(1) Walk Thru The Word for Today:  Gen. 42: 29- 36 (ESV)

(Jacob Thinks He Will Lose 3 Sons Now)   

29When they came to Jacob their father in the land of Canaan, they told him all that had happened to them, saying, 30“The man, the lord of the land, spoke roughly to us and took us to be spies of the land…. 33Then the man, the lord of the land, said to us, ‘By this I shall know that you are honest men: leave one of your brothers with me, and take grain for the famine of your households, and go your way. 34Bring your youngest brother to me. Then I shall know that you are not spies but honest men, and I will deliver your brother to you, and you shall trade in the land.

36And Jacob their father said to them, “You have bereaved me of my children: Joseph is no more, and Simeon is no more, and now you would take Benjamin. All this has come against me.”

(2) Walk Thru The Word for Today:  Gen. 43: 1-8 (ESV)

(Jacob, The Father Must Find A Way To Feed His Family)  (Jacob also Wishes His Fatherhood Was Hidden) 

Gen. 43: 1-7

1Now the famine was severe in the land. 2And when they had eaten the grain that they had brought from Egypt, their father said to them, “Go again, buy us a little food.” 3But Judah said to him, “The man solemnly warned us …’You shall not see my face unless your brother is with you.’ 4If you will send our brother with us, we will go down and buy you food. 5But if you will not send him, we will not go down…6Israel said, “Why did you treat me so badly as to tell the man that you had another brother?”

7They replied, “The man questioned us carefully about ourselves and our kindred, saying, ‘Is your father still alive? Do you have another brother?’ … Could we in any way know that he would say, ‘Bring your brother down’?”

(3) Walk Thru The Word for Today:  Gen. 43: 11- 29 (ESV)

(Jacob Is Bereaved Believing Hes Lost Benjamin with Simeon) 

11Then their father Israel said to them, “If it must be so … 13Take also your brother, and arise, go again to the man. 14May God Almighty grant you mercy before the man, and may he send back your other brother and Benjamin. And as for me, if I am bereaved of my children, I am bereaved.”

15…They … went down to Egypt and stood before Joseph.

16When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the steward of his house, “Bring the men into the house, and slaughter an animal and make ready, for the men are to dine with me at noon.”

26When Joseph came home, .… 27And he inquired … “Is your father well, the old man of whom you spoke? Is he still alive?” 28They said, “Your servant our father is well; he is still alive.” And they bowed their heads and prostrated themselves. 29And he lifted up his eyes and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother’s son, and said, “Is this your youngest brother…? God be gracious to you, my son!”

(4) Walk Thru The Word for Today:  Gen. 43: 31 45:3 (ESV)

(Joseph Reveals Himself To His Brothers)

.31Then he washed his face and …said, “Serve the food.” 32They served him by himself, and them by themselves, and the Egyptians who ate with him by themselves, because the Egyptians could not eat with the Hebrews, for that is an abomination to the Egyptians.

34Portions were taken to them from Joseph’s table… And they drank and were merry with him.

GEN 45: 1- 28

1Then Joseph could not control himself before all those who stood by him. He cried, “Make everyone go out from me.” So no one stayed with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers. 2And he wept aloud, so that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard it. 3And Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?” But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed at his presence.

(5) Gen. 45: 1-11 (ESV)

(Joseph Is Like A Resurrected Son, Who’ll Be Reunited with His Dad) 

4So Joseph said to his brothers, “Come near to me, please.” And they came near. And he said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. 5And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. 6For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are yet five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. 7And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. 8So it was not you who sent me here, but God. He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt. 9Hurry and go up to my father and say to him, ‘Thus says your son Joseph, God has made me lord of all Egypt 10You shall dwell in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children’s children, and your flocks, your herds, and all that you have. 11There I will provide for you, for there are yet five years of famine to come, so that you and your household, and all that you have, do not come to poverty.’

(6) Gen. 45: 12-20 (ESV)

(Joseph, Like Jesus, Is A Resurrected Son, Who Provides for Those Who Follow Him   

12And now your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see, that it is my mouth that speaks to you. 13You must tell my father of all my honor in Egypt, and of all that you have seen. Hurry and bring my father down here.” 14Then he fell upon his brother Benjamin’s neck and wept, and Benjamin wept upon his neck. 15And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them. After that his brothers talked with him.

16When the report was heard in Pharaoh’s house, “Joseph’s brothers have come,” it pleased Pharaoh and his servants. 17And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Say to your brothers, ‘Do this: load your beasts and go back to the land of Canaan, 18and take your father and your households, and come to me, and I will give you the best of the land of Egypt, and you shall eat the fat of the land.’ 19And you, Joseph, are commanded to say, ‘Do this: take wagons from the land of Egypt for your little ones and for your wives, and bring your father, and come. 20Have no concern for your goods, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours.’”

(7) Gen. 45: Gen. 45: 2128 (ESV)

(Jacob Will Be Reunited With His Resurrected Son)  

21The sons of Israel did so: and Joseph gave them wagons, according to the command of Pharaoh, and gave them provisions for the journey. 22To each and all of them he gave a change of clothes, but to Benjamin he gave three hundred shekels of silver and five changes of clothes. 23To his father he sent as follows: ten donkeys loaded with the good things of Egypt, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain, bread, and provision for his father on the journey. 24Then he sent his brothers away, and as they departed, he said to them, “Do not quarrel on the way.”

25So they went up out of Egypt and came to the land of Canaan to their father Jacob. 26And they told him, “Joseph is still alive, and he is ruler over all the land of Egypt.” And his heart became numb, for he did not believe them. 27But when they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said to them, and when he saw the wagons that Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of their father Jacob revived. 28And Israel said, “It is enough; Joseph my son is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.”

(8) (Yellow – Not In Your Notes)

The New Testament explains Gods principles

The Old Testament shows us the processes of how those principles work in our lives!

  • The Old Testament traces a family bloodline to the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • God nurtures that family into a nation, and society that will receive and safeguard His Word.
  • God’s Old Testament Word points to and prepares us for His Messiah!
  • The Old Testament uses the members of that bloodline as the primary examples to demonstrate how God works in the lives of His people then and now.
  • The New Testament shows how Christ fulfills the Old Testament through His redemptive “Born Again” experience, and how God uses the transformed disciples to spread the Gospel and explain God’s principles that transform our lives and civilization!

(9) Message map: Series: #9 Bouncing Back From Betrayal!

Gen. 42: 36 45: 28

  “Jacob The Faithful Father Is Reunited With His Resurrected Son 

  • Jacob Thinks He Will Lose 3 Sons, But His & their Rescue Has Been Planned Before The Foundation of The World.
  • Jacob Thinks He is Sacrificing Benjamin, But He Actually is Releasing Him To What Will Save all of Israel
  • God Does not need Reuben, Nor Judah – Nor Anyone else To sacrifice themselves for Benjamin, because god, our heavenly father Has prepared a Way for us!
  • Rev 12:6 The woman fled into the wilderness to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.
  • Jacob reclaims his resurrected son, joseph & sees his family restored in fellowship & provided with food!
  • Joseph symbolizes Jesus Seated at the right hand of god, our faithful father Genesis 46

(10) Gen. 42: 29- 36 (ESV) Jacob Thinks He Will Lose 3 Sons, But His & their Rescue Has Been Planned Before The Foundation of The World.

All good fathers (mothers parents, caregivers too) are concerned for their children’s well-being

Gen. 42:36 36And Jacob their father said to them, “You have bereaved me of (deprived me, I am resigned to let go of) my children): Joseph is no more, and Simeon is no more, and now you would take Benjamin. All this has come against me.”

14May God almighty grant you mercy before the man, and may he send back your other brother and Benjamin. And as for me, if I am bereaved of my children, I am bereaved.”

Wesley says, “Those that would find mercy with men must seek it of God.”  — meaning we must look to God to work in the hearts of the people around us.  This applies to the workplace, as well as in evangelism, and in our Christian service.  May God grant us mercy to see the fruit of His work through us into the lives of others!

(11) Jacob Thinks He is Sacrificing Benjamin, But He Actually is Releasing Him To What Will Save all of Israel.  

God Does Not Require Rueben Nor Judah to Sacrifice

Gen 43: 4-6 Jacob thinks he is sacrificing Benjamin, but he actually is releasing him to what will save all of Israel.

4If you will send our brother with us, we will go down and buy you food. 5But if you will not send him, we will not go down…

6Israel said, “Why did you treat me so badly as to tell the man that you had another brother?”

Gen 43: 8 communicates God also does not require Rueben nor Judah (nor anyone of us) to Sacrifice ourselves, because His salvation was worked through Christ’s sacrifice, whom Joseph represents!   As Jesus paid the price by living a sinless life, and dying a substitutionary death on the Cross, Joseph having been purchased, lied about and persecuted and imprisoned. Slavery, being persecuted and lied about, and enduring his prison assignment!

Luke 2: 30-31 Simeon says, “30for my eyes have seen your salvation 31that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.”

(12) Famine forces the family into gods 3-Fold plan  

In Gen. 15: 12-16 12As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell on Abram. And behold, dreadful and great darkness fell upon him. 13Then the LORD said to Abram, “Know for certain that your offspring will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and will be servants there, and they will be afflicted for four hundred years. 14But I will bring judgment on the nation that they serve, and afterward they shall come out with great possessions. 15As for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried in a good old age. 16And they shall come back here in the fourth generation, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.”

In Gen. 15: 12-16 God’s 3-Fold Plan is

  • 13Abraham’s offspring will sojourn (be strangers) in a land that is not theirs and will be servants there, and they will be afflicted (enslaved) for 400 years.
  • 14But I will bring judgement on the nation that they serve, and afterward they shall come out with great possessions. 15As for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried in a good old age.
  • 16And they shall come back here in the 4th / fourth generation, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.”

Gen. 43: 1-6 1Now the famine was severe in the land. 2And when they had eaten the grain that they had brought from Egypt, their father said to them, “Go again, buy us a little food.” 3But Judah said to him, “The man solemnly warned us …’You shall not see my face unless your brother is with you.’ – meaning Jacob must be willing to give up his son, Benjamin

(13) Gen. 44: 32-34 In Egypt, Israel will Be Sheltered But Separated

Gen. 44: 30Then Joseph hurried out, for his compassion grew warm for his brother, and he entered his chamber to weep. 1Then he washed his face and came out. And controlling himself he said, “Serve the food.” 32They served Joseph, his brothers and the Egyptians separately for it was an abomination for the Egyptians to eat with Hebrews.

NOTE: You can see the underlying animosity that easily can turn a new king and court against the Israelites.

34Portions were taken to them from Joseph’s table .… And they drank and were merry with him.

Regarding Egyptians considering it an abomination to dine with Hebrews, Rawlinson’s Herodotus informs us (ii. 41), that “male kine, if clean, are used by the Egyptians, but the females they are not allowed to sacrifice, since they are sacred to Isis.” And he adds that “a native of Egypt will not kiss a Greek, use his knife, or his cauldron, or taste the flesh cut with a Greek knife.” They considered all foreigners unclean, and therefore, refused to eat with them.

God is bringing Israel to Egypt where they can be

  • sheltered from the hardship of the famine (while later they will symbolize how we all are captive of sin!)
  • separated from the pagan culture to keep their uniquely Hebrew culture and identity. They’ll be in but no of Egypt/the World:
  • John 17: 15-19 15I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil 16They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19And for their sake I consecrate myself, c that they also may be sanctified in truth.
  • 2Cor 6:17 Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the LORD.
  • Ezra 10:11 Now then make confession to the LORD, the God of your fathers and do his will. Separate yourselves from the peoples of the land and from the foreign wives.”
  • Note “Foreign wives” is a reference to unbelieving, pagan wives. The New Testament principles is in 2Cor. 6:14 – 16 14Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15What accord has Christ with Belial (meaning a demon/Satan)? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? 16What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be My people.”
  • enslaved — as later they will symbolize how we all are captives of sin!
  • Rom 3:23, For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.
  • John 8:34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.

(14) Joseph is Like a Resurrected Savior who Has Won the forgiveness we must embrace by forgiving ourselves.

Joseph is like a Resurrected Savior who Has won the forgiveness we must embrace by forgiving ourselves!

Gen 45: 4-11 4So Joseph said to his brothers, “Come near to me, please.” And they came near. And he said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. 5And now do not be distressed (suffer great pain or torture; severely afflicted; harassed; oppressed with calamity or misfortune) or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. 6For …there are yet five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. 7And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. 8So it was not you who sent me here, but God. He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt. 9Hurry and go up to my father and say to him, ‘

(15) Gen. 45: 12-14 The Brothers Are Sent like Disciples to Tell of the honor the son has received 

  • Gen 45:12And now your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see, that it is my mouth that speaks to you.
  • Jesus addresses the concerns of Doubters, like Thomas, John 20:27 Then he said to Thomas, Put out your finger, and see my hands; and put your hand here into my side: and be no longer in doubt but have belief. …
  • Though we do not see we believe. 1 Pet. 1:8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now,  you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,
  • Gen 45:13 You must tell my father of all my honor in Egypt, and of all that you have seen. Hurry and bring my father down here.”
  • Joseph represents John 5:23 that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him &
  • 2 Pet. 1:17 For he received from God the Father honor and glory, when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Mt 17:5, Mk 9:7, Lk 3:22, Lk 9:35)

Cross References

Matthew 17:5 While Peter was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Listen to Him!”

Mark 9:7 Then a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is My beloved Son. Listen to Him!”

Luke 3:22 and the Holy Spirit descended on Him in a bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”

Luke 9:35 And a voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is My Son, whom I have chosen; listen to Him!”

(16) Jacob reclaims his resurrected son, Joseph & sees his family restored in fellowship & provided with food!

Gen 45: 27-28 is a picture of God, The Father receiving his resurrected son: 27But when they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said to them, and when he saw the wagons that Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of their father Jacob revived.  28And Israel said, “It is enough; Joseph my son is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.”

  • Jacob realizes he must be willing to sacrifice His son, which foreshadows God’s plan to sacrifice/give up His son from before the foundation of the world began.(Eph. 1:4, 1 Pet. 1:20-21, John 17:24, Matt 25:34)

Gen. 43:11-13 11Then their father Israel said to them, “If it must be so, … 13Take also your brother, and arise, go again to the man.

Eph. 1:4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love

1 Peter 1:20-21  20He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you21who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

John 17:24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.

Matt 25:34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

  • Joseph, the son is separated from Jacob his father, and is dead to him.
  • To Jacob, Joseph is resurrected from the dead
  • Joseph, the son, is reunited with Jacob, the father.
  • Joseph is seated at both the right hand of Pharaoh and his father, Jacob, as an symbol of Christ, seated at the right hand of God. Acts 2:33 Now he is exalted to the place of highest honor in heaven, at God’s right hand. And the Father, as he had promised, gave him the Holy Spirit to pour out upon us, just as you see and hear today.
  • In 43:11-13 11Then their father Israel said to them, “If it must be so … 13Take also your brother, and arise, go again to the man.
  • Jacob struggles against this decision, but finds no way around “the plan for Benjamin, his beloved son to be released to go to Egypt.”
  • We are not perfect dads and parents, and we make mistakes, and when our children seem to get themselves into impossible situations, we find that God boxes and them into circumstances and we have to be willing to risk their suffering.
  • Our challenge is to release them to God and trust Him for our children’s well-being.

Matthew Henry says Jacob concluded: “If I be bereaved of my children, I am bereaved; If I must part with them thus one after another, I must acquiesce, and say, The will of the Lord be done.”

Wisdom is to go through the sorest afflictions, which may involve losing loved one, and even watching them suffer, which can be far more painful.  Matthew Henry says, acquiescing is the only way, for there is nothing got by striving with our Maker.

In Gen 45: 9-11 Joseph says 9Hurry and go up to my father and say to him, ‘Thus says your son Joseph, God has made me lord of all Egypt 10You shall dwell in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children’s children, and your flocks, your herds, and all that you have. 11There I will provide for you, for there are yet five years of famine to come, so that you and your household, and all that you have, do not come to poverty.’

God gives us a tremendous example through Joseph and Jacob that we are acquiescing with a great hope that 1) God is in control.  2) He loves us, and 3) Rom 8:28, He is working all things together for our good!

And all God’s people say, AMEN!

(17) Let’s Pray that God ReAwakens, ReInvigorates & ReEstablish Us in Our Calls In Christ!

Let’s Pray:

May God grant us the grace to faithfully keep our eyes on Him, so we go through each situation doing His Will!  

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