Connecting the Good News to Joseph's Dream

Connecting the Good News
to Joseph's Dream
Pastor Stephen "Red" Shumate
May 7th, 2017
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Connecting the Gospel
To Joseph’s Dream
Genesis 41:53-46:34; 50:15-21

1. Why is the Story of Joseph’s Dream Important?

A. It set’s up the history of Jewish nation. 
The first reason this story is important is because it is essentially the birth of the Jewish Nation.  Without Joseph’s story, there are no 12 tribes of Israel.  Without Joseph rising to a position where he could very generously take care of his family, get them set up in the finest part of the land, then he and his brothers, stay in the land of Goshen, and face the harsh realities of the famine.  Perhaps they starve, maybe they die, and instead of becoming a great nation maybe they wither away into nothingness.

Now, of course, having said all of that, I must also say, that had these things not happened, God of course would have still delivered on his promise to make Abraham’s offspring into a great nation, but it would have happened in a different way.  But God, being who God is, justifies His children.  So, as Satan tried to thwart His plan by putting Joseph through so many trials, God used what Satan did against him and justified everything that happened to Joseph, by turning it and using it for good.

B. God’s promises 
This story is also important because it establishes that God does indeed deliver on his promises.  Through this story we see 3 promises starting to be delivered.

The first promise we see Him starting to deliver on is the promise He made to Noah.  He promised He would not destroy us again with a flood, which means He must put into place a plan that would save us from our sin. That plan of course is Jesus dying on the cross and being our messiah.  And with this story of Joseph, we are really starting to see this plan set into motion.

The next promise we see staring to come true, is the covenant and promise that he made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that their offspring would become a great nation.  They would be as many as the sands of the sea.  Here is the birth of that very nation.  Joseph and his brothers are the beginning of the 12 tribes of Israel.

And the last promise that we see coming true is the promise He made to Joseph in his dream.  That his brothers would bow to him.  A promise that seemed very unlikely, and was over 20 years in the making.

2. Where are we in the Story of Joseph’s Dream?

A. Just like Joseph, we are made promises. 
 We have the promise that Jesus will one day return and establish His new kingdom, and we will be His people.  This is a promise that we have to be very patient in waiting for.  It took 600 years from the flood, for us to see the beginnings of His plan set in motion.  It would be another 2000 years before we would see the messiah.  So now that it is 2000 years from Jesus, we must still remain patient, vigilant, faithful and ready at a moment’s notice, for the return of our king.

We also have promises that are passed down to us through the Bible, just as the promise was passed from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that He would make them into a great nation.  We have promises that have been passed down to us through the Bible, and again, we must be patient in waiting for some of those promises.  Even when we are in the middle of a famine and it looks like this might be the end, as I’m sure it must have seemed to Jacob, we must have faith and patience to see Him deliver on His promises for us.

And just as Joseph was made a promise through a dream, sometimes we as individuals, God speaks into our hearts through the Holy Spirit.  He makes individual promises that are whispered into our hearts.  And Just like Joseph, we must be patient.  We must endure the valleys of the shadow of death.  We must endure people who should love us, but instead hate us and discard us (that’s what happened to Joseph).  We must endure being thrown into a pit, being sold as a slave, being thrown into jail, we must endure all types of trials and difficulties, we must endure life’s rough road.  But if we endure, and remain faithful, then even 20 years, 40 years, 60 years later, God will indeed deliver on the promise whispered in our hearts.

3. How Does the Story of Joseph’s Dream point to Christ?

Much of Joseph's life, foreshadows Jesus’ life.  For instance, Joseph was the youngest brother and because of that, he should not have ever found himself in the position of being over his brothers.  But because of God’s plan and God’s will, and how God had ordained Joseph’s life, he was put in a position of authority over them.

And Jesus…Jesus was born into a poor family.  He was not born into royalty and there is no way, He should have been able to gain the following He had. There is no way, He should have been able to threaten the Pharisees and Sadducee's power as He did.  And yet, because of God’s plan, God’s will, and how God had ordained His earthly life, He was able to do these things, and so much more.

Secondly…Joseph’s brothers, should have loved Him and celebrated Him and at the very least, later on in life, when they went to Egypt, they should have recognized Him

And when Jesus came to this world, He should have been loved and celebrated by the church leaders. (the Pharisees and the Sadducees).  But instead of loving Him, they hated Him…and instead of throwing Jesus celebrating the Messiah, they hung Him on a cross.  And even though they worshiped God all of their life, they didn’t even recognize His son.

John 1:10-11
He was in the world,
and the world was created through Him,
yet the world did not recognize Him.
11 He came to His own,
and His own people did not receive Him.

And finally, this story points to Jesus in that just as all of the evil and bad things that happened to Joseph were justified and turned into something good.  God used all of the bad, evil things that happened to Jesus for good.  In fact, the greatest evil thing in the history of man…  The murder of our Messiah… was turned into the Greatest Good in the History of Man… Salvation for every man, woman and child who has ever lived and ever will live, who believes in His name.


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