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Josephs Prophecy Part 1

And they said unto him, We have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it. And Joseph said unto them, Do not interpretations belong to God? tell me them, I pray you. Genesis 40:8

Joseph is now in prison, falsely accused. While in prison he meets a baker and a butler (cupbearer) each man had a dream (vision) but they didn’t know how to interpret it. Joseph told them that only God can interpret these dreams, so they explained what they saw and he prayed to God to reveal the meaning of their visions

God revealed to Joseph that the butler would be restored to his position in 3 days , however the baker would be hanged. Joseph asked the butler to remember him when he’s released and put in a good word for him to the Pharaoh

Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him. Genesis 40:23

Well everything went exactly how God predicted it would, however when the butler was restored back to his position, he never mentioned or remembered Joseph. While it may seem that this was another failure or setback for Joseph, we are going to see in the next Chapter God will use this moment to exalt Joseph again

Lesson learned here, even when your doing the will of God, don’t always expect instant results or vindication. Amen!

Joseph A Foreshadow of Christ Part 2

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

We continue to look at the life of Joseph and how he was a foreshadow of Christ to come. Joseph went from being a slave to being the ruler over Egypt. Much like Christ, who went from being the Suffering Servant to being the King of Kings. Here we see because of God, Joseph had found favor in the eyes of the ruler of Egypt

There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God? Genesis 39:9

And although God blessed Joseph with many things including prosperity, he didn’t lose his integrity with God. Potiphar, who was Josephs master, had a wife who tried to seduce Joseph into sleeping with her. But Joseph refused to do this because he didn’t want to sin against God

Much like how Jesus was tempted in the wilderness by Satan, Jesus even though he was in human form, never sinned and never gave into temptation (Matthew 4)

And Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison. But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison. Genesis 39:20-21

When Joseph refused to sleep with the woman, she falsely accused him of trying to sexually assault her. Her husband immediately had Joseph thrown into prison.  Just as Joseph was falsely accused and sentenced so was Jesus who never sinned, yet was killed for false accusations

But even in prison Joseph prospered because God was with him and showed favor towards him. Just as God raised Jesus from the dead and seated him as his right hand with all power and authority Amen!

  1. Became a Servant (Genesis 39:1-2, 1 Corinthians 15:4)
  2. Everything they did prospered (Genesis 39:3, Isaiah 53:10)
  3. Resisted Temptation (Genesis 39:7-12, Matthew 4)
  4. Falsely Accused (Genesis 39:17-18, Matthew 26:60)
  5. Numbered with the transgressors (Genesis 39:20, Luke 23:33)

Joseph A Foreshadow of Christ Part 1

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

Joseph was a foreshadow of Christ to come, we will see the comparisons are we go throughout the story. Jacob (Israel) loved Joseph more than his other sons, we have seen the wickedness displayed by his other sons previously, so its not surprise why. Joseph was a good man and had the gift of prophecy. However his brothers would conspire to kill him because they were jealous of him, sound familiar?

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

Joseph had visions/prophecies which he revealed to his brothers, that one day they would all be worshipping him. Of course this didn’t go over well with his brothers, who already didn’t like him. However this is the vision God had given him and we’ll see it eventually does come true

And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him. Genesis 37:18

Josephs brothers have found an opportunity to once and for all get rid of Joseph. They conspired together to kill him. This shows you the wickedness of their hearts. But their brother Reuben convinced them not to kill Joseph (Genesis 37:21) Judah decided it would be better if they sold Joseph into slavery instead of killing him (Genesis 37:27) and they all agreed and sold him to the Ishmaelites, which are descendants of Ishmael

However to convince their father that Joseph Is dead, they took his coat of many colors and covered it in animal blood (Genesis 37:31)

And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days. Genesis 37:34

Jacob mourned for many days for his son Joseph, who he believed to be dead. It says he was so upset he refused to be comforted by anyone. Here are the foreshadows between Joseph and Christ

  1. The Father loved his Son more than all (Genesis 37:3, Matthew 3:17
  2. He was hated and envied without a cause (Genesis 37:4, Mark 15:10)
  3. He fortold he would one day rule (Genesis 37:7, Matthew 26:64)
  4. They conspired against him to kill him (Genesis 37:18, Luke 19:14)
  5. They stripped him of all he owned (Genesis 37:23, Matthew 27:28)
  6. They cast him into the pit (Genesis 37:24, Matthew 12:40)
  7. He was sold for money (Genesis 37:28, Matthew 12:40)
  8. He was raised from the pit (Genesis 37:28, Matthew 26:15)

 

Jacobs New Name

And God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there: and make there an altar unto God, that appeared unto thee when thou fleddest from the face of Esau thy brother. Genesis 35:1

This Chapter begins with God calling Jacob to go back to the place, Bethel, where he delivered Jacob in his distress. Remember when Jacob fled from Esau along the way he met God face to face (Jesus) the story known as “Jacobs Ladder”

Jacob commanded everyone in his family to get rid of any pagan idols and purify themselves, to come and worship God. When they answered the call of God, terror fell on the cities around them (Genesis 35:5) Remember last Chapter , because Jacobs sons killed all the Hivite men for the revenge of their sister, they became “marked men” for the other tribes. However God is protecting them because of their faithfulness

And he built there an altar, and called the place Elbethel: because there God appeared unto him, when he fled from the face of his brother. Genesis 35:7

Notice the scripture reaffirms God revealed himself to Jacob. How can God be in human form? It was Jesus Christ who revealed himself to Jacob. And Jacob built an altar at this location to worship God, this place is now called Bethel

And God said unto him, Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name: and he called his name Israel. And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins;Genesis 35:10-11

God changes Jacobs name to Israel, which means “Wrestle with God” remember the story Jacob wrestled with God one day (Christ) and he blessed him. This is the beginning of the nation of Israel. Notice God says “A nation will come from you” that nation is Israel

And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem. Genesis 35:19

Along the way, Rachel gives birth to Jacobs 12th son , Benjamin, and she dies during child birth. Now the location of her burial is the interesting part, she died at Bethlehem Ephrath, which would be the same location where Christ is born

And Isaac gave up the ghost, and died, and was gathered unto his people, being old and full of days: and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him. Genesis 35:29

The Chapter ends with the death of Isaac, Jacob and Esau bury him. And its now time for the nation of Israel to be fruitful and multiply as God has prophesied and commanded

Revenge For Dinah

And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her. Genesis 34:2

Now as the nation of Israel was beginning to form through Jacob (Israel) and his family, trouble has already started. A man named Shechem, who was a Hivite, now the Hivites lived in the land of Caanan where Israel was going to be formed. Hivites were descendants of Ham who was a son of Noah

Shechem raped Dinah who is the daughter of Jacob. This is obviously going to create great strife between the groups of people. However Shechem convinces his father Hamor to try and convince Jacob to let him marry his daughter. This will prove to be a fatal mistake by the Hivites

And the sons of Jacob answered Shechem and Hamor his father deceitfully, and said, because he had defiled Dinah their sister: Genesis 34:13

Jacobs sons were deceitfully going to setup a deal with the Hivites to get revenge on them for what Shechem has done. They told them if all of the males become circumcised, they will make an agreement with them to merge together. Shechem was so eager to have Dinah for his wife, he convinced his father Hamor to agree to the deal

And it came to pass on the third day, when they were sore, that two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brethren, took each man his sword, and came upon the city boldly, and slew all the males. Genesis 34:25

It says that every male of the Hivites agreed to the deal and became circumcised. However Jacobs sons were looking for revenge. And while the men were all recovering from their circumcision, the brothers of Dinah came in and killed them all by their own sword

And Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, Ye have troubled me to make me to stink among the inhabitants of the land, among the Canaanites and the Perizzites: and I being few in number, they shall gather themselves together against me, and slay me; and I shall be destroyed, I and my house. Genesis 34:30

Jacob was very troubled by the whole sequence of events. He now knows his family are now going to be targets by other tribes living in the land of Canaan once they hear what they have done. And so it begins as Jacob and his family go on to claim the Promise Land that was foretold by God to Abraham

Brotherly Love

And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept. Genesis 33:4

Well its been 14 years since Jacob had seen Esau, and last time they saw each other Esau wanted Jacob dead. But its not all on Esau, Jacob deceived his father from giving his brother the blessing. But Esau out of recklessness sold his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of stew. So both brothers are at fault here and made mistakes

We can learn from this in our own relationships. Are we feuding with family members , friends, or coworkers? Often times when we examine the situation everyone is at fault. Sometimes it takes one person to be the bigger person and propose peace

Well as it says “Time heals all wounds”, Esau and Jacob forgot about the past and were excited to see one another again. They both met new family members they didn’t know existed. Jacob was so happy this rivalry was resolved he said it was as if “he saw the face of God” (Genesis 33:10)

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Romans 12:10

The brotherly love demonstrated between Jacob and Esau was pleasant to see and I’m sure it pleased God. Jesus taught us to love one another as he has loved us (John 13:34) This is a great message not only for families but also the Church

Let “Brotherly” Love continue between us all in Jesus name Amen!

Wrestling With God

And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him. Genesis 32:1

This is a very interesting Chapter and it starts out with a bang. Jacob and his family have now just split from his father in Law Laban and they are headed back to Canaan , his homeland. The only problem is he would be running into his brother Esau on his journey home. If we remember Jacob stole Esau’s birthright from their father, and last Jacob knew Esau declared to kill him

So notice God sent a group of Angels (Messengers of Elohim) to comfort and strengthen Jacob. Remember after Jesus struggle in the wilderness with Satan was over, Angels were sent to comfort him also.  Angels are all around us and God will send them to you in times of trouble! (Psalm 91:11)

Jacob though about fleeing as he found out Esau was on his way to meet Jacob. However Jacob remembered Gods promise that he will make him prosper (Genesis 32:9) However Jacob sent away his family to hide and was alone with God (Genesis 32:21)

And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day Genesis 32:24

Jacob describes a man wrestled with him until daybreak. Now this is important to understand, because later Jacob states “I have seen God face to face and yet my life was spared” (Genesis 32:30) How can Jacob have seen God yet wrestled with a man?  Jacob was wrestling with Jesus Christ himself

And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed. Genesis 32:28

Jesus changed Jacobs name to Israel because he struggled with God. This is the beginning of the birth of the nation of Israel. Are you wrestling with God today? Don’t give up, keep seeking, keep knocking, and he will bless you Amen!

Jacob Returns Home

And the LORD said unto Jacob, Return unto the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee. Genesis 31:3

The time has come for Jacob to return to his homeland with his entire family. God commanded Jacob to return, but this was going to cause strife with his father in law Laban. Jacob was afraid to tell Laban they were leaving, in fear that he would take his daughters (Leah and Rachel) back.

And Laban went to shear his sheep: and Rachel had stolen the images that were her father’s. Genesis 31:19

Now before they left, Rachel did something strange, she stole idols/images from her Father. Why did she do this? Maybe sentimental value? Maybe to sell them? However we see that Laban was a pagan. He was worshipping false gods. This is important to remember, that Abraham was raised a pagan. Then one day the true Living God called him out and to be set apart from the world

This is the same for us, when we get saved God is calling us out from this world of idols to be set apart body of believers

And God came to Laban the Syrian in a dream by night, and said unto him, Take heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad. Genesis 31:24

Once Laban realized Jacob and his family had left, he pursued after them. But God came to him in a dream and told him not to say anything good or bad. What does this mean? We’ll find out later in the story

It is in the power of my hand to do you hurt: but the God of your father spake unto me yesternight, saying, Take thou heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad. Genesis 31:29

Laban was seeking to get revenge on Jacob, however he remembered that warning God gave him about Jacob. Laban listened to Gods warning and eventually made a peace treaty with Jacob

Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely thou hadst sent me away now empty. God hath seen mine affliction and the labour of my hands, and rebuked thee yesternight. Genesis 31:42

Jacob affirms the only reason Laban hasn’t killed him is because God is watching over him. Then Laban and Jacob made a covenant and they went peacefully on their way headed to Canaan

This will be the beginning of the nation of Israel

Desperate Housewives

And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die. Genesis 30:1

Chapter 30 is completely full of drama and more drama. As stated before, God never ordained polygamy. As God said the covenant of marriage is between one man and one woman (Genesis 2:24) Anytime we see polygamy practiced in the Bible it’s a complete train wreck and this is not different

Leah and Rachel have a rivalry between each other because they are both married to Jacob. Leah so far had 4 sons while Rachel has not being able to conceive. This has caused great hardship for Rachel even though she was the favorite of Jacob

And she said, Behold my maid Bilhah, go in unto her; and she shall bear upon my knees, that I may also have children by her. Genesis 30:3

So the dysfunctional family gets even more dysfunctional as Rachel gives up trying to conceive and tells Jacob to marry her servant Bilhah and have children with her. Bilhah ends up having 2 sons with Jacob, Dan and Nephatali

When Leah saw that she had left bearing, she took Zilpah her maid, and gave her Jacob to wife. Genesis 30:9

By this time Leah stopped having children,  being jealous of Rachel, she told Jacob to take her servant Zilpah as his wife also. She had two more sons for Jacob names Gad and Asher

And God hearkened unto Leah, and she conceived, and bare Jacob the fifth son. And Leah said, God hath given me my hire, because I have given my maiden to my husband: and she called his name Issachar. And Leah conceived again, and bare Jacob the sixth son. And Leah said, God hath endued me with a good dowry; now will my husband dwell with me, because I have born him six sons: and she called his name Zebulun. And afterwards she bare a daughter, and called her name Dinah. Genesis 30:17-21

So after all this Leah conceives again 3 times, she has 2 more sons (Issachar, Zebulun) and 1 daughter (Dinah)

And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb. And she conceived, and bare a son; and said, God hath taken away my reproach: And she called his name Joseph; and said, The LORD shall add to me another son. Genesis 30:23-24

Now Rachel finally conceived and this would be Joseph. And as we are going to learn as we go along Joseph becomes an important figure as he is a foreshadow of Christ to come

And it came to pass, when Rachel had born Joseph, that Jacob said unto Laban, Send me away, that I may go unto mine own place, and to my country. Genesis 30:25

So the final event in this very eventful chapter is Jacob then asks his father in law Laban if they can all leave and go back to his home country. So Jacob and his 4 wives and 13 children with all their possessions and animals begin the journey back to Canaan where Jacob grew up

Leah and Rachel

And Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. Leah was tender eyed; but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured Genesis 29:16-17

So now we continue on our journey as Jacob is now looking for a wife. He left the land of Canaan to go back to his homeland and find a suitable wife. Upon his arrival he met Rachel , who was said to be very beautiful and kind. And it was love at first sight, as Jacob was mesmerized by her

However the story is going to take a twist, as Rachel is not the eldest sister. Therefor her father wants the eldest sister, Leah, to get married first. There father made an agreement with Jacob that he could marry Rachel after he worked for him for seven years, however the deceiver got deceived

And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Leah: and he said to Laban, What is this thou hast done unto me? did not I serve with thee for Rachel? wherefore then hast thou beguiled me? Genesis 29:25

I don’t know if Jacob had a little too much wedding wine, but upon the wedding day their father switched them and Jacob actually married Leah instead of Rachel. Once Jacob realized this the next morning, he made another agreement to work 7 more years to finally marry Rachel

Now this obviously is going to create a lot of family drama. However God is going to use this mess to make the nation of Israel.

And when the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren. Genesis 29:31

The truth of the matter is Jacob loved Rachel but not Leah. However Rachel was unable to have children and Leah was very fertile. This turned out to be a blessing from Jacob, as remember the 12 tribes (sons) of Israel are to come from Jacob

God had mercy on Leah and gave her the blessing of children. Now in todays society that might not seem like a blessing, but in this culture having children was the greatest wealth (blessing) you could receive from God

Leah had 4 sons (Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah) Remember the Messiah will come from the tribe of Judah….Leah has blessed this world forever!