Message Eight: Joseph—the Reigning Aspect of the Mature Life
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Scripture Reading: Gen. 41:39-44, 51-52; 45:5-8; 47:14-23; 50:15-21
Gen 41:39      And Pharaoh said to Joseph, Since God let you know all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you.
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 41:51      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 45:5        And now do not be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.
Gen 45:6        For the famine has been in the midst of the land these two years, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest.
Gen 45:7        And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth and to keep you alive by a great deliverance.
Gen 45:8        So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt.
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 50:15      And when Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, What if Joseph bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the evil which we did to him?
Gen 50:16      And they sent a message to Joseph, saying, Your father charged before he died, saying,
Gen 50:17      Thus shall you say to Joseph, Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, for they did you wrong. So now please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father. And Joseph wept when they spoke to him.
Gen 50:18      And his brothers also went and fell down before him and said, We are here as your servants.
Gen 50:19      And Joseph said to them, Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God?
Gen 50:20      Even though you intended evil against me, God intended it for good, to do as it is this day, to preserve alive a numerous people.
Gen 50:21      Now therefore do not be afraid; I will sustain you and your little ones. And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.
 
 
I.     According to spiritual experience, Jacob and Joseph are one person; Joseph represents the reigning aspect of the mature Israel, the constitution of Christ in Jacob’s mature nature; as a mature saint constituted of Christ, the perfect One, Jacob reigned through Joseph—Gen. 41:39-44; Heb. 6:1a; Gal. 6:8; 5:22-23:
Gen 41:39      And Pharaoh said to Joseph, Since God let you know all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you.
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.
Heb 6:1a        Therefore leaving the word of the beginning of Christ, let us be brought on to maturity, …
Gal 6:8           For he who sows unto his own flesh will reap corruption of the flesh, but he who sows unto the Spirit will of the Spirit reap eternal life.
Gal 5:22         But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Gal 5:23         Meekness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
A.     The reigning aspect typified by Joseph is Christ constituted into our being—4:19.
Gal 4:19         My children, with whom I travail again in birth until Christ is formed in you,
B.     The reigning aspect of the mature life is a life that always enjoys the presence of the Lord; wherever His presence is, there is authority, the ruling power—Gen. 39:2-5, 21-23:
Gen 39:2        And Jehovah was with Joseph, and he became a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master, the Egyptian.
Gen 39:3        And his master saw that Jehovah was with him and that Jehovah caused all that he did to prosper in his hand.
Gen 39:4        And Joseph found favor in his sight, and he ministered to him; and he made him overseer of his house and put all that he had in his charge.
Gen 39:5        And from the time he made him overseer in his house and put him over all that he had, Jehovah blessed the Egyptian's house on account of Joseph; and the blessing of Jehovah was upon all that he had, in the house and in the field.
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.      In the presence of the Lord, Joseph was prospered by Him (vv. 2-3, 23); while Joseph was undergoing ill-treatment, he enjoyed the Lord’s prosperity that came to him under the Lord’s sovereignty.
Gen 39:2        And Jehovah was with Joseph, and he became a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master, the Egyptian.
Gen 39:3        And his master saw that Jehovah was with him and that Jehovah caused all that he did to prosper in his hand.
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.
2.      In the presence of the Lord, Joseph was favored with the Lord’s blessing wherever he was; when Joseph enjoyed prosperity, he and those who were involved with him were blessed—vv. 4-5, 22-23.
Gen 39:4        And Joseph found favor in his sight, and he ministered to him; and he made him overseer of his house and put all that he had in his charge.
Gen 39:5        And from the time he made him overseer in his house and put him over all that he had, Jehovah blessed the Egyptian's house on account of Joseph; and the blessing of Jehovah was upon all that he had, in the house and in the field.
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.
C.     Although his own dreams were not yet fulfilled, Joseph had the faith and the boldness to interpret the dreams of his two companions in prison (40:8); eventually, Joseph was released from prison indirectly through his speaking by faith in interpreting the cupbearer’s dream (41:9-13), and he was ushered to the throne directly through his speaking boldly in interpreting Pharaoh’s dreams (vv. 14-46); both release and authority came to him through his speaking:
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 41:9        Then the chief cupbearer spoke to Pharaoh, saying, I do remember my sins today.
Gen 41:10      Pharaoh was angry with his servants, and he put me in custody at the house of the captain of the guard, both me and the chief baker.
Gen 41:11      And we both had a dream in one night, I and he; each of us had a dream with its own interpretation.
Gen 41:12      And a young Hebrew man was there with us, a servant of the captain of the guard. And we told him our dreams, and he interpreted them for us; to each one he interpreted according to his dream.
Gen 41:13      And as he interpreted to us, so it happened; Pharaoh restored me to my office, and he hanged the baker.
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.
Gen 41:15      And Pharaoh said to Joseph, I have had a dream, but there is no one who can interpret it; and I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.
Gen 41:16      And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not of me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.
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.
Gen 41:33      Now therefore let Pharaoh look out for a discerning and wise man, and set him over the land of Egypt.
Gen 41:34      Let Pharaoh take action to appoint overseers over the land and take a fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt in the seven years of abundance.
Gen 41:35      And let them gather all the food of these coming good years and lay up grain under Pharaoh's authority for food in the cities, and let them keep it.
Gen 41:36      And let the food become a reserve for the land against the seven years of famine that will be in the land of Egypt, so that the land does not perish in the famine.
Gen 41:37      And the word seemed good to Pharaoh and to all his servants.
Gen 41:38      And Pharaoh said to his servants, Can we find such a man like this, in whom the Spirit of God is?
Gen 41:39      And Pharaoh said to Joseph, Since God let you know all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you.
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.
1.      Andrew Murray once said a word like this: the good minister of the Word should always minister more than he has experienced; this means that we should speak more according to the vision than according to the fulfillment of the vision.
2.      Even if our vision has not been fulfilled, we should still speak of it to others; the time will come when our vision will be fulfilled; Joseph’s dreams were eventually fulfilled through his interpretation of the dream of the cupbearer.
3.      If we are living out Christ, we will bring either life or death wherever we are (2 Cor. 2:14-16); to the cupbearer, Joseph brought restoration; to the baker, he brought execution (Gen. 41:12-13).
2 Cor 2:14      But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in the Christ and manifests the savor of the knowledge of Him through us in every place.
2 Cor 2:15      For we are a fragrance of Christ to God in those who are being saved and in those who are perishing:
2 Cor 2:16      To some a savor out of death unto death, and to the others a savor out of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?
Gen 41:12      And a young Hebrew man was there with us, a servant of the captain of the guard. And we told him our dreams, and he interpreted them for us; to each one he interpreted according to his dream.
Gen 41:13      And as he interpreted to us, so it happened; Pharaoh restored me to my office, and he hanged the baker.
D.     If we seek the Lord, He will put us into a “dungeon”; without the dungeon we cannot ascend to the throne; we must not be a dungeon dropout; we must stay in the dungeon until we graduate and receive the crown—James 1:12; cf. Phil. 3:8.
James 1:12    Blessed is the man who endures trial, because when he has become approved by testing, he will receive the crown of life, which He promised to those who love Him.
Phil 3:8          But moreover I also count all things to be loss on account of the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, on account of whom I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as refuse that I may gain Christ
E.      We should not speak according to our feelings but according to the heavenly vision; we are visionaries, seers, of God’s eternal economy, so we should speak according to the absoluteness of the truth of His economy—Acts 26:16-19:
Acts 26:16     But rise up and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a minister and a witness both of the things in which you have seen Me and of the things in which I will appear to you;
Acts 26:17     Delivering you from the people and from the Gentiles, to whom I send you,
Acts 26:18     To open their eyes, to turn them from darkness to light and from the authority of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.
Acts 26:19     Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision,
1.      The visions that Joseph saw not only controlled his life but also sustained his faith.
2.      Because Joseph was important and valuable, the time of his testing could not be shortened.
F.      In his receiving glory and gifts in his enthronement, Joseph typifies Christ, who received glory (Heb. 2:9) and gifts (Psa. 68:18; Acts 2:33) in His ascension (Gen. 41:42):
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.
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.
1.      The ring, the garments, and the gold chain portray the gifts that Christ received in His ascension to the heavens, which gifts He has passed on to the church—v. 42:
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.
a.      The signet ring signifies the Holy Spirit as a seal within and upon Christ’s believers—Acts 2:33; Eph. 1:13; 4:30; cf. Luke 15:22.
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.
Eph 1:13        In whom you also, having heard the word of the truth, the gospel of your salvation, in Him also believing, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of the promise,
Eph 4:30        And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, in whom you were sealed unto the day of redemption.
Luke 15:22     But the father said to his slaves, Bring out quickly the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.
b.      The garments signify Christ as our objective righteousness for our justification before God (1 Cor. 1:30; cf. Psa. 45:9, 13; Luke 15:22) and as our subjective righteousness lived out of us that we may be qualified to participate in the marriage of the Lamb (Phil. 3:9; Psa. 45:14; Rev. 19:7-9).
1 Cor 1:30      But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became wisdom to us from God: both righteousness and sanctification and redemption,
Psa 45:9        The daughters of kings are among Your most prized; / The queen stands at Your right hand in the gold of Ophir.
Psa 45:13      The king's daughter is all glorious within the royal abode; / Her garment is a woven work inwrought with gold.
Luke 15:22     But the father said to his slaves, Bring out quickly the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.
Phil 3:9          And be found in Him, not having my own righteousness which is out of the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is out of God and based on faith,
Psa 45:14      She will be led to the King in embroidered clothing; / The virgins behind her, her companions, / Will be brought to You.
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.
Rev 19:8        And it was given to her that she should be clothed in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteousnesses of the saints.
Rev 19:9        And he said to me, Write, Blessed are they who are called to the marriage dinner of the Lamb. And he said to me, These are the true words of God.
c.      The gold chain signifies the beauty of the Holy Spirit given for obedience expressed in submission (cf. Acts 5:32); a chained neck signifies a will that has been conquered and subdued to obey God’s commandment (Gen. 41:42; cf. S. S. 1:10; Prov. 1:8-9).
Acts 5:32       And we are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.
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.
S.S. 1:10       Your cheeks are lovely with plaits of ornaments, / Your neck with strings of jewels.
Prov 1:8         Hear, my son, the instruction of your father, / And do not reject the teaching of your mother;
Prov 1:9         For they will be a wreath of grace for your head / And ornaments for your neck.
2.      According to the sequence of spiritual experience, we first receive the sealing of the Spirit for salvation; then we receive the garment of righteousness and begin to live Christ (Gal. 2:20; Phil. 1:20-21a); in order for us to live Christ, our neck must be chained, our will must be conquered and subdued, by the Holy Spirit.
Gal 2:20         I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
Phil 1:20        According to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I will be put to shame, but with all boldness, as always, even now Christ will be magnified in my body, whether through life or through death.
Phil 1:21a       For to me, to live is Christ …
G.     After being resurrected from the prison of death and ushered into the position of ascension, Joseph married Asenath, who portrays the church taken out of the Gentile world during Christ’s rejection by the children of Israel (Gen. 41:45); Joseph called the name of his firstborn Manasseh (meaning “making to forget”) and his second Ephraim (meaning “twice fruitful”); Joseph declared, “God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s house,” and “God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction” (vv. 51-52).
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 41:51      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.
 
II.   The record of Joseph’s life is a revelation of the rulership of the Spirit, for the rulership of the Spirit is the reigning aspect of a mature saint; the rulership of the Spirit (a life of reigning in life, being under the restriction and limitation of the divine life in the reality of God’s kingdom) is higher than any other aspect of the Spirit—Rom. 5:17, 21; 14:17-18; cf. 2 Cor. 3:17-18; 2 Tim. 4:22; Rev. 4:1-3:
Rom 5:17       For if, by the offense of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.
Rom 5:21       In order that just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness unto eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Rom 14:17     For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Rom 14:18     For he who serves Christ in this is well pleasing to God and approved by men.
2 Cor 3:17      And the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
2 Cor 3:18      But we all with unveiled face, beholding and reflecting like a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord Spirit.
2 Tim 4:22      The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.
Rev 4:1          After these things I saw, and behold, a door opened in heaven, and the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, Come up here, and I will show you the things that must take place after these things.
Rev 4:2          Immediately I was in spirit; and behold, there was a throne set in heaven, and upon the throne there was One sitting;
Rev 4:3          And He who was sitting was like a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance, and there was a rainbow around the throne like an emerald in appearance.
A.     Although Joseph was full of human feelings and sentiments toward his brothers, he kept himself with all his feelings under the rulership of the Spirit; he dealt with his brothers soberly, wisely, and with discernment, disciplining them according to their need in order to perfect them and build them up that they might be a collective people living together as God’s testimony on earth—Gen. 42:9, 24; 43:30-31; 45:1-2, 24.
Gen 42:9        And Joseph remembered the dreams that he had dreamed about them, and he said to them, You are spies; you have come to see the nakedness of the land.
Gen 42:24      And he turned away from them and wept. Then he returned to them and spoke to them. And he took Simeon from among them and bound him before their eyes.
Gen 43:30      And Joseph hurried-for his inward parts burned for his brother-and sought a place to weep. So he entered into his chamber and wept there.
Gen 43:31      Then he washed his face and came out, and he controlled himself and said, Serve the meal.
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 45:24      So he sent his brothers away; and as they departed, he said to them, Do not quarrel on the way.
B.     Joseph denied himself and placed himself absolutely under God’s sovereign leading, conducting himself wholly for the interest of God and His people.
C.     Joseph’s living under God’s restriction, a portrait of the human living of Christ, manifested the maturity and perfection of the divine life and brought in God’s kingdom—John 5:19, 30b; 7:16, 18; 14:10; Matt. 8:9-10.
John 5:19       Then Jesus answered and said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, The Son can do nothing from Himself except what He sees the Father doing, for whatever that One does, these things the Son also does in like manner.
John 5:30b     … and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will but the will of Him who sent Me.
John 7:16       Jesus therefore answered them and said, My teaching is not Mine, but His who sent Me.
John 7:18       He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of Him who sent Him, this One is true, and unrighteousness is not in Him.
John 14:10     Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak from Myself, but the Father who abides in Me does His works.
Matt 8:9         For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, Go, and he goes; and to another, Come, and he comes; and to my slave, Do this, and he does it.
Matt 8:10       Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled and said to those who followed, Truly I say to you, With no one in Israel have I found such great faith.
D.     In Joseph’s dealings with his brothers, we see that he lived a calm life, a sober life, and a discerning life with love for the brothers—a self-denying life as the practice of the kingdom life—Gen. 45:24; Matt. 16:24; 2 Chron. 1:10; Isa. 30:15a; Phil. 1:9; 1 Tim. 5:1-2; 1 Thes. 3:12; 4:9; 2 Thes. 1:3; Rom. 12:10; 1 John 4:9; Heb. 13:1.
Gen 45:24      So he sent his brothers away; and as they departed, he said to them, Do not quarrel on the way.
Matt 16:24      Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone wants to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.
2 Chron 1:10  Now give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people; for who can judge this great people of Yours?
Isa 30:15a      For thus says the Lord Jehovah, the Holy One of Israel, / In returning and rest you will be saved; / In quietness and in trust will be your strength; …
Phil 1:9          And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in full knowledge and all discernment,
1 Tim 5:1        Do not upbraid an elderly man, but exhort him as a father, younger men as brothers,
1 Tim 5:2        Elderly women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity.
1 Thes 3:12    And the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we also to you,
1 Thes 4:9      Now concerning brotherly love, you have no need for me to write to you, for you yourselves are taught of God to love one another;
2 Thes 1:3      We ought to thank God always concerning you, brothers, even as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly and the love of each one of you all to one another is increasing,
Rom 12:10     Love one another warmly in brotherly love; take the lead in showing honor one to another.
1 John 4:9      In this the love of God was manifested among us, that God sent His only begotten Son into the world that we might have life and live through Him.
Heb 13:1        Let brotherly love continue.
E.      Joseph’s sentiments, feelings, considerations, and preferences were absolutely under the rulership and control of the Spirit—Prov. 16:32.
Prov 16:32     He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty; / And he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.
F.      The life manifested in the story of Joseph is the resurrection life, the life of God; his sentiments were under the control of the resurrection life to meet the need of his brothers—John 11:25.
John 11:25     Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes into Me, even if he should die, shall live;
G.     Joseph is a living illustration of what is revealed in the New Testament; he was a self-denying person who had no self-interest, self-enjoyment, self-feeling, self-ambition, or self-goal; everything was for God and for God’s people; Joseph’s self-denial, his restriction under God’s sovereign hand, was the key to the practice of the kingdom life.
H.     The most powerful person is the one who has the strength not to do what he is able to do—this is the real denial of the self and the genuine bearing of the cross—Matt. 16:24; cf. 26:53.
Matt 16:24      Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone wants to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.
Matt 26:53      Or do you think that I cannot beseech My Father, and He will provide Me at once with more than twelve legions of angels?
I.       Joseph’s realization that it was God who sent him to Egypt (even though his brothers intended evil against him—Gen. 45:5, 7; 50:19-21; cf. 41:51-52) is the reality of Paul’s word in Romans 8:28-29.
Gen 45:5        And now do not be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.
Gen 45:7        And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth and to keep you alive by a great deliverance.
Gen 50:19      And Joseph said to them, Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God?
Gen 50:20      Even though you intended evil against me, God intended it for good, to do as it is this day, to preserve alive a numerous people.
Gen 50:21      Now therefore do not be afraid; I will sustain you and your little ones. And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.
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.
Rom 8:28       And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Rom 8:29       Because those whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the Firstborn among many brothers;
J.       Joseph did not need to forgive his brothers, because he did not blame them; he received as from God all that his brothers had done to him, and he comforted those who had offended him (Gen. 45:5-8; 50:15-21); what grace, and what an excellent spirit, he had!
Gen 45:5        And now do not be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.
Gen 45:6        For the famine has been in the midst of the land these two years, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest.
Gen 45:7        And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth and to keep you alive by a great deliverance.
Gen 45:8        So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt.
Gen 50:15      And when Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, What if Joseph bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the evil which we did to him?
Gen 50:16      And they sent a message to Joseph, saying, Your father charged before he died, saying,
Gen 50:17      Thus shall you say to Joseph, Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, for they did you wrong. So now please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father. And Joseph wept when they spoke to him.
Gen 50:18      And his brothers also went and fell down before him and said, We are here as your servants.
Gen 50:19      And Joseph said to them, Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God?
Gen 50:20      Even though you intended evil against me, God intended it for good, to do as it is this day, to preserve alive a numerous people.
Gen 50:21      Now therefore do not be afraid; I will sustain you and your little ones. And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.
 
III.  Because Joseph suffered and denied himself, he gained the riches of the life supply (Hymns, #635); in order to receive food from him, the people had to pay four kinds of prices: their money, their livestock, their land, and themselves—47:14-23; cf. Rev. 3:18:
Hymns, #635;
 
1      Let us contemplate the grape vine,            From its life now let us learn,
How its growth is fraught with suff’ring,     Midst environment so stern;
How unlike the untamed flowers                Growing in the wilderness
In a maze of wild confusion,             Making patterns numberless.
2      But the blossoms of the grape vine            Without glory are and small;
Though they do have some expression,   They are hardly seen withal.
But a day since they have flowered           Into fruit the blooms have grown;
Never may they wave corollas                    With luxuriant beauty shown.
3      To a post the vine is fastened;                     Thus it cannot freely grow;
When its branches are extended,               To the trellis tied they go.
To the stony soil committed,             Drawing thence its food supply;
It can never choose its own way,                Or from difficulty fly.
4      Oh, how beautiful its verdure,                      Which in spring spreads o’er the field.
From life’s energy and fullness                  Growth abundant doth it yield.
Till it’s full of tender branches                     Twining freely everywhere,
Stretching ‘gainst the sky’s deep azure     Tasting sweetly of the air.
5      But the master of the vineyard                    Not in lenience doth abide,
But with knife and pruning scissors            Then would strip it of its pride.
Caring not the vine is tender,            But with deep, precision stroke
All the pretty, excess branches                    From the vine are neatly broke.
6      In this time of loss and ruin,              Dare the vine self-pity show?
Nay, it gives itself more fully             To the one who wounds it so,
To the hand that strips its branches,                     Till of beauty destitute,
That its life may not be wasted,                   But preserved for bearing fruit.
7      Into hard wood slowly hardens                   Every stump of bleeding shoot,
Each remaining branch becoming             Clusters of abundant fruit.
Then, beneath the scorching sunshine,    Leaves are dried and from it drop;
Thus the fruit more richly ripens                 Till the harvest of the crop.
8      Bowed beneath its fruitful burden,             Loaded branches are brought low-
Labor of its growth thru suff’ring                 Many a purposed, cutting blow.
Now its fruit is fully ripened,              Comforted the vine would be;
But the harvest soon is coming,                  And its days of comfort flee.
9      Hands will pick and feet will trample                    All the riches of the vine,
Till from out the reddened wine-press       Flows a river full of wine.
All the day its flow continues,            Bloody-red, without alloy,
Gushing freely, richly, sweetly,                    Filling all the earth with joy.
10   In appearance now the grape vine             Barren is and pitiful;
Having given all, it enters                             Into night inscrutable.
No one offers to repay it                               For the cheering wine that’s drunk,
But ‘tis stripped and cut e’en further                     To a bare and branchless trunk.
11   Yet its wine throughout the winter               Warmth and sweetness ever bears
Unto those in coldness shiv’ring,                Pressed with sorrow, pain, and cares.
Yet without, alone, the grape vine               Midst the ice and snow doth stand,
Steadfastly its lot enduring,               Though ‘tis hard to understand.
12   Winter o’er, the vine prepareth                    Fruit again itself to bear;
Budding forth and growing branches,       Beauteous green again to wear;
Never murmuring or complaining              For the winter’s sore abuse,
Or for all its loss desiring                              Its fresh off’ring to reduce.
13   Breathing air, untainted, heavenly,             As it lifts its arms on high,
Earth’s impure, defiled affections              Ne’er the vine may occupy.
Facing sacrifice, yet smiling,             And while love doth prune once more,
Strokes it bears as if it never             Suffered loss and pain before.
14   From the branches of the grape vine         Sap and blood and wine doth flow.
Does the vine, for all it suffered,                 Lost, and yielded, poorer grow?
Drunkards of the earth and wanderers,     From it drink and merry make.
From their pleasure and enjoyment                     Do they richer thereby wake?
 15  Not by gain our life is measured,                But by what we’ve lost ‘tis scored;
’Tis not how much wine is drunken,                      But how much has been outpoured.
For the strength of love e’er standeth        In the sacrifice we bear;
He who has the greatest suff’ring               Ever has the most to share.
16   He who treats himself severely                   Is the best for God to gain;
He who hurts himself most dearly              Most can comfort those in pain.
He who suffering never beareth                 Is but empty “sounding brass”;
He who self-life never spareth                    Has the joys which all surpass.
 
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.
Rev 3:18        I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined by fire that you may be rich, and white garments that you may be clothed and that the shame of your nakedness may not be manifested, and eyesalve to anoint your eyes that you may see.
A.     Money represents convenience, livestock signifies the means of living, and land represents resources; if we would receive the life supply from the Lord as the Dispenser, we must give Him our convenience, our means of livelihood, and our resources; the more we give Him, the more life supply we will receive from Him.
B.     Ultimately, in order to receive the best portion from the Lord, including food for satisfaction and seed to produce something for others (Gen. 47:23), we must hand ourselves, every part of our being, over to Him (Lev. 1:4).
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.
Lev 1:4          And he shall lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it shall be accepted for him, to make expiation for him.
C.     When we pay the highest price by handing over every part of our being to Him, we enjoy the best portion of the enjoyment of Christ.
 
 
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