THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 3-29-15



LESSON TITLE: “JOSEPH.”

WELCOME

GOOD MORNING! LET ME WELCOME EACH OF YOU TO OUR PROGRAM THIS MORNING. IT IS ALWAYS A PRIVILEGE TO HAVE YOU WITH US TO HEAR THE LIVING WORD OF GOD. WE ARE EXCITED THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO GIVE THIS TIME OF SACRIFICE TO OUR GOD. WON’T YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF EVERY OPPORTUNITY THIS MORNING TO GIVE YOUR OWN REVERENCE TO GOD, AS WE TOGETHER OFFER THIS TIME OF WORSHIP TO HIM. MAY ALL THINGS BE DONE, TO GOD, FOR GOD AND UNTO HIS GLORY. LET’S BEGIN OUR OFFERING TO GOD WITH A PRAYER!

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE GREAT BLESSINGS OF LIFE - THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO REALIZE THAT ALL SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS, AS WELL AS ALL PHYSICAL BLESSINGS, ONLY ARE FROM YOU AND ARE BECAUSE OF YOU. FATHER, WE THANK YOU FOR THE GIFT OF JESUS; THE SACRIFICE THAT HE MADE WHICH MAKES ALL THINGS POSSIBLE - THAT THROUGH YOUR GRACE, LOVE, AND MERCY WE MIGHT BE OFFERED, NOT ONLY THE BLESSINGS OF THIS LIFE, BUT THE BLESSINGS OF THE ETERNAL LIFE TO COME. AND FATHER, HELP US THIS DAY TO GIVE YOU OUR VERY BEST AS WE APPROACH YOUR PERFECT THRONE. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

NOW IT’S TIME TO PRAISE OUR GOD THROUGH SONG. SO, WON’T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE SING TOGETHER, “VICTORY IN JESUS.”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

ONE OF OUR GREATEST OPPORTUNITIES AND PRIVILEGES AS CHRISTIANS IS TO SHARE THE MESSAGE OF GOD WITH THE WORLD. THUS, IT IS OUR HOPE AND PRAYER THAT TOGETHER WE ARE ABLE ON A REGULAR BASIS TO CONFIRM THAT GOD HAS CERTAINLY REVEALED TO US HIS TRUTHS WHICH WE CAN KNOW UNTO SALVATION. FURTHERMORE, I HOPE THAT WE ALL ACCEPT THAT WHEN GOD HAS SHOWN US WHAT TO DO, THAT HE REQUIRES THAT WE OBEY HIS PATTERN. THANKS BE TO GOD THAT ALL THESE TEACHINGS ARE CONFIRMED FOR US IN THE BIBLE.

I LOVE THE WAY THAT PAUL PUT IT IN 2 TIMOTHY 1:13, THERE WE READ, “HOLD FAST THE PATTERN OF SOUND WORDS WHICH YOU HAVE HEARD FROM ME, IN FAITH AND LOVE WHICH ARE IN CHRIST JESUS.” HERE WE FIND THAT THIS INSPIRED WRITER CONFIRMS THAT THERE IS A PATTERN WHICH CONFIRMS GOD’S WILL TO MAN AND IT IS BASED ON THE “SOUND WORDS” WHICH COME FROM GOD.

YOU MIGHT ALSO REMEMBER THAT IN ACTS 2:42, WE READ, “AND THEY CONTINUED STEADFASTLY IN THE APOSTLES' DOCTRINE AND FELLOWSHIP, IN THE BREAKING OF BREAD, AND IN PRAYERS.” WHAT WAS THIS “APOSTLES DOCTRINE?” WHERE DID IT COME FROM? THE ANSWER IS GOD!

EVERYTHING THE APOSTLES DID, KNEW AND BELIEVED CAME DIRECTLY FROM GOD THE FATHER THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT. WE KNOW THIS TO BE TRUE BECAUSE HE WAS PROMISED TO THEM BY JESUS HIMSELF. IN JOHN 14:26, JESUS SAID, “BUT THE HELPER, THE HOLY SPIRIT, WHOM THE FATHER WILL SEND IN MY NAME, HE WILL TEACH YOU ALL THINGS, AND BRING TO YOUR REMEMBRANCE ALL THINGS THAT I SAID TO YOU.”

THANKS BE TO GOD THAT HE HAS GIVEN US THE TRUTH IN HIS WORD, WHICH WAS FIRST DELIVERED BY HIS SON, THROUGH THE APOSTLES. TODAY WE CAN KNOW THE TRUTH WHICH MAKES US FREE, JOHN 8:32! WE CAN OBEY THAT WHICH WAS DELIVERED THROUGH CHRIST UNTO ALL MAN! WE CAN ADHERE TO THE PATTERN OF GOD’S DOCTRINES, WHICH ARE REVEALED TO US IN THE GREAT BOOK OR BOOKS! HAVE YOU SUBMITTED TO THE WILL OF GOD? IF NOT, CHOOSE TODAY TO DO GOD’S WILL AND TO ACCEPT NOTHING LESS THAN TO DO THAT WHICH HE HAS COMMANDED OF US! CAN YOU BE SATISFIED WITH WHAT GOD REQUIRES?

AS FAR AS OUR MAIN STUDY OF THE DAY, WE WILL BE CONTINUING OUR STUDY ENTITLED, “SO GREAT A CLOUD OF WITNESSES.” OUR SPECIFIC LESSON OF THE MORNING WILL FOCUS ON THE LIFE OF, “JOSEPH.” SO PLEASE STAY WITH US THIS MORNING AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER, I WILL BE LEADING US IN OUR MAIN THOUGHTS OF THE DAY. BUT FOR NOW LET’S JOIN TOGETHER IN OUR SECOND SONG OF THE MORNING. THE NAME OF THIS HYMN, “WE HAVE HEARD THE JOYFUL SOUND.”

LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS

WE'RE SO GLAD YOU'VE CONTINUED WITH US TODAY NOW AS WE GO TO GOD'S WORD AND CONSIDER ANOTHER LESSON FROM OUR SERIES CONCERNING THE GREAT FAITH OF THOSE THROUGHOUT THE SCRIPTURES. AND AS YOU WELL REMEMBER, THOSE OF YOU WHO VIEW EVERY WEEK, YOU CAN THINK ABOUT THERE IN HEBREWS 12 WHERE WE FOCUSED ABOUT THE IDEA OF THE CLOUD OF WITNESSES THAT HAS GONE BEFORE US AND PROVEN THEMSELVES AS FAITHFUL TO GOD. AND OF COURSE IN HEBREWS CHAPTER 12, IT'S JUST COME RIGHT AFTER THE GREAT FAITH CHAPTER ITSELF OF HEBREWS CHAPTER 11, WHERE WE HAVE LOOKED TOGETHER AT MANY OF THE GREAT MEN OF GOD FROM THE CREATION ITSELF FROM THOSE WHO WERE FIRSTBORN ONTO THE EARTH, SUCH AS ABEL. WE'VE LOOKED AT MEN WHO HAVE NEVER DIED OR HAD TO SUFFER PHYSICAL DEATH - LIKE ENOCH BECAUSE OF HIS FAITH OR HIS WILLINGNESS TO WALK WITH GOD. FAMILIAR CHARACTERS LIKE NOAH AND MOSES. AND WE ALSO HAVE LOOKED AT, SINCE THE PROMISE OF GOD WAS GIVEN TO ABRAHAM, WHAT WE OFTEN REFER TO AS THE GREAT PATRIARCHS - SUCH AS ABRAHAM, ISAAC, AND JACOB - AFTER GOD HAD FINALLY CHOSEN HIS PEOPLE AND SET IN MOTION THAT GREAT PROMISE OF THE SEED THAT CERTAINLY SOMEDAY WOULD BLESS ALL NATIONS OF THE EARTH.

AND SO THAT BRINGS US TO OUR DISCUSSION OF THE DAY AS WE ACTUALLY TALK ABOUT ONE OF THE SONS OF THE MAN JACOB. OF COURSE JACOB, AS WE TALKED ABOUT LAST WEEK, WAS ISRAEL OR RENAMED BY GOD ISRAEL. AND IT IS JACOB WHO WAS THE FATHER OF THE 12 SONS, WHICH EVENTUALLY BECAME THE 12 TRIBES OF THE NATION OF ISRAEL. AND YOU AND I KNOW THAT THE NATION OF ISRAEL WAS THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL THEMSELVES. AS SO AMONGST THOSE CHILDREN, CERTAINLY WE FIND THOSE WHO STAND OUT. WE FIND THOSE WHO HAD THEIR PROBLEMS AND HAD THEIR ISSUES BUT EVENTUALLY IT WAS THE SON OF JACOB - JUDAH - WHO WAS GIVEN THAT OPPORTUNITY TO CARRY ON THE BLOODLINE OR THE PROMISE THAT GOD WOULD CERTAINLY EVENTUALLY BLESS ALL NATIONS THROUGH. BUT IT'S NOT JUDAH WHO IS MENTIONED HERE IN THE GREAT FAITH CHAPTER. ALTHOUGH JUDAH SEEMED TO HAVE BEEN A MAN WHO AT LEAST WAS HONORABLE WHEN CAUGHT AND WHEN HE WAS ADDRESSED WITH THINGS THAT HE HAD MADE MISTAKES IN AND EVENTUALLY CHOSEN BY HIS FATHER, AS WELL AS GOD, TO CARRY ON THE PROMISE. WE SEE IT WAS HERE SOMEONE ELSE THAT WAS MENTIONED - AND AN INTERESTING CHARACTER BECAUSE, HE AGAIN, IS A VERY FAMILIAR CHARACTER FIRST MENTIONED IN VERSE 21 OF HEBREWS 11. AND THE BIBLE SAYS, “BY FAITH JACOB, WHEN HE WAS DYING, BLESSED EACH OF THE SONS OF JOSEPH, AND WORSHIPED, LEANING ON THE TOP OF HIS STAFF.”

THE FIRST THING WE SEE THERE IS SOMETHING THAT TOOK PLACE AROUND GENESIS 48, WHEN IT WAS THERE THAT HE FINALLY BLESSES THE SONS OF JOSEPH. AND IT'S SIGNIFICANT BECAUSE WHAT THAT BLESSING WAS ALL ABOUT WAS THE IDEA THAT THEY WOULD RECEIVE THE PROMISED POSSESSION IN THE STEAD OF THEIR FATHER. AND THE FACT THAT JOSEPH HAD BECOME SECOND-IN-COMMAND OF EGYPT AND NOW WAS IN MANY WAYS CONSIDERED AN EGYPTIAN AND BASICALLY A RULER OF EGYPT. IT WAS RATHER THE SON OF JOSEPH AND THE SONS OF JOSEPH THERE, EPHRAIM AND MANNESAH, WHO WERE GOING TO BE CHOSEN AND TAKEN TO EVENTUALLY HAVE POSSESSIONS IN THE PROMISED LAND. AND SO IF YOU GO AND LOOK AT THE TRIBES THAT ARE REPRESENTED IN THE LAND OF CANAAN, AS WELL AS THOSE ON THE EASTERN SIDE, RATHER THAN JOSEPH IT'S EPHRAIM AND MANNESAH WHO ACTUALLY HOLD LAND POSSESSIONS WITHIN THAT PROMISE THAT GOD GAVE THEM OF THE GREAT LAND OF CANAAN. AND SO THAT'S THE FIRST THING THAT HE ADDRESSES HERE - THAT HE GIVES THEM THAT PROMISE. HE GIVES THEM THAT ABILITY TO KNOW WHAT IT IS THAT GOD WOULD DO FOR THEM IN JOSEPH'S STEAD BECAUSE OF HIS FAITHFULNESS.

BUT THEN WE ALSO SEE MENTIONED IN THE NEXT VERSE 22 THAT, “BY FAITH JOSEPH, WHEN HE WAS DYING, MADE MENTION OF THE DEPARTURE OF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL, AND GAVE INSTRUCTIONS CONCERNING HIS BONES.” AND NOW WHAT WE'LL DO IS WE'LL ACTUALLY GO BACK TO THE BOOK OF GENESIS AND WE'LL LOOK FIRST OF ALL AT THIS IDEA THAT IS BEING ADDRESSED THERE. BUT THEN I WANT TO DROP BACK WITH YOU EARLIER IN THE BOOK OF GENESIS AND FIND OUT WHAT JUST REALLY SEEMED TO MAKE JOSEPH SUCH A SIGNIFICANT BIBLE CHARACTER AND WHAT MADE HIM SO PRECIOUS TO GOD. WELL, WE'RE GOING TO BEGIN AS I SAID THERE IN THE LAST BOOK OF GENESIS - GENESIS CHAPTER 50 - THE LAST ADDRESSED IN THAT CHAPTER. AND AS WE NOTICE THERE, JOSEPH AFTER HAVING DWELT IN THE LAND OF EGYPT, WAS NEAR DEATH. AND NOTICE WHAT HE SAYS THERE BEGINNING IN VERSE 24, HE SAID – “AND JOSEPH SAID TO HIS BRETHREN, ‘I AM DYING; BUT GOD WILL SURELY VISIT YOU, AND BRING YOU OUT OF THIS LAND TO THE LAND OF WHICH HE SWORE TO ABRAHAM, ISAAC, AND JACOB.’ THEN JOSEPH TOOK AN OATH FROM THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL, SAYING, ‘GOD WILL SURELY VISIT YOU, AND YOU SHALL CARRY UP MY BONES FROM HERE.’” AND THEN IT SAYS JOSEPH DIED.

NOW WHY IS IT THAT IT SAYS - OF ALL THE THINGS THAT TOOK PLACE IN JOSEPH'S LIFE, THAT SHOWED HIS GREAT FAITH, WHY OF ALL THE THINGS WOULD IT MENTIONED HERE THE VERY LAST THING, THE VERY LAST THING THAT WAS SAID UPON HIS DEATH. THAT SOMEDAY THEY SHOULD CARRY HIS BONES TO THE PROMISED LAND WITH THEM AS THEY LEAVE EGYPT? BECAUSE OF THE FAITH OF JOSEPH. THE FAITH OF JOSEPH AND THE FACT, DID YOU NOTICE WHAT HE SAID THERE IN VERSE 24? HE SAID GOD WILL SURELY VISIT YOU. NO QUESTION. JOSEPH'S TALKING ABOUT SOMETHING IN A PROPHETIC SINCE THAT WAS GOING TO TAKE PLACE HUNDREDS OF YEARS. IN FACT, OVER 400 YEARS LATER BEFORE GOD WOULD DELIVER THEM OUT OF THE LAND OF EGYPT WHEN THEY EVENTUALLY WERE BROUGHT OUT OF BONDAGE AND HE WOULD BEGIN TAKING THEM TOWARD THE LAND OF CANAAN. 400 YEARS LATER - AND WHAT DOES JOSEPH SAY? WELL, I HOPE SOMEDAY GOD DELIVERS YOU OR SOMEDAY GOD MIGHT DELIVER YOU. HE SAID SURELY GOD WILL VISIT YOU SOMEDAY AND TAKE YOU FROM THIS LAND TO THE LAND HE PROMISED TO ABRAHAM, ISAAC, AND JACOB. AND ON THAT DAY - WHEN IT HAPPENS - YOU CARRY MY BONES.

OH, WHAT GREAT FAITH! WHAT AN EXCITING FAITH BECAUSE JOSEPH WAS WILLING TO BELIEVE IN THINGS THAT HE HIMSELF WAS NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO EXPERIENCE IN THIS LIFE. AND HE WAS WILLING TO BELIEVE IN THINGS THAT WERE PROMISED CONCERNING THAT WHICH WOULD TAKE PLACE HUNDREDS OF YEARS IN THE FUTURE. DO WE HAVE THAT KIND OF FAITH? I HOPE SO. DO WE HAVE THAT KIND OF FAITH IN THE PROMISES AND BLESSINGS OF GOD AS WE'RE ON THIS EARTH? THE REWARDS, THE CARE, THE PROTECTION? DO WE HAVE THAT FAITH IN THE CONCEPT OF HEAVEN AND THE FACT THAT WHEN WE LEAVE THIS LIFE THAT GOD IS GOING TO BLESS US AND CARE FOR US. I HOPE THAT WE DO.

BUT LET'S LOOK A LITTLE BIT MORE AT THE STORY OF JOSEPH, GOING BACK ALL THE WAY TO GENESIS CHAPTER 30, IS WHEN WE FIRST SEE JOSEPH BEING BORN AFTER KIND OF A ROCKY PROBLEM WITH LEAH, THE SISTER OF RACHEL. AND CERTAINLY BOTH WERE THE WIVES OF JACOB. BUT YOU MIGHT RECALL WITH ME THAT RACHEL WAS THE WIFE THAT HE LOVED BUT SHE WAS BARREN. AND SO LEAH HAS FOUR SONS OF HER WOMB. AND RACHEL IS UNABLE TO HAVE A CHILD SO SHE EVENTUALLY, AS WE KNOW THE STORY, GIVES HER HANDMAID TO JACOB THAT SHE MIGHT BEAR CHILDREN THROUGH THE HANDMAID. AND SHE EVENTUALLY HAS SOME, THAT IS THE HANDMAID, FOR THE NAME OR IN THE STEAD OF RACHEL - THE BELOVED WIFE. BUT EVENTUALLY AROUND THAT SAME TEXT IN VERSE 22 IT SAYS, THAT GOD REMEMBERED RACHEL - IN CHAPTER 30:22. AND HE REMEMBERED AND SHE BORE A CHILD AND THE NAME OF THE CHILD - VERSE 24 - WAS JOSEPH. SO JOSEPH WAS BROUGHT INTO THE WORLD AND HE WAS SPECIAL TO HIS FATHER.

IN FACT, WE CAN GO OVER SEVERAL CHAPTERS AND WE CAN LOOK TOGETHER WHERE FINALLY IN CHAPTER 37 WE LEARN THAT JOSEPH WAS A SON THAT WAS LOVED BY HIS FATHER OVER ALL THE OTHER SONS. OF COURSE, BY CHAPTER 37 RACHEL HAS ALREADY DIED IN THE BIRTH OF BENJAMIN. BUT BY CHAPTER 37, JOSEPH IS SAID THERE TO BE 17 YEARS OLD. AND HE'S VERY CLOSE TO HIS FATHER AND EVIDENTLY HE SEES HIS BROTHERS NOT DOING THE WORK THAT THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO DO AS SHEPHERDS AND HE BRINGS A BAD REPORT OF HIS BROTHERS TO HIS FATHER. AND YOU KNOW WHAT? HIS BROTHERS BEGAN TO HATE HIM. AND WE KNOW THE STORY - HOW THEY HATE HIM TO THE POINT THAT THEY EVENTUALLY LISTEN TO DREAMS AND THEY'RE ANGERED EVEN MORE BECAUSE THE DREAMS SAY THAT SOMEDAY THEY WOULD BOW DOWN AND SERVE HIM. AND EVENTUALLY THEY ARE SO ANGRY THAT THEY TAKE THE BROTHER, IN VERSE 12 OF CHAPTER 37, WHEN HE IS ARRIVED ONCE AGAIN AT THE WORD OF THE FATHER TO CHECK UP ON HIS BROTHERS AND THEY SEIZE HIM AND THEY THROW HIM IN A PIT AND THEY SELL HIM TO TRADERS, THAT HE MIGHT BE TAKEN IN TO EGYPT AND SOLD EVENTUALLY AS A SLAVE. WELL, WE WON'T TAKE A LOT OF TIME TO GET INTO THAT STORY BECAUSE REALLY IT DOESN'T SHOW NECESSARILY THE SPECIFIC FAITH OF JOSEPH, ALTHOUGH WE DON'T SEE THAT HE HAS LOST HIS FAITH THROUGHOUT THAT STORY.

BUT THEN IN CHAPTER 39 IS WHERE WE REALLY FIND JOSEPH ARRIVING IN EGYPT. AND IN CHAPTER 39 WHEN HE IS THERE IN EGYPT, WE RECALL AS WELL, FROM THE FAMILIAR STORY THAT POTIPHAR IS A MAN THERE - A CAPTAIN OF THE GUARD OF THE EGYPTIANS OF PHARAOH HIMSELF - WHO PURCHASES JOSEPH AS A YOUNG, PROBABLY STRONG, VERY ATTRACTIVE, HANDSOME YOUNG MAN, TO BE A SLAVE. AND HE EVIDENTLY IS OF MAYBE PRESENTATION. NOT ONLY BECAUSE OF WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS THAT HE'S PRESENTABLE, BUT BECAUSE HE ACTUALLY BRINGS JOSEPH INTO HIS HOUSE. AND HE QUICKLY LEARNS SOMETHING ABOUT JOSEPH - HE QUICKLY LEARNS, NOT ONLY IS HE SOMEONE WHO IS TRUSTWORTHY, BUT HE QUICKLY LEARNS THAT HE IS SOMEONE WHO EVIDENTLY IS BLESSED BY GOD - OR PROBABLY IN THE MIND OF POTIPHAR - THE GODS. BECAUSE POTIPHAR WOULD HAVE BELIEVED MOST LIKELY IN MANY EGYPTIAN GODS.

BUT I WANT YOU NOTICE WITHIN THE SIN THAT FIRST COMES UP IN THE LIFE OF JOSEPH. NOW, REMEMBER BY ALL THIS TIME, HE HAS BEEN TAKEN INTO EGYPT, HE'S BEEN SOLD INTO SLAVERY. YOU AND I PROBABLY WOULD BLAME GOD AND SAY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU ALLOWED ME - A FAITHFUL SERVANT WHO LOVES YOU - WHY HAVE YOU ALLOWED ME TO BECOME A SLAVE? WHY HAVE YOU ALLOWED ME TO BE THROWN INTO PRISON? WHY HAVE YOU ALLOWED THIS? WHY HAVE YOU ALLOWED THAT? YOU SEE, THAT'S WHAT HE MIGHT HAVE SAID THROUGHOUT THE STORY. BUT WHAT DID HE RATHER DO? HE REMEMBERS HIS GOD. HE STAYS COMMITTED TO HIS GOD. AND HIS GOD CONTINUES TO BLESS HIM. WHEN POTIPHAR'S WIFE CAME TO HIM AND WANTED TO LIE WITH HIM AND TO COMMIT SIN WITH HIM. DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT IT WAS THAT JOSEPH SAYS IN CHAPTER 39 IN VERSE 9? HERE'S THE STATEMENT - HE SAYS, “THERE'S NO ONE GREATER IN THE HOUSE THAN I, NOR HAS HE (POTIPHAR) KEPT BACK ANYTHING FROM ME BUT YOU, BECAUSE YOU ARE HIS WIFE.” AND THEN HE SAYS, “HOW THEN CAN I DO THIS GREAT WICKEDNESS AND SIN AGAINST GOD?” AGAINST GOD, WHO WAS IN THE MIND OF JOSEPH? GOD. WHO WAS JOSEPH DESIROUS OF PLEASING? WELL, HE CERTAINLY WANTED TO PLEASE HIS MASTER POTIPHAR, AND HE HAD. BUT HE WANTED TO PLEASE GOD. AND HE SAYS I CANNOT SIN AGAINST GOD BECAUSE GOD HAS GIVEN ME THE PLACE THAT I AM NOW.

WELL, WE KNOW AGAIN HOW THE STORY TURNS OUT AND EVENTUALLY SHE ACCUSES HIM OF PERHAPS RAPE OR COMING ON TO HIM IN SOME WAY IN WHICH WAS IMPROPER. AND SO POTIPHAR TAKES HIM AND THROWS HIM IN PRISON. AND SO NOW AGAIN, JOPSEPH MIGHT HAVE SAID - GOD, WHY HAVE YOU ALLOWED THIS TO HAPPEN TO ME? THINGS WERE GOING SO GOOD AND NOW LOOK WHAT YOU'VE ALLOWED. BUT HE DOESN'T DO THAT. EVEN IN PRISON IMMEDIATELY HE RISES VERY QUICKLY IN THE RANKS OF PRISONERS AND HE BECOMES ACTUALLY, UNDER THE KEEPER OF THE PRISON, AND IS CARING FOR THE OTHER PRISONERS. AND AS HE'S CARING FOR THESE OTHER PRISONERS, THERE IS A BUTLER AND A BAKER WHO HAVE A DREAM. AND YOU MIGHT RECALL WITH ME THAT THE DREAMS ARE SIGNIFICANT BECAUSE ONE MEANS THAT THE BUTLER WOULD BE RESTORED TO HIS WORK WITH PHARAOH AND THE OTHER MEANS THE BAKER WOULD BE KILLED OR WOULD DIE BECAUSE OF HIS TRANSGRESSION. WELL, DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT IT WAS THAT JOSEPH TOLD THEM IN CHAPTER 40 OF GENESIS IN VERSE 8? HE TELLS THEM THERE - DO NOT THE INTERPRETATIONS BELONG TO GOD? WHEN THEY'RE WONDERING WHAT THESE DREAMS MEAN AND THEY'RE FRANTIC TO KNOW WHAT THIS IS TELLING THEM, JOSEPH SAYS I CAN HELP YOU BECAUSE OF GOD. GOD HAS THE ABILITY. GOD HAS THE POWER.

AND THEN WE ACTUALLY GO OVER AND LATER KNOW, ALTHOUGH SOME MORE YEARS GO BY, BECAUSE THE BUTLER DOESN'T REMEMBER JOSEPH IMMEDIATELY BUT EVENTUALLY PHARAOH HAS SOME DREAMS. AND THROUGH GOD'S PROVIDENCE, THE BUTLER THERE REMEMBERS WHEN NO ONE ELSE CAN TELL THE PHARAOH WHAT HIS DREAM MEANS, HE REMEMBERS JOSEPH IN PRISON. AND SO EVENTUALLY HE IS BROUGHT THERE BEFORE THE PHARAOH. AND WHEN HE COMES BEFORE PHARAOH, GUESS WHAT IT IS THAT HE TELLS PHARAOH THAT HE CAN DO? TELL HIM THE DREAM - BUT HOW CAN HE TELL HIM THE DREAM? ONCE AGAIN, THE CONFIRMATION IS MADE - GOD IS THE INTERPRETER OF DREAMS. GOD IS THE ONE WHO IS ABLE TO HELP, TO HELP ALL THINGS BE KNOWN ACCORDING TO HIS PERFECT WILL.

NOW, ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING PARTS OF WHAT IS BEING SAID HERE IS FINALLY THE REACTION TO PHARAOH AFTER HE BELIEVES THE DREAM THAT GOD HELPS JOSEPH TO INTERPRET FOR HIS SAKE. LOOK THERE IN CHAPTER 41 AND VERSE 37 - PHARAOH SAYS BOY, HE'S GIVEN US GOOD ADVICE. AND THEN IN VERSE 38 IT SAYS, “AND PHARAOH SAID TO HIS SERVANTS, ‘CAN WE FIND SUCH A ONE AS THIS, A MAN IN WHOM THE SPIRIT OF GOD?” AND THEN PHARAOH SAID TO JOSEPH, “INASMUCH AS GOD HAS SHOWN YOU ALL OF THIS, THERE IS NO ONE AS DISCERNING OR AS WISE AS YOU.” WHO DID PHARAOH GIVE THE CREDIT TO? THE SAME PLACE THAT JOSEPH KEPT OPENING UP HIS MOUTH AND GIVING THE CREDIT TO - GOD ALMIGHTY. WHAT FAITH!

YOU SEE, THE QUESTION MIGHT BE: DO WE HAVE THAT KIND OF FAITH? OR DO WE SOMETIMES, LIKE THE THE ARROGANT PRIDE, DO WE LIKE TO BE THE ONES WHO SAY - OH WELL, WE DID IT OR WE HAVE THE ABILITY. ARE WE LIKE JOSEPH? DO WE HAVE A FAITH THAT SAYS IT'S ONLY BECAUSE OF GOD. WITHOUT THAT...GOD'S THE INTERPRETER. GOD'S THE GIVER OF TALENTS. GOD'S THE GIVER OF BLESSINGS. SO MUCH SO, THAT NOT ONLY WE BUT THE WORLD SEES GOD AND KNOWS GOD THROUGH US. YOU SEE, I THINK THAT'S THE GREATEST LESSON THAT WE CAN LEARN FROM JOSEPH. A LESSON THAT SAYS WE HAVE FAITH TO ALWAYS GIVE GOD THE CREDIT AND TO DO HIS WILL IN ALL THINGS. ARE YOU ONE WHO ALWAYS GIVES GOD THE CREDIT? ARE YOU ONE WHO ALWAYS DOES HIS PERFECT WILL? IF NOT, REPENT. BUT IF SO, PRAISE BE TO A WONDROUS AND LOVING GOD.

CLOSING COMMENTS

LET ME THANK YOU AGAIN FOR CHOOSING TO BE WITH US TODAY, IN THIS OFFERING TO GOD. I HOPE OUR TIME TOGETHER HAS BEEN AN ENCOURAGEMENT AND BLESSING TO ALL OF US. WE INVITE YOU BACK EVERY SUNDAY MORNING AT 7:30, AS WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO THIS WORSHIP TO GOD!

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HOW WONDERFUL IT IS TO LEARN THE GREAT LESSONS OF GOD FROM THE LIVES OF THOSE WHO HAVE LIVED FAITHFUL BEFORE. MAY WE ALWAYS BE THANKFUL FOR GOD’S GOOD SERVANTS LIKE JOSEPH, WHO SHOW US WHAT GOD WANTS AND HOW TO BE FOUND PLEASING IN HIS SIGHT. ARE YOU A FAITHFUL SERVANT OF GOD TODAY?