On bare unto him.
Gen 41:51 And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: For God, said he, hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father's house.

Manasseh means forgetfulness; he that is forgotten. We forget the pain and suffering of slavery and remember the good things. Joseph had a new beginning, a new family to love and a calling to bless.

Phil 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
Phil 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Gen 41:52 And the name of the second called he Ephraim: For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.

Ephraim and Manasseh would be two of the 12 tribes of Israel. God richly honored Joseph. Ephraim means fruitful; increasing. He was fruitful. We are to be fruitful in our work for the Lord and obedience is the way, as Joseph so much has shown us. We have been given another commission, to share Jesus with a lost and dying world. This is where our fruit may increase. Joseph was connected to God, so he was blessed with good fruit.

John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
John 15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
John 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
John 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

Gen 41:53 And the seven years of plenteousness, that was in the land of Egypt, were ended.
Gen 41:54 And the seven years of dearth began to come, according as Joseph had said: and the dearth was in all lands; but in all the land of Egypt there was bread.

Joseph obeyed God, and was honored. As a nation listens to the word from God it is blessed and will suffer no want. The blight had come but Egypt was prepared. The blight will come to America. Our nation has turned from God. Are we preparing now in times of abundance? If our Bibles are taken from us will we have the word stored in our hearts to share with those in need? If we can't make it in a time of abundance, relying on drugs or the worlds remedies, what will happen when the famine strikes. Dear people of God, prepare the harvest. Be filled with Gods word and spirit so that you may be perfect lacking nothing. Thank You Lord for giving us your word to bless and keep for the feeding of the hungry souls.


Many are those who oppose God. They are arrogant and rude and yet in time of great want they must humble themselves. If true humility comes, God will answer the need. In times of prosperity not many seek God. But what if a famine? As in the time of Joseph and perhaps in our future people will need to bow their knees for help.

Gen 41:54 And the seven years of dearth began to come, according as Joseph had said: and the dearth was in all lands; but in all the land of Egypt there was bread.
Gen 41:55 And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread: and Pharaoh said unto all the Egyptians, Go unto Joseph; what he saith to you, do.

Pharaoh said to the people to go to Joseph, he was in charge of life or death. God the father has put his son in charge of life or death, we must go to him.

1 John 2:23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.

Gen 41:56 And the famine was over all the face of the earth: And Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold unto the Egyptians; and the famine waxed sore in the land of Egypt.

There was no free lunch. They had to buy the grain. In this way all the nations prospered Egypt through Joseph. Through Jesus, shall all the shall be blessed.

Gen 41:57 And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph for to buy corn; because that the famine was so sore in all lands.

Isa 55:1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
Isa 55:2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
Isa 55:3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.

Mat 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Mat 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Mat 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

We need to be wise servants of the Lord, hiding his word in our hearts and being good stewards of what he has blessed us with.

Mat 10:7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Mat 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Seeking Help in Warfare - Isaiah 31

Seeking Help in Warfare

Isa 31:1 Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD!

Judah thought the Egyptians would help them because they had an abundance of horses and chariots. Judah was the nation where Jerusalem was, the Holy city of God. Why did they not seek God and trust in him? Had he not delivered them in the past? We do not fight against evil only in the flesh. First we seek God and then we fight with his direction and help.

Woe to our nation too, if the leaders do not seek God. There has been a revival in Iraq with many soldiers coming to Jesus and even being baptized in the desert. But they are not allowed to share their faith with the Iraqis, because it may offend them. If we were seriously serving God, we would want to share our faith. We cannot win a battle over evil with horses and chariots. When we need help will our enemies help us? Will those we have helped, help us? I do not think so.

Psa 20:7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.

Isa 31:2 Yet he also is wise, and will bring evil, and will not call back his words: but will arise against the house of the evildoers, and against the help of them that work iniquity.

God is wise and the protector of those who trust him. The enemy may afflict for a time, but God sees and will rise up against the house of the evildoer, and against their help, the things that they trusted above the LORD. If we put anything above the Lord, it will be brought down. We are to love God with all of our heart, soul and mind.

Isa 31:3 Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit. When the LORD shall stretch out his hand, both he that helpeth shall fall, and he that is holpen shall fall down, and they all shall fail together.

Flesh cannot fight against spirit. If the LORD stretches out his hand, as the king his scepter, all shall fall, but for his mercy and grace. We must seek the LORD'S help and not trust in the things we see that are strong from the flesh. Although an enemy may find a way to kill anddestroy, God has the final say. He stretches out his hand and receives those who trust in Jesus, His Son, and he will cast the evil doer out into outer darkness and hell. The spirit is mightier thanthe flesh. God is Almighty, the spirit of the evil one will be cast in the lake of fire.

Mat 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

Zec 4:6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.

2 Cor 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
2 Cor 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
2 Cor 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
2 Cor 10:6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

Psa 18:2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
Psa 18:3 I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

2 Tim 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
2 Tim 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
2 Tim 3:14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;

Let us stay in the spirit and let God fight our battles. One way is through praise and songs of faith. Keep your heart in tune with the LORD. Pray without ceasing, encourage yourself in his word and do his work in His Spirit. Jesus is our victory!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Joseph in Egypt - Gen 39-40

Potiphar's Wife

Gen 39:1 And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither.

Joseph, an alien is bought by the captain of the kings guard. This is like an illegal alien being employed by the FBI or the CIA.

Gen 39:2 And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.

Egypt is a land of many gods, like today's America, yet the true God prospered Joseph and gave him favor. We are to stand out from the people as being connected to the Almighty God.

3 John 1:2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

Gen 39:3 And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand.
Gen 39:4 And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand.

The LORD had caused everything to prosper with Joseph. Potipher saw this and wanted him to increase his possessions to prosper as well. The head of security, trusted the alien from the tribe of Judah to be in charge of all he owned.

Psa 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
Psa 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
Psa 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Gen 39:5 And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of the LORD was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field.
Gen 39:6 And he left all that he had in Joseph's hand; and he knew not ought he had, save the bread which he did eat. And Joseph was a goodly person, and well favoured.

Luke 12:42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?
Luke 12:43 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
Luke 12:44 Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath.

Joseph had integrity of character. Joseph did not feel pity for himself, he overcame by excellence and faith.

Prov 22:1 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.

Gen 39:7 And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.
Gen 39:8 But he refused, and said unto his master's wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand;
Gen 39:9 There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?

King David spoke similar words:

Psa 51:4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.

David sinned, but Joseph resisted the temptation to sin. Jesus never sinned. A Christian without good character is a disgrace to his Lord. We are being made in His image or we are not of Him.

Prov 30:20 Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.

Gen 39:10 And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her.
Gen 39:11 And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business; and there was none of the men of the house there within.
Gen 39:12 And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.

I hope their are no women out there reading this that play this game. And men, flee, do not be alone with a strange woman. She was married, and he was put in a position of trust. There are men and women who seduce as a game or for power, don't do this. God is not pleased. Those in slavery? No choice? God will not hold you accountable. Serve him with a humble heart.

Gen 39:13 And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and was fled forth,
Gen 39:14 That she called unto the men of her house, and spake unto them, saying, See, he hath brought in an Hebrew unto us to mock us; he came in unto me to lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice:
Gen 39:15 And it came to pass, when he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled, and got him out.
Gen 39:16 And she laid up his garment by her, until his lord came home.
Gen 39:17 And she spake unto him according to these words, saying, The Hebrew servant, which thou hast brought unto us, came in unto me to mock me:
Gen 39:18 And it came to pass, as I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled out.

It is get even time for Potiphar's wife. She was refused now she punishes righteous Joseph with a false story. Joseph did not try to defend himself. Apparently he knew that it would do no good. To accuse the wife would be an insult, coming from a slave. He was a humble man, as was Jesus.

Isa 53:7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

God hates the sin of lying. Liars accused our Lord Jesus. The devil is a liar; he tempts us and then accuses us. He does this over and over. Think of the shame, if Joseph had of actually sinned? There would be no end to the devils accusations. Many of us have given in to lust in a moment of weakness, then begins satan's accusations and torment. We are to live in victory not giving satan a place to condemn us. Live a pure lifeand resist temptations. Be ye Holy as I am holy, the LORD says. Though accused, Joseph was innocent.

1 Cor 6:18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.

1 Tim 6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

Gen 39:19 And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spake unto him, saying, After this manner did thy servant to me; that his wrath was kindled.
Gen 39:20 And Joseph's master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king's prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.

It is a bad place to be in prison. For any person held in prison unfairly, it is a very bad thing. Jesus came to set the captives free. First in the heart, then in the physical. Once Jesus has freed us, we need not be bound again. Thank you Jesus for coming and setting us free. Lord I pray for all those bound that you would come to them. The gospel power sets the captives free. Thank you Lord that you love us so much. Our past is forgiven we will no longer seek to be entangled in sin where the devil accuses us.

Gen 39:21 But the LORD was with Joseph, and showed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
Gen 39:22 And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph's hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it.
Gen 39:23 The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the LORD was with him, and that which he did, the LORD made it to prosper.

Joseph was so excellent of character, that he was put in charge of the prisoners. Contrast this to the attitudes of most today who claim to be victims of hate crimes, race, gender, etc.; they scream, yell and cry and get laws changed that are contrary to God's word. They will not prosper, God is judge. All are made free at the foot of the cross. The answer to all problems is in submitting to God by way of his son, Jesus Christ our savior.


The Butler and the Baker

Gen 40:1 And it came to pass after these things, that the butler of the king of Egypt and his baker had offended their lord the king of Egypt.

Sounds like the king was not happy with his food and drink, for some reason.

Gen 40:2 And Pharaoh was wroth against two of his officers, against the chief of the butlers, and against the chief of the bakers.
Gen 40:3 And he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard, into the prison, the place where Joseph was bound.

Who is the captain of the guard? Potiphar, it was Potiphar who showed Joseph grace in the prison.

Gen 40:4 And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he served them: and they continued a season in ward.
Gen 40:5 And they dreamed a dream both of them, each man his dream in one night, each man according to the interpretation of his dream, the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, which were bound in the prison.
Gen 40:6 And Joseph came in unto them in the morning, and looked upon them, and, behold, they were sad.
Gen 40:7 And he asked Pharaoh's officers that were with him in the ward of his lord's house, saying, Wherefore look ye so sadly to day?
Gen 40:8 And they said unto him, We have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it. And Joseph said unto them, Do not interpretations belong to God? tell me them, I pray you.
Gen 40:9 And the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, In my dream, behold, a vine was before me;
Gen 40:10 And in the vine were three branches: and it was as though it budded, and her blossoms shot forth; and the clusters thereof brought forth ripe grapes:
Gen 40:11 And Pharaoh's cup was in my hand: and I took the grapes, and pressed them into Pharaoh's cup, and I gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand.
Gen 40:12 And Joseph said unto him, This is the interpretation of it: The three branches are three days:
Gen 40:13 Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thine head, and restore thee unto thy place: and thou shalt deliver Pharaoh's cup into his hand, after the former manner when thou wast his butler.
Gen 40:14 But think on me when it shall be well with thee, and show kindness, I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house:
Gen 40:15 For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews: and here also have I done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon.

Good news for the cup bearer. Everyone wants to hear good news, but how many prophets and preachers will speak the truth if it is unpleasant to hear? Not many. The interpretation of the Baker's dream was not as pleasant.

Gen 40:16 When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said unto Joseph, I also was in my dream, and, behold, I had three white baskets on my head:
Gen 40:17 And in the uppermost basket there was of all manner of bakemeats for Pharaoh; and the birds did eat them out of the basket upon my head.
Gen 40:18 And Joseph answered and said, This is the interpretation thereof: The three baskets are three days:
Gen 40:19 Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thy head from off thee, and shall hang thee on a tree; and the birds shall eat thy flesh from off thee.
Gen 40:20 And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, that he made a feast unto all his servants: and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants.
Gen 40:21 And he restored the chief butler unto his butlership again; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand:
Gen 40:22 But he hanged the chief baker: as Joseph had interpreted to them.
Gen 40:23 Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him.

Joseph was forgotten again. Why was he abandoned by his brothers at the age of 17 and sold into slavery. Why did he prosper, only to be accused unjustly and but in prison? Why is it that God gave him favor only to be disappointed again. Have we not at times wondered what we are doing in a place that we see no hope in? Joseph did not see the end, nor do we. We are to serve God where we are and he will bring the blessings from our faithfulness. It is not about us, but about glorifying our Lord.

Our problems are appointed of God. Joseph, was learning to trust God through all things. He was learning the Egyptian language and the way of servant hood. He was given opportunities to manage and to develop leadership qualities. Joseph was given wisdom from God which would be used to save his people.

Prov 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
Prov 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Prov 3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
Prov 3:8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
Prov 3:9 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:
Prov 3:10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
Prov 3:11 My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:
Prov 3:12 For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

If we do not understand and think God has forgotten us or is delaying? Perhaps it is to build our character into the future plans he has for us? Stay in the hand of our God who loves us and cares for us. Follow Jesus and honor him wherever we may be. Joseph never complained, but was willing to serve others. In Christ Jesus we are willing servants until we are with him in glory.


Sunday, July 13, 2008

Judah - Genesis 38


The lineage of Judah is given next, because through Judah would come king David and eventually the Christ. Reuben was firstborn, but he lost favor by going into Jacob's concubine. The next in line were Simeon and Levi, but because of their cruelty towards the men of Shechem they were not chosen. Jacob favored Joseph, so they hated Joseph. Judah played a role in saving the life of his brother Joseph. When Joseph's brothers had plotted to leave Joseph in a pit to die, Judah convinced his brothers to sell Joseph to Ishmaelites, rather than letting him die.

A region of Israel, which included the city of Jerusalem, was named after Judah. In fact, Judah became the name of the southern kingdom when Israel divided into two kingdoms.

The firstborn blessings, the promises of Abraham, were given to Judah. Later Jesus would come being called the firstborn of all creation.

Col 1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
Col 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
Col 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
Col 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
Col 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

He would be called the Lion of the tribe of Judah.

Rev 5:5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

The story of Judah

Gen 38:1 And it came to pass at that time, that Judah went down from his brethren, and turned in to a certain Adullamite, whose name was Hirah.

Hirah meant, "a noble family".

Gen 38:2 And Judah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite, whose name was Shuah; and he took her, and went in unto her.

The daughter is named Shuah, meaning "wealth". Maybe Judah married for wealth and social position in the world.

Gen 38:3 And she conceived, and bare a son; and he called his name Er.

Er, means "awake".

Gen 38:4 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and she called his name Onan.

Onan, meant "vigorous"

Gen 38:5 And she yet again conceived, and bare a son; and called his name Shelah: and he was at Chezib, when she bare him.

Three sons were born to the Canaanite woman and Judah. The son's are taught by the mother, who had other gods and values and the first two son's were not good sons.

2 Cor 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

Gen 38:6 And Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, whose name was Tamar.

Er, means "awake". Tamar, means "Date Palm". She was his first date?

Gen 38:7 And Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD slew him.

Er needed to wake up and smell the coffee. He was such a bad sinner that God slew him. Does God kill the wicked? Yes, he is long suffering, but he does not like sin.

Rom 2:3 And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?
Rom 2:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
Rom 2:5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;
Rom 2:6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds:
Rom 2:7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
Rom 2:8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obeythe truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,
Rom 2:9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;
Rom 2:10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:

Gen 38:8 And Judah said unto Onan, Go in unto thy brother's wife, and marry her, and raise up seed to thy brother.

According to the custom of levirate marriage (levir in Latan means husbands brother) (later codified into law in Deuteronomy 25:5-10), if a man died before providing sons to his wife, it was the duty of his brothers to marry her and to give her sons. The child would be considered the son of the brother who had died, because really the living brother was acting in his place. (Guzik)
Gen 38:9 And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother's wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother.
Gen 38:10 And the thing which he did displeased the LORD: wherefore he slew him also.

The sin of Onan was pretending to be responsible towards his brother's widow, but refusing to give children to Tamar in her brother's name. He used sex only for pleasure, without responsibility. The sin was in not fulfilling his duty in providing an heir. He was a hypocrite. There are many like Onan, irresponsible to the woman and there are women who are just as bad, even killing their babies at delivery by abortion. The sin of Onan is being selfish and irresponsible. Onan was to raise up an heir and provide for his brothers wife. What new testament couple were known for hypocrisy? Ananias and Sapphira, in Acts 5, were slain by God, for hypocrisy.

Gen 38:11 Then said Judah to Tamar his daughter in law, Remain a widow at thy father's house, till Shelah my son be grown: for he said, Lest peradventure he die also, as his brethren did. And Tamar went and dwelt in her father's house.

Tamar was under the headship of Judah. He was the one who could choose a mate for her. Many get into trouble by not waiting on God and marrying the wrong person. The last son of Judah, Shela was of age, but Judah had not given Tamar to him to marry.

Gen 38:12 And in process of time the daughter of Shuah Judah's wife died; and Judah was comforted, and went up unto his sheepshearers to Timnath, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite.

Judah's wife, Shuah died. Judah was comforted by his Caananite friends.

Gen 38:13 And it was told Tamar, saying, Behold thy father in law goeth up to Timnath to shear his sheep.
Gen 38:14 And she put her widow's garments off from her, and covered her with a veil, and wrapped herself, and sat in an open place, which is by the way to Timnath; for she saw that Shelah was grown, and she was not given unto him to wife.

Judah had withheld his last son from Tamar, so she resorts to her plan.

Gen 38:15 When Judah saw her, he thought her to be an harlot; because she had covered her face.

She was playing the harlot.

Gen 38:16 And he turned unto her by the way, and said, Go to, I pray thee, let me come in unto thee; (for he knew not that she was his daughter in law.) And she said, What wilt thou give me, that thou mayest come in unto me?

What price have you? There always was money in selling sex. Pornography is a 13 billion dollar industry.

Gen 38:17 And he said, I will send thee a kid from the flock. And she said, Wilt thou give me a pledge, till thou send it?

A promise, but no credit card for collateral. One young woman in which I loved as a daughter who was saved out of prostitution from our Internet ministry, took the responsibility to care and shelter others that she brought out of this lifestyle. At one time she had no money and no credit cards and sold herself to pay for their needs. She hated to do this, after coming to Jesus. When we come to Jesus he gives us a heart that is troubled by sin. She had no other credit and resorted to the old way. We must seek the way of Christ, renewing our minds, taking on the mind of Christ.

Gen 38:18 And he said, What pledge shall I give thee? And she said, Thy signet, and thy bracelets, and thy staff that is in thine hand. And he gave it her, and came in unto her, and she conceived by him.

Judah gave up the things that represented his character and honor. The ring with his seal that was worn around his neck on a cord. Men did not wear bracelets, so it is believed that the word used for bracelets was for the cord around his neck. He also gave her his staff. The shepherds staff was a useful tool, and personal. He exchanged the things that brought him honor and recognition for a moment of lust. Tamar conceived from this union.

Gen 38:19 And she arose, and went away, and laid by her veil from her, and put on the garments of her widowhood.
Gen 38:20 And Judah sent the kid by the hand of his friend the Adullamite, to receive his pledge from the woman's hand: but he found her not.
Gen 38:21 Then he asked the men of that place, saying, Where is the harlot, that was openly by the way side? And they said, There was no harlot in this place.
Gen 38:22 And he returned to Judah, and said, I cannot find her; and also the men of the place said, that there was no harlot in this place.

They could not find the woman to pay her.

Gen 38:23 And Judah said, Let her take it to her, lest we be shamed: behold, I sent this kid, and thou hast not found her.

The incident itself would bring shame upon Judah and not keeping his word, added to the shame, so he kept this quiet. Do we think we can get by with our sins if no one knows? Satan uses our un confessed sins to torment us and eventually they are revealed. Judah was a sinner, giving in to the temptations of the flesh.

1 Cor 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

Gen 38:24 And it came to pass about three months after, that it was told Judah, saying, Tamar thy daughter in law hath played the harlot; and also, behold, she is with child by whoredom. And Judah said, Bring her forth, and let her be burnt.

Rom 2:1 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.

Gen 38:25 When she was brought forth, she sent to her father in law, saying, By the man, whose these are, am I with child: and she said, Discern, I pray thee, whose are these, the signet, and bracelets, and staff.
Gen 38:26 And Judah acknowledged them, and said, She hath been more righteous than I; because that I gave her not to Shelah my son. And he knew her again no more.

He acknowledged his sin. "she hath been more righteous than I," and did not lay with her again. I assume that Tamar remained unmarried, caring for her two sons. Judah had become the kinsman redeemer.

Gen 38:27 And it came to pass in the time of her travail, that, behold, twins were in her womb.
Gen 38:28 And it came to pass, when she travailed, that the one put out his hand: and the midwife took and bound upon his hand a scarlet thread, saying, This came out first.

This one counted as the firstborn.

Gen 38:29 And it came to pass, as he drew back his hand, that, behold, his brother came out: and she said, How hast thou broken forth? this breach be upon thee: therefore his name was called Pharez.

Pharez would be the son to carry the blood line through which Messiah Jesus would come, the son of man and the Son of God. The lineage of Mary had two prostitutes: Rahab and Tamar.

Gen 38:30 And afterward came out his brother, that had the scarlet thread upon his hand: and his name was called Zarah.

Zarah was the firstborn but Pharez received the birthright. Esau was the firstborn of Isaac, but Jacob received the birthright. Ishmael was the firstborn of Abraham, but the second child born of Sarah, Isaac received the blessings of the firstborn. Adam was the firstborn after God's image, but Jesus the last Adam is the blessed one of God the fulfillment of the promises of God.

1 Cor 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
1 Cor 15:46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
1 Cor 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
1 Cor 15:48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
1 Cor 15:49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

Mat 19:29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
Mat 19:30 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.

In Revelation 7:7, Judah is at the top of the list of the tribes receiving the Seal of God for 12,000 of its members. The name Judah means "gratitude" or "to praise." Let us put off the works of the flesh, the temptations and be grateful to our Lord. Let us praise him, there is power in praise. The devil hates it and must leave.


The Story of Joseph - Genesis 38

The Story of Joseph

From the pages of the Old Testament comes the story of Joseph, a man of great honor and character. He is a type of Jesus Christ. He was born of a miracle birth, for his mother Rachel was barren. His character was good, with no recorded sins. There are many examples given of Joseph being a type of Christ as the story unfolds.

Gen 37:1 And Jacob dwelt in the land wherein his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan.

Jacob had returned to his Father's plot of land.

Gen 37:2 These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren; and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives: and Joseph brought unto his father their evil report.

Several chapters are devoted to the generation of Jacob. It is unusual that an age is given in the Bible, other than the age of death, but something happened at the age of 17 to set Joseph apart from his brothers. If we remember the young age of Jesus was given, at the age of 12, when he staid in the temple talking with the teachers. This was a day to remember.

Luke 2:49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?

Gen 37:3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.

Not only the son of his old age but the son of his favorite wife Rachel who was barren until Joseph was born. The Father of Jesus honored him too.

Mark 1:11 And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
A garment was given to Joseph from his father. Jesus gives us a garment too: his righteousness.
Leah bore him many sons, but Israel (Jacob) loved Rachel. He favored the son with a beautiful coat, which made him honored before his brethren,

Gen 37:4 And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.

The other sons were jealous of Joseph because their father favored him. To you who read this; rejection is a terrible feeling. Don't let it come, it gives the devil a foothold in your life. The father was not fair, but thisoften happens, one son is favored above the others. They should have rejoiced with their brother for his new coat, instead they were angry and full of envy. Jesus was despised by the Jewish leaders because they saw him more favored than they.

Mat 7:28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
Mat 7:29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

Gen 37:5 And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more.

Joseph heard from God in a dream and being young wanted to share the dream with others. Jealousy now hate from the brothers. Why didn't they show love and understanding, this is Gods way. Do not be surprised that if God gives you a dream of a vision that others will not believe it has any merit.

Gen 37:6 And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed:
Gen 37:7 For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf.

Joseph shares the dream in innocence, in essence he was saying the others would bow down to him. He was young and sharing with his brothers, but already they are jealous and angry. Now he says he is greater? This is a good time to warn those of you who are always competing for favor, don't do this at another's expense. Often people are favored by Gods hand. Will you compete against God and destroy his favored one? Don't do this. In other times and places God has revealed what someone was to do in detail.

Gen 37:8 And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us?or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words.
Gen 37:9 And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.

The sun, perhaps his father, the moon the mother and the 11 stars the brothers, Again bowing in submission. Now Joseph is upsetting all the family with his wild dreams. (These dreams were prophetic, they would come true)

The vision in Revelation is similar.

Rev 12:1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
Rev 12:2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

The woman is Israel and the 12 stars are the 12 tribes of Israel.

Gen 37:10 And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?

Yes they indeed would bow down to the earth to their son Joseph. First though Joseph must go through many tests and trials . But God had chosen him and would favor him. You my friend have been chosen by God. You have a calling to fulfill, perhaps you have received a vision for ministry. Why is it that even the closest people to you oppose you? Joseph's family opposed him, he was young and perhaps not wise in sharing the dream. Jesus said that even your family would oppose you. Joseph is an Old Testament type of Jesus. The favored son of the father, rejected by his own who would suffer much and yet without sin. Yes, Joseph sinned but he passed all his trials and tests without sinning. We will learn more of Joseph in other lessons.

Father God may we not be jealous and hateful at another's favor. Lord when we are opposed by even family you are with us. We can always follow you, you will never leave us or forsake us. You have only love for us and we return our love to you and others, even if not understood by them. Give us grace by Jesus' blood to continue when opposed, rejected or hated by others. Thank you Jesus for bringing us through to joy and victory. In Jesus name, amen.

Joseph Sold

Gen 37:18 And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him.
Gen 37:19 And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh.
Gen 37:20 Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams.

The brothers hate and envy was sin. Sin leads to death, now they would kill their brother from jealousy. This is as the religious leaders in Isreal when Jesus came. They were envious and hated him, they also conspired to kill him, as the Jewish leaders did to Jesus Christ.

Mat 12:14 Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.

Gen 37:21 And Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, Let us not kill him.

Reuben had compassion on the little brother, he had done enough to cause his father grief. He went into his Father's concubine, the mother of two of his brothers and Jacob was grieved by this. How much more grief would come to him if his favorite son were to be harmed?

Gen 37:22 And Reuben said unto them, Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, and lay no hand upon him; that he might rid him out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again.
Gen 37:23 And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stripped Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colours that was on him;
They took off the offending cloak, the symbol of the fathers favor.
Gen 37:24 And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it.

Gen 37:25 And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a company of Ishmeelites came from Gilead with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt.
Gen 37:26 And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood?
Gen 37:27 Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh. And his brethren were content.

The brothers were swift to sell Joseph, what shame to be sold to another . The greater shame is on the seller. And what evil to sell your own brother to strangers. Was not Jesus sold for 30 pieces of silver?

Gen 37:28 Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.

Joseph would be sold at a bargain price of only 20 pieces of silver. The brothers wanted to get rid of this arrogant brat.
Gen 37:29 And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes.
Reuben was not part of this selling, he was upset.
Gen 37:30 And he returned unto his brethren, and said, The child is not; and I, whither shall I go?

Gen 37:31 And they took Joseph's coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood;
Gen 37:32 And they sent the coat of many colours, and they brought it to their father; and said, This have we found: know now whether it be thy son's coat or no.
Gen 37:33 And he knew it, and said, It is my son's coat; an evil beast hath devoured him; Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces.
Gen 37:34 And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days.

The killing of the son greatly grieved the father.
They covered their sins with the blood of the goat but they did not remove their sin. The old testiment sacrifices shed the blood of sheep and goats to cover sin but the sin was still there. It took the blood of Jesus to finally remove sins.

Heb 9:13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
Heb 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

The sons had deceived their father causing him much grief. But no sign of repentance in the brothers. They thought their sin was covered. God uncovers all sin that is not forgiven by faith in Jesus the messiah. Joseph was innocent and now taken into slavery into Egypt , but he would be with God. Thank you LORD that you never leave us when others forsake us.