(1) Walk Thru The Word for Today:  Gen. 41: 37- 45 (ESV)

(Pharaoh Promotes Joseph To Prepare Egypt)   

37This proposal pleased Pharaoh and all his servants. 38And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find a man like this, in whom is the Spirit of God?”c 39Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has shown you all this, there is none so discerning and wise as you are. 40You shall be over my house, and all my people shall order themselves as you command. Only as regards the throne will I be greater than you.” 41And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.” 42Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand, and clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain about his neck. 43And he made him ride in his second chariot. And they called out before him, “Bow the knee!” Thus he set him over all the land of Egypt. 44Moreover, Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, and without your consent no one shall lift up hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.” 45And Pharaoh called Joseph’s name Zaphenath-paneah. And he gave him in marriage Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On. So Joseph went out over the land of Egypt.

(2) Walk Thru The Word for Today:  Gen. 41: 46- 52 (ESV)

(Joseph Is Adopted As An Egyptian & Bequeaths 2 Tribes of Israel) 

46Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh King of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh and went through all the land of Egypt. 47During the seven plentiful years the earth produced abundantly, 48and he gathered up all the food of these seven years, which occurred in the land of Egypt, and put the food in the cities. He put in every city the food from the fields around it. 49And Joseph stored up grain in great abundance, like the sand of the sea, until he ceased to measure it, for it could not be measured.  50Before the year of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph. Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On, bore them to him. 51Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh. “For,” he said, “God has made me forget all my hardship and all my father’s house.”  52The name of the second he called Ephraim, “For God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.”

(3) Walk Thru The Word for Today:  Gen. 41: 53- 57 (ESV)

(Famine Strikes Egypt & Joseph Begins Selling Food)   

53The seven years of plenty that occurred in the land of Egypt came to an end, 54and the seven years of famine began to come, as Joseph had said. There was famine in all lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was bread. 55When all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread. Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph. What he says to you, do.”

56So when the famine had spread over all the land, Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe in the land of Egypt. 57Moreover, all the earth came to Egypt to Joseph to buy grain, because the famine was severe over all the earth.

4) Walk Thru The Word for Today:  Gen. 42: 110 (ESV)

(Jacob Sends 10 Sons To Joseph To Buy Food & Fulfill The Dream)   

1When Jacob learned that there was grain for sale in Egypt, he said to his sons, “Why do you look at one another?” 2And he said, “Behold, I have heard that there is grain for sale in Egypt. Go down and buy grain for us there, that we may live and not die.” 3So ten of Joseph’s brothers went down to buy grain in Egypt. 4But Jacob did not send Benjamin, Joseph’s brother, with his brothers, for he feared that harm might happen to him. 5Thus the sons of Israel came to buy among the others who came, for the famine was in the land of Canaan.

6Now Joseph was governor over the land. He was the one who sold to all the people of the land. And Joseph’s brothers came and bowed themselves before him with their faces to the ground. 7Joseph saw his brothers and recognized them, but he treated them like strangers and spoke roughly to them. “Where do you come from?” he said. They said, “From the land of Canaan, to buy food.” 8And Joseph recognized his brothers, but they did not recognize him. 9And Joseph remembered the dreams that he had dreamed of them. And he said to them, “You are spies; you have come to see the nakedness of the land.” 10They said to him, “No, my lord, your servants have come to buy food.

(5) Gen. 42: 110 (ESV)  (Jacob Sends 10 Sons To Joseph To Buy Food & Fulfill The Dream)   

1When Jacob learned that there was grain for sale in Egypt, he said to his sons, “Why do you look at one another?” 2And he said, “Behold, I have heard that there is grain for sale in Egypt. Go down and buy grain for us there, that we may live and not die.” 3So ten of Joseph’s brothers went down to buy grain in Egypt. 4But Jacob did not send Benjamin, Joseph’s brother, with his brothers, for he feared that harm might happen to him. 5Thus the sons of Israel came to buy among the others who came, for the famine was in the land of Canaan.

6Now Joseph was governor over the land. He was the one who sold to all the people of the land. And Joseph’s brothers came and bowed themselves before him with their faces to the ground. 7Joseph saw his brothers and recognized them, but he treated them like strangers and spoke roughly to them. “Where do you come from?” he said. They said, “From the land of Canaan, to buy food.” 8And Joseph recognized his brothers, but they did not recognize him. 9And Joseph remembered the dreams that he had dreamed of them. And he said to them, “You are spies; you have come to see the nakedness of the land.” 10They said to him, “No, my lord, your servants have come to buy food.

(5) Gen. 42: 11 – 19 (ESV)

(After 3 Days, Joseph Will Let 9 Carry Enough Food Home for Their Families He Holds 1 In Exchange for Them Bringing Benjamin) 

11We are all sons of one man. We are honest men. Your servants have never been spies.”

12He said to them, “No, it is the nakedness of the land that you have come to see.” 13And they said, “We, your servants, are twelve brothers, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan, and behold, the youngest is this day with our father, and one is no more.” 14But Joseph said to them, “It is as I said to you. You are spies. 15By this you shall be tested: by the life of Pharaoh, you shall not go from this place unless your youngest brother comes here. 16Send one of you, and let him bring your brother, while you remain confined, that your words may be tested, whether there is truth in you. Or else, by the life of Pharaoh, surely you are spies.” 17And he put them all together in custody for three days.

18On the third day Joseph said to them, “Do this and you will live, for I fear God: 19if you are honest men, let one of your brothers remain confined where you are in custody, and let the rest go and carry grain for the famine of your households,

(6) Walk Thru The Word for Today:  Gen. 42: 20 – 25 (ESV)

(Reuben Leads The Repentance As They Prepare To Reap What They’ve Sown)   

20and bring your youngest brother to me. So your words will be verified, and you shall not die.” And they did so. 21Then they said to one another, “In truth we are guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the distress of his soul, when he begged us and we did not listen. That is why this distress has come upon us.” 22And Reuben answered them, “Did I not tell you not to sin against the boy? But you did not listen. So now there comes a reckoning for his blood.” 23They did not know that Joseph understood them, for there was an interpreter between them. 24Then he turned away from them and wept. And he returned to them and spoke to them. And he took Simeon from them and bound him before their eyes. 25And Joseph gave orders to fill their bags with grain, and to replace every man’s money in his sack, and to give them provisions for the journey. This was done for them.

(7) (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!

Gen. 43: 32 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.

(8) Message map: Series: #7 Bouncing Back From Betrayal!

Gen. 41: 37 42: 25 1-44  “Joseph Organizes Egypt To Overcome Famine”

& Bargains with His Brothers To See Benjamin In Exchange for Bread

  • Pharaoh Promotes Joseph Who Organizes Egypt To Overcome The Coming Famine
  • Joseph Becomes An Egyptian & Bequeaths 2 Tribes of Israel — Manasseh & Ephraim
  • Famine Strikes And All The Earth, including Josephs Brothers Bow To Him To Buy Food
  • Jacob Sends 10 Sons To Joseph To Who Will Let 9 Carry Enough Food Home for Their Families as He Holds 1 In Exchange for Them Bringing Benjamin back
  • Joseph Weeps as a picture of Christ who stands in the gap to rescue a dying world

(9) Gen. 41: 37 Pharaoh recognizes God has shown Joseph the plan to save Egypt & the world! 

Gen. 39: 21-23 — Despite how Joseph feels, and the ignoble and humiliating circumstances he is in …

37Joseph’s proposal pleased Pharaoh and all his servants, 38… whom acknowledge in Joseph is the spirit (inspired thoughts of God that are trustworthy) of God?” 39Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has shown you all this, there is none so discerning (endowed with intelligent perception and interpretation) and wise (understanding the ways of God or the ways God wants us to go about things) as you are.

Note, Joseph gave Pharaoh both the good and the bad news.  Good news = 7 years of plenty. Bad News = 7 years of famine.  The Good News of Salvation through Christ Work on The Cross only is so good because of the bad news of what happens if we die in our sins.

40[Pharaoh places Joseph] over (in charge of) my house, and all my people shall order themselves (obey) as you command. (Hebrew and according to your command all my people shall kiss the ground)

Only as regards the throne will I be greater than you.” 41And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.”

42Then Pharaoh took his signet ring (authoritative seal used to certify official edicts and documents.) from his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand, and clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain about his neck. 43And he made him ride in his second chariot. And they called out before him, “Bow the knee!”  Thus he set him over all the land of Egypt. 44Moreover, Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, and without your consent no one shall lift up hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.”

(10) Gen. 41: 45 & 51 Joseph Becomes An Egyptian & Bequeaths 2 Tribes of Israel — Manasseh & Ephraim 

Gen. 39: 21-23 — Despite how Joseph feels, and the ignoble and humiliating circumstances he is in …

1… Pharaoh has 2 dreams  that he was standing by the Nile, 2and behold,  The ugly ate the attractive, and the thin and blighted swallows the plump.

  • 45Joseph’s name (identifying designation that signifies character and reputation) is changed to Zaphenath-paneah — meaning “the god speaks and he lives.
  • JFB says it means “revealer of secrets”; “saviour of the land”
  • Barnes & Benson say it means “the preserver of life.”
  • A form of onomatopoeia in which words resemble the sound made by the thing signified; as, to buzz, as bees; to crackle, as burning thorns or brush. Or a word whose sound corresponds to the sound of the thing signified.
  • Marries Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On, who became Joe’s father-in-law 50Before the year of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph.
  • 51Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh. “For,” he said, “God has made me forget all my hardship and all my father’s house.”
  • 52The name of the second he called Ephraim, “For God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.”
  • Though Joseph is adopted as an Egyptian, he remains a Hebrew servant of God and gives Him glory.

(11) Gen. 41:45 during the prosperous years Joseph Stores Up. During the Famine years Joseph serves it out  

45… Joseph went out over the land of Egypt.

  • 47During the seven plentiful years the earth produced abundantly, 48and he gathered up all the food of these seven years, which occurred in the land of Egypt, and put the food in the cities. He put in every city the food from the fields around it. 49And Joseph stored up grain in great abundance, like the sand of the sea, until he ceased to measure it, for it could not be measured.
  • 54and the seven years of famine began to come, as Joseph had said. There was famine in all lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was bread. 55… Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph. What he says to you, do.” 56So …, Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe in the land of Egypt.
  • 57Moreover, all the earth came to Egypt to Joseph to buy grain, because the famine was severe over all the earth.

(12) Gen. 42: 1-10 Famine Strikes, And All The Earth, including Josephs Brothers Bow To Him To Buy Food

1When Jacob learned that there was grain for sale in Egypt, he said to his sons, “Why do you look at one another?” 2And he said, “Behold, I have heard that there is grain for sale in Egypt. Go down and buy grain for us there, that we may live and not die.” 3So ten of Josephs brothers went down to buy grain in Egypt.”  10 guys have to go, because each must carry back enough food for their families, servants, etc… When Jacob says, we may die, this indicates their vast holdings of livestock now have perished or are perishing. So this situation is desperate for them.

4But Jacob did not send Benjamin, Joseph’s brother, with his brothers, for he feared that harm might happen to him.

6Now Joseph was governor over the land. He was the one who sold to all the people of the land. And Josephs brothers came and bowed themselves before him with their faces to the ground.

7Joseph saw his brothers and recognized them, but he treated them like strangers and spoke roughly to them. “Where do you come from?” he said. They said, “From the land of Canaan, to buy food.” 8And Joseph recognized his brothers, but they did not recognize him.

9And Joseph remembered the dreams that he had dreamed of them. And he said to them, “You are spies; you have come to see the nakedness of the land.” 10They said to him, “No, my lord, your servants have come to buy food.

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(13) Yellow Not in Notes) Gen. 42: 16-19 Jacob, Benjamin & The 10 Other Boys 

  • Jacob doesn’t trust his boys with Benjamin because …
  1. he knew the boys had animosity towards his favorite, Joseph, and perhaps they also resent his favorite, Benjamin
  2. he is suspicious of their story regarding Joseph’s supposed death.
  3. Jacob has lost one of his favorite wife’s sons, and he is not going to risk letting another get out of his sight.
  4. Benjamin now is Jacob’s favorite, and doesn’t have to suffer the hardships of travel and work and carrying burdens of food over the desert that the other sons do.

(14) Joseph Tests His Brothers to see if they still are the same sinners

In Gen 42: 9 & 14 Joseph accuses them of being spies, (those who go about as malicious slanderers — because they slandered Joseph for the dreams he told them, which are being fulfilled at that moment)

  1. The brothers say, “We are honest (veritable of righteousness) men. Your servants have never been spies.” Is this true or false? T / F

12He said to them, “No, it is the nakedness of the land that you have come to see.” 13And they said, “We, your servants, are twelve brothers, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan, and behold, the youngest is this day with our father, and one is no more” — because they conspired to murder but compromised and sold him off into slavery! So 14… Joseph said to them, “It is as I said to you. You are spies (those who go about as malicious slanderers)

15By this you shall be tested: by the life of Pharaoh, (meaning “as long as this Pharaoh is alive I have his authority.  The only way to avoid my demands is if Pharaoh dies.)  you shall not go from this place unless your youngest brother comes here.

Joseph’s first proposition: 16Send one of you, and let him bring your brother, while you remain confined, that your words may be tested, whether there is truth in you. Or else, by the life of Pharaoh, surely you are spies.” 17And he put them all together in custody for three days.  (3 = # perfection, which in this case their suffering is perfected during the 3 days.  Some scholars think they had confined Joseph in the empty cistern for 3 days before he was sold.

But after praying on this for 3 days, Joseph’s second proposition is …

18On the third day Joseph said to them, “Do this and you will live, for I fear God (I know that as high as I am, I must answer to one Who Is Higher than I.)  With those that fear God we have reason to expect fair dealing: the fear of God will be a check upon those that are in power, to restrain them from abusing their power to oppression and tyranny:): 19if you are honest men, let one of your brothers remain confined where you are in custody, and let the rest go and carry grain for the famine of your households,

Wanting to preserve the lives of his family, Joseph realizes it would take at least 9 of them to get enough food back home.

This scenario foretells the Gospel.  Joseph stands in the place of God, and since the brothers are not forgiven of their sins, since as this point Joseph is uncertain of their repentance, they are going into custody and essentially are going to pay for their sins for perhaps holding Joseph for 3 days in a dry cistern before they sold him into slavery.

Matthew 12:40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

Jesus descended for three days, preaching to the predeceased souls that were lost. 1 Peter 3:19 in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, Context: 1 Pet 3: 18-20 18For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, 19in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, 20because they formerly did not obey, when

God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water.

15) Gen. 42: 9 & 14 Joseph demands to see Benjamin (Gen 42: 2124) So One brother will remain & the rest will Rescue their households by bringing grain (Gen 42: 11 -18 )!

Joseph essentially trades seeing Benjamin for Bread

In Gen 42: 21 – 25 21The brothers confess sin when they said to one another, “In truth we are guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the distress of his soul, when he begged us and we did not listen. That is why this distress has come upon us.”

22And Reuben answered them, “Did I not tell you not to sin against the boy? But you did not listen. So now there comes a reckoning for his blood.”

Hosea 10:12 NLT I said, ‘Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the LORD, that he may come and shower righteousness upon you.’

Gal 6:7 ESV Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.

Gal 6:8 ESV For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

And he returned to them and spoke to them. And he took Simeon from them and bound him before their eyes.

This is a symbol for how we are bound in sin, until we receive God’s forgiveness. Wesley says, 42:24 He took Simeon – He chose him for the hostage, probably because he remembered him to have been his most bitter enemy, or because he observed him now to be least humbled and concerned. He bound him before their eyes, to affect them all.

Wesley says 42:24 He took Simeon – He chose him for the hostage, probably because he remembered him to have been his most bitter enemy, or because he observed him now to be least humbled and concerned. He bound him before their eyes, to affect them all.

(16) Yellow Not in Notes) Gen. 42: 16-19  Jacob, Benjamin & The 10 Other Boys 

  • Jacob doesn’t trust his boys with Benjamin because …
  1. he knew the boys had animosity towards his favorite, Joseph, and perhaps they also resent his favorite, Benjamin
  2. he is suspicious of their story regarding Joseph’s supposed death.
  3. Jacob has lost one of his favorite wife’s sons, and he is not going to risk letting another get out of his sight.
  4. Benjamin now is Jacob’s favorite, and doesn’t have to suffer the hardships of travel and work and carrying burdens of food over the desert that the other sons do.

(17) Gen. 42: 21-25 Joseph Weeps & replaces The Payment As He rescues His brothershouseholds by giving them grain

23They did not know that Joseph understood them, for there was an interpreter between them. 24Then he turned away from them and wept. — perhaps because for the first time he realizes Reuben tried to rescue him.  In

25And Joseph gave orders to fill their bags with grain, and to replace every man’s money in his sack, and to give them provisions for the journey. This was done for them. God is not trying to hurt us by bringing us to repentance.

The replacement of the payment is a symbol of how Christ will pay for our sins, while providing us with the provision of imputed righteousness.

Joseph also is a picture of how Christ is the bread of life, and is to be a provision for all the nations. The great Commission is to minister to all the world, which in this case is coming to Joseph.

We believe

Rom 3:23 NLT – We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.  KJV – Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

2 Cor. 5:21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Gal 2:16 — Yet we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law. And we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be made right with God because of our faith in Christ, not because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be made right with God by obeying the law.”

Philippians 1:11  filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

(17) Gen. 42: 21-25 Joseph Weeps & replaces The Payment As He rescues His brothershouseholds by giving them grain

23They did not know that Joseph understood them, for there was an interpreter between them. 24Then he turned away from them and wept. — perhaps because for the first time he realizes Reuben tried to rescue him.

25And Joseph gave orders to fill their bags with grain, and to replace every man’s money in his sack, and to give them provisions for the journey. This was done for them. God is not trying to hurt us by bringing us to repentance.

The replacement of the payment is a symbol of how Christ will pay for our sins, while providing us with the provision of imputed righteousness.

Joseph also is a picture of how Christ is the bread of life, and is to be a provision for all the nations. The great Commission is to minister to all the world, which in this case is coming to Joseph.

This applies to Joseph, his brothers and us: 

God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.  If God brings us to it, He will bring us through it!

We believe

Rom 3:23 NLT – We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.  KJV – Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

2 Cor. 5:21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Gal 2:16 — Yet we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law. And we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be made right with God because of our faith in Christ, not because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be made right with God by obeying the law.”

Philippians 1:11  filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

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

Let’s Pray:

May God grant us the capacity and will power to walk by faith as we continue to do His work His Way!  

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