JOSEPH AND JESUS

CONTINUATION OF: Genesis chapter 37& 38

11. Joseph seeks the welfare of his brothers (37:14); Jesus came not to condemn but that the world might be saved through Him. (John 3:17)

12. Joseph seeks his brothers until he finds them; Jesus seeks us until He finds us. And this at the initiative of the f(F)ather. 13. Joseph was conspired against (37:18); Jesus was also conspired against. (Mat. 12:14)

14. Joseph’s brothers did not believe his dreams (37:19, 29); Jesus’ brethren did not believe His words. (Mat. 27:39-43; John 3:18, 36)

15. Joseph was stripped of his coat (37:23); Jesus was stripped of His coat. (Mat. 27:27, 28; John 19:23)

16. Joseph was cast into a pit (37:24); Jesus was thrown into a grave.

17. Joseph was taken out of the pit, alive in his body (37:28); Jesus was bodily-resurrected from the tomb (pit).

18. Joseph’s brothers mingled hypocrisy with their hatred (37:27); the Jews did the same with Jesus (Mat. 27:35, 36; John 18:28, 31)

19. Joseph is sold for the price of a slave(37:38); Jesus was sold for thirty pieces of silver (the price of a slave).

20. Judah suggested the idea of selling his brother (37:26-28); the Greek name for Judah is Judas (Mat. 1:2-3).

21. Joseph’s blood sprinkled coat (goat blood) is presented to his father (37:31); Jesus is our scapegoat and His blood

SESSION 06: JOSEPH AND JESUS

Genesis chapter 37 & 38

1. Joseph was a shepherd (37:2); Jesus is the Great Shepherd (John 10).
2. Joseph was opposed to and exposed evil (37:2); Jesus did the same.
3. Joseph was loved by the his father (37:3-4); Jesus was beloved by the Father.(Mat. 3:17; 17:5; John 10:17; Philippians 2:9)
4. Joseph was hated by his brothers (37:4); Jesus was hated by His brothers (John 1:11; Luke 19:14).
5. Joseph was hated for his words (37:8); Jesus was hated for His words of truth. (John 7:7; 3:32)
6. Joseph was promised a remarkable future (37:7-12); Jesus looked passed the cross to the joy set before Him (Isaiah 9:6,7; Luke 1:31-33; Hebrews 12:2).
7. Joseph foretold of his future sovereignty (37:7-12); Jesus did the same. (Mat. 26:64)
8. Joseph was envied by his brothers (37:11); Jesus was envied by His. (Mat. 27:17-18)
9. Joseph was sent by his father to his brothers (37:13); Jesus was sent to the ‘lost sheep of Israel,’ by His father (John 4:34; 5:30; 6:38-40; 12:48-50; 17:21)
10. Joseph seeks out his brothers (37:14-17); Jesus sought out His (Luke 19:10)

HOW IS CHRIST SEEN IN THE BOOK OF GENESIS?

In Genesis Christ is seen in the following:

1. The Tree of Life. 

When you partake of Him you will live forever (Gen. 2:9; John
6:54).Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.

2. Adam. 

Christ was the new Adam and the head of a new race call the New Creation in Christ Jesus (Rom. 5:14; I Cor. 15:45; II Cor. 5:17). We are all born in Adam. We are reborn in Christ. All people find themselves in either Adam (old creation) or in Christ (new creation).
Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. Romans 5:14
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. II Corinthians 5:17

3. The Seed of the Woman. 

Christ fulfilled the prophecy of the Seed of the Woman when He was born of a virgin by the Holy Spirit (Matt. 1:22-23; Lk. 1:35). So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” Matthew 1:22-23

4. The Coats of Skin. 

Jesus and His shed blood became our covering so that we could stand before God clothed in His righteousness and escape judgment (Gen. 3:21; Rom. 5:12-21).

5. Isaac. 

Isaac was the only begotten son of the Old Testament who was symbolically offered up by the exalted father as a sacrifice to God and symbolically raised again to life (Heb. 11:17-19; Jn. 3:16; I Jn. 4:9). But it is not that the word of God has taken no effect. For they are not all Israel who are of Israel, nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but, “In Isaac your seed shall be called.” That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed.
For this is the word of promise: “At this time I will come and Sarah shall have a son. Romans 9:6-9

6. The Lamb in the Thicket.

When the child of Abraham was slated to die, a ram (male lamb) caught in the thicket was found to take his place. When we as the children of Abraham were destined to die for our sins, the Lamb of God, crowned with thorns, stepped in to take our place (Gen. 22:13).
Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. And Abraham called the name of the place, The-LORD Will- Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the LORD it shall be provided.” Genesis 22:13

7.  The Curse Bearer.
As a result of sin, a curse came on the earth (Gen. 3:14-19). Jesus became a curse for us and in effect reversed the curse (Gal. 3:13-14). Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Galatians 3:13-14

Notice the following:

The Curse Christ’s Relationship to the Curse
-Ground Cursed Christ became a curse (Gal. 3:13).
-Eat in Sorrow Christ was a man of sorrows (Is. 53:3).
-Thorns & Thistles Christ was crowned with thorns (Jn. 18:8).
-Sweat Christ sweat drops of blood (Lk. 22:44).
-Return to Dust Christ brought to dust of death (Ps. 22:15).
-Flaming Sword Christ was pierced with a sword (Zech. 13:7).
-Man to Die Christ tasted death for every man (Jn. 18:14).
Cut off from Tree of Life Christ is the tree of Life (Jn. 6:47-58; 14:6).

8. The Ark of Salvation. 

When man was destined for destruction, God provided a place of salvation. The only way into God’s provision was through the door. Jesus is the door. When we enter in through Him we are saved from judgment.

9. Jacob’s Ladder. 

Jacob’s ladder formed a bridge or a point of access from heaven to earth (Gen. 28:12). Jesus is our bride and point of access to the Father (John 1:51). And He said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

10. Joseph. 

Joseph is perhaps the fullest type of Christ in the Old Testament. A complete study will find over 100 comparisons between Joseph and Christ from being the beloved son of the father (Gen. 37:3; Matt. 3:17); to his rejection by his brethren and being sold out for silver (Gen. 37:4, 27-28; John 15:24; Matt. 27:9), to his being exalted in power to become the saviour of the world.

 

THE MESSAGE

Although the bible is made up of many different books written over a long period of time by great variety of writers who [most of them] did not know one another, it has organic unity that can be explained from the view-point of God’s inspiration. The writers were inspired by the Holy Spirit to give God’s message to man.

The message of the entire bible is one: Christ – The redemption of man.

– Old Testament Message: The origin of sin and the preparation God has made for the solution of the problem through his Son, Christ, the Messiah.

– New Testament Message: It describes the fulfilment of God’s redemption plan.

A. The Four Gospels: The coming of Messiah and his earthy ministry.

B. Acts of the Apostles: The works of the Holy spirit through the Apostles; and the origin and growth of the Church (the redeemed of God).

C. The Epistles: The meaning and implication of incarnation.

Epistles address questions such as:

– Who believers are in Christ (identity),

– What they have in Christ (possession),

– Where they are in Christ (position),

– And how they should conduct themselves (character).

WHAT IS THE BIBLE?

The bible is one story with one predominant theme, “The Redemption of Mankind through one divinely appointed Savior.”

The word “bible” is from the Greek word “biblia” meaning “books.” The bible is a collection of 66 books [39 Old Testament, 27 New Testament] that are recognized and used by the Christian Church, as inspired and recorded by God’s revelation of himself and of his will to mankind. It is a library of inspired books selected by the early Church Fathers who found them sacred, authoritative, prophetic and dynamic.
They prayer-fully scrutinized them; and Canon of scripture (i.e. Bible books) passed the test of inspiration, and was collected and bound into one book to be read and used.

Scripture” as used in 2 Timothy 3: 16 refers to the authoritative writings of both the Old and the New Testament (the bible). The bible is not just an ordinary book such as magazines or other publications we read each day. It is neither a collection of myths, stories, or mere human ideas about God. The bible is not man’s book but God’s book.

WHAT IS TO SURVEY?

To survey is: To inspect, examine, ascertain or take a view with attention as from a high place all the parts or particulars of a thing. It denotes more particular and deliberate attention than to look or to see.

– To view with a ‘scrutinizing eye’ all the parts or particulars of a thing.

– In general, survey refers to particular attentive view and examination of anything.

Bible Survey is therefore an inspection, examination, or attentive view of bible books and their respective authors, objectives, themes, and messages in brief. These books are summarized in such a way that the reader could see the bible panoramically.

Lots of Christians “sight-see” through the bible. They read a book, a chapter, a verse at a time, here a little, there a little; but don’t see the bible as one great book with one plan. In this module, I want us to see the bible from great height to obtain the panoramic view of 39 Old Testament books and their contents, and briefly how the Old Testament relates to the New Testament.

In this study, our focus shall be on God’s divine plan for mankind by studying the main Sections of individual books, bringing to attention major points instead of details

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Pharaoh’s dream

Joseph’s analysis of Pharaoh’s dreams as an example of symbolic dream. To fully appreciate Joseph’s interpretation, we must ask a few questions about the details of Pharaoh’s dreams. Why did Pharaoh specifically visualize cows rather than other animals in the first dream, and why were they emerging from the River Nile? Is there any relevance to the vision of the healthy corn and the scorched corn in the second dream beyond Joseph’s recognition that the dreams were the same? Answering these questions will explain why Pharaoh responded so quickly to Joseph’s analysis.

One has to understand the beliefs of ancient Egyptians fully comprehend the mysterious elements in Pharaoh’s dream. The Egyptians worshipped over a hundred deities, but one goddess has particular significance where Pharaoh’s dream is concerned. That goddess was Hathor, the sun god. Egyptians worshipped her for over 3,000 years. Hathor was believed to have several important functions. She was visualized as a gigantic cow stretched over the heavens, taking care of the Milky Way, which the Egyptian called the Nile in the Sky. Her most vital function for the Egyptians was causing the Nile to overflow its banks each year. This provided fertile soil on which crops (e.g., corn) could grow. Without such annual flooding Egypt would have been a famine-ridden wasteland. Being familiar with the goddess and her attributes, Pharaoh recognizes the wise intent of Joseph’s advice. The seven fat cows represent the fertility of the land, embodied in the Egyptian symbol of seven Hathors. This concept is reinforced by the seven full ears of corn in the second dream. In addition, the cows emerging from the river also indicate that they stand for the goddess Hathor, caretaker of the Nile. Joseph’s interpretation thus drew upon Egyptian symbols well known to Pharaoh and used them effectively to explain the whole dream. That is why it rang true in the ears of Pharaoh.

Cows and corns are Symbols with cultural meaning but the interpretation is God’s business. Recession, downgrading, retrenchments, economic downturn, state capture, Guptarised and etc. These are all the terms used in this culture to describe scarcity. But God will show us how to preserve the legacy of fat cows.
There will be a season where thin cows will swallow up fat cows and remain thin. All this will happen somewhere in our journey of life, that is why we need the wisdom of Joseph to handle the changing seasons.
May God grant you wisdom and knowledge to handle resource that are entrusted to you.

Lesson 14

Buy the future:
The story of Genesis 1-3

The ‘Dominion Mandate’ is one of the most important assignments given to man by God. Tragically however, to a large extent, the Church seems to have moved the ‘Dominion Mandate’ down its list of priorities. The Dominion Mandate was handed down to mankind by God at Creation.

In Genesis 1:26–28 we see God create mankind in His image and then delegate authority to them to subdue and rule the earth. “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’
So God created man in His own image…Then God blessed them, and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth’.”

THE RESPONSIBILITY OF MAN
God created the Heavens and the earth and then handed the title deed of the earth to mankind. Genesis 3 records man’s disobedience to God’s specific instructions – causing sin to enter the earth and in so doing, losing dominion of the earth and transferring the title deed to satan.
Having deceived mankind into relinquishing the title deed, satan immediately takes control of the world system and institutes his diabolical plan to usurp God’s authority and destroy mankind. God, however, had made provision for man’s frailty and institutes His plan to rescue mankind from satan’s influence and restore the ‘Dominion Mandate’, including the title deed, to its original owners.

REDEEMING THE TITLE DEED
The plan of God established at the foundation of the world is the Cross of Calvary. When the last Adam, Jesus Christ, gave His life on the Cross, shed His Blood and then rose from the dead, He defeated satan, won back the title deed and restored the ‘Dominion Mandate’.
“Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” Col 2:15. When Jesus paid the penalty for mankind’s sin on the Cross, He went into hell – stripped the devil of his power and disarmed him of the keys of sin and death. Those keys – that unlock the awesome power of God in the earth – were given to the Church to once again enforce the ‘Dominion Mandate’ and redeem what the devil had stolen from mankind.

THE AUTHORITY OF CHRIST
In Matthew 16:18–19 Jesus declares, “… I also say to you, that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hades will not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys for the Kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in Heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in Heaven.” The Church is the body of believers here on earth while the Kingdom of Heaven is made up of both the earthly and Heavenly realms. The Church is given full authority by Jesus – backed up by Heaven – to take back the ground subjugated by satan and to restore His rulership in the earth.

This means, the ‘Dominion Mandate’, originally given to the first Adam that he lost to satan and which Jesus redeemed at the Cross, is now the Mandate of the Church – the Body of Christ.

WE ARE TO RULE AND REIGN
Dominion is translated from the original Hebrew word ‘Radhah’ that means: to subjugate, to rule, to reign and to prevail against. The word subdue is translated from the Hebrew word ‘kabash’ which means to conquer, and to bring into subjection. Significantly, the institution God ordains to bring the earth back under His control is the Church.
The earth belongs to God and He gave His Church the express mandate and the authority to restore His rule. Sadly, the Church has abdicated its responsibility to advance the Kingdom of God in the earth.
The key to reclaiming the ‘Dominion Mandate’ is understanding our authority as Christians. It is impossible to reign, rule, or bring anything into subjection, without first exercising authority.
Psalm 8:4–6 clearly illustrates God’s intention for mankind, “What is man that You are mindful of him…For You have made him a little lower than the angels and You have crowned him with glory and honour.
You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet.”

WHY ARE WE SURRENDERING?
Most of what is referred to as the Church today is confined to buildings and self-imposed Christian ghettoes from where the Body of Christ views the outside world with fear and disdain. Instead of taking hold of the ‘Dominion Mandate’ for which Jesus paid such a high price, the Church has retreated into the sanctuary, effectively surrendering the earth to the dominion of satan.
Godless philosophies are promoted at will in the public square without a response from God’s anointed leaders – who for the most part completely ignore the Scriptural imperative. The reality is that every thought and idea contrary to sound doctrine advanced in the public domain that remains unchallenged by the truth of God’s Word is accepted as ‘truth’.
The enemy understands that if a lie is repeated often enough, it will eventually be accepted as fact. Homosexual activists operate by this principle. Homosexuals who represent approximately 2% of the population often repeat the lie they represent 10% of society. Lies and deception have immense potential to destroy individuals and nations. Why then do we ignore Scriptures like 2 Corinthians 10:4-5: “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ”.