Message Seven: The Life of Joseph as a Copy of the Life of Christ and Living as a Sheaf of Life and as a Star of Light
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Scripture Reading: Gen. 37:2, 5-11, 19; 41:40-46
Gen 37:2        These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, when he was seventeen years old, was shepherding the flock with his brothers while he was still a youth, with the sons of Bilhah and with the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives. And Joseph brought an evil report of them to their father.
Gen 37:5        Then Joseph had a dream; and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more.
Gen 37:6        And he said to them, Listen to this dream which I have had:
Gen 37:7        There we were, binding sheaves in the field, when suddenly my sheaf rose up and remained standing; and then your sheaves gathered around and bowed down to my sheaf.
Gen 37:8        And his brothers said to him, Will you indeed reign over us and actually be a ruler among us? So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.
Gen 37:9        And he had still another dream and told it to his brothers and said, Now I have had another dream: There were the sun and the moon and eleven stars, bowing down to me.
Gen 37:10      And he told it to his father and to his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, What is this dream that you have had? Shall I and your mother and your brothers indeed come to bow down to the ground to you?
Gen 37:11      And his brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in his heart.
Gen 37:19      And they said one to another, Here comes this master of dreams.
Gen 41:40      You shall be over my household, and according to your word all my people shall be ruled; only in the throne will I be greater than you.
Gen 41:41      Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.
Gen 41:42      And Pharaoh took off his signet ring from his hand and put it upon Joseph's hand, and clothed him in garments of fine linen, and put a gold chain around his neck.
Gen 41:43      And he made him ride in the chariot of his second-in-command, and they cried out before him, Bow the knee! And he set him over all the land of Egypt.
Gen 41:44      And Pharaoh said to Joseph, I am Pharaoh, yet without your consent no man will lift up his hand or his foot in all the land of Egypt.
Gen 41:45      And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphenath-paneah, and he gave him Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On, as his wife. And Joseph went out over the land of Egypt.
Gen 41:46      Now Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh and passed through all the land of Egypt.
 
 
I.     Joseph’s life was a copy of the life of Christ in the following aspects:
A.     In his being a shepherd—Gen. 37:2; John 10:11-16.
Gen 37:2        These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, when he was seventeen years old, was shepherding the flock with his brothers while he was still a youth, with the sons of Bilhah and with the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives. And Joseph brought an evil report of them to their father.
John 10:11     I am the good Shepherd; the good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.
John 10:12     He who is a hireling and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.
John 10:13     He flees because he is a hireling and it does not matter to him concerning the sheep.
John 10:14     I am the good Shepherd, and I know My own, and My own know Me,
John 10:15     Even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.
John 10:16     And I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must lead them also, and they shall hear My voice, and there shall be one flock, one Shepherd.
B.     In his being his father’s beloved—Gen. 37:3-4; Matt. 3:17; 17:5.
Gen 37:3        Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his sons because he was the son of his old age, and he had made him a coat of many colors.
Gen 37:4        And when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him.
Matt 3:17       And behold, a voice out of the heavens, saying, This is My Son, the Beloved, in whom I have found My delight.
Matt 17:5       While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is My Son, the Beloved, in whom I have found My delight. Hear Him!
C.     In his being sent by his father to minister to his brothers according to his father’s will—Gen. 37:12-17; John 6:38.
Gen 37:12      Then his brothers went to shepherd their father's flock in Shechem.
Gen 37:13      And Israel said to Joseph, Your brothers are now shepherding the flock in Shechem. Come, and I will send you to them. And he said to him, Here I am.
Gen 37:14      And he said to him, Go now, see if it is well with your brothers and well with the flock, and bring word back to me. So he sent him from the valley of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.
Gen 37:15      And a man found him; and there he was, wandering in the field, and the man asked him, saying, What are you seeking?
Gen 37:16      And he said, I am seeking my brothers. Please tell me where they are shepherding the flock.
Gen 37:17      And the man said, They have moved on from here; for I heard them say, Let us go to Dothan. And Joseph went after his brothers and found them in Dothan.
John 6:38       For I have come down from heaven not to do My own will but the will of Him who sent Me.
D.     In his being hated, persecuted, and betrayed (sold) by his brothers—Gen. 37:5, 18-36; John 15:25; Matt. 26:4, 14-16.
Gen 37:5        Then Joseph had a dream; and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more.
Gen 37:18      And when they saw him from a distance and before he came near to them, they conspired against him to put him to death.
Gen 37:19      And they said one to another, Here comes this master of dreams.
Gen 37:20      Now then, come and let us slay him and throw him into one of the pits; and we will say, A wild beast has devoured him; then we will see what will become of his dreams.
Gen 37:21      But when Reuben heard it, he tried to deliver him out of their hand and said, Let us not take his life.
Gen 37:22      And Reuben said to them, Shed no blood; throw him into this pit that is in the wilderness, but do not lay a hand on him-that he might deliver him out of their hand to restore him to his father.
Gen 37:23      And when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped Joseph of his coat, the coat of many colors that was on him;
Gen 37:24      And they took him and threw him into the pit. Now the pit was empty; there was no water in it.
Gen 37:25      Then they sat down to eat food; and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and there was a caravan of Ishmaelites, coming from Gilead, with their camels bearing aromatic gum and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt.
Gen 37:26      Then Judah said to his brothers, What gain is there if we slay our brother and conceal his blood?
Gen 37:27      Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let our hand not be on him; for he is our brother, our flesh. And his brothers listened to him.
Gen 37:28      So when some Midianite traders passed by, they pulled Joseph up, lifting him out of the pit, and they sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver. And these brought Joseph into Egypt.
Gen 37:29      And when Reuben returned to the pit and saw that Joseph was not in the pit, he tore his clothes.
Gen 37:30      And he returned to his brothers and said, The boy is not there; so as for me, what shall I do?
Gen 37:31      Then they took Joseph's coat and slaughtered a male goat and dipped the coat in the blood.
Gen 37:32      And they sent the coat of many colors and had it brought to their father and said, We found this; please examine it, and see whether it is your son's coat or not.
Gen 37:33      And he recognized it and said, It is my son's coat. A wild beast has devoured him; Joseph is without doubt torn to pieces.
Gen 37:34      And Jacob tore his garments and put sackcloth upon his loins and mourned for his son many days.
Gen 37:35      And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted and said, Surely I will go down to Sheol to my son, mourning. Thus his father wept for him.
Gen 37:36      Meanwhile the Midianites had sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, an official of Pharaoh, the captain of the guard.
John 15:25     But it is so that the word written in their law may be fulfilled, "They hated Me without cause."
Matt 26:4       And they took counsel together to seize Jesus by craftiness and kill Him.
Matt 26:14      At that time one of the twelve, the one called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests
Matt 26:15      And said, What are you willing to give me, and I will deliver Him to you? And they weighed out to him thirty pieces of silver.
Matt 26:16      And from then on he sought opportunity to deliver Him up.
E.      In his being cast into the prison of death with two criminals, one of whom was restored, and the other, executed—Gen. 39:20; 40:1-23; Acts 2:23; Luke 23:32, 39-43.
Gen 39:20      And Joseph's master took him and put him into the prison, the place where the king's prisoners were confined. But while he was there in the prison,
Gen 40:1        And after these things, the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt offended their lord, the king of Egypt.
Gen 40:2        And Pharaoh was angry with his two officials, the chief of the cupbearers and the chief of the bakers.
Gen 40:3        And he put them in custody at the house of the captain of the guard, in the prison, the place where Joseph was confined.
Gen 40:4        And the captain of the guard put Joseph in charge of them, and he ministered to them; and they were in custody for some time.
Gen 40:5        And the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were confined in the prison, both of them had a dream, each man with his own dream in one night, and each dream with its own interpretation.
Gen 40:6        And Joseph came to them in the morning and looked at them, and they were troubled.
Gen 40:7        And he asked Pharaoh's officials, who were with him in custody in his master's house, saying, Why are your faces so sad today?
Gen 40:8        And they said to him, We have had a dream, and there is no one to interpret it. And Joseph said to them, Do not interpretations belong to God? Please tell it to me.
Gen 40:9        And the chief of the cupbearers told his dream to Joseph and said to him, In my dream there was a vine before me,
Gen 40:10      And on the vine were three branches. And as soon as it budded, its blossoms came out, and its clusters ripened into grapes.
Gen 40:11      And Pharaoh's cup was in my hand, and I took the grapes and squeezed them into Pharaoh's cup, and I put the cup in Pharaoh's hand.
Gen 40:12      And Joseph said to him, This is its interpretation: The three branches are three days.
Gen 40:13      Within three more days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your office, and you will put Pharaoh's cup into his hand according to your former custom when you were his cupbearer.
Gen 40:14      But remember my being with you when it is well with you, and please do me a kindness and make mention of me to Pharaoh and so have me brought out of this house.
Gen 40:15      For I was actually kidnapped out of the land of the Hebrews, and here also I have not done anything that they should put me into the dungeon.
Gen 40:16      Now when the chief of the bakers saw that the interpretation was good, he said to Joseph, I also saw this in my dream: There were three baskets of white bread on my head.
Gen 40:17      And in the uppermost basket there were all sorts of baked food for Pharaoh, and the birds were eating them out of the basket on my head.
Gen 40:18      And Joseph answered and said, This is its interpretation: The three baskets are three days.
Gen 40:19      Within three more days Pharaoh will lift up your head from you and will hang you on a tree, and the birds will eat your flesh from you.
Gen 40:20      And on the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, he made a feast for all his servants; and he lifted up the head of the chief of the cupbearers and the head of the chief of the bakers among his servants.
Gen 40:21      And he restored the chief of the cupbearers to his cupbearing, and he put the cup into Pharaoh's hand;
Gen 40:22      But the chief of the bakers he hanged, just as Joseph had interpreted to them.
Gen 40:23      Yet the chief of the cupbearers did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.
Acts 2:23       This man, delivered up by the determined counsel and foreknowledge of God, you, through the hand of lawless men, nailed to a cross and killed;
Luke 23:32     And two others also, who were criminals, were led with Him to be executed.
Luke 23:39     And one of the criminals who were hanged there blasphemed Him, saying, Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!
Luke 23:40     But the other, answering, rebuked him and said, Do you not even fear God, since you are in the same judgment?
Luke 23:41     And we justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for what we did, but this man has done nothing amiss.
Luke 23:42     And he said, Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.
Luke 23:43     And He said to him, Truly I say to you, Today you shall be with Me in Paradise.
F.      In his being released (resurrected) from the prison of death—Gen. 41:14; Acts 2:24.
Gen 41:14      Then Pharaoh sent and called for Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon; and he shaved himself and changed his garments, and he came to Pharaoh.
Acts 2:24       Whom God has raised up, having loosed the pangs of death, since it was not possible for Him to be held by it.
G.     In his being enthroned with authority—Gen. 41:40-44; Matt. 28:18; Acts 2:36; Rev. 3:21.
Gen 41:40      You shall be over my household, and according to your word all my people shall be ruled; only in the throne will I be greater than you.
Gen 41:41      Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.
Gen 41:42      And Pharaoh took off his signet ring from his hand and put it upon Joseph's hand, and clothed him in garments of fine linen, and put a gold chain around his neck.
Gen 41:43      And he made him ride in the chariot of his second-in-command, and they cried out before him, Bow the knee! And he set him over all the land of Egypt.
Gen 41:44      And Pharaoh said to Joseph, I am Pharaoh, yet without your consent no man will lift up his hand or his foot in all the land of Egypt.
Matt 28:18      And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
Acts 2:36       Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made Him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you have crucified.
Rev 3:21        He who overcomes, to him I will give to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat with My Father on His throne.
H.     In his receiving glory and gifts—Gen. 41:42; Heb. 2:9; Psa. 68:18; Acts 2:33.
Gen 41:42      And Pharaoh took off his signet ring from his hand and put it upon Joseph's hand, and clothed him in garments of fine linen, and put a gold chain around his neck.
Heb 2:9          But we see Jesus, who was made a little inferior to the angels because of the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death on behalf of everything.
Psa 68:18      You have ascended on high; You have led captive those taken captive; / You have received gifts among men, / Even the rebellious ones also, / That Jehovah God may dwell among them.
Acts 2:33       Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God and having received the promise of the Holy Spirit from the Father, He has poured out this which you both see and hear.
I.       In his becoming the savior of the world, the sustainer of life (the revealer of secrets)—Gen. 41:45; Acts 5:31; John 6:50-51:
Gen 41:45      And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphenath-paneah, and he gave him Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On, as his wife. And Joseph went out over the land of Egypt.
Acts 5:31       This One God has exalted to His right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.
John 6:50       This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, that anyone may eat of it and not die.
John 6:51       I am the living bread which came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he shall live forever; and the bread which I will give is My flesh, given for the life of the world.
1.      First, Joseph was the revealer of secrets—Gen. 40:9-19; 41:17-32.
Gen 40:9        And the chief of the cupbearers told his dream to Joseph and said to him, In my dream there was a vine before me,
Gen 40:10      And on the vine were three branches. And as soon as it budded, its blossoms came out, and its clusters ripened into grapes.
Gen 40:11      And Pharaoh's cup was in my hand, and I took the grapes and squeezed them into Pharaoh's cup, and I put the cup in Pharaoh's hand.
Gen 40:12      And Joseph said to him, This is its interpretation: The three branches are three days.
Gen 40:13      Within three more days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your office, and you will put Pharaoh's cup into his hand according to your former custom when you were his cupbearer.
Gen 40:14      But remember my being with you when it is well with you, and please do me a kindness and make mention of me to Pharaoh and so have me brought out of this house.
Gen 40:15      For I was actually kidnapped out of the land of the Hebrews, and here also I have not done anything that they should put me into the dungeon.
Gen 40:16      Now when the chief of the bakers saw that the interpretation was good, he said to Joseph, I also saw this in my dream: There were three baskets of white bread on my head.
Gen 40:17      And in the uppermost basket there were all sorts of baked food for Pharaoh, and the birds were eating them out of the basket on my head.
Gen 40:18      And Joseph answered and said, This is its interpretation: The three baskets are three days.
Gen 40:19      Within three more days Pharaoh will lift up your head from you and will hang you on a tree, and the birds will eat your flesh from you.
Gen 41:17      And Pharaoh spoke to Joseph, In my dream, there I was, standing on the bank of the River.
Gen 41:18      And there came up out of the River seven cows, fat-fleshed and fine-looking; and they grazed in the reed grass.
Gen 41:19      Then there came up after them seven other cows, poor and very ugly-looking and thin-fleshed; I had never seen such in all the land of Egypt for ugliness.
Gen 41:20      And the thin and ugly-looking cows ate up the first seven fat cows.
Gen 41:21      And when they had swallowed them, no one would have known that they had swallowed them, for they were still as ugly-looking as at the beginning. Then I awoke.
Gen 41:22      And I saw this in my dream: There were seven ears of grain, coming up on one stalk, full and good.
Gen 41:23      Then there were seven ears, withered, thin, and scorched by the east wind, that sprouted after them.
Gen 41:24      And the thin ears swallowed up the seven good ears. And I told it to the magicians, but there was no one who could explain it to me.
Gen 41:25      Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, Pharaoh's dream is one dream; what God is about to do He has told Pharaoh.
Gen 41:26      The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good ears are seven years; the dream is one.
Gen 41:27      And the seven thin and ugly-looking cows that came up after them are seven years, and so are the seven empty ears scorched by the east wind; they will be seven years of famine.
Gen 41:28      This matter is just as I have spoken to Pharaoh; what God is about to do He has shown to Pharaoh.
Gen 41:29      Seven years of great abundance are now about to come throughout all the land of Egypt.
Gen 41:30      Then seven years of famine will arise after them, and all the abundance in the land of Egypt will be forgotten, and the famine will consume the land.
Gen 41:31      And the abundance will be unknown in the land because of that famine which follows, for it will be very severe.
Gen 41:32      And as for the repeating of the dream to Pharaoh twice, it means that the matter is determined by God, and God will quickly bring it about.
2.      Then, because he sustained the life of the people (vv. 47-57; 47:12-24), he became the savior of the world (v. 25).
Gen 41:47      And in the seven years of abundance the earth produced copiously.
Gen 41:48      And he gathered up all the food of the seven years which came upon the land of Egypt and put the food in the cities; he placed the food from the surrounding fields within each city.
Gen 41:49      And Joseph stored grain in great abundance like the sand of the sea until he stopped measuring it; for it was beyond measure.
Gen 41:50      And before the year of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph, whom Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On, bore to him.
Gen 41:51      And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh, for, he said, God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father's house.
Gen 41:52      And he called the name of the second Ephraim, for, he said, God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.
Gen 41:53      And the seven years of abundance that came upon the land of Egypt came to an end.
Gen 41:54      And the seven years of famine began to come, as Joseph had said. And there was famine in all lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was bread.
Gen 41:55      So when all the land of Egypt became hungry, the people cried out to Pharaoh for bread. And Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, Go to Joseph; whatever he says to you, you shall do.
Gen 41:56      And when the famine was over all the face of the earth, Joseph opened all the storehouses of grain and sold grain to the Egyptians; and the famine became severe in the land of Egypt.
Gen 41:57      And all the earth came to Joseph in Egypt to buy grain, because the famine was severe in all the earth.
Gen 47:12      And Joseph sustained his father and his brothers and all his father's household with food according to the number of their little ones.
Gen 47:13      And there was no food in all the land, for the famine was so very severe that the land of Egypt and the land of Canaan languished because of the famine.
Gen 47:14      And Joseph collected all the money that was to be found in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan for the grain which they bought, and Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh's house.
Gen 47:15      And when the money from the land of Egypt and from the land of Canaan had been spent, all the Egyptians came to Joseph saying, Give us food, for why should we die in your presence? For our money is gone.
Gen 47:16      And Joseph said, Bring your livestock, and I will give you food in exchange for your livestock, if your money is gone.
Gen 47:17      And they brought their livestock to Joseph, and Joseph gave them food in exchange for the horses and for the flocks of sheep and for the herds of cattle and for the donkeys; and he fed them with food in exchange for all their livestock that year.
Gen 47:18      And when that year had ended, they came to him the second year and said to him, We cannot hide from my lord that our money has been spent, and the herds of cattle are my lord's. There is nothing left in the sight of my lord except our bodies and our lands.
Gen 47:19      Why should we die before your eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land in exchange for food, and we and our land will become servants to Pharaoh. And give us seed that we may live and not die, and that the land may not be desolate.
Gen 47:20      So Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh; for every Egyptian sold his field, because the famine was severe upon them; and the land became Pharaoh's.
Gen 47:21      And as for the people, he removed them to the cities from one end of the border of Egypt even to the other end.
Gen 47:22      Only the land of the priests he did not buy, for the priests had an assigned portion from Pharaoh, and they lived off their portion which Pharaoh gave them; therefore they did not sell their land.
Gen 47:23      Then Joseph said to the people, Now that I have this day bought you and your land for Pharaoh, here is seed for you that you may sow the land.
Gen 47:24      And when harvest comes, you shall give a fifth to Pharaoh, and four-fifths shall be your own as seed of the field and as food for you and for those of your households and as food for your little ones.
Gen 47:25      And they said, You have saved our lives. May we find favor in the sight of my lord and be Pharaoh's servants.
J.       In his taking a wife from the Gentiles—41:45; John 3:29; Eph. 5:23-27; Rev. 19:7.
Gen 41:45      And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphenath-paneah, and he gave him Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On, as his wife. And Joseph went out over the land of Egypt.
John 3:29       He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices with joy because of the bridegroom's voice. This joy of mine therefore is made full.
Eph 5:23        For a husband is head of the wife as also Christ is Head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the Body.
Eph 5:24        But as the church is subject to Christ, so also let the wives be subject to their husbands in everything.
Eph 5:25        Husbands, love your wives even as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her
Eph 5:26        That He might sanctify her, cleansing her by the washing of the water in the word,
Eph 5:27        That He might present the church to Himself glorious, not having spot or wrinkle or any such things, but that she would be holy and without blemish.
Rev 19:7        Let us rejoice and exult, and let us give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.
K.     In his supplying people with food—Gen. 41:56-57; John 6:35.
Gen 41:56      And when the famine was over all the face of the earth, Joseph opened all the storehouses of grain and sold grain to the Egyptians; and the famine became severe in the land of Egypt.
Gen 41:57      And all the earth came to Joseph in Egypt to buy grain, because the famine was severe in all the earth.
John 6:35       Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall by no means hunger, and he who believes into Me shall by no means ever thirst.
L.      In his acknowledging his ignorant brothers and being recognized by them—Gen. 45:1-4, 14-15; Rom. 11:26; Zech. 12:10; Rev. 1:7.
Gen 45:1        Then Joseph could not control himself before all those who attended him; and he cried out, Have everyone go out from me. So there was no one standing with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers.
Gen 45:2        And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard it.
Gen 45:3        And Joseph said to his brothers, I am Joseph! Is my father still alive? But his brothers could not answer him, so troubled were they at his presence.
Gen 45:4        And Joseph said to his brothers, Please come closer to me. And they came closer. And he said, I am your brother Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt.
Gen 45:14      And he fell upon his brother Benjamin's neck and wept, and Benjamin wept upon his neck.
Gen 45:15      And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them, and after that his brothers talked with him.
Rom 11:26     And thus all Israel will be saved, as it is written, "The Deliverer will come out of Zion; He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob.
Zech 12:10     And I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and of supplications; and they will look upon Me, whom they have pierced; and they will wail over Him with wailing as for an only son and cry bitterly over Him with bitter crying as for a firstborn son.
Rev 1:7          Behold, He comes with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the land will mourn over Him. Yes, amen.
M.     In his reigning in the kingdom over the whole earth—Gen. 41:40—50:26; Rev. 11:15; Dan. 7:13-14.
Gen 41:40-50:26      (be omitted.)
Rev 11:15      And the seventh angel trumpeted; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He will reign forever and ever.
Dan 7:13        I watched in the night visions, / And there with the clouds of heaven / One like a Son of Man was coming; / And He came to the Ancient of Days, / And they brought Him near before Him.
Dan 7:14        And to Him was given dominion, glory, and a kingdom, / That all the peoples, nations, and languages might serve Him. / His dominion is an eternal dominion, which will not pass away; / And His kingdom is one that will not be destroyed.
 
II.   Joseph, a “master of dreams” (Gen. 37:19), dreamed that according to God’s view, His people are sheaves of wheat full of life and heavenly bodies full of light (vv. 5-11):
Gen 37:19      And they said one to another, Here comes this master of dreams.
Gen 37:5        Then Joseph had a dream; and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more.
Gen 37:6        And he said to them, Listen to this dream which I have had:
Gen 37:7        There we were, binding sheaves in the field, when suddenly my sheaf rose up and remained standing; and then your sheaves gathered around and bowed down to my sheaf.
Gen 37:8        And his brothers said to him, Will you indeed reign over us and actually be a ruler among us? So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.
Gen 37:9        And he had still another dream and told it to his brothers and said, Now I have had another dream: There were the sun and the moon and eleven stars, bowing down to me.
Gen 37:10      And he told it to his father and to his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, What is this dream that you have had? Shall I and your mother and your brothers indeed come to bow down to the ground to you?
Gen 37:11      And his brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in his heart.
A.     Joseph’s two dreams (vv. 7-9), both from God, unveiled to him God’s divine view concerning the nature, position, function, and goal of God’s people on earth:
Gen 37:7        There we were, binding sheaves in the field, when suddenly my sheaf rose up and remained standing; and then your sheaves gathered around and bowed down to my sheaf.
Gen 37:8        And his brothers said to him, Will you indeed reign over us and actually be a ruler among us? So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.
Gen 37:9        And he had still another dream and told it to his brothers and said, Now I have had another dream: There were the sun and the moon and eleven stars, bowing down to me.
1.      In his first dream Joseph saw sheaves in the field bowing down to his sheaf; this dream reveals that, at the most, Joseph was just a sheaf and that, at the worst, his brothers were also sheaves; Joseph was a sheaf, and his brothers were sheaves—vv. 7-8:
Gen 37:7        There we were, binding sheaves in the field, when suddenly my sheaf rose up and remained standing; and then your sheaves gathered around and bowed down to my sheaf.
Gen 37:8        And his brothers said to him, Will you indeed reign over us and actually be a ruler among us? So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.
a.      The only difference between him and them was that God had chosen him to reign, but this does not mean that he was better than they were; God’s people are all sheaves of life in Christ.
b.      God spoke through Balaam, and Balaam said, “He has not beheld iniquity in Jacob, / Nor has He seen trouble in Israel”—Num. 23:21a:
Num 23:21a    He has not beheld iniquity in Jacob, / Nor has He seen trouble in Israel;…
1)      This word was spoken not according to the human view but according to the divine view; in the sight of God, Israel is without fault.
2)      In themselves God’s people have many defects, but in God’s redemption and in Christ they have no defects; when God looks at His people, He does not see them according to what they are in themselves but according to what they are in Christ—cf. 2 Cor. 5:16-17.
2 Cor 5:16      So then we, from now on, know no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him so no longer.
2 Cor 5:17      So then if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away; behold, they have become new.
c.      Elijah complained against Israel, saying, “The children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, thrown down Your altars, and slain Your prophets with the sword; and I alone am left, and they seek to take my life”; however, Jehovah replied, “Yet I have left Myself seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed unto Baal and every mouth that has not kissed him”—1 Kings 19:10, 18; cf. Rom. 11:2-5.
1 Kings 19:10  And he said, I have been very jealous for Jehovah the God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, thrown down Your altars, and slain Your prophets with the sword; and I alone am left, and they seek to take my life.
1 Kings 19:18  Yet I have left Myself seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed unto Baal and every mouth that has not kissed him.
Rom 11:2        God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says in the passage concerning Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel?
Rom 11:3        "Lord, they have killed Your prophets, they have torn down Your altars; and I am left alone, and they are seeking my life."
Rom 11:4        But what does the divine answer say to him? "I have reserved for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal."
Rom 11:5        In the same way then at the present time also there has come into being a remnant according to the selection of grace.
d.      If we have seen the heavenly dream, then we have seen that in God’s view all His people are sheaves full of life to produce food for the meal offering to satisfy God and man—Lev. 2:4-5.
Lev 2:4          And when you present an offering of a meal offering baked in the oven, it shall be of fine flour, unleavened cakes mingled with oil or unleavened wafers anointed with oil.
Lev 2:5          And if your offering is a meal offering baked on a flat plate, it shall be of fine flour mingled with oil, unleavened.
2.      In his second dream Joseph saw the sun, the moon, and eleven stars bowing down to him—Gen. 37:9:
Gen 37:9        And he had still another dream and told it to his brothers and said, Now I have had another dream: There were the sun and the moon and eleven stars, bowing down to me.
a.      According to their fallen nature, God’s people are evil and unclean, but in God’s eternal view, His people are heavenly bodies full of light—cf. Rev. 12:1 and footnote.
Rev 12:1        And a great sign was seen in heaven: a 1woman clothed with the sun, and the moon underneath her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars;
Note 1     The first section of this book, composed of the first eleven chapters, covers all things that occur from Christ's ascension to eternity. The second section, composed of the last eleven chapters, gives details of the important things and crucial matters occurring from the last three and a half years of the present age, which will be the period of the great tribulation, to the eternal age of the new heaven and new earth. The first of the important things and crucial matters revealed in this section is a woman who brought forth a man-child.
This woman is "clothed with the sun, and the moon underneath her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars." In Gen. 37:9, Joseph in his dream saw the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars, signifying his father, his mother, and his eleven brothers. There the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars, plus Joseph himself, signified the totality of God's people on the earth. Based on the principle of that dream, the sun, the moon, and the twelve stars here must signify the totality of God's people on earth, which is symbolized here by a woman. Most of her being is clothed with the sun. The sun signifies God's people in the New Testament age. Before Christ came to the world, it was the dark night of the Old Testament age. When Christ as the rising sun came from on high (Luke 1:78), the age of the sun came. Before that, it was the age of the moon, which signifies God's people in the Old Testament time. The moon is underneath the feet of the woman, for the age of the moon was the age of the law, which should not be exalted as the stars are. The stars, which signify the patriarchs, God's people before the law was given, are on her head as a crown. All God's people in these three ages, who together constitute this woman, are light bearers. Hence, she is the bright woman shining throughout all generations.
b.      The reigning aspect of the mature life never condemns God’s people; rather, it shepherds and appreciates them—Gen. 37:5-11; cf. 1 Cor. 13:4-8, 13.
Gen 37:5        Then Joseph had a dream; and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more.
Gen 37:6        And he said to them, Listen to this dream which I have had:
Gen 37:7        There we were, binding sheaves in the field, when suddenly my sheaf rose up and remained standing; and then your sheaves gathered around and bowed down to my sheaf.
Gen 37:8        And his brothers said to him, Will you indeed reign over us and actually be a ruler among us? So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.
Gen 37:9        And he had still another dream and told it to his brothers and said, Now I have had another dream: There were the sun and the moon and eleven stars, bowing down to me.
Gen 37:10      And he told it to his father and to his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, What is this dream that you have had? Shall I and your mother and your brothers indeed come to bow down to the ground to you?
Gen 37:11      And his brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in his heart.
1 Cor 13:4      Love suffers long. Love is kind; it is not jealous. Love does not brag and is not puffed up;
1 Cor 13:5      It does not behave unbecomingly and does not seek its own things; it is not provoked and does not take account of evil;
1 Cor 13:6      It does not rejoice because of unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;
1 Cor 13:7      It covers all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
1 Cor 13:8      Love never falls away. But whether prophecies, they will be rendered useless; or tongues, they will cease; or knowledge, it will be rendered useless.
1 Cor 13:13    Now there abide faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love.
c.      One thing is certain: whoever condemns the church or blames the saints will suffer the loss of life; however, if we praise the Lord for His saints being full of life and light, we will be the first to participate in life—Gen. 12:2-3; Num. 24:9.
Gen 12:2        And I will make of you a great nation, / And I will bless you / And make your name great; / And you shall be a blessing.
Gen 12:3        And I will bless those who bless you, / And him who curses you I will curse; / And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.
Num 24:9       He couches; he lies down like a lion / And like a lioness; who will rouse him up? / Blessed is everyone who blesses you, / And cursed is everyone who curses you.
B.     Although God’s people are positioned in heaven as the sun, the moon, and the stars, they are living on earth as sheaves (Phil. 3:20; 2:15), for sheaves grow in the field; today we are the heavenly people living on earth.
Phil 3:20        For our commonwealth exists in the heavens, from which also we eagerly await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,
Phil 2:15        That you may be blameless and guileless, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine as luminaries in the world,
C.     We have to use the “divine telescope” to see through time and behold the New Jerusalem, where there is nothing but sheaves full of life and stars full of light.
D.     Although the sons of Jacob were sinful, Christ still came in through them—Gen. 38:27-30; Matt. 1:3.
Gen 38:27      And at the time of her delivery, there were twins in her womb.
Gen 38:28      And while she was giving birth, one put out a hand; and the midwife took and tied a scarlet thread on his hand, saying, This one came out first.
Gen 38:29      But when he drew back his hand, his brother suddenly came out; and she said, What a breach you have made for yourself! Therefore his name was called Perez.
Gen 38:30      And afterward his brother came out, who had the scarlet thread on his hand; and his name was called Zerah.
Matt 1:3         And Judah begot Pharez and Zarah of Tamar, and Pharez begot Hezron, and Hezron begot Aram,
E.      The more mature in life we become, the less we will speak negatively concerning the saints or the church; we are not the ones to judge—7:1-5; Rom. 14:4.
Matt 7:1         Do not judge, that you be not judged.
Matt 7:2         For with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged; and with what measure you measure, it shall be measured to you.
Matt 7:3         And why do you look at the splinter which is in your brother's eye, but the beam in your eye you do not consider?
Matt 7:4         Or how can you say to your brother, Let me remove the splinter from your eye, and behold, the beam is in your eye?
Matt 7:5         Hypocrite, first remove the beam from your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother's eye.
Rom 14:4       Who are you who judge another's household servant? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will be made to stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
 
III.  Joseph’s dreams controlled his life and directed his behavior—cf. Acts 26:19:
Acts 26:19     Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision,
A.     Joseph behaved so excellently and marvelously because he was directed by the vision that he saw in his dreams.
B.     Joseph lived a life that corresponded to the vision he saw in his two dreams; his brothers vented their anger (Gen. 37:18-31) and indulged in their lust (38:15-18), but Joseph subdued his anger and conquered his lust (39:7-23), behaving as a sheaf full of life and conducting himself like a heavenly star shining in the darkness:
Gen 37:18      And when they saw him from a distance and before he came near to them, they conspired against him to put him to death.
Gen 37:19      And they said one to another, Here comes this master of dreams.
Gen 37:20      Now then, come and let us slay him and throw him into one of the pits; and we will say, A wild beast has devoured him; then we will see what will become of his dreams.
Gen 37:21      But when Reuben heard it, he tried to deliver him out of their hand and said, Let us not take his life.
Gen 37:22      And Reuben said to them, Shed no blood; throw him into this pit that is in the wilderness, but do not lay a hand on him-that he might deliver him out of their hand to restore him to his father.
Gen 37:23      And when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped Joseph of his coat, the coat of many colors that was on him;
Gen 37:24      And they took him and threw him into the pit. Now the pit was empty; there was no water in it.
Gen 37:25      Then they sat down to eat food; and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and there was a caravan of Ishmaelites, coming from Gilead, with their camels bearing aromatic gum and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt.
Gen 37:26      Then Judah said to his brothers, What gain is there if we slay our brother and conceal his blood?
Gen 37:27      Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let our hand not be on him; for he is our brother, our flesh. And his brothers listened to him.
Gen 37:28      So when some Midianite traders passed by, they pulled Joseph up, lifting him out of the pit, and they sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver. And these brought Joseph into Egypt.
Gen 37:29      And when Reuben returned to the pit and saw that Joseph was not in the pit, he tore his clothes.
Gen 37:30      And he returned to his brothers and said, The boy is not there; so as for me, what shall I do?
Gen 37:31      Then they took Joseph's coat and slaughtered a male goat and dipped the coat in the blood.
Gen 38:15      And when Judah saw her, he thought she was a harlot, for she had covered her face.
Gen 38:16      And he turned aside to her by the way and said, Come now, let me come in to you; for he did not know that she was his daughter-in-law. And she said, What will you give me, that you may come in to me?
Gen 38:17      And he said, I will send you a kid from the flock. And she said, Only if you give me a pledge until you send it.
Gen 38:18      And he said, What pledge shall I give you? And she said, Your seal and your cord and your staff that is in your hand. And he gave them to her and went in to her, and she conceived by him.
Gen 39:7        Now after these things his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph and said, Lie with me.
Gen 39:8        But he refused and said to his master's wife, Behold, with me here, my master is not concerned about anything in the house, and he has put everything he has in my charge.
Gen 39:9        There is no one greater in this house than I, and he has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great evil, and sin against God?
Gen 39:10      And although she spoke to Joseph day after day, he would not listen to her to lie beside her or be with her.
Gen 39:11      And one such day he went into the house to do his work, and none of the men of the house were there in the house.
Gen 39:12      And she grabbed him by his garment, saying, Lie with me! But he left his garment in her hand, and fled and went outside.
Gen 39:13      And when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and had fled outside,
Gen 39:14      She called to the men of her house and spoke to them, saying, See, he has brought in a Hebrew man to us to mock us. He came in to me to lie with me, and I called out with a loud voice;
Gen 39:15      And when he heard that I lifted up my voice and called out, he left his garment beside me, and fled and went outside.
Gen 39:16      And she placed his garment beside her until his master came home.
Gen 39:17      And she spoke to him with these words, saying, The Hebrew servant, whom you have brought to us, came in to me to mock me.
Gen 39:18      And when I lifted up my voice and called out, he left his garment beside me and fled outside.
Gen 39:19      And when his master heard the words of his wife that she had spoken to him, saying, This is the way your servant treated me; his anger burned.
Gen 39:20      And Joseph's master took him and put him into the prison, the place where the king's prisoners were confined. But while he was there in the prison,
Gen 39:21      Jehovah was with Joseph; and He extended kindness to him and gave him favor in the sight of the chief jailer.
Gen 39:22      And the chief jailer put in Joseph's charge all the prisoners who were in the prison; and whatever was done there, he was the one to do it.
Gen 39:23      The chief jailer did not supervise anything that was in his charge, because Jehovah was with him; and whatever he did, Jehovah caused it to prosper.
1.      While Joseph’s brothers were drowning in the water of human anger, Joseph, representing the reigning aspect of a mature life, lived as a sheaf of life and emerged from the death water of human anger—37:18.
Gen 37:18      And when they saw him from a distance and before he came near to them, they conspired against him to put him to death.
2.      Judah behaved in a blind way, indulging in his lust in darkness (38:15-18); in contrast, Joseph, living as a star of light, overcame his lust (39:7-12).
Gen 38:15      And when Judah saw her, he thought she was a harlot, for she had covered her face.
Gen 38:16      And he turned aside to her by the way and said, Come now, let me come in to you; for he did not know that she was his daughter-in-law. And she said, What will you give me, that you may come in to me?
Gen 38:17      And he said, I will send you a kid from the flock. And she said, Only if you give me a pledge until you send it.
Gen 38:18      And he said, What pledge shall I give you? And she said, Your seal and your cord and your staff that is in your hand. And he gave them to her and went in to her, and she conceived by him.
Gen 39:7        Now after these things his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph and said, Lie with me.
Gen 39:8        But he refused and said to his master's wife, Behold, with me here, my master is not concerned about anything in the house, and he has put everything he has in my charge.
Gen 39:9        There is no one greater in this house than I, and he has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great evil, and sin against God?
Gen 39:10      And although she spoke to Joseph day after day, he would not listen to her to lie beside her or be with her.
Gen 39:11      And one such day he went into the house to do his work, and none of the men of the house were there in the house.
Gen 39:12      And she grabbed him by his garment, saying, Lie with me! But he left his garment in her hand, and fled and went outside.
C.     Joseph’s life under the heavenly vision was the life of the kingdom of the heavens described in Matthew 5—7; by living such a life, he was fully prepared to reign as a king; according to the constitution of the heavenly kingdom revealed in these chapters in Matthew, our anger must be subdued, and our lust must be conquered (5:21-32).
Matt 5-7         (be omitted.)
Matt 5:21       You have heard that it was said to the ancients, "You shall not murder, and whoever murders shall be liable to the judgment."
Matt 5:22       But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be liable to the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, Raca, shall be liable to the judgment of the Sanhedrin; and whoever says, Moreh, shall be liable to the Gehenna of fire.
Matt 5:23       Therefore if you are offering your gift at the altar and there you remember that your brother has something against you,
Matt 5:24       Leave your gift there before the altar, and first go and be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
Matt 5:25       Be well disposed quickly toward your opponent at law, while you are with him on the way, lest the opponent deliver you to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.
Matt 5:26       Truly I say to you, You shall by no means come out from there until you pay the last quadrans.
Matt 5:27       You have heard that it was said, "You shall not commit adultery."
Matt 5:28       But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman in order to lust after her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Matt 5:29       So if your right eye stumbles you, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish than for your whole body to be cast into Gehenna.
Matt 5:30       And if your right hand stumbles you, cut it off and cast it from you, for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish than for your whole body to pass away into Gehenna.
Matt 5:31       And it was said, Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.
Matt 5:32       But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for the cause of fornication, causes her to commit adultery, and whoever marries her who has been divorced commits adultery.
D.     As the kingdom people in the kingdom life, we are being trained to be kings, to be Josephs, to manifest the reigning aspect of the mature life.
 
 
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